SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  19 July 2012
Volume 13 Issue 7

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Why Wouldn’t You Join a SETAC Advisory Group?

Ruth Hull

SETAC has 14 global advisory groups (AGs), three North American AGs and six European AGs! With such diversity in topics, when you are part of an AG, you may find yourself advancing the science in a particular area while also building another great networking opportunity within SETAC! Then again, you may just want to find out more about an issue and how the experts are grappling with common scientific challenges. Regardless, being part of an AG gives you the chance to participate in special sessions or networking events at annual meetings, focused workshops, on-line exchanges, or contribute to books or journal articles. So, why don't you join?

SETAC members can join any AG, whether regional or global, by expressing their interest in their SETAC profile. Simply log in at with your user name (your email address) and password. Click on "Get Involved," at the left-hand side of the page, then "Advisory Groups" and then proceed to the specific advisory group. At the top of the page, click on "Join Group." If you require any assistance, contact the SETAC office.

We'll tell you a bit about each AG over the coming year. In this issue, we'll introduce you to two North American AGs (Chemistry and Human Health Risk Assessment) and three global AGs (Metals, Ecological Risk Assessment and Sustainability).

The Chemistry AG strives to increase awareness of and relevance for environmental chemistry through scientific, education and communication opportunities for chemists in the environmental field. The AG also creates an improved atmosphere and potential for interactions for chemists with other disciplines within SETAC and between other chemistry organizations. The AG sponsors scientific sessions at the SETAC North America annual meeting, a travel award for chemists new to SETAC, a student exchange award with the Environmental Division of the America Chemical Society, and social/networking events. Contact, Elin Ulrich for more details or visit

The Human Health Risk Assessment AG addresses any interactions between human activities and environmental exposures. The AG, while established in North America, represents SETAC’s window on human health risk assessment more generally and has contributed to SETAC's international program as well. All fields pertinent to conducting effective risk assessments for human health impacts, such as transport, fate, exposure, bioavailability, biomonitoring, effect, and impact analysis are within the scope of this AG. The AG encourages the incorporation of best available science and strategic approaches. Currently, working groups are addressing issues related to endocrine-disrupting compounds and exposures and risks associated with complex mixtures. The AG has sponsored session proposals for the 2012 SETAC North America meeting in Long Beach, California related to: pharmaceuticals and personal care products, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, endocrine-active compounds, the endocrine-disruptor screening program, and concepts critical to the next generation of human health and ecological risk assessment. Contact, Betty Locey for more details or visit

Long active in North America, the Metals AG is the most recent advisory group to go global. Its mission is to advance the science and understanding of the fate and effects of metals in the environment, to promote the use of the best available science in evaluating potential environmental consequences of metals in the environment, and to encourage the incorporation of the best available science and organization of approaches for evaluating the effects of metals in the environment, worldwide. Because the Metals AG, which now also serves as the AG home for SETAC's involvement in the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership just went global at the Berlin meeting, we would like to invite you to join us, no matter where you live and work! We also will be adding new members to the steering committee and starting new working groups soon. But first we need to get our membership list up-to-date. If you are interested in joining the Metals AG please log-in on-line and update your “Profile” by adding the metals AG to your list of “Professional Group Communities.” Although you can do this anytime, (If you are interested in joining the metals AG, please try to do this within the next few weeks, so we can add you to our email list for future updates. Contact, Bill Stubblefield or Jim McGeer for more details or visit

The Ecological Risk Assessment AG strives to advance the science, use, and practice of ecological risk assessment as an approach and tool to inform environmental decision making. The AG serves as a neutral platform for collaborative identification, resolution and communication of ecological risk assessment issues. It also recognizes the multi-disciplinary nature of ecological risk assessment and encourages multi-AG and liaison activities. The AG encompasses allied sciences, such as environmental economics, ecosystem services, and decision science. Current working groups are addressing topics such as spatially explicit exposure analysis, ecosystem services, and population-level ERA. Additional working groups can be formed on topics the membership seeks to explore. The AG is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, concurrent with the switch from North American to global AG status. The newly established global steering committee is comprised of members from the North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific geographic units. We welcome new members from all geographic units to participate in charting a path for the expanded global AG. Contact Mary Sorensen for more details or visit Also, don't forget to join for the Ecological Risk Assessment AG community site, so that you will be included on posted and listserv communications.

The Sustainability AG strives to advance the science and philosophy of sustainability, and contribute to outreach and education, within and outside SETAC, on this topic. It stimulates critical evaluation and discussion on the relevant sciences, and encourages the incorporation of these sciences, approaches and information into environmental management pertaining to sustainability. Current working group topics include preparation of a declaration on sustainability, and organizing a debate session for the Long Beach meeting. Contact, Tom Seager or Paolo Masoni for more details or visit

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