Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge


Can we change human behavior to curb the flow of plastic into the oceans? Deadline 13 Nov 2020


Author: Holly Rindge

Apply by November 13 for the Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge!

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. The program runs January – June, 2021, and participants will engage in a series of virtual short courses, virtual team-based research, and a final two-day challenge to pitch solutions to an expert panel.

The Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge will emphasize the application of several strategies to address gaps in finding effective solutions, such as changing human behavior, evaluating solutions, and data mapping. This multi-stage program provides skills in solving complex problems, space for participants to build a systems perspective of the plastic pollution problem, and interdisciplinary teams to develop new strategies.

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 UCSD student to apply.

Applications are due by November 13, 2020, 5PM PST. There are no fees to apply or to participate in the Challenge. Please visit the website for more information on the program’s format, speakers, and how to apply:

The program is a partnership between the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.