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Message from the SETAC Europe President
Mónica Amorim
Monica AmorimIt is a great honor for me to serve as SETAC Europe President this coming year. This venture started years ago with my involvement as a council member in 2009. I learned a lot from this experience, and I strongly encourage you to get actively involved with the society as well. It is truly an enriching experience. There is a wonderful team of committed members that SETAC can be very proud of. I would like to also express my warmest greetings to the newest members. There are many great things SETAC has to offer. I will mention two main pillars, SETAC's tripartite structure and its international appeal.

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INSIDE VOLUME 15, ISSUE 7
17 July 2014
 
Laurent LagadicValedictory Address from the SETAC Europe Immediate Past President
Laurent Lagadic
On 14 May, at the Annual General Assembly of the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland, I officially stepped down as SETAC Europe President. Looking back at the past year, I must say it was a busy one! I considered myself very lucky for serving as SETAC Europe President because it gave me the chance to work with fully committed SETAC Europe Council members.  With their and the SETAC Europe staff's support, the main goals that appeared in the SETAC Europe Strategic Plan have been reached.

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young scientistSETAC Europe Young Scientist Award Winners
Gertie Arts
Every year, SETAC Europe presents the Young Scientist Awards for best poster and best platform presentations at the annual meeting, which were presented during the closing session of the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland. The ECETOC Best Platform Award honors an early career scientist for the best platform presentation. The Tom Feijtel Best Poster Award honors an early career scientist with the best poster presentation. Both award winners are invited to the next SETAC Europe annual meeting in Barcelona, Spain, in 2015.

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Vera TerekhovaSETAC Establishes Russian Language Branch
Vera Terekhova
During a recent international conference on “Bioindication in the Ecological Assessment of Soils and Related Habitats” the large Russian-language environmental scientific community stated the intend to integrate with SETAC through the creation of a regional SETAC Russian Language Branch (RLB).  SETAC RLB will facilitate the exchange between Russian-speaking environmental scientists and their colleagues around the world through regular meetings of specialists and collaboration to realize international scientific projects.

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AOPs Advancing AOPs for Integrated Toxicology and Regulatory Applications
Ksenia Groh and Knut Erik Tollefsen
Adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) are conceptual frameworks for organizing biological and (eco)toxicological knowledge in a manner that supports evaluation and extrapolation of biological perturbations reflecting the initiation (molecular initiating event) and early progression of toxicity across molecular, cellular and sub-organism levels towards an apical adverse outcome relevant to risk assessment and regulatory decision-making. The AOP concept promotes a toxicological pathway-based vision relying on computational and empirical approaches to generate the data needed to evaluate chemical hazards. The session “Advancing Adverse Outcome Pathways for Integrated Toxicology and Regulatory Applications” focused on reviewing recent advances in AOP development, as well as discussing the next steps to be undertaken in this growing research field.

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Swiss chocolate Sustainability of Swiss Chocolate Production
Joke van Wensem
The value of the sustainability concept, and underlying concepts such as ecosystem services and footprints, for environmental management is best demonstrated when related to an actual case. As a follow-up on the successful “Whisky Session” held at the SETAC Europe annual meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, the Sustainability and Ecosystem Services Advisory Groups organized a special session on the “Sustainability of Swiss Chocolate Production.”

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Fish model species Fish Model Species in Environmental Toxicology
Jessica Legradi, Juliette Legler and Charles Tyler
The large number of abstracts submitted on fish model species in environmental toxicology indicated that there is of wide interest to SETAC members. Presentations ran over a full day within three sessions focused on mechanisms, endocrine disruption and exposure approaches. The work presented was derived from nine different countries, clearly showing the global interest in the use of fish model species in ecotoxicology. The applications of these fish models spanned chemical testing, focused mechanistic studies and addressing questions on population-level impacts of chemicals. A number of different fish model species were introduced in the session.

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Human Exposure Human Exposure to Emerging Contaminants: Monitoring and Modeling
Martin Krauss and Natalie von Gotz
Almost 20,000 chemicals are currently in commercial use, and humans are potentially exposed to these via environmental media, direct contact, food or drinking water. For the vast majority of these compounds, the contribution of different exposure pathways, total exposure and associated health effects are unknown. To prioritize new and existing chemicals for toxicological studies and risk assessment, a better characterization of human exposure is required.

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Barcelona Celebrate the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting in Barcelona
Carlos Barata
It is a great pleasure to invite you to the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting in Barcelona, from 3–7 May 2015. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. Located on the Mediterranean coastline, it is surrounded by the Llobregat and Besòs rivers on the west and east, the sea to the south and Tibidabo mountain to the north. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a Spanish region with its own culture and language. It is one of the preferred European cities for congresses and tourism thanks to its Mediterranean climate, modern art and architecture, and excellent transportion, housing and food options.

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research Call for Discussion of Requiring Disclosure of Financial Support for Published Research
Terence Boyle
I recently began to read medical literature both the practioners’ publications aimed at physicians and nurses as well as primary peer-reviewed literature. Nearly all the publications of both types listed the authors’ primary and secondary affiliations. Some had more detailed information on the financial connections of the authors to various institutions relevant to the topic of the paper submitted. I am suggesting that some discussion ought to occur within SETAC whether its journals should institute a policy like those established by present medical journals which make the affiliation and support of the authors apparent to the readership.

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NEWS AND UPDATES
Registration is now open for the SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting, taking place from 9–13 November in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. The early bird rate ends on 15 August, so register today!

You are invited to attend the 5th SETAC Argentina Congress, which will be held from 22–25 October 2014 in Neuquén, North Patagonia. The goal of the meeting is to exchange different point-of-views and increase cooperation between participants coming from the business, government and academia sectors to understand, evaluate and give answers to the environmental challenges arising from the productive framework in the country. Learn more...

SETAC has joined the World Health Organization Chemical Risk Assessment Network (WHOCRAN). The network was established late 2013 with a goal to support global efforts to assess and manage the risks associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals. Read on to see how to get connected.

SETAC is an organizational partner for the Society for Risk Analysis 2015 World Congress, which will be held from 19–23 July in Singapore. The selecting “Risk Analysis for Sustainable Innovation” as the theme, SRA hopes to focus attention on risks of importance to global developments. Download the flyer or visit the SRA 2015 World Congress website for more information.

SETAC Europe members elected new council representatives
during the SETAC Basel meeting in May. Meet your new SETAC Europe Council!

This is the last chance to register for a SETAC Europe Summer School. Visit the website for course information. Register today!


Now is the time to apply for a SETAC Europe Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Young Scientist Award. The SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee intends to recognize and honor the participation of students and pre-professionals active in the field of LCA and to enhance their professional development.

Abstract submission and registration for the 20th SETAC Europe LCA Case Study Symposium are now open! Submit your paper before the 15 September deadline, and register early to save on registration fees.
 
SETAC JOURNALS:
IEAM volume 10, issue 3 What's New in IEAM
Characterization of field margins in intensified agro-ecosystems – why narrow margins should matter in terrestrial pesticide risk assessment and management

Melanie Hahn, Patrick P. Lenhardt and Carsten A. Brühl
(Vol. 10, Issue 3)
 
ET&C cover, Early ViewWhat's New in ET&C
Intercropping different varieties of radish can increase cadmium accumulation in radish
Lijin Lin, Qihua Liu, Jun Shi, Jinlong Sun, Ming’an Liao, and Luoyin Mei
(Early View)
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