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Bilateral Microplastic Workshop

UK - 2021 - China


Analytical techniques to isolate and characterise microplastics from environmental and biological samples

1 - 3 June 2021

East China Normal University, Shanghai, China



Microplastics are an emerging threat to wildlife and human health, and in terms of public perception, also a risk to the global food industry, especially seafood.

Although successive studies have reported the pollution characteristics of microplastics in environmental media and organisms, the results between different studies in the world vary widely and are not comparable due to the lack of a uniform microplastic pollution monitoring method. In addition, there are still many bottlenecks in the analysis methods of small microplastics and nanoplastics.

This workshop will provide the ‘best practice’ techniques training to early career researchers to allow them to determine microplastics contamination in complex environmental samples such as sediment and organisms and include risk assessment considerations relevant for industry stakeholders.

Funded opportunities for Early Career Researchers

We seek 30 early career researchers (ECRs) (15 each from the UK and China) to join this workshop and build a network of scientists who tackle these issues together.

The programme, Newton Fund Researcher Links provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster/short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

The Newton Fund and National Natural Science Foundation of China will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa, and travel insurance will be covered; however, participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur with travel or accommodation arrangements or any other issues participants might experience when the participants are away from their home.

Application and Deadline:

To apply, please download and complete this application form and send with your CV. UK applications should be submitted by 4 December 2020 to:

See below for Chinese applicants.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in China.
  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long-term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection Procedure:

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of results:

Applicants will be notified by email by the end of January 2021.

Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, Principal Applicants are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, social status or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.







本次研讨会获英国文化教育协会(项目号Grant Ref. No. 2019-RLWK11-10166)和中国国家自然科学基金委员会(项目号:4191101382)联合资助资助:






Jeanette Rotchell: (英方申请人专用)

施华宏: (中方申请人专用)



  • 申请人必须是青年研究人员(仅限十年内获得博士学位的研究人员)
  • 在国内外期刊发表过学术论文
  • 有跨学科研究经历
  • 有团队合作经历
  • 提供申请参会的理由(不超过100字)
  • 提供大会海报或口头报告的题目和摘要(不超过200字

申请截止日期: 2020/12/4


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