SETAC Europe Executive Director’s Corner
Bart Bosveld, SETAC Europe Executive Director
Thanks to positive financial results in 2013, SETAC Europe has recently established a re-investment fund programme. This fund supports unique activities in the interest of our members and in areas where no funding is available from the regular budget. This year, the fund will support students with registration grants for SETAC meetings, short courses and summer school, and it will be used to further improve the SETAC Europe education programme.
The SETAC Europe education programme has received a lot of attention the past year, and we are looking forward to 2014. In addition to a variety of short courses organised back-to-back with the SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland, a new edition of the SETAC Europe Summer Schools is being organised this year as a follow up to a record-breaking seven courses offered in 2013 in Germany, Portugal and Italy.
But there is more! SETAC Europe has plans to further grow its education programme with a range of specific courses for post-graduate students and professionals that will lead to recognition as a SETAC Europe Certified Environmental Risk Assessor.
The complexity of European regulations is ever increasing, and environmental risk assessment approaches across Europe are being harmonised. With regard to the authorisation of chemicals such as industrial chemicals, household chemicals, pesticides and biocides, there is a need for an internationally recognised education standard for those involved with these practices. With this in mind, SETAC Europe is working on the development of an education programme for environmental risk assessors and a certification of qualified persons. The education programme shall include a range of courses organised by the best experts and teachers in Europe. They take place throughout the year at various European locations. Students and professionals who successfully follow the courses will be registered as SETAC Europe Certified Environmental Risk Assessors. The preparations are now underway, and the programme should be launched in 2015.
I am excited about this new SETAC activity. This education programme may become an important contribution to PhD programmes of students who want to specialise in environmental risk assessment. It will also function as an excellent extended training programme for environmental risk assessment professionals. I hope you share my enthusiasm. Contact the SETAC Europe office if you want to know more or want to become involved!
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