SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
16 January 2014
Volume 15 Issue 1
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A Message from the Incoming SETAC World Council President

Peter Campbell, Syngenta

Last year was an exciting and productive time for SETAC as was described in the accompanying Globe article from 2013 SETAC World Council President Bill Goodfellow.

Looking forward to 2014, we are on track for hosting the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting with the theme “Science Across Bridges, Borders and Boundaries” from 11–15 May in Basel, Switzerland, the Joint SETAC Asia/Pacific and Australasia Conference with the theme “Advancing Science for a Sustainable Environment,” which will be held 14–17 September in Adelaide, Australia, and the SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting on 9–13 November in Vancouver, BC, Canada. While there will not be an annual Geographic Unit meeting in either Africa or Latin America this year, plans are in place to hold the next annual meetings in Abuja, Nigeria, and Buenos Aries, Argentina, in 2015.

SETAC's mission is to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity, particularly to promote the advancement and application of scientific research related to contaminants and other stressors in the environment, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making. An important vehicle for SETAC contributions in the environmental policy area are Pellston workshops, and I am pleased to announce that we have plans for two such workshops, Ecosystem Services and Environmental Mixtures, in 2014. Watch out for more information on both these workshops.  In addition to the Pellston workshops, we also have other special scientific meetings planned for this year, including the SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting on Endocrine Disruption in Research Triangle Park, N.C., from 4–6 February, the SETAC Europe Special Scientific Symposium on Bioavailability to be held on 14–15 October in Brussels, Belgium, and the SETAC Life Cycle Analysis annual symposium planned for later in 2014 in Novi Sad, Serbia. As usual, there will be many other interesting activities and meetings organized at a more local level through the various branches and regional chapters, and of course  our numerous global and regional advisory groups. So be on the lookout for these activities in 2014.

One of the critical tasks for the SETAC World Council in 2014 will be to appoint a new Global Executive Director. We are already fully engaged in the selection process, and I am pleased to say that we had a great response to our recruitment announcement. Our aim is to have a new Global Executive Director in place by end of the first quarter of this year. The strategic focus for our new Global Executive Director will be to serve as an ambassador for SETAC at an international level and also to provide support to our younger Geographic Units such as Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific in order to help them achieve their ambitious growth plans. An area of increasing interest in both Europe and North America Geographic Units has been the recognized need by employers for some form of certification scheme for environmental scientists. To this end, SETAC Europe and SETAC North America have already started working with the World Council to develop such certification schemes.

Last year, we entered a new publishing contract and era with Wiley-Blackwell. SETAC has moved away from page charges and from distributing printed hard copies of our journals.  The removal of page charges was a significant milestone for us and applauded by our membership. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to ask all our members to support our journals by publishing their best science with SETAC, so we can start to push up the impact factor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) and secure an impact factor for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM). With regards to IEAM, we have already formally applied for an impact factor, and hopefully we will get some good news later this year!

As we enter this new year, I very much look forward to continue working very closely with the Immediate Past President Bill Goodfellow, the new Vice President Barnett Rattner, the treasurer David Phillips plus all the other hard-working and dedicated members of the SETAC World Council. I will be relying on their continued support going forward, as well as the support of both of our regional executive directors Greg Schiefer and Bart Bosveld and their staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our exiting Immediate Past President Tim Canfield for his hard work and commitment during the last three years. His enthusiasm and good spirit will be missed.

To conclude, 2013 was yet another successful year for SETAC, and 2014 is already shaping up to build on this success. I would like to thank you all for your continued support thus far and invite you to look for opportunities to increase, even more, your activity in our Society. Your contribution is fundamental to the significant impact that SETAC is having in the world of environmental toxicology and chemistry.

Author's contact information: peter.campbell@syngenta.com

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