How do ocean currents move plastic around?

From plastic islands floating in the Pacific Oceans to the effectiveness of biodegradable plastic, when it comes to marine litter, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Erik van Sebille, ERC grantee and oceanographer at Utrecht University, feels it is his duty to separate scientific fact from fiction.

He is one of three winners of ERC’s first-ever Public Engagement with Research Award, which saw some 138 applicants submit entries in three categories: Press and Media Relations (which Erik won), Online and Social Media, and Public Outreach. Since the award ceremony in July, ERCEA colleagues have been busy interviewing the laureates about their projects and their public outreach campaigns and they have produced several videos, podcasts and articles.