What’s this all about?
Microplastics.science is a brand new hub for learning, sharing and collaborating in microplastics related work.
There are so many tools now to communicate your good work. Social media. Media. Conferences. Journal articles. It can all get a bit overwhelming! So what’s the point of another microplastics website? Hear me out.
There is plenty of awesome work getting lost out there in the vastness of the internet. Even worse, a lot is done and not communicated at all! It may end up in scientific journals or technical reports that are not accessible to the public where it can have an impact.
Don’t get me wrong, there are groups out there who are getting your work out there and having a big presence in the media. These are mostly big university groups and NGO’s who have established working groups. This is great! Your work is getting the attention it deserves! But what about the hundreds of studies done by individuals and citizen science groups that deserve to have their work showcased?
Let me tell you my own story. I completed a dedicated study of microplastic pollution on the coastlines of New Zealand in 2013. I found that there were significant amounts of microplastics on our coastlines down here in the deep south. Since that time, I noticed that a lot of really good research was coming out and slipping into the background. I certainly wasn’t keen to have this happen when I published my own work. After all, I wanted to highlight that we have a real problem here! One that will only get worse if we don’t take action.
So. I published my work in a journal. Wrote a blog article to explain the work without jargon. And published it here. Take a look!
So here’s the idea:
1. Let’s make a hub together where those working in the field can connect and collaborate.
I’ve had a crack at it and I’d welcome any feedback and ideas. This site has a members area and forum where you can talk to each other. Give it a go! Let me know if there are any features you’d like to see.
2. Let’s promote our work and translate our science into the real world.
It’s important to tell your story without all the jargon. It should also look good to get the message across! You can create your own posts for the site here or just send through your document by email to [email protected]. Post stories about your research. Your results. Your projects. We’ll make it look snazzy and send you a copy to check over prior to publication on the site. Once it’s up, we’ll spread it as far as we can through our social networks and media contacts. If you’d like to do it yourself, then we can set you up with an editors account. No problems. It’s all about sharing here.
3. Let’s share our findings!
I know we can’t always do this when research is being conducted. But we certainly can afterwards (just don’t break copyright)!
In the near future we will be beginning to set up the largest citizen science portal for microplastic findings. Here you will be able to record your findings and visualise the data with interactive maps. Please contact us if you already have a database that you would like to share.
We’ll soon be promoting work from some of our supporters including the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and The Ocean Cleanup. Two amazing groups who are doing some extraordinary and selfless work.