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2015 Welch Symposium “Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond”

  • GSU Student Center Ballrooms (map)


Georgia State University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Plastics Pollution Coalition announce the 2015 Welch Symposium: Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond

Plastic GYRE symposium events are FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited and you "must" register for each day:

REGISTER HERE: Thursday, March 26 - GSU Student Center Ballrooms

REGISTER HERE: Friday, March 27 - David J. Sencer CDC Museum


In an effort to raise awareness and discourse on the global crisis of plastic pollution, the Welch Foundation at Georgia State University (GSU), David J. Sencer Museum of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) jointly host the 2015 Welch Symposium, The Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond on March 26-27.

The two-day symposium is part of the Atlanta Science Festival and will feature a wide array of experts discussing the most current research, creative response, activism mobilization and industry best practices in a quest to address runaway global plastic pollution. In conjunction with the conference, several events are planned including a partnership with a major international art exhibition, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean at The David J. Sencer CDC Museum, film screenings, pop-up exhibition, press junket and a cocktail reception at the CDC Museum (see below for details).

The Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond symposium is conceived by Pam Longobardi, GSU Distinguished University Professor, Professor of Art and founder of the Drifters Project. “The Gyre is the scientific term for the ocean currents that propel plastic pollution around the world,” states Ms. Longobardi. “This is a unique conference that brings together top scientists, artists, activists and industry leaders as partners in exposing the environmental and public health issues and collaboratively working to offer solutions.”

Earlier Event: March 25
Atlanta BeltLine 101 - Northside
Later Event: March 26
GMIC 2015 Kick-off Event