SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
17 July 2014
Volume 15 Issue 7
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Message from the SETAC Europe President

Mónica Amorim, University of Aveiro

It is a great honor for me to serve as the 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. The society can be very proud of the wonderful team of committed council members. I would also like to express my warmest greetings to the newest members.

The are many great things SETAC has to offer. I will mention two main pillars, SETAC's tripartite structure and its international appeal.

First, SETAC strives for a tripartite community where academia, business and government can come together and discuss science. This represents an excellent opportunity for impact which may not be possible in other societies. This can be further strengthened and explored, and we will focus on ways to make this even better.

Second, SETAC has wide international reach with members from 100 countries across the world. This is crucial when we discuss environmental safety issues as they can be global. In all, we have a well-established platform that can fully support our goals and strategy for the future.

The next year brings many exciting opportunities for the society and includes a big milestone, SETAC Europe will celebrate its 25 year anniversary!

SETAC is a large society with approximately 2,000 members in Europe and 6,000 members worldwide, which has the benefit of providing a network to many experienced members from academia, business and government at both the local and global level. As mentioned, these are key aspects for promoting high-quality science and can be observed at all SETAC events. Experienced members can contribute their knowledge or history and current practices to help outline a vision for the future. Our younger members may be less experienced but have the energy, excitement and desire to make a difference. They are capable of extraordinary achievements and yes, they are the future of our society.

Therefore, I would like to dedicate the coming year to the younger scientists and issue a challenge for all of us to integrate, transferring knowledge and expertise. Let’s bring SETAC closer!

Author contact information: mjamorim@ua.pt

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