Rethink how we protect marine conservation and cultural areas from plastic pollution.
The Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge is a unique 6-month accelerator program focused on identifying effective, evidence-based approaches that will curb the flow of plastic into the ocean, with a specific focus on marine conservation and marine cultural preservation areas along California’s coast. This program is a partnership between the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.
The program runs January – June, 2021. There are three main components:
- 6 Short courses (Jan – Feb) – virtual, 1.5 hours each
- Team-based research (March – May) – virtual, 2 hours per week
- Two-day Challenge (June) – pitch proposals to an expert panel!
Apply by November 13! We are seeking students, professionals, and entrepreneurs with an interest or background in relevant topics such as ocean and coastal sciences, behavioral sciences, data science, economics, engineering, policy, resource management, community engagement, and more! You do not need to be a UC San Diego student to apply. All nationalities are welcome to apply
FAQs: The program will emphasize the application of several strategies to address gaps in finding effective solutions, such as changing human behavior, evaluating solutions, and data mapping. You will contribute towards solving a complex problem and pitch your ideas to an expert panel at UC San Diego. Check out the website for FAQs, details on course topics, speakers, the two-day challenge, key dates, and how to apply!
Link to the pdf here