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

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Abstract Submission for SETAC Rome Is Now Open

Paolo Masoni andAnna Barra Caracciolo, SETAC Rome Scientific Committee co-chairs, and Delphine Delire, SETAC Europe Communications Manager

SETAC Europe is actively preparing an exciting program for its 28th annual meeting, which will be held from 13–17 May 2018 in Rome, Italy. You can now submit your abstract, propose a training course or become a meeting sponsor.

Submit Your Abstract

SETAC Rome Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee pauses for a photo at the Convention Centre “La Nuvola” in Rome, Italy

The Science Committee is actively preparing an excellent scientific program!

All session proposals were carefully reviewed by the Science Committee on 7–8 September in Rome, Italy. We received an extraordinarily high number of proposals, almost all of high quality and interest. Due to this high number, sessions with overlapping scope were merged, leaving only a few closed sessions, where we invited recognized topical experts to prepare specific, focused sessions. Now the session program is complete and include all the topics of interest for SETAC. Together with the traditional SETAC topics, normal and special sessions will also deal with new and emerging topics. Some examples include “Harmful effects of plastic litter and mitigation strategies in the sea,” “Safeguard and conservation of cultural heritage: The contribution of chemistry,” “Environmental risk assessment and management of the spoil material produced in tunneling excavation,” “Sustainable development goals: The global context defining the agenda for government, business and academia,” and “Towards a shared understanding of risk communication in the context of the inevitability of chemicals and the hazard they may represent.”

The sessions are now open for abstract submission! Don’t forget to look carefully at all the session descriptions (not only the title!) to identify the session that is most appropriate for your research, including the “out of the box” track, where most innovative researches and topics are included.

Give a Training Course

We are looking for volunteers to offer training courses during the annual meeting. This is a perfect platform to create networking opportunities.

Jointly coordinated by the SETAC Europe office and the Education Committee, training courses are based on feedback from previous meeting participants and input from the SETAC membership community. The focus is on selecting cutting-edge and general scientific topics of interest. In addition, non-scientific courses that support skills that scientists might need to succeed, such as communication or presentation skills, could be offered and are encouraged.

Teaching a training course provides an excellent opportunity for getting to know people working in the same field of interest and thus forming networks. Take a look at the last year’s training courses that were offered in Brussels for inspiration.

Jana Asselman, Postdoctoral Researcher – Lid Bestuurscollege UGent, explains her motivation to offer a course:

SETAC Europe: What were your reasons and motivation for offering a course at the meeting? 
Asselman: My main motivation was to provide a course that would help SETAC researchers to get started with -omics data. Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in -omics research within the SETAC community. However, there are few targeted courses for this and most of them are quite expensive. I wanted to take the opportunity to give a basic course to researchers would want to get started at a fairly affordable price. 

SETAC Europe: What are the benefits you see for yourself when offering a course?  
Asselman: The benefits, in my case as an early-career scientist, would be that it gives me a bit of teaching experience for a broader group of international scientists. Another benefit is that I have the opportunity to closely interact with other SETAC participants during the training course and that I might start new collaborations or find new Ph.D. students.

SETAC Europe: What were your experiences when interacting with the participants?
Asselman: I had a great interaction with the participants! I feel the training courses are a perfect opportunity for networking, as well. This is interesting in particular for students and young scientists as you get to network in a smaller group rather than finding your way through a big crowd of people during the coffee or lunch breaks at the meetings.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise, download the SETAC Europe Training Courses Guidance for Proposals and consider submitting a training course proposal by 31 October!

Become a Meeting Sponsor

As a sponsor, you will have a chance to reach more than 2,000 active researchers and promote your products and services to a diverse group of scientists. Representatives from worldwide, regional, state and local government, business, academic and nongovernmental organizations will be curious to see what you have to offer.

Last years’ meeting in Brussels attracted 2,079 delegates from 60 countries. They participated in 81 sessions, 1,188 poster presentations and 564 platform presentations, as well as enjoyed information presented by more than 54 exhibitors.

At our annual meeting, leading experts in their field will share the most recent environmental science research and cutting-edge advances with the objective of improving chemical risk assessment.

The event has an important role in informing and supporting current and future policies in this critical area. This year, the expert participants will gather under the theme “Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality.”

There are many ways to sponsor our event. To learn more, download our sponsorship opportunities brochure. Additionally, there are also opportunities for online advertisements.

On top of your chosen sponsor item, you will receive:

  • Recognition at the meeting
  • Recognition in printed and digital materials, prior to and during the event
  • Invitation to the President’s Reception

For more information, please contact Barbara Koelman, SETAC Europe Office and Meeting Manager.

Upcoming Deadlines

4 October: Call for abstracts opened
31 October: Training 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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