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Contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge

Through the programme LEARN we contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge on plastic pollution in water. Thoroughly active in tackling plastic pollution in the oceans, Race for Water Foundation with the Odyssey 2017-2021 pursues its commitment against this environmental scourge, which consequences remain broadly unknown.

In 2015, the first Odyssey has established an overview of plastic pollution in the oceans and initiate scientific results, which results will be published in 2017. Research themes are based on solid waste and micro plastics collected on beaches situated at the heart of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans’ gyres.

Micro plastic studies are carried out in collaboration with different universities in Switzerland and France: in Lausanne, the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) studies the typology, quality and concentration of micro plastics collected; the HEIA (Haute Haute École d’Ingénierie de Fribourg) analyses micro-pollutants absorbed by micro plastics in Friboug; and the University of Bordeaux, in France, investigates the eco-toxicological effects of micro plastics on fish cells and embryos.

Solid wastes (> 2,5 cm) have been identified and measured on the spot. Cartographies have been completed with the help of a SenseFly drone, and in collaboration with the university of Duke and Oregon State University.

For its new Odyssey 2017-2021, out Foundation will emphasize the understanding of plastic pollution with a research focus on :

  • The measure of plastic pollution
  • The impact of plastic wastes on ecosystems
  • The deterioration and toxicity of plastic
  • Eco-toxicological effects of micro plastic on food chain and human health


The Water Guardian Experts platform

Following its first Odyssey, Race for Water also initiated a knowledge sharing platform at an international scale. It is now composed of a community of committed Water Guardian Experts met mainly during the expedition : scientists, NGOs, local associations, institutions, governments, managers, industrials can connect, get informed, involved and share expertise in order to stop the environmental scourge of plastic pollution in the oceans.