SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
19 November 2015
Volume 16 Issue 11

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A Recap of SETAC Australasia Conference in Nelson, New Zealand

Louis Tremblay, Conference Chair

SETAC Australasia
Enthusiastic delegates gather at the conference dinner.

The 2015 SETAC Australasia Chapter conference was held from 25–28 August 2015 in Nelson, New Zealand. There were approximately 200 delegates from government, academia and business from Australia, China, UK, USA, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan that attended the conference, which offered three concurrent sessions packed with stimulating presentations.

The conference had a challenging theme, “System Approach to Environmental Management,” to encourage discussions about the growing environmental issues faced in the Asia/Pacific region.

Two workshops were offered, including one coordinated by the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority’s Hazardous Substances Group, to provide a practical overview of the regulatory requirements and processes related to research and development in New Zealand. We were very fortunate to host the Australasian workshop for the SETAC Global Horizon Scanning Research Prioritization Project initiative, which aims to collect and prioritize the most important future research questions as recognized by scientists from around the globe. The workshop tri-chairs were Graham Sevicke-Jones of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Vin Pettigrew of the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) in Melbourne, and Sally Gaw of the University of Canterbury, who stepped in for Therese Manning from Environmental Risk Sciences because she was unable to attend. Alistair Boxall and Bryan Brooks from the project steering committee were there to ensure the process ran smoothly.

SETAC Australasia
PhD candidate Abigael Proctor, winner of best poster presentation.

The conference program included special sessions such as “System Approaches to Sustainable Biowastes Management,” co-chaired by Jacqui Horswell of ESR and Lisa Langer of SCION Research; management of natural resource extractions, co-chaired by Jo Cavanagh of Landcare Research; and one full-day session covering various aspects of the revision process of the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC) water quality guidelines chaired by Rick Van Dam of the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (ERISS) in Australia. We had excellent keynotes presentations from Alistair Boxall of the University of York, Malcolm Rands of Ecostore, Gary Rielly of Methanex, Karen Lavin, Senior Adviser for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and the Tony Roach Memorial Speaker Nicole Hill of the University of Tasmania.

Hopefully everyone found the conference useful, and we hope to see you all next year in Hobart!

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