Collaborating groups

Applied Analytical Chemistry Research Group (AChem) – University of La Laguna

Our research focuses on the development of analytical methodologies for the determination of microplastics in environmental and food samples as wells as on microplastics monitoring studies. At the same time, we are particularly interested in the determination of persistent and emerging contaminants adsorbed onto microplastics, for which suitable analytical methodologies should also be developed.

Spanish Marine Litter Association (AEBAM)

The Spanish Association of Marine Litter (AEBAM) is a state-wide NGO exclusively dedicated to the problem of marine litter. It was created in 2014 with the aim of establishing an efficient associative framework that could contribute to the prevention and reduction of the amount and impact of waste reaching the marine environment. AEBAM coordinates the International Forum on Marine Litter and Circular Economy - MARLICE, a collaborative international forum to develop strategies towards a waste-free ocean.

Zero Discharges Association – Zero Discharges Association (AVC)

Zero Discharges Association is an NGO founded by professors of the Master's Degree in Waste Management and form the Autonomous University of Madrid. AVC has been working on the impact of anthropogenic waste on the environment. We have designed the MARNOBA platform as a data acquisition system based on ICT and citizen science tools. Since 2012, AVC has participated in various forums of experts and in national and international projects related to marine litter and the circular economy.

Microbial biodiversity - Center of Astrobiology CSIC-INTA

Our research focuses on the study of biodiversity, ecology, evolution and molecular mechanisms of adaptation of microorganisms and microbial populations of environments of astrobiological interest. The main lines of research are the biodiversity of extreme environments including those of astrobiological interest, the isolation of microorganisms of biotechnological interest and the molecular mechanisms of adaptation and microbial evolution.

Biology and Environmental Toxicology (GBTA-UNED)

The members of GBTA-UNED are experts in molecular biomarkers in invertebrates, especially insects. The species of interest include aquatic dipterans like the chironomids Chrironomus riparius and Prodiamesa olivacea, simuliids Coelorinchus parallelus (Orthoptera) and Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Hemiptera), and oligochaetes (Tubifex tubifex and Eiseniella tetraedra). Our current activities are focused on the characterization through molecular markers of: (i) the toxic effect of emerging pollutants and endocrine disruptors, (ii) the physiological response of pest and non-pest insects to natural plant defenses and (iii) the effect of the Wolbachia endosymbiont to the gene expression of C. parallelus.

Cell Biology in Environmental Toxicology + One Health (CBET+) - University of the Basque Country

The main field of expertise of the group is the development and application of early warning cell and molecular biomarkers of pollution exposure and effects, as well as the toxicity profiling of environmental pollutants using standard and novel toxicity tests. The group´s labs include facilities for histology, fluorescence and electron microscopy, image analysis, cell fractionation and biochemistry, cell culture and molecular biology. The group has aquaria facilities for the development of large and mesocosm experiments. The group coordinates three Master and two Doctoral Programmes and offers several international postgraduate courses.

Marine Pollution Group - Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC)

The IEO-CSIC Marine Pollution Group has wide experience in the use of chemical indicators and biomarkers to assess the impact of human activities on the marine environment. Its members participated in several national and international consortia aimed at studying the impact of microplastics in the marine environment. Since 1990, the group has been appointed for the systematic study of Spanish coastal pollution in agreement with OSPAR and Barcelona conventions. Since 2010, the groups has participated in the scientific implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in Spain.

Ecotoxicology and Marine Pollution (ECOTOX) - Marine Research Center of the University of Vigo (CIM-UVIGO)

ECOTOX is a research group established by Prof. Ricardo Beiras that belongs to the competitive reference group EZ1 – EcoCost (Coastal Ecology) of CIM-UVIGO. The gruop holds laboratories in the Faculty of Marine Sciences and the Faculty of Chemistry, as well as in the Marine Sciences Station of Toralla. The main lines of research are (i) the evaluation of marine pollution in coastal ecosystems; (ii) the development of environmental standards for the protection of marine ecosystems; and (iii) contamination by plastics (micro-, nano-, conventional plastics and/or bioplastics).

Marine Ecophysiology Group (EOMAR) - University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The Marine Ecophysiology Group of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has been recognized as A+ productivity group of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Our main lines of research are: ecophysiology studies of different marine organisms, enzymatic biochemistry, marine environment pollution, toxic microalgae and invasive species, and the effect of microplastics and their associated contaminants on the different levels of marine trophic chains. The group is highly committed withthe conservation of the marine environment and dissemination activities.

GREFA (Group for the Rehabilitation of Native Fauna and its Habitat)

GREFA is a non-governmental, non-profit, organization whose objective is the study and conservation of nature. Since its creation, GREFA participated in numerous projects and activities related to wildlife protection. GREFA holds a Wild Fauna Hospital, located in Monte del Pilar (Majadahonda, Madrid), which has already looked after more than 60,000 animals and is considered the largest and centre of its kind in Europe. GREFA has become an international reference thanks to its projects aimed at the preservation of biodiversity, especially concerning native threatened fauna, by means of different actions, such as captive breeding, the reintroduction specimens to the wild, satellite monitoring, and nest surveillance.

Hombre y Territorio

HyT is a third sector entity focused on conservation biology since 2003 that acts as an intermediary between the Administration, business and society. Founding member of the Spanish Marine Litter Association, it develops actions related to littering, at different levels. In the field of microplastics, it is responsible for the protocol of sampling and analysis of microplastics in aquatic ecosystems in alliance with Proyecto Libera. It performs microplastic analysis in its laboratory, and organizes events, workshops, training and participatory actions.

Chemical and Environmental Engineering - University of Alcalá

The group has experience in the detection of microplastics in all environmental compartments with numerous publications in this field. We also work actively on the evaluation of the toxicity and ecotoxicity of emerging pollutants and mixtures, including microplastics, nanoplastics, and synthetic nanoparticles. The members of the group have extensive experience in wastewater treatment and reuse technologies, as well as in the preparation of materials and nanomaterials for water treatment, including membranes with different functionalities and materials and surfaces for biocidal, photobiocidal and photocatalytic applications.

Limnology - University of Valencia

The Limnology laboratory leaded by Dr Andreu Rico belongs to the Limnology Research Group of the University of Valencia. It is interested in assessing the loads and fluxes of microplastics in river ecosystems and coastal wetlands, as well as in quantifying their ecotoxicological risks for aquatic organisms. Recent studies include the first large-scale evaluation of microplastic pollution in the Amazon River and the study of the presence and risks of microplastics in the Albufera Natural Park, a protected Mediterranean wetland.

MICRO-UPCT - Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

MICRO-UPCT is a research group dealing with the study of microplastics at Technical University of Cartagena, Spain (UPCT). It consists of three senior researchers and different granted predoctoral students. We initially focused on microplastics in wastewater treatment plants, although we have also developed studies of these contaminants in coastal and marine sediments, personal care products, or detergents, among others. We are now devoted to the occurrence of microplastics in human being, mainly lower airway and lungs.

Oceanography and Marine Litter Group (OCEVI) - Vigo Oceanographic Center (IEO-CSIC)

The Oceanography Group of the Oceanographic Center of Vigo works actively on the spatial and temporal characterization of marine pollution by plastics, their impact on marine ecosystems and their degradation in natural environments. Additionally we investigate on the variability and long-term trends of oceanographic conditions. The work participated in numerous national and international projects focused on the fight against marine litter in the Atlantic Area and on the establishment of protocols and references for the analysis of microplastics in marine waters, among others.

OpenPLAS - University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Spanish Institute of Oceanography

OpenPLAS is a group formed by two institutions from the Canany Islands (ULPGC and IEO-CSIC) focused on the study of marine microplastics in the open ocean, especially in the Atlantic region. Our research is focused on trajectory analysis of plastic debris, not only on the ocean surface, but also in the deep ocean. We sampled up to 1200 meters depth and measured the concentration of microplastics along the water column. We are currently studying the link between plastic fate and ocean dynamics in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Analytical Chemistry - University of Almería

The group is made up of professors and researchers from the areas of Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry working on the application of last generation analytical techniques aimed at the identification and evaluation of organic contaminants for food quality control and environmental safety. The main lines of research are (i) the implementation of methods for the identification of anthropogenic contaminants in environmental and food samples, (ii) the evaluation of the toxicity of contaminants, their mixtures, and by-products and (iii) the identification of active nano-ingredients in food packaging materials.

Environmental Toxicology and Global Change (ETGC) - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

The Environmental Toxicology and Global Change group has a 30-year track record in Environmental Biology with emphasis in environmental toxicology, environmental microbiology and microbial ecology. Our current research focuses on the presence, distribution, environmental fate, and effect on biota and humans of microplastics and nanoplastics.


Plastics Europe

Plastics Europe is a leading European trade association with > 100 member companies responsible for producing > 90% of all polymers across the European Union, plus Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and UK.


NOVAMONT is the world’s leading company in the sector of bioplastics and biochemicals obtained through the integration of chemistry, environment and agriculture.


Meaning "wake up", "step forward", or "start living", Kubuka's mission is to promote sustainable development trough education and entrepreneurship in projects involving the effort of local communities.

Friends of the Ocean

Friends of the Ocean
Friends of the Ocean is an NGO promoted by the Association of Consignees and Stevedores of Las Palmas (ASOCELPA) that works for a sustainable ocean economy that contributes to reducing the impact of the waste that reaches the marine environment.