Circular Ocean Events


Innovation from Marine Waste
26th-27th October 2016
UCA Farnham

640,000 tonnes of fishing nets and ropes are dumped into the ocean each year injuring and killing marine mammals and birds, and disrupting shipping.

Circular Ocean is an award winning European funded project aimed at identifying solutions to the problem of waste fishing nets and ropes (FNRs) through the development of new products from waste FNRs. The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) at UCA Farnham is a partner in Circular Ocean. CfSD is a world leading research and training centre established in 1995 focused on sustainable innovation and product sustainability. The Director, Professor Martin Charter also chairs UCA’s cross-campus, cross-curricula Environmental and Social Sustainability Working Group

On the evening of 26th October (5.30 – 7.30) the #Net-Hack_Challenge will be introduced, followed by presentations from CfSD and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and conclude with networking. On day 2 on 27th October (11.00 – 7.30) an innovation workshop will be organised by CfSD incorporating a series of creative, fun and innovative processes based on Professor Charter’s unique GreenThink process . Teams will work throughout the day to develop Solutions to a series of Challenges set by external experts. At the end of the day, groups will present their concepts to .an expert judging panel who will give their professional feedback.

It is important to register for #Net-Hack_Challenge if you wish to attend. To register please email by 25th October 2016.

Applying information, knowledge and ideas gathers from across the region and beyond, the Circular Ocean Project will act as a catalyst to empower communities to develop robust business opportunities that are environmentally sustainable and enhance income generation it the NPA region.