See You at SETAC Salt Lake City!
Carrie Claytor and Elin Ulrich, Co-Chairs, Salt Lake City Program Committee
The SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 1–5 November in Salt Lake City, Utah, is just a few weeks away! Online registration closes 10 October, and you can prepare for the meeting by downloading the program and planning your itinerary. The meeting app, sponsored by Rio Tinto, is now available in the Google Play Store and expected to be released on 9 October in the iTunes App Store. The app provides all of the details for the technical program, social program and daily schedules, and it syncs with both the online itinerary planner and the calendar on your device, so it is a great tool for both getting ready for and navigating the conference in real-time. Full abstracts are also available through the app, and can be shared through social media channels and with colleagues.
Many events still have open slots and welcome additional registrants. The Make-A-Difference Service Project, sponsored by Ramboll ENVIRON, is a collaboration between Friends of Great Salt Lake, home of our Sunday night plenary speaker Lynn de Freitas, and a local elementary school. Attendees will help clean up the Great Salt Lake south shore. Transportation, lunch and an excellent opportunity to engage and encourage potential SETAC members of the future are included with your $10 registration!
There are also several opportunities to help support the student membership of SETAC. A long-time favorite of both students and senior members, the Student/Mentor Lunch will be held from 11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Monday. Students can sign up during the registration process or add the lunch to their existing reservation. If you are an experienced SETAC member, please contact Sue Beach with the SETAC North America Students Activities Committee to serve as a mentor.
As always, the awards committee is looking for judges to evaluate student presentations. To make things even easier this year, you can enter your scores and comments at the presentation upload computer stations, through the meeting app or your own personal computer or mobile device. Follow the link and sign in to become a judge.
Following up on last year’s successful Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA), the SETAC North America Student Advisory Council will connect students with experts to address environmental questions and concerns. The AMA session will be open to anyone in the world, so there will be a wide range of topics discussed. Stop by the Student Corner in the exhibit hall any time on Monday to work with student facilitators to answer questions online.
Finally, don’t forget about the silent auction, which opens during the Sunday night reception and closes during the poster social on Tuesday. Be sure to drop by, take a look at the donations and stake your claim. There are always hot-ticket items, and all proceeds support student members and activities There is still time to submit donations.
The SETAC North America Program Committee has worked hard and had a lot of fun planning this meeting. We look forward to seeing you all in Salt Lake City!
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