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

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Get Ready for SETAC Latin America Buenos Aires

Pedro Carriquiriborde and Gustavo Somoza, SETAC Latin America Buenos Aires Meeting Chairs

Note from the Editors: The following article is designed to highlight the upcoming SETAC Latin America meeting to be held in September. Materials to produce this article are from the SLA representative at the SETAC World Council report at Barcelona and the SETAC Latin America meeting website.

SETAC Latin America will hold the 11th Biennial Meeting from 7-10 September 2015, with the theme “The Role of Science in Environmental Decision-Making.” This year’s meeting will be held at the Usina del Arte, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The program committee and organizers are looking to continue the success of the past by developing a program and venue that promoting face-to-face interaction among Latin American professionals engaging in environmental science with colleagues and professionals in the environmental sciences from around the world. The committee hopes student participation will be strong at this meeting and the program and venue will facilitate productive scientific exchanges across seasoned professionals and students alike.

The program committee has lined up an excellent set of sessions covering the following areas:

  • Aquatic Toxicology and Ecology
  • Pesticides and the Environment
  • Terrestrial and Wildlife Toxicology and Ecology
  • Environmental or Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Health
  • Fate and Effects of Nanomaterials
  • Endocrine Disruption
  • Landscape Ecotoxicology and Management
  • Ecological Risk Assessment, Exposure
  • Bioavailability and Bioaccumulation
  • Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability
  • Environmental Education
  • Emerging Contaminants and Effects, and
  • Special Symposia on select topics.

Four outstanding plenary speakers (John Giesy, Damia Barcelo Paulo Saldiva, Vance Trudeau) are lined up to highlight various topics of concern to our membership. John Giesy will speak on “Toxicological Evaluation of Perfluorooctane (PFOs) In the Environment: Anatomy of an Environmental Issue," Damia Barcelo will talk about “Fate and Effects of Pharmaceuticals in River Catchments Under Water Scarcity: Global Perspective and Management Solutions.” Paulo Saldiva will cover “Combining Greenhouse Gases Emission Mitigation and Health Co-benefits Due to Reduction of Local Air Pollutants: A Global Perspective.” Finally, Vance Trudeau will discuss “Neuroendocrine Disruption: Causes and Consequences for Vertebrate Reproduction.”

Continued education will be a part of this meeting as well. There are three full-day short courses available along with one half-day course. Adding to this learning effort will be the third workshop effort for the SETAC Global Horizon Scanning Project. It is hoped there will be strong participation in the Horizon Scanning workshop effort as input from as many scientists and environmental professionals as possible is needed to make this effort a success.

In addition to the great science, let’s not forget the social program! Face-to-face interaction with our colleagues outside the work time is important for building strong, collegial connections. The social events starts off on Monday night with the ppening ceremony, followed by the welcome reception. On Tuesday night there will be a Congress Banquet, which always features great food, great drink and plenty of opportunities to socialize with your colleagues form around the globe. Wednesday night is the student party which always draws a crowd of people looking to have a good time. The meeting will wrap up on Thursday afternoon with the closing ceremony and a tango show!

With all the great science, speakers, short courses and social activities, this is certainly a meeting that you do not want to miss. Keep in mind that deadlines are quickly approaching. Registration for the meeting is open now, but the early bird registration deadline is 30 June. If you are planning to submit an abstract to present at this meeting the deadline is also 30 June. And if you are a student looking for some potential support, student grants page and follow the instructions. The deadline to applying for student travel support is 19 June.

For more information please visit the meeting website.

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