SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
16 February 2017
Volume 18 Issue 2

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A Letter from the SETAC Russian Language Branch

Kirit Wadhia, SETAC Europe Council Member and Public Relations Committee Chair

The prestigious Russian Moscow State University (MGU) was the venue for the International Symposium Biodiagnostics and Environmental Quality Assessment. The event, held late last year, was a collaboration between the university and the SETAC Russian Language Branch (RLB). A resounding success, the winning formula integrated presentations from scientists eminent in their field and student researchers yet to make a mark for themselves.

The winter snow was just beginning to fall on Moscow, and a jovial and enthusiastic spirit was apparent among the delegates. Some of the attendees had traveled from as far afield as Vladivostok, a 9-hour flight to Moscow and a 7-hour time difference. This illustrated the vast geographical catchment for one of SETAC Europe’s newest branches.

Keynote speakers included Diane Henshel (US), Kirit Wadhia (UK) and Anne Kahru (Estonia). Vera Terekhova, RLB President, presided over the proceedings and coordinated the activities. The success of the event indubitably was attributable to the excellent organization by the local organizing committee.

Attendees of the international symosium on biodiagnostics

The program ensured the inclusion of diverse and relevant presentations, covering aspects of traditional strategies and cutting-edge developments. This was due, in no small part, to the sterling work of the science committee.  Interestingly, host facilities at MGU provided an inspiring ambience of ultra-modern and pre-perestroika. The program lasted 4 days and incorporated prominent research findings, student-focused presentations and workshops. Exhibits from sponsors generated additional interest. The SETAC drive to enthuse, inspire and involve young scientists was definitely apparent. A dedicated poster session provided a platform for vibrant interaction. Furthermore, flash presentations gave the opportunity to enhance delivery skills.

MGU is not only a center of excellence but houses a wealth of artifacts in its unique and opulent museum.

Russian Moscow State UniversityMGU’s main building façade is a landmark in the Moscow skyline. The rotunda chamber in the topmost floor of the building provided a grand setting for the discussion forum for the RLB.  Discussion matters included the forthcoming SETAC Europe meetings in Brussels (2017) and Helsinki (2018), RLB council composition, development of sub-branches, and the event’s outcome and implications for the future.

It was fitting that in this setting, the sterling work of President Vera Terekhova, Lomonosov Moscow State University, was given a deserving salute.

Terekhova is immediate past president and will continue to provide the momentum for continuity. Incoming President Kamila Kydralieva, Kyrgyzstan National Academy of Sciences, has played a significant role in the organization and success of the symposium, and RLB proceedings are set to take RLB to greater heights. Kydralieva will be supported by Vice President Grigory Chuiko, Russian Academy of Sciences, as the next chapter opens in the progress and growth of RLB.

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