The Shaw Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit scientific research organization based in Maine and New York. Founded in 1990 by environmental health scientist Dr. Susan Shaw, its mission is to discover and expose environmental threats to people and wildlife through innovative science and to engage in global partnerships to improve human and ecological health. Over three decades, our research on plastics, ocean pollution, flame retardants, and climate change has informed public opinion and fueled policy, impacting millions of people in the U.S. and around the world.
At the world's first Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam, Dr. Susan Shaw delivered a presentation on the extreme danger of burning plastics that was named "the most powerful talk of the Summit' by the event organizer, Maria Westerbos. Dr. Shaw's final sequence, “Children of the Plasticene," even moved audience members to tears with a devastating portrayal of children living and working on burning plastic dumpsites across the world.
On October 22 to 25, Dr. Susan Shaw attended Muhlenberg College’s Center for Ethics, where she delivered a series of lectures on topics related to key health threats we face in the Anthropocene era, including the hazards of photochemicals, chemical exposure, plastic pollution, the legacy of the BP oil spill, and cancer in the fire service. Learn more here.
View Dr. Shaw's talk Science, Lies and Politics posted at TEDxMidAtlantic SUPERPOWERS
October 3, 219
The world's first international Plastic Health Summit unites leading scientists, policymakers, and innovators to deliver state-of-the-art research on micro- and nanoplastics, plastic additives, and health to the public.
As US Science Liaison to the Plastic Health Coalition (organizing body), Shaw Institute founder Dr. Susan Shaw will deliver an on-stage presentation about the extreme dangers of burning plastic facing millions worldwide.
Watch Dr.Shaw's talk in full.
November 4 - 8, 2019
The Gulf of Maine 2050 international symposium will integrate environmental, economic, social, and institutional perspectives on emerging climate challenges and opportunities. Shaw Institute will take part and share our expertise in environmental health research at this important symposium.