A letter from the President
Paul van den Brink, SETAC President
Dear SETAC Members,
The year 2011 has already moved into its second month. The year had an excellent start with the decision of the members of the Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology to join the SETAC family and establish SETAC Australasia. By joining SETAC, they have become members of a growing and truly global scientific Society. We look forward to working with them and all other members to reach our mutual goal, which is to support the development of principles and practices for protecting, enhancing and managing sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity. We hope that the broad scope of SETAC will also enhance the engagement of scientists in solving environmental problems locally, regionally, and globally.
The year 2011 will also be a year with several meetings of the different geographical units. Besides the yearly scheduled meetings in Europe (Milan, Italy, 15-19 May, milan.setac.eu) and North America (Boston, 13-17 November, boston.setac.org) we will also have meetings in Asia Pacific (together with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc., Darwin, Australia 17-20 April, www.envirotox2011.org), Africa (together with the Cameroon Society for Toxicological Sciences, Buea, Cameroon, 31 May – 3 June, cameroon.setac.eu) and Latin America (Cumana, Venezuela, 11 – 15 October). I am looking forward meeting you during at least one of these meetings!
Together with the geographical units, SETAC World is developing a global program that encompasses a science (e.g. workshops, advisory groups and the journals), a training (e.g. short courses, SAICM workshops and the eKnowledge program) and a partners (e.g. UN, IUPAC, IUTOX, IUCN, IFS, Cl, SRA and PACN) component that is realized by the SETAC World Council and committees, the geographic units, the global partners and of course, most importantly, the members! Also the preparations for the next SETAC World meeting in 2012 in Berlin, Germany are starting by, e.g., fleshing out what sustainability means in a SETAC scientific context, since sustainability will be the central theme of the meeting. Please keep an eye on the website to monitor the progress (berlin.setac.eu).
We will do our best to serve and support you as much as possible and please let us know when and how we can be of help. I look forward to serving the membership as SETAC president this year!
Paul van den Brink
Professor of Chemical Stress Ecology
Alterra and Wageningen University
Wageningen, The Netherlands
Return to the Globe