The Gyre is the scientific term for the ocean currents that propel plastic pollution around the world. The symposium goals are to expose the environmental and public health issues related to plastic pollution and to work collaboratively to offer solutions.

Conceived by Pam Longobardi, GSU Distinguished University Professor, Professor of Art and founder of the Drifters Project, this unique conference brings together top scientists, artists, activists and industry as partners to raise awareness about the global crisis of plastic pollution. The symposium is free and open to the public, and will feature panel sessions, film screenings, a pop-up art exhibit, and a “call-to-action” press conference to affirm collaborative solutions on how to address and reduce plastic pollution.



March 26th, 2015


GSU Salon Ballrooms

Student Center

44 Courtland St. SE

Atlanta, GA 30303


10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Communicating the Issue: Science and Art

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Beyond Greenwash: Extended Producer Responsibility

3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Mobilization from the Ground Up: Activism

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. State of the GYRE – Good News Blitz

6:30 p.m. – Film Screening: National Geographic’s “Gyre”

7-10 p.m. – Sustainability Film Festival, located at Urban Life 220



March 27th, 2015


David J. Sencer CDC Museum

Tom Harkin Global Communications Center, Auditorium A

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Call-to-Action Press Conference

11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon Exhibition Viewing: Gyre: The Plastic Ocean

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Social Justice Panel

3:00 p.m. – onward Keynote, Capt. Charles Moore, Discover N. Pacific Garbage Patch and Cocktail Reception



Plastic GYRE symposium events are FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited and you must register for each day at the following sites.

Thursday, March 26 at Georgia State University Student Center Ballrooms
Friday March 27 at David J. Sencer CDC Museum

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