Wildlife Toxicology Advisory Group (WTAG) Launched
Nico van den Brink, Wageningen University
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, being environmental scientists and decision-makers and society as a whole, on scientific issues concerning wildlife toxicology in the broadest sense. Therefore, everybody that is interested is cordially invited to become a member of the WTAG and get involved with the dynamic network of wildlife toxicologists! The WTAG is a long-awaited advisory group, and the founding committee has not only the ambition to deepen the scientific insights in the field but even more so to facilitate the communication within the community of wildlife toxicologists. Interaction with other SETAC advisory groups such as the Bioaccumulation Science, Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles, Exposure Modelling, Animal Alternatives and Ecological Risk Assessment.
To achieve these objectives and discuss relevant issues, the WTAG plans to facilitate scientific sessions at annual meetings of the different geographic units, organized by members of the WTAG, and to hold annual business meetings. At the coming SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, the WTAG will assemble on Thursday, 13 November, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 203. We hope to see you there!
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