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SETAC Europe Executive Director's Corner
Dave Arnold
15 March 2012
Volume 13 Issue 3
Mike Mozur, SETAC Global Executive Director Berlin is just around the corner and all of us in the Brussels office are focusing on making this the biggest and best meeting yet. The World Congress promises to be outstanding. Our keynote speakers will address the issue of sustainability from different perspectives. The model Berlin Buddy Bears sent around the world to be signed by delegates at different SETAC events will be reunited at the opening ceremony. The social programme is extensive and there is unique opportunity to visit the German Environmental Agency in Dessau including a tour of the iconic Bauhaus of Art Deco fame. Berlin is a lovely city with parks, canals, rivers and lakes, and there is much to see from a historic perspective. The food hall in the Kaufhaus des Westens is one of the most famous in the world and well worth a visit. So make a date for Berlin, and we hope to see you there.

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WASOTToxicological and Environmental Health Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Neglected Priority
Ikechukwu Onwurah
The University of Benin, Nigeria was the site of the maiden conference of the West African Society of Toxicology (WASOT), held in collaboration with the SETAC Africa Branch in February. WASOT, an umbrella organisation conceived at the 2011 SETAC Africa meeting, was constituted to define and coordinate toxicology research and activities in the West Africa sub-region. The main theme of the conference was aimed at setting the pace for incorporating toxicological research data into health policy in the West African sub-region.

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Ecosystem Services Summary of the 5th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium: Ecosystem Services-From Policy to Practice
G. Allen Burton and Joke van Wensem
The ecosystem services (ES) concept is gaining increasing prominence in environmental policy making. A number of institutions, regulators and policy makers have begun to adopt the concept, yet the science and valuation approaches needed to put policy into practice are still in their infancy.

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EXCESS EXCESS: A New SETAC Advisory Group on the Effects of Extreme Stress on Ecosystems and Subsequent Recovery
Frederik De Laender
Currently, no SETAC Advisory Groups (AGs) exist that focus on ecosystem-level effects and subsequent recovery following large-scale accidental exposure to high chemical concentrations. With this effort, we aim to assemble the expertise available within SETAC into an AG.

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ET&C NanomaterialsSt. Lawrence Chapter Annual Meeting
Gaelle Triffault-Bouchet
The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, a book that helped trigger environmental awareness against chemical pollution. The 16th annual conference of the St. Lawrence Chapter will be held in Qu├ębec City, on the 7th and 8th of June 2012, under the theme: "From Silent Spring to emerging contaminants: challenges and prospects 50 years of science in environmental contamination".

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Brunel University collects award Brunel University Collects Award at
Buckingham Palace

Emma Cutting
Professor Susan Jobling, head of the Institute for the Environment at Brunel University, London, UK, joined the other winners of the Queens Anniversary Prize for Further & Higher Education at Buckingham Palace to collect an award for the Institutes groundbreaking research aimed at protecting the environment from the effects of hormones and similar chemical pollutants.

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Earth Day SETAC on Earth Day and World Environment Day 2012
Jodi Mohs-Davis and Chris Ivey
The 42nd Earth Day, 22 April 2012, is a little more than a month away, with World Environment Day to follow on 5 June. Earth Day and World Environment Day serve to increase awareness of important environmental quality issues including sustainable development, water resources, energy, recycling and waste reduction, green economy, conservation and biodiversity, and environmental education. Many of these issues are within SETAC's mission. While individual members of SETAC regularly participate in Earth Day and World Environment Day activities and celebrations, SETAC as an organization can bring sound science to the dialogue.

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LCA Award Nominations Call for the SETAC Europe Young Scientist LCA Award Nominations
SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee

The SETAC Europe Young Scientist Life Cycle Assessment Award recognizes exceptional achievements by a young scientist in the field of life cycle assessment, e.g. an extraordinary PhD thesis that provides a significant contribution to LCA development and implementation.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
SETAC Europe Executive Director's Corner
Toxicological and Environmental Health Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Neglected Priority
Summary of the 5th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium: Ecosystem Services - From Policy to Practice
EXCESS: A New SETAC Advisory Group on the Effects of Extreme Stress on Ecosystems and Subsequent Recovery
St. Lawrence Chapter Annual Meeting
Brunel University Collects Award at Buckingham Palace
SETAC on Earth Day and World Environment Day 2012
Call for the SETAC Europe Young Scientist LCA Award Nominations
 
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NEWS AND UPDATES:

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) with the support of SETAC is hosting an international conference and workshop on "Building for Better Decisions: Multi-Scale Integration of Human Health and Environmental Data." The price of registration has dropped to $200. Conference abstract submission deadline is 23 March 2012. For additional information visit www.setac.org/node/544.

SETAC Latin America is now accepting nominations for two new board members from the government and business sectors. The two new members will be incorporated as soon as possible. Candidates should send a CV and a photo to somoza@intech.gov.ar by 9 April.

SETAC Asia/Pacific 2012: Learning from History and Advancing Science to Build a Safer and Sustainable Environment, to be held 24-27 September 2012 at ANA Hotel Kumamoto New Sky, Kumamoto, Japan. Now it is open for abstract submission until 30 April 2012. For abstract submission, please visit www.setac-kumamoto2012.org/abstracts.html

Current job listings at SETAC's Career Center:

SETAC Europe Executive Director - BEL - Brussels

Ph.D. Environmental Scientist - The Proctor & Gamble Company - BEL - Brussels, Singapore

Environmental Toxicologist, Cardno Entrix - US - Nationwide

For more job listings visit: http://careers.setac.org/jobs.

 
SETAC JOURNALS:
IEAM volume 8, issue 1 IEAM podcast 8.2:
Accelerating Progress at Contaminated Sediment Sites
with Todd Bridges. Tune into the podcast when it debuts in late March. For more information visit www.setac.org/node/556.
 
ET&C volume 31, issue 1 ET&C:
Watch for the first-ever video from ET&C, featuring a discussion moderated by Steve Klaine, with five esteemed colleagues from around the world, discussing nanotechnology and issues involving fate and effects. Coming very soon to setacjournals.org, in English and Spanish.
Coming 12 April: SNA North Atlantic chapter news, ET&C Spotlight, and more…
 
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