Event EUROqCHARM Final Conference

The EUROqCHARM project has officially wrapped up! Our Final Conference was held in Brussels at the Norwegian House on 11 and 12 October of 2023. It was not an easy task to summarize three years of work in two days, but we ensured that the audience got a good distillate. We looked at how harmonisation and standardisation feeds into European and global policy development, how to ensure that local, regional and global monitoring schemes get most of the knowledge that EUROqCHARM has amalgamated and delved into progress made into production of standard materials and reporting formats to ensure quality controlled comparable data. Of course, how to ensure impact resulting from our work and looking ahead was also on the table.

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With our Final Conference we aimed to:

  • Facilitate dialogue and knowledge exchange between scientists and stakeholders, including policy makers, regulators and monitoring and control bodies.
  • Promote the EUROqCHARM community for sustained harmonisation at local, national, regional and global levels.
  • Showcase the tools developed within EUROqCHARM to support quality-controlled assessments of plastic pollution.
  • Encourage further cooperation and collaboration between scientists and stakeholders.
  • Discover how EUROqCHARM’s activities can support the further implementation of harmonized plastic pollution monitoring.

For further questions or comments, please email EUROqCHARM@niva.no.

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Anders Eide

Ambassador of Norway to the European Union

Arnoldas MILUKAS

Head of Unit REA.B.3 “Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Environment”

Martin Policar

Policy Officer at Circular Economy & Bio-based Systems unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Marianne Olsen

Research Director, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Bert van Bavel

Chief Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Carla Friedrich Medina

Programme Management Officer for Plastic Pollution and Marine Litter, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

François Galgani

Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la MER (IFREMER)

Dr. Amy Lusher

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Georg Hanke

European Commission Joint Research Centre

Amy V. Uhrin, Ph.D.

NOAA Marine Debris Program


Deputy Director, Office of Policies against Marine Plastics Pollution, Marine Environment Division, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Inger Lise Nerland Bråte

Norwegian Environment Agency

Håkan Emteborg

Scientific/Technical Project Manager, European Commission, Directorate General Joint Research Centre

Kamel Labibes, Ph.D.

Ayam Sailing Europe AISBL (ASE)

Florian Lahrouch

AFNOR Normalisation

Nizar Benismail

Head of Nestlé Quality Assurance Center Vittel

Marie-Louise Tambo Magni

Chiron AS

Alessandra Giorgetti

National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS)

Guillaume Drillet

Regional Manager for Marine Services at SGS


Eurofins Analytical Services Hungary

Camilla Carteny

Plastics Europe

Artur Palacz

International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot, Poland

Elena Stoica

Senior Research Scientist, National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa” (NIMRD), Constanta, Romania

Marinella Farré

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Vladimir Nikiforov

Senior Scientist, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)

Joan Fabres

SALT Lofoten AS