SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
5 October 2017
Volume 18 Issue 10

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What‘s Happening at SETAC Minneapolis?

Teresa Norberg-King and Dalma Martinović-Weigelt, SETAC Minneapolis Program Co-chairs

We are excited to host the SETAC North America 38th Annual Meeting from 12–16 November in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, where you can share your science and exchange ideas that will help develop and find solutions to some of the most challenging environmental problems. The goal of the meeting theme, “Toward a Superior Future: Advancing Science for a Sustainable Environment,” is to use sessions of local, national and global interest to explore the ways to make the future more sustainable for all of us. We have sent the meeting program to the printer, and details on the 96 platform sessions and four all-day poster sessions can be found online. This year, we will again have a meeting app that will be available on iTunes or Google Play later this month.

SETAC Minneapolis themeA Very Brief History

Why do we call it the “Cities”? Minneapolis–St. Paul is a major metropolitan area built around the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers in east-central Minnesota. The term “Twin Cities” was first applied in the 1840s to two settlements on either side of the Mississippi River – “St. Anthony's Falls” on the east and “Minneapolis” on the west. Now, the Twin Cities refer to Minneapolis, the city with the largest population in the state, and St. Paul, the state capital.


There is still time to register for the meeting, and we ask you to please use the housing site to book your rooms before the booking site closes on 18 October. By staying in one of the SETAC hotels, you help us keep the meeting costs low as the economic impacts help us negotiate and benefit from the best conference venue rates.

You can find information about the daily schedule, scientific program, social programbusiness meetings and student activities on the SETAC Minneapolis website. The site will help you navigate the meeting, set your social calendar and explore the local area. For example, in the daily schedule, you will find a 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.

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. 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 LuncheonTuesday Night Town Hallarea tours and networking events. There is also helpful guidance for session chairs and presenters.

On Thursday, be sure to check out the poster corners, a new approach designed to highlight timely, discussion-generating topics; then, stick around for the closing ceremony for a chance to win a bike or a paddle board. You must be present to win!

town hall forumFeatures

At the meeting, we are going to host a new Town Hall forum, with the goal to share the expertise of SETAC scientists and model SETAC’s multi-sector discourse and collaborative decision-making process while learning about the public’s concerns and interests. Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 14 November, in the Schulze Auditorium at the University of St. Thomas, a short walk from Minneapolis Convention Center.

We have three keynote speakers lined up to provide thought-provoking discussion on topics like sloppy science, climate change and the prices and policies driving pollution.

SETAC has always valued our students, and once again we have a great student program including student networking events that offer unique opportunities for our future generation of environmental scientists. We encourage everybody to help our student program by donating to and bidding on items in the silent auction (Sunday to Tuesday). All proceeds benefit student members. 

Get Involved

We need volunteers to judge student presentations. To become a judge, simply sign up online. The goal is to assign all presentations to reviewers before the start of the meeting, and we need you to help us make that happen by signing up now.

You can also volunteer your time as a communication coach. Find out how you can help improve the voices of SETAC.

Plan to visit the exhibitors. They have lots of great things to show and demonstrate. By looking at the exhibits and promotions information on the website, you will see a list of exhibitors at the Minneapolis meeting. There is still room available to become an exhibitor. Contact Linda Fenner at the SETAC office, and she will help you reserve space for this meeting. 


We want to thank all of our supporters for their contributions, including SETAC Global Partners and AffiliatesSETAC 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.   

The Program Committee has worked cooperatively 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 Minneapolis. See you soon!

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