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14 August 2014
Volume 15 Issue 8
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Energy, Sustainability and Global Risk: New Coordinated Science Theme Presentation in Vancouver

Cynthia Stahl and Emma Lavoie, SETAC North America Science Committee

The SETAC North America Science Committee and the Vancouver Program Committee have worked to add a new feature in Vancouver, the Coordinated Science Theme. It provides a common thread among different program activities and invites speakers from diverse disciplines and sectors who bring a unique perspectives to members. “Energy, Sustainability and Global Risk” is the theme for this year, offered via a professional training course, plenary talk and debate session.

Starting on Sunday morning, “Nothing Simple is Easy” is a half-day professional training course on energy technology, policy and the environment taught by Ralph Nigro with Applied Energy Group. He is an expert on traditional and alternative energy systems and their environmental impacts, energy efficiency and program design, and he is responsible for energy program management in six states. Register by 15 August to receive an additional 15% discount to the already low early bird rate.

On Monday morning, the discussion continues with the  “Wicked Problems Debate: Energy Supply and Societal Demand” debate session, which is chaired by Ron McCormick and Andrew Henderson and sponsored by the Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group and the Advisory Group on Sustainability. Short presentations followed by a facilitated Q&A and discussion à la The Phil Donahue Show (a TV show broadcast from 1970–1996 that often featured taboo health and social topics with sometimes raucous audience participation) promises to challenge panelists and engage the audience. Finally, rounding out this coordinated science theme triumvirate, on Monday afternoon plenary speaker Ralph Nigro will share a presentation on the topic of how our traditional scientific training can be used to help or aggravate today’s multi-dimensional environmental problems.

Register now for the professional training course “Nothing Simple is Easy,” and attend one or all three program activities to explore different facets of the energy, sustainability and global risk issues.

The SETAC North America Science Committee is also requesting Coordinated Science Theme proposals for next year’s SETAC North America annual meeting, which will be held in Salt Lake City. All proposals are welcome. We are specifically looking for cross-disciplinary proposals that bridge advisory groups, represent emerging science and decision-making, or provide diverse perspectives and “big-picture” concepts. Ideally, the themes identified in these coordinated science theme proposals could be carried through multiple platforms or roles at the meeting including keynote presentations, special symposia, professional training courses, debates, workshops, student mentoring activities, or other program activities.

Contact Cynthia Stahl or Emma Lavoie for more information about the Coordinated Science Theme in Vancouver. You may also contact SETAC North America Science Committee members Becky Braeutigam or Ron McCormick if you are interested in developing a Coordinated Science Theme for the next year's meeting.

Authors' contact information: stahl.cynthia@epa.gov and etlavoie@gmail.com

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