SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
12 May 2016
Volume 17 Issue 5

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SETAC Italian Branch: A Place for Biologists, Chemists and Environmental Scientists to Meet

Paola Grenni, Italian Language Branch President, and Anna Barra Caracciolo, SETAC Europe Council member

The Italian Language Branch of SETAC (SETAC IB) facilitates scientists from universities, industry and the public sector to get together to exchange scientific knowledge and discuss its use in environmental policy. The branch is very active, routinely organizing meetings and other events, and recently went live with their new website,

The last meeting of the SETAC IB was held during the Ecomondo exhibition on 3 November 2015 in Rimini, Italy, where 10 SETAC IB members gave high-quality scientific platform presentations and contributed 6 posters (see details of the presentations below).

SETAC IB is also getting together from 4:00–6:00 p.m. on 23 May in SALLE K+L during the SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting in Nantes, France. See you there!

Future meetings in which SETAC IB is involved include:

  • Meeting of the LCA Italian Network Association
    (Convegno dell’Associazione Rete Italiana LCA 2016)

    23–24 June 2016 in Ravenna, Italy

    The call for papers topics include:

    • Life Cycle Impact Assessment: Methodological Developments
    • Product Environmental Footprint and Organization Environmental Footprint: Experiences and Possible Uses in Environmental Policies
    • Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Their Implementation
    • Social-LCA, Social Organizational LCA: Applications and Methodological Developments
    • Life Cycle Costing and Externality Monetization
    • Life Cycle Assessment and Other Supporting Tools for Circular Economy
    • Incorporate Energy, Energy and Life Cycle Assessment
    • Attributional and Consequential LCA: Case Studies and Methodological Aspects
    • Studies and Application of LCA Models
  • XV Italian-Hungarian Symposium on Spectrochemistry (IHSS)
    Pharmacological Research and Analytical Approach
    12–16 June 2016 in Pisa, Italy

    As part of the bilateral governmental program for scientific and technical co-operation between Italy and Hungary, this series of biennial events is a well-established tradition providing scientists from both countries with a permanent forum for discussing the results of their research, primarily in the fields of human health and environmental protection.

    The opening ceremony of the symposium and welcome address will be presented by M.M. Augello, Chancellor, UNIPI, Pisa; S. Caroli, SSFA, Milan; R. Fuoco, UNIPI, Pisa; L. Musmeci, ISS, Rome; M. Romano, SSFA, Milan; B. Sperlágh, MFT, Budapest; and G. Záray, ELTE, Budapest.

    Oral sessions will cover topics such as new trends in pharmacological research; the legal framework; advances in analytical techniques; medical devices and current challenges and future prospects; personalized medicine from genetics to analytics; pharmaceuticals and the environment; metabolomics; pharmacology and analytical chemistry, the quest for quality; and nutraceuticals.

    A special issue will be published containing selected oral and poster presentations from the symposium.

If you’re Italian or you have contacts within Italy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Better still, come along to one of our meetings!

The table below highlights the invited speakers and posters that were presented at the Ecomondo exhibition in Rimini 2015, in the meeting titled, “Monitoring and control of priority micro-pollutants in water and removal techniques in plants treating water for human consumption and in waste water (Monitoraggio e controllo dei microinquinanti prioritari nelle acque e tecniche di rimozione negli impianti di trattamento delle acque destinate al consumo umano e delle acque reflue).”

Invited Speakers

Viarengo A., Sforzini S., Orrù A. Oliveri C., Caprì F., Banni M.

Use of immunohistochemical, biochemical and transcriptomic data in the evaluation of the health status of marine mussels

A. Di Guardo

Environmental fate models on water micropollutant predicting exposure: The ChimERA Fate model

M. Carere, L. Musmeci

Emerging pollutants in surface water bodies and wastewater reuse: Recent developments in Europe

L. Lucentini, L. La Sala, E. Cadum, L. Musmeci, E. Ferretti, V. Fuscoletti, F. Nigro Di Gregorio, E. Veschetti

Italian guidelines for risk assessment and management within the drinking water chain according to Water Safety Plans

A. Barra Caracciolo, P. Grenni, V. Ferrero, M. Di Lenola, N. Ademollo, L. Patrolecco, R. Loos, S. Tavazzi, M.L. Saccà, T. Lettieri

Linking multiple stressors to microbial community structure for water quality assessment

A. Sangion, S. Cassani, E. Papa, P. Gramatica

Identification of potential environmentally hazardous pharmaceuticals by QSAR modeling

Campani T., Caliani I., Pozzuoli C., Pagano E., Beligni G., Fossi M.C., Casini

Evaluation of the olive mill wastewater bioremediation process using the ecotoxicological approach with Eisenia fetida and Gambusa affines tests

S. Castiglioni, E. Zuccato, E. Davoli

Behavior and fate of priority micropollutants in wastewater treatment plants and surface water

V. Di Nica, S. Villa, A. Finizio

Toxicity of single human pharmaceuticals and their mixtures to Aliivibrio fischeri. Comparison among experimental data and predictive models

Castellani C., Carrer S., Bidinotto P., Zito M.A.

The monitoring program for the chemical status of the Venice Lagoon according to the European Water Framework Directive


N. Ademollo, S. Capri, J. Rauseo, L. Patrolecco

Pharmaceutical microcontaminants in wastewater effluents and aquatic ecosystems: The city of Rome and the Tiber River case studies

A. Sangion, S. Cassani, P. Gramatica

Pharmaceuticals ecotoxicity: Data curation and QSAR modeling

S. Cassani, A. Sangion, F. Marzetta, P. Gramatica

PBT assessment of personal care products

Giorgetti L., Longo V., Cardinali A., D’Antuono I., Linsalata V., Nazzaro F., Fratianni F., Coppola R.

Identification of biological parameters for monitoring the quality of olive oil mill waste waters after purification and recovery of bioactive compounds

L. Maiorino, G. Falleni, P. Grenni

Environmental damage on freshwater ecosystem under the Directive 2004/35/EC: Current approach and future challenges

E. Loffredo, G. Castellana, E. Taskin

Removal of pesticides and estrogens from a wastewater and abatement of its phytotoxicity using plant-derived adsorbents and ligninolytic fungi

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