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Executive Director's Corner
Charlie Menzie
Charlie MenzieEnvironmental Risk Assessment (ERA) is a ribbon that ties together the Geographic Units of SETAC. The worldwide importance of ERA, especially in developing countries, is a major theme emerging from my discussions with SETAC’s Global Partners. There is a strong interest in supporting education related to ERA. Over the past few months, we have been developing a distance-learning course on ERA to launch within SETAC Africa. Basic elements of this course may also become part of a SETAC effort to contribute to a World Health Organization program for developing countries, and elements will be used for short courses tentatively planned at the SETAC co-sponsored 2015 Society of Risk Analysis Congress in Singapore and 2016 SETAC Asia/Pacific meeting. ERA has also become a focus of accreditation and certification programs within SETAC Europe and SETAC North America. Because we are a unique global society, we need to better understand the “why and how” of variations in the color and width of the ERA ribbon that ties us together.

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INSIDE VOLUME 15, ISSUE 11
6 November 2014
 
Kurt MaierSETAC North America: A Perspective of 2014
Kurt Maier
I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to have served as President of SETAC North America. I was honored to be elected to serve in this position and to have the opportunity to work with a great group of people that share a vision of what SETAC North America was, is and will be. I was humbled by the professionalism, work ethic and dedication of the SETAC North America staff and volunteers. I started this year by thanking a lot of people, and I will conclude this year by doing the same.

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VancouverSETAC Hosts Successful TSCA Risk Assessment Science Seminar for Congressional Staff
Tom Augspurger
A Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Assessment Science Seminar was held on 2 October just outside of the U.S. Capitol on the shores of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. This followed SETAC North America’s offer of expertise to help inform discussions on reform of TSCA. Drawing from environmental toxicology, chemistry and risk assessment skills of the SETAC TSCA Reform Dialog Group and support of SETAC staff, eight SETAC members covering our tripartite structure provided the workshop for staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

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Chemist Award Winner 2014 SETAC North America Chemist Award Winner
Charles Wong
The winner of the 2014 SETAC North America Chemist Award is Ching-Hua Huang, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Huang has been leading an active environmental chemistry research program for more than 14 years. She has conducted extensive research on the environmental fate and transformation mechanisms of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors, as well as development of advanced treatment technologies for mitigation of these micropollutants.

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SAP Adelaide ConferenceReport on the 9th SETAC Asia/Pacific Conference
Rai Kookana and Anu Kumar
The 9th SETAC Asia/Pacific Conference was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 14–17 September 2014 with the theme "Advancing Science for a Sustainable Environment." The conference was jointly organised by SETAC Asia/Pacific and SETAC Australasia. More than 370 delegates from 26 countries attended, nearly half of them from Asia, Europe and the Americas. The conference covered fundamental science to integrated system sciences of life cycle and risk assessment as well as regulatory considerations, involving academia, business and government in the SETAC tradition.

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Indonesia Workshop SETAC Asia/Pacific Workshop in Indonesia
Munro Mortimer
A two-day SETAC Asia/Pacific workshop on comprehensive and representative aquatic contaminant sampling was held in Ambon, Indonesia, in September 2014 in association with a conference of the Indonesian Chemistry Society. The workshop was attended by 53 participants. This is the first formal activity by SETAC in Indonesia, and it was well received by the participants. The Republic of Indonesia has a population of more than 250 million, and university education has been well established. By putting on the Ambon workshop and distributing SETAC information at the associated conference of the Indonesian Chemistry Society, SETAC’s profile in Indonesia has been raised.

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Barcelona Nine Reasons to Participate in the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting in Barcelona
Carlos Barata
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and 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 the Tibidabo mountain to the north. It is the capital of Catalonia, a Spanish region with its own culture and language. The city is one of the preferred destinations in Europe for congresses and tourism thanks to its Mediterranean climate, modern art and architecture, excellent transportation, housing and food. You can be assured of a vibrant city life and a fantastic SETAC scientific program at the Barcelona Internacional Congress Centre (CCIB), located right by the sea. Here are nine reasons for you to submit an abstract and attend SETAC Barcelona.

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Barcelona 25 years Twenty Five Birthday Candles for SETAC Europe: Join the Party!
Joke van Wensem
Next year SETAC Europe celebrates its 25th anniversary. SETAC Europe was formally established in 1989, and its first meeting took place in 1991. It was then that the first seeds of global expansion were sown. Later, SETAC Latin America, SETAC Asia/Pacific and SETAC Africa would take root, with a geographically diverse SETAC World Council overseeing the organization’s development. Since 1990 much has happened. The membership in Europe increased to 1,600 members, and the annual meetings became influential events in Europe attracting almost 2,500 participants. Many initiatives were taken up in Europe, and the SETAC community plays a significant role in society by providing the scientific backbone for European policy in relation to toxicology and chemistry.

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Wildlife Wildlife Toxicology Advisory Group Launched
Nico van den Brink
Recently, the SETAC World Council approved the establishment of the new Global Wildlife Toxicology Advisory Group (WTAG). The mission of the WTAG is to improve and communicate the scientific outcome of research related to wildlife toxicology, promote and advance the use of non-destructive, sub-lethal, ethical and scientifically sound methods, and when possible, animal alternative models. The WTAG is an open global forum that exists to serve as a scientific platform for SETAC members and nonmembers on scientific issues concerning wildlife toxicology in the broadest sense.

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NEWS AND UPDATES

Download the SETAC Vancouver app and follow the meeting on twitter @SETAC_world. Continue the discussion and share what you learn on Twitter with the hashtag #SETACVancouver.

Download the latest SETAC North America Student Advisory Council newsletter.

The deadline to submit summer school proposals is 31 December. SETAC Europe summer schools offer scientists and students training through the best up-to-date knowledge in several areas. The organisers will benefit from publicity and recognition by SETAC.

Apply for a SETAC Europe Award! Members can apply for the Environmental Education Award or one of the three Best Publication Awards. Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by an individual or group. Scientists younger than 35 and planning to attend the SETAC Barcelona meeting can also apply for the Young Scientist Award. All award recipients will be announced at the SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting in Barcelona.

Vote in the SETAC Global Environmental Photography Contest! Winners will be announced at SETAC Vancouer.

 
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