SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
21 January 2016
Volume 17 Issue 1

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SETAC World Congress—Fostering Environmental Science for an Ever-Changing World

Tim Canfield, Anne Alix and Cindy Howard, Co-Chairs, 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting


Note from the co-chairs: This is the first in a series of articles that will appear in the Globe this year keeping our members up to date on important dates, plans and events leading up to the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting. Look for updates in future Globe Articles.

The 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting is now 10 months away. The meeting will take place from 6–10 November in Orlando, Florida. While this may seem like a long time away, and SETAC has two geographic unit (GU) meetings between now and then (SETAC Nantes and SETAC Singapore), the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting is beginning to take shape and is going to be a tremendous meeting.  While all SETAC GU meetings are high quality events that bring together top notch scientists sharing their work with their colleagues and peers, a SETAC World Congress takes these meetings to a world-class level. While all world congress meetings are held in connection to a SETAC GU annual meeting, the enhanced level of importance and visibility a world congress meeting brings to the table for spotlighting global environmental issues across the entire society makes it a special event and a must make meeting for SETAC members. 

The meeting will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort, a Spanish-style conference resort that has a main property plus two satellite properties that accommodate a couple of options for room night rates. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, and there is a business center if more extensive support is needed by attendees. The Rosen Shingle Creek is located on a 230-acre property with numerous opportunities for recreation such as nature trails, walking trails, pools, spas and more (after hours of course!) when conference attendees are not at meetings, in sessions, at poster socials or plenary talks. Typical temperatures for Orlando during November range from 59–78 degrees Fareinheit (26–15 oC), providing a very comfortable temperature range for outside activities and after hours excursions. 

The SETAC Orlando program committee consists of 29 people with representatives for each of the five SETAC GUs. The meeting co-chairs have worked hard to try to put together a committee that would balance the world congress and North America meeting needs along with a number of other considerations. As a brief overview of the committee make up, we have 29 members on the committee, 19 from North America and 10 from the other GUs. Among the SETAC North America members we have six academia, seven business and six government representatives. Of the government representatives we have a mix of federal and state government members. Among the other GUs, we have six academia, two business and three government members.  Total for the committee, we have 12 academia, nine business and eight government members of which two members are students. Among the SETAC North America members we have two from Canada, one from Mexico, and the remaining members come from across the US. There is a mix of seasoned and less seasoned members involved. Alan Samel (current Global Science Committee Chair) and Sue Robinson (current SETAC North America Science Committee Chair) are on the committee and will be the point of contact to make sure the respective science committees have a meaningful involvement as the meeting planning develops.

The program committee members collectively chose the meeting theme, “Fostering Environmental Science for an Ever-Changing world,” to provide a topic that was broadly applicable to the state of environmental science across all GUs.  Currently, the program committee is developing the Orlando meeting across a number of different areas. However, there are several areas that the program committee needs your help, most importantly proposing session themes and submitting abstracts to those sessions. Session theme proposals must come from the SETAC membership.

The members of the program committee want to encourage all SETAC members from every GU to start thinking of sessions they would like to see at the meeting and to submit their session proposals online.

SETAC Orlando is expected to draw a record crowd with this five-day event, featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities. This is a must make meeting if you are interested in emerging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry. More than 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government, representing 40 plus countries, are expected to attend and help create a meeting that will provide a unique networking opportunity and a chance for global cross-collaboration long after the closing session. 

As most people around the world know, Orlando is the home of Disney World. Walt Disney, founder of Disney Land and Disney World, has been quoted as saying, “If you can dream it you can do it,” and, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  As society members of SETAC, we all have the dream to solve the world’s environmental problems to make the environment of the planet a better place. That is what brings us together to work in the environmental sciences, and it is what brings us together as members of SETAC. Our goal (dream) is to have a world congress that all of our SETAC members will attend. We know the dream is big and maybe even impossible, but I want to share it with all of you and maybe, just maybe, we might make that goal (dream) a reality.

On behalf of the entire Orlando program committee, we invite and encourage every SETAC member to attend this important meeting. Let’s see if we can make the dream of a 100% attendance of a SETAC World Congress come true in a place known for making dreams come true!

Important Deadlines:

  • Session proposal submissions: 24 February
  • Abstract submissions: 30 March–8 June
  • Professional training course submissions: 1 May
  • Meeting Registration: Opens in July

See you in Orlando!

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