SETAC Europe 2017 preview

Published: April 17, 2017

The SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting will take place in Brussels on 7-11 May 2017. The theme of this year’s program, ‘Environmental quality through transdisciplinary collaboration’, reflects SETAC's mission to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe 27th Annual Meeting will take place at the SQUARE Conference Centre, which is located next to the Mont-des-Arts in Brussels, Belgium. As the home of the European parliament, Brussels is a centre of European decision making, creating unique opportunities to connect SETAC science with environmental policy.

In the 1970s, no forum existed for interdisciplinary communication among environmental scientists, managers and engineers interested in environmental issues. SETAC was founded in North America in 1979 to fill that void. Since then, membership has increased to over 6,000 members from more than 100 countries. Annual meetings in Europe and North America are attended by some 2,500 participants, with nearly 1,900 technical presentations.

A unique strength of SETAC is its commitment to balancing the scientific interests of government, academia and business. The Society by-laws mandate equal representation from these three sectors for officers, World Council, Geographic Unit Boards of Directors and Councils, and Committee members and governance of activities. The proportion of members from each of the three sectors has remained nearly equal over the years.

Highlights of this year’s event include a keynote presentation on ‘Seas, Oceans, and Public Health in Europe’ by Professor Lora Fleming of the UK’s University of Exeter (on Sunday 7th May at the Opening Ceremony).Mr Geert Dancet, Executive Director of European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland will also talk on ‘10 years of REACH: Achievements, Scientific Challenges and Research Needs’ and Dr Michele Galatola, Product Team Leader, DG Environment, European Commission will talk about ‘Product Environmental Footprint’.

The scientific program at this year’s meeting comprises plenary and poster technical presentations. The plenary program consists of 7 tracks for parallel sessions and 1 track for special sessions:

  • 1.Ecotoxicology and human toxicology
  • 2.Ecotoxicology becomes stress ecology
  • 3.Environmental chemistry and exposure assessment
  • 4.Ecological risk assessment and human health risk assessment
  • 5.Life cycle assessment and environmental foot-printing
  • 6.Environmental policy, risk management, and risk communication
  • 7.Think-Outside-The-Box
  • 8.Special sessions.

A number of satellite meetings are also taking place during the event.

About 60 exhibitors have already signed up, including Agilent Technologies, Arcadis, Blue Frog Scientific, Cambridge Environmental Assessments, CEHTRA, Charles River, EAG laboratories, Fera Science, ibacon, Innovative Environmental Services (IES), JRF Global, Loligo Systems, Scymaris and Thermo Fisher Scientific, and many more.

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