SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
19 January 2017
Volume 18 Issue 1

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SETAC Brussels – Environmental Quality Through Transdisciplinary Collaboration

Isle Schoeters, Karel Deschamphelaere and Gertie Arts, SETAC Brussels Committee Co-chairs

The SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting will take place from 7–11 May 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The SETAC Brussels office has been working hard with the Scientific Committee and the Local Organizing Committee to prepare an exciting scientific program and to organize a range of enticing social activities. Here is a snapshot overview of some practical information.

Final Program

The theme of the 2017 meeting is “Environmental Quality Through Transdisciplinary Collaboration.” Special efforts were put in place to make this meeting truly transdisciplinary. The Scientific Committee has organized joint sessions with other societies and developed a scientific program consisting of 81 sessions distributed across eight tracks. The daily schedule of platform sessions can be found at

For those of you interested in learning more about SETAC’s Global Horizon Scanning project, its results and next steps, there will be a dedicated session on Thursday morning where the results from the European region will be presented. A stakeholders’ meeting to discuss the interface between scientific research and practical application and to establish potential collaborative research opportunities will follow the open session. For more information, contact Annegaaike Leopold or Gertie Arts.

Social Program

Art Nouveau in Brussels
A guided tour of Brussels’ Art Nouveau architecture highlights an exciting list of social activities offered at SETAC Brussels.

As Brussels and Belgium are the hotspots for lovers of chocolate, beer, good food and history, a range of social events have been organized through which delegates can immerse themselves in the many pleasures the country has to offer. Day trips are organized to Flanders Fields, a major battle field in the First World War where a million soldiers were wounded, missing or killed, and to the city of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top tourist attractions. There will be walking tours through the historic center of Brussels and to the Art Nouveau buildings in Brussels. Workshops to create and taste are being organized. There will be opportunity to visit a local brewery founded in 1900 and still actively producing renowned beers. Finally, to continue popular SETAC traditions, there will be a student party at one of the famous clubs in Brussels, and the conference dinner will be organized at the Comic Strip Museum. As you can see, plenty of exciting activities are awaiting the conference attendees.

Have a look at the overview of all the social activities!

Registration Deadlines

20 January: Registration opens
15 March: Early registration deadline for delegates, presenters and session chairs
14 April: Payment deadline early bird and deadline advance registration
7–11 May: Onsite registration at the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting in Brussels

For more details on registration, visit

We look forward to welcoming you in Brussels!

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