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New SETAC Website and Online Communication Tools Are Live
Michael C. Mozur and Matt Moore
19 July 2012
Volume 13 Issue 7
SETAC website screenshot Earlier this month, we launched an upgraded SETAC website and new online communication tools. This upgrade includes a new SETAC web portal and networking features for the Society, a unified membership database management, and access to GoToMeeting® capabilities for established SETAC governance and activity groups. Ten days into the new system, more than 2000 members have already logged in, and we are pleased with the feedback we have received.

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Ruth HullWhy Wouldn’t You Join a SETAC Advisory Group?
Ruth Hull
SETAC has 14 global advisory groups (AGs), three North American AGs and six European AGs! With such diversity in topics, when you are part of an AG, you may find yourself advancing the science in a particular area while also building another great networking opportunity within SETAC! Then again, you may just want to find out more about an issue and how the experts are grappling with common scientific challenges.

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LaptopRelease and Free Use of SETAC Webinars
Barnett Rattner
At the recent Berlin World Congress, the SETAC World Council unanimously approved the release of our archived webinars.

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frog ET&C Spotlight—Consider the Litter: Amphibian Toxicity and the Effect of Natural Organic Matter
Brian Church
Is all leaf litter created equal? Two articles recently published in ET&C present results from two investigations with amphibians and leaf litter, a particularly important component of natural aquatic systems.

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New challenges Berlin Special Session—New Challenges for Ecological Risk Assessment
Marco Vighi
The need for environmental protection was recognised around the middle of the last century. Ecotoxicology was initially developed with the aim to provide answers to growing problems, even using relatively scarce information.

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Mine remediationBerlin Special Session—Integrating Different Tools for Assessing Soil Health Status
Kees van Gestel, Jörg Römbke and Mónica João de Barros Amorim
The special session Integrating Different Tools for Assessing Soil Health Status was organized by the SETAC Global Soils Advisory Group. The session aimed at determining what level of knowledge is needed and what tools are available to support well-balanced decisions regarding management of contaminated soil.

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marine bacterium Berlin Highlights—Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment
Mark Montforts, Satoru Suzuki, Marko Virta and Patricia Keen
As we look towards securing a sustainable future, two sessions focused on a common theme: the role of the environment in human health and ecosystem health consequences resulting from the development of antibiotic resistance.

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Seal with debris Berlin Highlights—Plastics: An Emerging Risk to the Marine Environment
Courtney Arthur
Anthropogenic debris enters the marine environment from a variety of sources, often due to poor waste management systems. A significant portion of marine debris is composed of thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. As plastics fracture into smaller and smaller pieces, they retain the capability for sorption, long-range transport and ingestion by aquatic organisms. As a result, it has been suggested that plastic debris may be considered an emerging contaminant in aquatic systems.

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Earthworms Berlin Highlights—Soil Ecotoxicology
Jakub Hofman
This was the biggest session on soil ecotoxicology in the SETAC meeting history. Presentations were diverse and ranged from studies focused on testing chemicals or samples with bioassays, through microcosms to field studies, biodiversity assessment and risk assessment of contaminants in soil.

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rats Berlin Highlights—The Use of Rodenticides, a Nagging Issue on Effectiveness and Risks
Nico van den Brink and John Elliott
Rodenticides are used globally and most use involves anticoagulants. Some of the second-generation formulations are known PBT-compounds, which would normally restrict their use. However, rodenticides are considered as “essential use” products, because of a lack of acceptable alternatives, which implies that the advantages of their use in rodent control outweigh the risks to non-target organisms

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Bird tracking Berlin Highlights—Extrapolation within Wildlife Toxicology
John Elliott and Nico van den Brink
When assessing risks of environmental contaminants to wildlife, data are always limited. These challenges may be overcome by conducting extensive field studies, but that is not always or even generally feasible. Therefore, alternative approaches are needed, which use information from, for instance, other species, sites or time periods.

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DNA Berlin Highlights—Long-term Ecotoxicological Impact: Trans-generational Effects and Evolutionary Responses to Pollutants
Marie—Agnés Coutellec and Carlos Barata
The long-term consequences of pollutants on natural populations are increasingly documented in the field of ecotoxicology. This growing corpus of knowledge is expected to contribute to the understanding of population responses to human-induced disturbance, and to their consequences at the ecosystem level.

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Berlin logo More from Berlin
Globe Editors
Additional session summary were compiled by chairs or attendees for our readers. Please check out what else was being talked about in Berlin!

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
New SETAC Website and Online Communication Tools Are Live
Why Wouldn't You Join a SETAC Advisory Group?
Release and Free Use of SETAC Webinars
ET&C Spotlight—Consider the Litter: Amphibian Toxicity and the Effect of Natural Organic Matter
Berlin Special Session—New Challenges for Ecological Risk Assessment
Berlin Special Session—Integrating Different Tools for Assessing Soil Health Status
Berlin Highlights—Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment
Berlin Highlights—Plastics: An Emerging Risk to the Marine Environment
Berlin Highlights—Soil Ecotoxicology
Berlin Highlights—The Use of Rodenticides, a Nagging Issue on Effectiveness and Risks
Berlin Highlights—Extrapolation within Wildlife Toxicology
Berlin Highlights—Long-term Ecotoxicological Impact: Trans-generational Effects and Evolutionary Responses to Pollutants
More from Berlin
 
Register today for the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting
 
NEWS AND UPDATES:

The UK branch of SETAC will be holding its Annual Meeting in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry Toxicology Group in London from 17-18 September 2012. The theme is "Bioavailability: Linking Complex Environmental Chemistry with Environmental Response."
The meeting will bring together leading chemistry and toxicology professionals from both the RSC and SETAC to provide a truly integrated debate on the science. The deadline for abstract submission is 23 July and 14 August for meeting registration.


Following the meeting, there will be a SETAC-UK/RSC training working on Risk Assessment of Chemicals on 19 September. The workshop is aimed at early career scientists in government and industry, and PhD students in academia. The workshop will introduce key topics such as the concept of risk and hazard, exposure, ecotoxicity testing and hazard assessment, approaches to risk calculations and risk assessment, aspects of legislation/regulation, and policy. Deadline for registration is 23 July.
Visit setac-uk.org.uk for more information.

 
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