It is important to STEPS to have a close dialogue with the Society and to transparently communicate findingt during the way. Research forums and events are important channels for STEPS to communicate about the program.
Here you can find documentations and photos from different events.
Innovation Summit on Sustainable Polymers
Baozhong Zhang (Centre for Analysis and Synthesis, Lund University, WP2 leader) and Tobias Nielsen (Political Science, Lund University, WP3 researcher) presented STEPS at the Innovation Summit on Sustainable Polymers in Malmö organized by Innovation Skåne on the 8th of June. Read more here.
STEPS at the Nordic Polymer Days
Nordic Polymer Days is the key annual conference where researchers and professionals get together to discuss new technologies and innovations within polymer science and engineering.
During this year’s conference, held in Copenhagen on 28-30 May, STEPS programme director Rajni Hatti-Kaul was invited to present STEPS and its achievements.
The Plastic Challenge
WP3 researchers Tobias Nielsen (Political Science, Lund University) and Eva Svensson Myrin (Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University) talked about the plastic challenge at Ideon Science Park on 18 May.
Tobias pointed at the plastics system’s complexity and what are the possible different pathways we can go for achieving a more sustainable system. Tobias also presented world plastic bag regulations and reflected upon the possibilities and challenges of governing plastics through legislation.
Eva talked about closed-loop recycling and presented a show case of a plastic plate that can be recycled at least 7 times without loosing functional properties.
Eva Svensson Myrin talks about closed-loop recycling at the Plastic Challenge
Plastic event at Lund Sustainability Week
Linda Zellner (Perstorp) and Tobias Nelsen (Political science, Lund University) talked about sustainable use of plastics at the seminar Tänk om plast … (Rethink plastics …) on 26 April, during Lund’s Sustainability week.
Tänk om plast is a network of actors from Skåne County working to reduce the amount of plastics that ends up in nature and STEPS is part of it. More information can be found here.
Program meeting April 2018
STEPS programme meeting took place on the 19th of April, 2018 in the historical halls of Hypoteket in Lund. It was attended by academic and industrial partners, board members and invited speakers. The three interlinked work packages gave a quick update of their activities, invited speakers talked about innovation and new ways towards sustainable plastics, polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells, systemic innovation towards a circular economy for plastics, and sustainability criteria and life cycle assessment for forestry. During a small workshop, participants also discussed sustainable plastics recycling, handling biodegradable plastics and increase of biomass/alternative renewables capacity and use.
Lars J Nilsson, professor at Environmental and Energy Systems Studies at Lund University, discusses the outcome from a discussion on ”WHAT research is needed to support political decision making with regards to increasing biomass/ alternative renewables capacity and use?”
Workshop on improved recycling
The workshop was organised by WP3 and held at Lund University on 9 April.
After a presentation from Jenny Ivarsson and Johanna Eriksson from the investigation team on Sustainable Plastics assigned by the Swedish government, the workshop focused on the already known challenges of recycling plastics. Above all, the low collection of plastic waste, the lack of demand for recycled plastic, and the producer responsibility so far failed to encourage producers to design completely recyclable products. Highlights of the EU’s plastic strategy were also presented, after which it was noted by the group that it is important to think both in a long-term and short-term perspective and that the transition to a more sustainable plastic system will require many different solutions.
Three different topics were discussed more in deep during the workshop: plastics design, collection systems and chemical recycling.
Presenting STEPS for Mistra board and staff September 2017
Exactly after one year from the kick-off, in the very same building – Gamla Biskopshuset in Lund – STEPS work package leaders presented the programme’s results, challenges and future development for Mistra’s staff and Board.
Nicola Rehnberg (Bona) talks about STEPS first demo product: the floor varnish StepOn
StepOn Demonstration June 2017
On the 28th of June 2017, STEPS fulfilled an important milestone – demonstration of the first product, the fructose-based floor coating StepOn. After only 10 months since the launch of STEPS, Bona and LU developed a coating with durability and chemical resistance similar, if not better, than the conventional fossil-based products on the market.
Program director Rajni Hatti-Kaul welcomes the participants to the event
StepOn floor coating being applied on the floor of a meeting room in the Chemical
Center, Lund University
Program Meeting May 2017
STEPS programme meeting took place on 30-31 May 2017 in the nice surroundings of Örenäs Castle, Glumslöv, and was attended by academic partners, industrial representatives, board members and invited speakers from Sweden and the rest of Europe.
Panel discussion at the end of the programme meeting
Acting host for an important guest
MEP Federley visited Lund on the 21 of April 2017 and had a meeting with STEPS
researchers and some of the industrial partners (Perstorp, Region Skåne and Sysav).
Kickoff September 2016
The programme start was formally set by a kick-off meeting at Gamla Biskopshuset in Lund on 12 September 2016, attended by the majority of academic and industrial partners.