2024 TD Walter Bean High School Lecture

Thursday, March 7, 2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)
Africa's Plastic Revolution: Advancing solutions for healthy oceans highschool lecture

Despite worldwide initiatives and efforts, the amount of plastic entering aquatic ecosystems is increasing at an alarming rate, choking our oceans with tonnes of waste. But plastic pollution is only one factor threatening marine ecosystems, biodiversity, livelihoods, economies and human health. In this lecture, Dr. Denis Aheto will discuss a holistic approach to caring for the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers. Using examples from African countries, he will explore how the global community can transform the challenges facing our oceans into opportunities for growth to bolster sustainable development and stimulate socioeconomic transformation.

Important registration information

  • This is a free event. 
  • Students grades 8-12 are welcomed. 
  • Registration should be completed by a school representative.
  • RSVP by February 27 for in-person attendance. There is limited capacity and registration as of February 15 has reached half of our max total. The event will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Schools are responsible for booking their own transportation (school buses). Please upload a confirmation of your bus arrangement with your registration.

  • Bus subsidies are limited but available. To apply for a bus subsidy, please send a school bus quote to caikeorj@uwaterloo.ca.
  • Lunch will be provided. Please upload a completed excel document detailing dietary restrictions and accommodations for all students and staff when registering. 


Time Activity
9 a.m. Bus arrival
9:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. In-person lecture
11:30 a.m. Complimentary lunch 
1:00 p.m. Campus tours
2:00 p.m. Departure

About our 2024 TD Walter Bean Professor

Dennis Aheto