Dr. Gabriela Kalčíková is the leader of the PLANTERASTICS group and an expert on microplastics in terms of its ecotoxicity, aging and interactions with other pollutants. In 2018 she was a member of the expert group working for the EU on microplastics (SAPEA – Evidence Report “A scientific perspective on microplastics in nature and society”). She has been invited several times to conferences and meetings to give a presentation on microplastic research.

The project group is comprised of several researchers from Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology that are dealing with various microplastic topics: Dr. Tina Skalar and Dr. Marjan Marinšek are material scientists and experts in characterization of microplastics, Dr. Gregor Marolt is a chemist with expertise in microplastics analysis. The team is accompanied by a researcher Aleksandra Kuljanin and a Ph.D. student Ula Rozman and several bachelor and master students.

The team closely cooperates with researchers from other Slovenian, European, and non-European institutions that focus on various aspects of microplastic research.