SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
  18 July 2013
Volume 14 Issue 7
 

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Participate in the SETAC Global Science Committee

Trina von Stackelberg, SETAC Global Science Committee Chair

The SETAC Global Science Committee enjoys participation from the different geographic units, professional affiliations and expertise found across our diverse membership. It is important to have this diversity represented, particularly with respect to the geographic units, in order to ensure that all viewpoints are adequately captured when it comes time to review Pellston and other workshops, make recommendations for writing and reviewing Technical Issue Papers and provide comments on other issues as requested by the World Council and others. The international membership of the Global Science Committee ensures that particular geographic and regional viewpoints have a voice on globally relevant science issues.

At the moment, we are looking for new members to serve for three-year terms. In particular, we are especially seeking new European members, but welcome nominations across all geographic units, especially those outside North America. This is an opportunity to help guide the scientific priorities of the Society! Over the past year, we have reviewed several workshop proposals as well as commented on proposals to set up several new advisory groups (AGs). The Committee identified ways in which existing AGs might combine forces to set up working groups rather than entirely new AGs that might not necessarily be motivated to communicate with existing AGs that have overlapping interests.

It is also an exciting time as the Global Science Committee transitions to keep up with the growing membership of SETAC itself. We are developing a long-term vision and strategy, starting with the idea that each geographic unit will have its own science committee, just as North America and Europe do. Both the North America and Europe Science Committees are active and well-positioned to provide regulatory and scientific perspectives from each of these regions. The goal is to have active science committees across all the geographic units. The chairs of each of these would then comprise the Global Science Committee. Of course, not every geographic unit has enough members to set up a separate science committee, so those areas would nominate members to serve only on the Global Science Committee. Other ideas are possible and now is the time and opportunity to participate in that development!

Check out our page with a link to the member site. Contact current Chair Trina von Stackelberg with questions, ideas, membership nominations and comments!

Authors' contact information: kvon@erisksciences.com

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