SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
18 June 2015
Volume 16 Issue 6

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Message from the SETAC Europe President

Gertie Arts, Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre

Dear SETAC members, friends and colleagues,

I am happy to have begun in my role as SETAC Europe President on 6 May during the SETAC Barcelona meeting. It is a great honor to be in this position for the coming year. I would also like to congratulate the new SETAC Europe Council members elected during the general assembly in Barcelona, and new SETAC Europe Vice President, Jose Julio Ortega-Calvo. Additionally, I would like to express my thanks to the SETAC Europe members and to our Immediate Past President, Laurent Lagadic as he rotates off the SETAC Europe Council. The SETAC Europe councils have been very active the last few years and based on the discussions in Barcelona the current council is energized and ready to continue the high level of activity throughout the coming year. I am looking forward to working with the SETAC Europe council this year and participating in SETAC meetings at the European geographic level and in scientific events and workshops at all levels of SETAC.

Over the last few months in my role as SETAC Europe Vice President, I had the opportunity to participate in the Young Environmental Students (YES) meeting in Petnica, Serbia. During this meeting, SETAC Europe Executive Director Bart Bosveld and I dicussed with students how they can participate in SETAC with the mindset of “what can SETAC do for you.” During my year as president, I would like to prioritize supporting student participation in SETAC.

To this end, I especially want to encourage students to participate in SETAC Advisory Groups. These groups provide an important forum for scientific discussions and a platform where interested experts and students can meet around specific topics and where the interaction among the different sectors in SETAC can be supported and promoted. I believe we must use these groups more frequently for scientific consultations on hot topics with the goal of delivering the best possible consensus within the tripartite structure. In addition to strengthening the SETAC Europe internal organizational and scientific foundation, I also intend to reach out to other societies, disciplines, networks and groups to strengthen our cooperation and engagement in multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific efforts. I would like to reach out to ecological societies in particular to broaden our engagement in ecological research.

SETAC is the group to turn to as a solid scientific voice or opinion on environmental toxicology or chemistry. I am looking forward to cooperating at all levels within the SETAC organization to build bridges to organizations that I believe are important for SETAC to connect with and work collaboratively where we share common interests. It would be great to expand and strengthen the SETAC organization further through these collaborative efforts. I am certainly looking forward to the coming year!

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