SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
3 November 2016
Volume 17 Issue 11

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SETAC Brussels – Environmental Quality through Transdisciplinary Collaboration

Gertie Arts, Wageningen University; Ilse Schoeters, Rio Tinto; and Karel de Shamphelaere, Ghent University

We invite you to attend the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 7–11 May in Brussels, Belgium.

Why Brussels?

Brussels chocolate

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and of the European Union. It is the home to European institutions such as the European Parliament, Commission and Council of Europe, where decisions are made and some of the world's highest environmental standards are set. The meeting will create unique opportunities to connect SETAC science with Europe’s advanced environmental policy.

Founded around 979 C.E., this historical city is the home of more than 80 museums, the “Grand Place,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site right in the city center, and many architectural diamonds, including buildings and monuments in gothic, baroque and art-nouveau styles.

Brussels is a favorite destination for food, beer and chocolate lovers.

Due to its central location, traveling to Brussels is very easy and fast, both by plane and train, with more than 200 direct international flights and high-speed trains to Paris (1.5 hours), London (2 hours), Amsterdam (2 hours) and Frankfurt (3 horus).

The meeting will take place at SQUARE, an international congress center located right in the heart of the city, next to the train station and within walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, bars and museums.

Why attend this SETAC Europe meeting?

The theme of the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting is “Environmental quality through transdisciplinary collaboration.” Based on the submitted session proposals, the Scientific Committee has developed a program consisting of 98 sessions distributed over 8 tracks.  An overview of these sessions can be found at

Special efforts were undertaken to make this meeting truly transdisciplinary. The Scientific Committee has reached out to other societies and joint sessions are being organized. Examples include a special session with EUROTOX to “Bridge the gap between toxicology and ecotoxicology,” a special session with The International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) on the “Role of exposure science for identifying early warnings on new and emerging risks of chemicals,” and a special session with the International Water Association (IWA) on “Exchanging ideas on mechanistic modeling in the context of water quality and environmental risks of chemicals.” In addition, many sessions in the scientific program explicitly solicit abstract submissions on transdisciplinary topics.

Submit your abstracts by 23 November!

The call for abstracts started in early October, and the deadline to submit your research is 23 November.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

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