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SETAC Africa Meeting Report
Patricia Bi Asanga Fai, SETAC Africa Board President
10 October2013
Volume 14 Issue 10
Patricia Bi AsangaThe 6th SETAC Africa Conference took place at the InterContinental Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia on 2-3 September 2013. This was the first conference organized since SETAC Africa attained independent geographic unit status in May 2012. Seventy-six participants from 18 countries around the world attended the conference. Ten African countries were represented: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Participants from out of Africa came from Asia (Japan), Europe (Poland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) and North America (USA and Canada). Twenty-one new members joined SETAC Africa. There were 74 presentations in 11 different sessions. It was very evident that many presentations were solution-driven, and not only science-driven.

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Nicolaas de OudeIn Memoriam, Nicolaas Tieme de Oude
Bart Bosveld
This year on 24 July, Nicolaas "Nick" de Oude passed away. Nick was seen as the key person among the Europeans at the cradle of SETAC Europe. Nick worked at The Procter and Gamble Company in Belgium and was the founding president of SETAC Europe in 1991. In 1992 Nick was appointed as the first SETAC Europe Executive Director, a position in which he served until his retirement in 2000.

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Tennessee flagEcological Risk and Impacts Relevant to Tennessee and the Region
Jim Markwiese
While Tennessee has been home to several high-profile ecological risk assessments, such as characterization of the TVA Kingston coal ash release, some of the less well publicized, yet highly relevant risk-related issues within Tennessee and the region warrant attention. This session, which will be held at the upcoming SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting, brings together a diverse group of speakers covering a range of locally relevant topics, from ecological impacts of energy development in Tennessee and the southeast, analysis of state and federal actions on water pollution, and remediation of the Copper Basin Mining District, to an evaluation of Tennessee's mussel fauna decline across watersheds and recovery strategies to restore the fauna.

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Nashville skylineNashville Workshop on Mechanistic Effect Models for Ecological Risk Assessment
Mary Sorensen
The SETAC North America meeting in Nashville includes the workshop “Mechanistic Effect Models for Ecological Risk Assessment: Recent Progress and Future Directions.” There are various pressures to develop new approaches to the ecological risk assessment of chemicals. There is pressure to test more chemicals, leading to economic pressures to reduce the costs of tests and to speed them up, and also ethical pressures to reduce the use of animals in testing. There are also calls for developing more holistic risk assessments that are more in tune with the needs of risk management. Finally, there are calls for approaches that move away from expressing risks in terms of simple thresholds and toward outputs that can better inform management decisions. Mechanistic effect models encompass a broad range of quantitative tools to address these issues.

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Global icon Global Problem, Local Solution: Organization of Regional Chapters
Jing You
The development of regional chapters will help SETAC Asia/Pacific grow and fulfill SETAC’s mission in this part of the world. Travel across the Asia/Pacific region is expensive and time-consuming. Regional chapters provide a way to shorten distances and keep strong interactions among the members. Also, local chapters know local problems better, communicate with local governments better, and serve local community better.

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science What Type of Science and Assessment Do You Want to Discuss?
Emma Lavoie, Alan Samel, Cynthia Stahl and Trina von Stackelberg
Do you feel that the session tracks for national meetings don’t quite provide a clear place for the work you want to present? Informal discussions over the past several years have revealed a desire to revisit the way in which annual meetings are organized, specifically the session tracks. Members from the Global and North American Science Committees and the Advisory Group on Sustainability have evaluated session track titles for the North America annual meetings. A proposal for a new set of session tracks for the Vancouver meeting in 2014 is in the works.

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sustainabilityHow Can Sustainability Be Made “Real?”
Trina von Stackelberg, Cynthia Stahl, Emma Lavoie and Alan Samel
The concept of sustainability seems to take on different meanings and interpretations depending on the audience. The Advisory Group on Sustainability drafted the Berlin Declaration on Sustainability that the SETAC World Council has formally adopted in 2012. What are the next steps? An informal group within SETAC has been discussing the content of session presentations at recent SETAC meetings and whether our meetings facilitate the SETAC mission of developing and using multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices leading to sustainable environmental quality.

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biocharEnvironmental Implications of Biochar, a Special Symposium in Nashville
Colleen Rostad and Sophie Minori Uchimiya
Incorporation of biochar to agricultural soil has been proposed both as a means for long-term sequestration of atmospheric carbon in terrestrial ecosystems, and for improving soil texture, fertility, and nutrient holding capacity through complex interacting mechanisms. The SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville will offer a special symposium to present and discuss new, rapidly evolving research into the fate, behavior, and environmental effects of biochar additions to soil.

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Toxicity testingEnsuring the Quality of Toxicity Test Results
Jim Markwiese and Chris Ingersoll
The liability associated with inadequate characterization of toxicity (either over or under estimating actual toxicity) can be enormous and the quality of toxicity testing is therefore of great importance. While rigorous quality assurance evaluations, such as data validation, are routine for chemical characterization of samples, analogous toxicity testing quality assurance measures are more limited. This session will provide an overview of current quality control and quality assurance measures recommended in toxicity testing methods.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
SETAC Africa Meeting Report
In Memoriam, Nicolaas Tieme de Oude
Ecological Risk and Impacts Relevant to Tennessee and the Region
Nashville Workshop on Mechanistic Effect Models for Ecological Risk Assessment
Global Problem, Local Solution: Organization of Regional Chapters
What Type of Science and Assessment Do You Want to Discuss?
How Can Sustainability Be Made “Real?”
Environmental Implications of Biochar, a Special Symposium in Nashville
Ensuring the Quality of Toxicity Test Results
 
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NEWS AND UPDATES:
Register now for the SETAC Europe 19th LCA Case Study Symposium. The symposium "LCA in Market Research and Policy: Harmonization Beyond Standardization," is to be held 11–13 November 2013 in Rome, Italy. Visit the LCA Rome website for more information, and make sure to register at the cheapest fee, available until 11 October. Benvenuto alla bella Italia!

Submit a photo for the 3rd SETAC Global Environmental Photography Contest. Click here for more information and submission guidelines. The deadline for submission is next Thursday, 17 October.

Applications for the SETAC North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) Vice Chair position have been extended until October 18. NASAC is comprised of student members who represent each of the SETAC North America Regional Chapters. This position is open to all students in the North America geographic unit of SETAC. Interested students should submit a complete application and a letter of support from their adviser to nasac.setac@gmail.com.

IEAM is accepting nominations for appointment to the editorial board of qualified experts, particularly in the areas of environmental policy and regulation, human health risk assessment, life cycle analysis and sustainability. Appointments are for 3-year terms from 2014 to 2016. Members of the editorial board work with IEAM Editors to solicit contributions to the journal and support the peer review of submitted manuscripts. Send completed nomination forms, along with the candidate’s CV, to ieam_editor@setac.org by 15 October deadline. For more information, please contact the IEAM Editorial Office.

Register today for the 9th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium on Risk Assessment and Management in Marine Systems: State of the Art and the challenges ahead. The symposium will take place 4–5 December in Brussels, Belgium. Registration is limited to 125 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Abstract Submission is now open for poster presentations at the Endocrine Disruption Focused Topic Meeting to be held 5–6 February 2014.

 
SETAC JOURNALS:
IEAM volume 9, issue 3 What's New in IEAM
Species sensitivity distribution evaluation for chronic nickel toxicity to marine organisms

David K. DeForest, Christian E. Schlekat
(Early View)
 
ET&C volume 32, 11What's New in ET&C
Effects of selenium on development, survival, and accumulation in the honeybee (Apis melifera L.)
Kristen R. Hladun, Osman Kaftanoglu, David R. Parker, Khoa D. Tran, John T. Trumble
(Volume  32,  Issue  11)
Coming in November: Global Horizon Scanning project kickoff, 2013 SETAC Australasia conference, upcoming Nashville highlights and more…
 
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