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Plastic Pirates of Kiel at the “Science Year– Seas and Oceans” event at the Deutsche Museum in Munich

25. April 2017

On April 26th, 2017, Dr Katrin Knickmeier, head of the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt and Katrin Kruse, head of the Forschungswerkstatt’s ocean laboratory will present results of the citizen science project “Plastic Pirates” at the Deutsche Museum in Munich. In the morning two of the participating school groups will show their work, while in the afternoon the two scientists will offer a class about the project to educators.

"Plastic Pirates – The Sea Begins Here!" is a nationwide citizen science project about ocean protection and sustainability, where young people go on science expeditions to investigate the plastic waste pollution of German coasts and streams. A digital map of Germany shows the collected data: www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/jugendaktion, which will be further evaluated by the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt, a joint institution of Kiel University and the IPN.

Last fall over 180 groups from schools and youth organizations nationwide participated in the "Plastic Pirates – The Sea Begins Here!" project by collecting samples from Germany’s coasts and streams, making them available for research.

Now the projects enters its second year. From May 1st to June 30th, young people between the ages of 10 and 16 are again called upon to collect plastic from their local coasts and streams to support scientist’s research about the level of micro- and macro-plastic pollution in German waters.

Additional information:

https://www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/2016-17/mitmachen/junge-wissenschaftsinteressierte/plastikpiraten.html