Plenary Address on Tracking Marine Debris by Dr Jenna Janbeck at #TechCampKochi2022 organized by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General Chennai from May 19 – 21 2022.
Dr. Jenna Jambeck is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA). She is also lead of Circular Materials Management in the New Materials Institute at UGA and of the Circularity Informatics Lab. She has been conducting research on solid waste issues for over 25 years with related projects on marine debris since 2001. She also specializes in global waste management issues and plastic contamination. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean has been recognized by the global community and translated into policy discussions by the Global Ocean Commission, in testimony to U.S. Congress, in G7 and G20 Declarations, and the United Nations Environment program. She conducts public environmental diplomacy as an International Informational Speaker for the US Department of State. This has included multiple global programs of speaking events, meetings, presentations to governmental bodies, and media outreach including in Chile, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, Vietnam, Jordan, Israel, India, China, Bulgaria, South Korea and Taiwan. She has won awards for her teaching and research in the College of Engineering and the UGA Creative Research Medal, as well as a Public Service and Outreach Fellowship. In 2014 she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with 13 other women in eXXpedition to sample land and open ocean plastic and encourage women to enter STEM disciplines. She is co-developer of the mobile app Marine Debris Tracker, a tool that continues to facilitate a growing global citizen science initiative. The app and citizen science program has documented the location of over five million litter and marine debris items throughout the world.