Race for Water Odyssey

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Race for Water Odyssey

Initiated by the Race for Water foundation, the “Race for Water Odyssey” is a unique expedition that aims to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean by visiting island beaches situated in the 5 trash vortexes. In less than 300 days, over 40,000 nautical miles will be traveled, punctuated by 11 scientific stopovers and 9 outreach stopovers, involving a total of 13 countries. The objective of the expedition is twofold: on the one hand, the goal is to compile a human and environmental assessment of the current state of plastic pollution in the oceans, thanks to scientific and sociological investigations. On the other hand, the expedition wants to raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean in order to bring together the general public, industries, and legislators together against this issue. The Race for Water Odyssey benefits from the support of ISAF, Duke University, Oregon State University, senseFly, Swisscom and Swissnex.

Present in Rio from November 5th to Nov 12th, the Race for Water Odyssey will organize several events, such as a scientific workshop, or an exhibition, to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans.



Thursday 5th of November

11:30                   Opening of the R4WO exhibition

11:30 - 12:30        Launch of " Mar sem Lixo Mar de Gente " and Press Conference


Saturday 7th of November

11:00                    Participation in a beach clean-up on Ipanema Beach

14:00 - 15:30        Roundtable


Monday 9th of November

Meeting with young sailors within the Projeto Grael Niteroi


Tuesday 10th of November

11:00 - 18:45          Conference : Preserving our Oceans - A Race Against Time


Wednesday 11th of November

10:00 - 17:00          Conference : Searching for Solutions for a Future Without Marine Litter