SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
13 July 2017
Volume 18 Issue 7

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SETAC Rome – Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality

Anna Barra Caracciolo, Paola Grenni, SETAC Rome Committee Co-Chairs

The SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting will take place from 13–17 May 2018 in Rome, Italy. The SETAC Brussels office together with the Scientific Committee and the Local Organizing Committee have been busy preparing a high-quality scientific program and to organize a range of enticing social activities. Here are some highlights:

Rome, ItalyScientific Program

SETAC Rome will bring together scientists from academia, business and government and from various disciplines for new opportunities to present, debate and disseminate the most recent scientific knowledge, developments and applications for:

  • Reducing and regulating the use of chemicals in the environment
  • Remediating soil, air and water pollution
  • Proposing the use of more sustainable chemicals

The scientific program consists of seven tracks for parallel sessions and one track for special sessions. Proposals for parallel sessions can be submitted by 15 August.

The theme of the meeting is “Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality.” Responsible research and innovation is an interactive and transparent process where scientists and social stakeholders work together in order to ensure ethical and sustainable scientific progress in our society. The safeguarding of the environment is an ethical duty for every citizen and in particular for environmental scientists. They have an important responsibility for developing, communicating and implementing knowledge, methods and tools to manage the (eco-)toxicological effects of chemicals in the environment, reduce their risk, and regulate their use. Moreover, they need to find new ways to show potential impacts from chemicals in advance and consider ways to anticipate and respond to new research findings.

Environmental protection requires a constructive dialogue among various environmental science disciplines such as chemistry, ecology, toxicology, ecotoxicology, human health, engineering and social and economic disciplines in order to tackle these urgent and complex global problems at different levels. In addition, to be effective, it also requires a constructive dialogue among scientists, policy makers, business leaders and citizens. The importance of communication is therefore evident: Science and technology are becoming more complex, more difficult for non-experts to understand, and potentially, more disruptive and pervasive. Scientists and researchers should engage citizens and policy makers in evidence-based discussions relatively early in the development of new technologies, explaining the emerging risks and the progress of knowledge.


The annual meeting will be held at the new Rome Convention Centre “La Nuvola,” which was designed by the Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas. It is located in the EUR district, a few minutes by car from the center of Rome and served by four metro stations (B Line).

About Rome

In Rome, also known as “caput mundi” and the eternal city, you can enjoy the feeling of being immersed in 2,781 years of history. Rome is like an open-air museum where its history gets blended into diverse and changing shapes, overlapping with each other in a fascinating and an inexhaustible fresco. Rome is the city of squares, fountains, churches and romantic ancient bridges across the river Tiber. It is the city where you can find ruins going back to 764 B.C., when the city was founded by Romulus. It is the city that Julius Caesar ruled, where ancient gladiators fought, and where Roman temples and columns got transformed into churches. From the Renaissance to the Baroque periods, the most important artists of that time came to Rome to revive the city creatively. Today, Rome is a bustling, vibrant metropolis that effortlessly pairs history with contemporary style.

You can enjoy a multitude of Roman archaeological sites where you can see ancient Roman houses, palaces, fora and baths, and when you see a bas-relief of an arch or a column, it is easy to imagine Roman legions fighting in a battle or an Emperor passing by a triumphal arch with his trophies. Rome boasts more than 2,000 fountains, 11 Roman aqueducts, 13 Egyptian obelisks, a pyramid, 900 churches, 20 bridges and 12 historic villas with landscaped parks. You can find unique archaeological sites inside and outside (e.g., Villa Adriana, Ostia Antica, Villa dei Quntili, the Catacombs) the city, which can be reached by walking or riding along an imperial road like the Via Appia. Rome features an abundance of museums, churches or squares where you can find masterpieces from renowned artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Canova and many others.

You can also enjoy wonderful sunsets from one of the hills of Rome (Pincio, Aventine, Ganiculum), stroll through sunny squares and cobblestone streets, and savor delicious wine and fabulous local food, followed by spectacular nightlife. The Local Organizing Committee is busy putting together an exciting social program for our participants to feature important highlights of the city.

We warmly welcome you to Rome and promise you an exciting scientific program, lively entertainment and great social events in a quintessential Italian atmosphere.

Important Dates

15 August: Call for sessions deadline
4 October: Call for abstracts opens
15 October: Short Course proposal deadline
29 November: Abstract submission deadline
22 January: Registration opens
20 March: Early registration deadline for delegates, presenters and session chairs

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We look forward to welcoming you in Rome!

For more information, contact Anna Barra Caracciolo or Paola Grenni.

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