National Seminar

17-19 August 2020

The seminar sessions will bring together sustainability and environmental experts to discuss practical and innovative solutions to tackle the growing plastic pollution crisis. Business leaders from key industries and academic will discuss and debate the latest research, sustainable product designs, new manufacturing solutions, recycling and reuse of products and raw materials, as well as the latest and next-generation bio-sourced materials.

A conglomerate of experts and delegates across the country discussing on the necessity of phasing out SUP’s and the traditional and emerging alternatives will make the event an indelible experience. 


  • Sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel-based plastics
  • Latest material innovations – biomaterial, biochemical, and bioplastics
  • Plastic degradation technology through micro organisms
  • Responsible packaging design
  • Sustainable design and end-of-life management
  • Improving recyclability of products and packaging
  • Business cases for sustainable products
  • Recycling and Reusing
  • Use of biotechnology for clean and sustainable environment
  • IPR, Bioprospecting and Biosafety
  • Ways for upcycling to reduce plastic footprint
  • A circular future with less plastic waste
  • Consumer attitudes to packaging and educating the masses
  • Reducing unnecessary plastics
  • Best practice in deposit refund schemes
  • Extended Producer
  • Responsibility
  • Low – or no – plastic events
  • Plastic and Climate Change


  • Delegates have to make own arrangements for accommodation and transport.
  • The organising committee will provide the list of hotels and dormitories on the website.
  • For group booking organisers may offer assistance.

Call for Papers

Papers can be submitted for all the themes. The presenters can opt for oral or poster presentations. However, the review committee will decide the mode and theme of presentation.

  • The abstract(500 words) should be submitted for both forms of presentations.
  • The paper may be submitted through online.
  • Submission of HARD COPY is NOT allowed.
  • Best Paper award will be presented for each theme.
    Registration of one of the authors is mandatory for acceptance of abstract.

Abstract Guidelines

The abstract(s) should not have more than 500 words and should be uploaded through the website The following information may kindly be noted while preparing the abstract:

  • The title of the paper centered with bold capital letters (14 font Times New Roman).
  • Name of the author(s) centered in normal letters (12 font Times New Roman).
  • Address (es) of the author(s) with pin code, phone and fax numbers and e mail.
  • The name of the corresponding and presenting authors should be specifically mentioned (12 font Times New Roman- normal).
  • A 500 word abstract must contain precise information including brief introduction, methodology, highlights of results and conclusion (12 font Times New Roman- normal, justified).
  • At least one author should register by paying the required registration fee.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

  • Posters must be in portrait, DIN A0 format (84 cm wide x 119 cm high).
  • Include the title and authors of the poster as listed in your abstract.
  • Information on the poster should flow from left to right and from top to bottom.
  • Keep your poster simple – avoid too much information, stick to two or three main points.
  • Double space all text, using left justification.
  • Use short sentences, simple words and bullets.
  • All information should be large enough to be read easily from at least one metre distance, suggested text size is at least 24 point; author(s) and affiliation(s) should be at least 42 point; subheadings should be at least 60 point.
  • Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster; keep captions brief.

Registration Fee (18% GST Extra)

Category Upto 30/06/2020 (Rs.) From 01/07/2020 & Spot(Rs.)
Delegate from Industry
Delegate from Academic Institutions
Student Delegates
Student Innovation Forum (selected entries)

Bank Details:

Account name :         SUPA 2020
A/c No :                       6199201000160
Bank :                          Canara Bank, Edapazhanji Branch,Thiruvananthapuram
IFSC code :                 CNRB0006199

SUPA 2020 is Postponed

The National Seminar and Expo on Single Use Plastic Alternatives scheduled to be held on 17-20 August 2020 (SUPA 2020) stands postponed due to the Covid -19 pandemic. The future dates of the event will be updated as and when the conditions become normal.