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Portsmouth engineer helps to inspire young people and make a positive difference to society

Serena Cunsolo

Serena Cunsolo from University of Portsmouth is taking part in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which launches today (5 November), to inspire young people and parents with examples of engineers on a mission to make a positive difference to society.

Serena is one of a number of engineers from across the UK all working on exciting projects that make a positive difference to the world. She was part of the Ocean Cleanup team, which is providing vital evidence about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), located halfway between Hawaii and California and the largest accumulation zone for ocean plastics on Earth.  She is now looking at how plastics can be prevented from entering our rivers and oceans.

Serena said: “There is an urgent need for action to prevent microplastics particles from entering our oceans. Once these tiny fragments of plastics end up in the marine environment, they represent a potential harm to sea life. Hopefully, the results of my research will promote innovation in technologies and the implementation of reduction measures to preserve the aquatic environment.”

As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, Serena will star in a number of films and be part of a unique Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly which offers schools across the UK the chance to take part in the same assembly on engineering careers at the same time.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly takes place on Wednesday 7 November and over 350 schools have already signed up to the Big Assembly with 35,000-plus students expected to take part.

More information on how to get involved is available at

Schools can sign up to be part of the Big Assembly at

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