SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
6 October 2016
Volume 17 Issue 10

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Pack Your Bags, Plan Your Meeting Activities: Next Stop SETAC Orlando!

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

SETAC World Congress

The 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting is now just under one month away. If you have yet to register for the meeting, we encourage you to do so today. We also encourage you to go to the housing site and book your rooms before the hotel block options close on 12 October.

To help you get ready for the meeting, we encourage you to go to the SETAC Orlando website. Under the “Program” tab, you will find information on the daily schedule, scientific program, social program, business meetings and student activities. There are helpful links under each of these.  For example, in the daily schedule you can find the link to view the online program, where you can create your personal meeting itinerary and either download it as a .pdf or put it directly into your iCalendar. The meeting app, sponsored by Rio Tinto, will be available through Google Play and iTunes later this month. The app will provide all of the details for the technical program, social program and daily schedules. It will sync with both the online itinerary planner and the calendar on your device, so it is a great tool for both navigating and preparing for the conference. Use these tools to ensure you never miss a meeting or presentation that you want to attend.

Under the “Scientific Program” tab, you can still submit a late-breaking science abstract for a poster presentation, read about the keynote speakers or register for a professional training course. There is also helpful guidance for session chairs and presenters. Don’t forget to look at the social program to complete your meeting experience. You will find links to activities like the Women in SETAC Luncheon, Tuesday Night Social, area tours and networking events. We encourage everybody to help our student program with your participation in the silent auction. Consider both donating an item for the auction and bidding on items of interest to you. All proceeds benefit student members. 

Speaking of supporting our students, we are in need of volunteers to judge student presentations, so please go to the meeting website and become a judge. As the old saying goes, “many hands make light work.” Our goal is to assign all presentations to reviewers prior to the start of the meeting, but only YOU can make that happen by signing up now. We are also in need of people to sign up for the Buddy Program, which matches seasoned SETAC members (meeting guides) with first-time and international attendees to help them better navigate their first SETAC meeting. Please consider enrolling in this program. It provides a positive experience by giving back and welcomes and fosters potential new SETAC members. 

When you click on the “Exhibits and Promotions” tab, you will see a list of exhibitors that will be at the meeting in Orlando. The exhibitor bingo is a great way to meet with the vendors while also having some fun and the opportunity to win some valuable prizes. Additionally, if you still want to become an exhibitor, there is room available. Contact Linda Fenner, and she will help you reserve space for this meeting. 

No SETAC meeting occurs without the generous support of many groups and individuals. We want to thank all of our supporters for their contributions, including SETAC Global Partners and Affiliates, SETAC North America Sustaining Members and Affiliates, and all meeting supporters and individual donations large and small. Contributions add up to make this meeting a success.  Please go check out our current meeting sponsors and if you, too, want to become a meeting supporter, there are meeting support options still available.   

Finally, look to the “Plan Your Trip” tab for how to get around Orlando. Here you will find information on the Mears shuttle to and from Orlando International Airport – don't forget about your coupon for $4 off on your round trip ticket. A shuttle will run between the Rosen properties during the daytime and between the Rosen Shingle Creek and Point Orlando at night; shuttle times are listed there, too. Last but not least, click on the visit Orlando tab to find out about things to do while you and your family are in Orlando.  And don’t forget to check out the discounts and tickets link, which includes information about the “Show Your Badge and Save” program before you venture off to see the sites of Orlando.

The Program Committee has worked tirelessly to bring you a meeting that will be memorable both professionally and socially. The work was not always easy and the committee members worked hard in their assigned areas, we are now looking forward to joining you in Orlando and having lots of fun with all of you as we come together to share our science and experiences from the last year. See you in Orlando!

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