SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  12 April 2012
Volume 13 Issue 4

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6th SETAC World Congress 2012 Event: Regulatory Dialogue on Alternative Approaches for Environmental Safety Assessment

Scott E. Belanger and Michelle R. Embry Co-Chairs, Animal Alternatives in Environmental Science AG

Are you interested in:

  • The latest developments in alternative approaches and technologies for ecotoxicology research and safety testing?
  • Prospects and challenges for application of non-animal methods for risk assessment in a regulatory context?

If so, then come to this event at the 6th SETAC World Congress in Berlin! The SETAC Animal Alternatives in Environmental Science Advisory Group is jointly sponsoring this event with United Kingdom’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) to promote cross-sector discussion and awareness of recent research on alternative approaches for environmental safety assessment.

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Light micrographs of developing zebrafish embryos. Photo credit: Jane M. Rawlings, Procter & Gamble.

The meeting will take place at 17:30–19:00 h, Tuesday 22 May, in Room Paris. There will be of a networking reception with refreshments and posters, as well as a keynote lecture and short presentations in PechaKucha format (20 slides with 20 seconds per slide!). The aim is to highlight current research on alternative methods, discuss regulatory challenges to use of alternative methodologies and initiate a virtual community to facilitate regulatory – academic – industry dialog.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Watze de Wolf, European Chemicals Agency
  • James Oris, Miami University
  • Hennicke Kamp, BASF
  • Caren Rauert, International Chemicals Management, German Federal Environment Agency

The Animal Alternatives in Environmental Science Advisory Group was formed in 2008 to facilitate scientific discussion of relevant aspects of alternative tests in environmental science as a means to reduce, refine, or replace standard toxicity tests with vertebrates around the globe. Over the past 4 years, more than 400 candidate abstracts expressing interest to join regular sessions have been considered at SETAC North America and SETAC Europe regional meetings. During this same time frame, the burgeoning interest in systems biology, the maturation of genomic and other tools and the concepts of adverse outcome pathways have also become part of the discussion on alternatives. Past activities of the Animal Alternatives in Environmental Science Advisory Group have included sponsoring workshops on in vitro methods in environmental toxicology, providing a sounding board for SETAC leadership on use of animals in research and the commitment of SETAC to animal welfare and leading forums such as this regulatory dialogue at the World Congress. We especially encourage the participation of students as the new sciences involved in animal alternatives move forward.

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