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Editor’s Note 2 September 2010
Volume 11 Issue 9
John Toll, Editor-in-ChiefHello everyone! Thanks to those of you who got in touch after receiving last month's inaugural issue. Your enthusiasm is really encouraging. We’ve already started tapping into your ideas—for example Kathrin Fenner contacted us with the idea of using the Globe to start a conversation about addressing chemical transformation products in risk assessments. You’ll see an article in this issue introducing the topic and announcing an upcoming conference that’s going to tackle the problem. After the conference you’ll see more on this topic in the Globe. We hope to capture key messages from the conference and draw a broader and deeper community of experts into the conversation.
     
2010 SETAC Asia/Pacific Meeting Snapshots of the 2010 SETAC Asia/Pacific Meeting
Eddy Zeng, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China
The 2010 SETAC Asia/Pacific meeting, hosted by the State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry (China), was successfully held at the Marriott China Hotel in Guangzhou, the heart of the Pearl River Delta, from 4 June to 7 June. As the largest city in South China and the third largest in China, Guangzhou is growing regardless of which aspect you may be discussing. With economic development and urbanization occurring at unprecedented rates, sustainability becomes a critical issue for the future of local economics and the health of the people and the environment in the Pearl River Delta. To conduct a SETAC Asia/Pacific meeting in Guangzhou was truly special and important for this region.

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Ryszard Laskowski Highlights of the Ecotoxicology Sessions at the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
Ryszard Laskowski, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Poland
The domain of ecotoxicology was certainly represented by the largest number of presentations during the conference. This should not come as a surprise; even if neither SETAC itself nor SETAC Europe’s annual 2010 meeting in Seville bear the word “ecotoxicology,” most participants probably consider themselves ecotoxicologists. When it comes to official statistics, we had 16 sessions under the general headline of ecotoxicology, with 125 platform and 441 poster presentations. Although it is hard to tell the total number of presentations addressing more or less directly ecotoxicological problems, I estimate it to be over 800.

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John ParsonsEnvironmental Chemistry Highlights from the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
John Parsons, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This year’s annual meeting in Seville featured many presentations dealing with environmental chemistry, not only in the sessions that were labeled as such but also in other themes such as emerging pollutants and ecotoxicology. With such a large number of presentations it is impossible to present a comprehensive summary. Instead, I will restrict myself to some personal impressions of the highlights regarding environmental organic chemistry.

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Joop Harmsen Highlights of the Environmental Technologies Sessions at the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
Joop Harmsen, Center for Water and Climate, Alterra-Wageningen University and Research Center, The Netherlands
The SETAC community does not typically focus on technology; rather, members are driven by knowledge development in ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry and risk assessment. Seville 2010 was the first time that several sessions were devoted to environmental technologies. Technology-related presentations and posters were also noticeable as part of other sessions. This is a natural and important step toward achieving SETAC’s mission of supporting the development of principles and practices for protecting, enhancing and managing sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.

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Alessandra Zamagni Highlights from the Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability Sessions at the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
Alessandra Zamagni, LCA & Ecodesign Unit, National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Italy
In the framework of what will be remembered as the most successful SETAC Europe annual meeting, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) community confirmed its presence. With a growing attendance of participants with respect the previous years, the LCA numbers are very significant: 44 platform presentations, 3 poster spotlight sessions, 1 poster corner with more than 70 posters.

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Joke van Wensem Highlights of the Risk Assessment Sessions at the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
Joke van Wensem, Soil Protection Technical Committee (TCB), The Netherlands
The ultimate goal of much of the environmental research done by SETAC's members is to support risk assessment and risk management of threats to the environment. “All ecotoxicological and chemical research is related to risk assessment,” to quote a keynote speaker from last year’s annual meeting in Göteborg. Therefore, everything that was presented at the meeting could fall under the scope of risk assessment (RA). Fortunately, most of the sessions were summarized by others (see contributions on environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, life cycle assessment and sustainability, and environmental technologies).

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Joke van Wensem TransCon2010, 12-17 September 2010, Centro Stefano Franscini, Ascona, Switzerland
Organizers: Kathrin Fenner (Eawag, Switzerland), Juliane Hollender (Eawag, Switzerland), John Sumpter (Brunel University, UK)
About 80 academic, regulatory and industry participants from European and North-American countries will attend TransCon2010, a conference convened to address environmental transformation of organic contaminants into stable, environmentally relevant transformation products. The conference aligns closely with SETAC’s mission of supporting the development of principles and practices for protecting, enhancing and managing sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.

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2010 NAC student award winnersRegional Spotlight: North Atlantic Chapter
The North Atlantic Chapter (NAC) includes all the New England States plus the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. A full description of our chapter events is posted at www.nacsetac.org.
Our annual chapter meeting was held 2–4 June 2010 at the Village Inn, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The meeting began with a short course, Introduction to Green Chemistry, taught by Dr. Nicholas Anastas of Poseidon’s Trident, LLC, with contributions by graduate students from Dr. Paul Anastas’ laboratory at Yale. The next day was a full day with four platform sessions (Session 1: Environmental Chemistry—Session 2: Local Issues—Session 3: Contaminated Sediments—and Session 4: Energy and Environment), poster social, banquet and the keynote dinner address, Understanding Coastal Geologic Hazards, Sea Level Rise and Climate Change in Rhode Island by Professor Jon Boothroyd from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Rhode Island.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Editor's Note
Snapshots of the 2010 SETAC Asia/Pacific Meeting
Highlights of the Ecotoxicology Sessions at the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
Environmental Chemistry Highlights from the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
Highlights of the Environmental Technologies Sessions at the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
Highlights from the Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability Sessions at the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
Highlights of the Risk Assessment Sessions at the 2010 SETAC Europe Annual Meeting
TransCon2010, 12-17 September 2010, Centro Stefano Franscini, Ascona, Switzerland
Regional Spotlight: North Atlantic Chapter
 
Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles
 
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The Science of Assessing POPs-PBTs: Focus on Persistence
Save the date, October 20, for the follow up to our highly successful POPs-PBT webinar. SETAC's global experts will provide an in-depth session on persistence, while discussing the technical areas of studying persistence along with targeted case studies. Stay tuned for details on registration in the coming weeks.
 
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ET&C top article:
Cytochrome P4501A biomarker indication of oil exposure in harlequin ducks up to 20 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill
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Managing and Responding to Oil Spills


IEAM top article:
Thresholds of toxicological concern for endocrine active substances in the aquatic environment
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