The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is pleased to announce a 35,000 $ grant to support research in the field of technological innovation implemented in Blue and Circular Economy. The Second Nature Technological Innovation Grant is based on the three main concepts of the Second Nature Initiative –Marine Plastic Pollution, Blue & Circular Economy and New Technologies– and applies to projects that create a new industry-changing technology which incorporates these three pillars.

Researchers from all over the world are welcome to submit their projects for evaluation by the judging committee, an international team of highly esteemed academics, researchers and professionals, specialized in the field of Second Nature’s Initiative interests.

Deadline: 30 December 2018

Award winner(s) announcement: May 2019

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About the Second Nature Initiative

Second Nature is a new and exciting initiative that aims to re-imagine an ecosystem where marine plastic is the raw material for a new economy that uses technological and cultural innovation to bring about social change. It focuses on creating a new mindset towards “waste”: instead of unwanted material requiring disposal, waste can be regarded as raw material to be fed back into the production process, as part of a closed loop system.

Working with initiatives that focus on the prevention and reduction of marine plastic pollution, Second Nature wishes to act as a catalyst for the faster and more effective transformation of marine plastic waste into the raw material of high-value applications, with the use of emerging technologies.

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