Filipa Bessa

Biologist and researcher at MARE – Marine and Environmental Research Centre from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), with a background on Marine Ecology and a PhD in Biosciences from the University of Coimbra in collaboration with the University of Florence (Italy). Her current research focus is related with the assessment of the effects of (micro)plastic pollution on marine and coastal ecosystems. To this regard, she is involved in several national and European research projects and she is a member of the International Working Group “ Micro and Nano Plastics” in support of the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). Coordinates projects related with innovative tools to detect and mitigate marine litter (UAS4Litter) and associated with citizen science ( In parallel, she is involved in several outreach activities and science communication initiatives (exhibitions, seminars and workshops) related with ocean literacy and plastic pollution.