The DeFishGear partner University of Nova Gorica, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, organised the International DeFishGear Summer School. This two-week long event took place from 11 to 24 June 2015, and it was attended by Master and PhD students from across the Adriatic countries, who will have future research and professional interests in the field of marine litter pollution and other related environmental issues.
Participants had the opportunity to intensively interact with an international team of distinguished experts in the field of marine environmental sciences, as well as to present and discuss their study and research interests. The Summer School comprised a balanced mix of intensive lectures, hands-on laboratory, field excursion and moderated discussions. Lectures covered the topics such as plastic waste sources, different issues related to macro-litter, microplastics and nanoplastics, best practices in combating marine litter etc.
The field excursion that was realised as an integral part of the Summer School took place in Debeli Rtič, when the students had the opportunity to practically implement the beach litter monitoring and sediment sampling.