SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
22 January 2015
Volume 16 Issue 1
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A Message from SETAC World Council Immediate Past President

Peter Campbell, SETAC World Council Immediate Past President

SETAC is truly a global, professional scientific society, with strong or increasing membership in most regions of the world. Our well-respected and appreciated scientific program draws on the best environmental scientists and practitioners from government, business and academia internationally, an approach based on SETAC’s founding principle of tripartite engagement and governance. SETAC’s membership spans 98 countries, and consequently our global outreach continues to be formidable, reinforced this year by our Global Horizon Scanning Project, which sets out to prioritize the environmental issues and challenges starting with each of the Geographic Units (GUs).  Through our GU network, we are able to address international as well as regional and local environmental problems and challenges. In addition, our five GUs and also our regional branches and chapters continue to allow grass-roots culture to be maintained and ensure decisions are made with our individual members clearly in mind.

SETAC remains active within significant global initiatives such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and continues to collaborate with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Since 2002, the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative has been the most visible and broad collaboration with UNEP, and we have now expanded this relationship by working with the UNEP Global Environmental Facility (GEF). This collaboration is creating an online toolkit for developing countries and emerging economies to inventory their mercury exposure sources and to assist with identifying and prioritizing management approaches.

The World Council is particularly proud of the opportunities that SETAC programs offer to our members throughout their professional careers, in all geographies and across the broad range of scientific disciplines encompassed by SETAC member interests. Our scientific programming is anchored by our well-attended annual meetings in key regions of the world. In 2014, we had successful annual meetings in Basel (SETAC Europe), Adelaide (SETAC Asia/Pacific) and Vancouver (SETAC North America). We also had numerous regional chapter and branch meetings thoughout the world, such as the meeting in Comanhue in Argentina.

Our well-respected journals, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM), continue to attract leading research and review articles, and the great news we had this year was that IEAM will be allocated an impact factor in 2015.  Please note that there are no longer any page charges for these journals, and this is a much welcomed benefit which hopefully will continue encourage our members to publish their best science with SETAC.

SETAC’s global and regional workshops and symposia encourage the opportunity for scientific dialogue and debates on important and emerging scientific issues that can impact policy decisions. The 2014 workshop topics included ecosystem services, bioavailability, modeling plant protection product surface water drainage, risk assessment for plant protection products and non-target plants, and life cycle analysis. Looking forward, I am also very pleased to see we have a very rich pipeline of workshops planned for 2015.

SETAC committees and advisory groups continue to grow in response to member interest, and we are particularly proud of their efforts in working together across disciplines to tap the great potential of our interdisciplinary expertise and the passion of our members. I believe it is activities such as these that are SETAC’s greatest strength.

Our goal is to continue adding to this impressive story in the years ahead, working towards the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting in 2016 in Orlando, Florida. We know that members want to belong to a professional society that is impactful and meaningful. We continue to strive for providing the best tools and programming opportunities to meet this need. To this end, the SETAC World Council led by our new President, Barnett Rattner, reviewed our SETAC World Council strategic agenda, and the results will be posted soon on our web site.  My colleagues on the SETAC World Council and I encourage you to be as active within the SETAC community as possible. Your contributions as individual members, and ours as a professional society, will continue to ensure that SETAC is a global scientific leader on the environment for years to come.

As we start the new year, I would like to thank the leadership and membership of SETAC for their continued support. I know that you will continue to provide support to our new SETAC President Barnett Rattner. I would also like to thank the SETAC World Council and members of the GU board of directors and councils for their dedication. The membership of all committees and advisory groups ensure that SETAC is relevant, thank you! I would also like to thank executive directors Greg Schiefer, Bart Bosveld  and of course our new Global Executive Director Charlie Menzie, along with their very dedicated staff, for everything they do (much of it goes unnoticed but much appreciated). I would like to thank the editors and staff of the SETAC journals and Globe, as well as everyone that submits their manuscripts and news items or that serves as peer reviewer. Without your efforts, SETAC would not be the professional society that we have become. 

 Thank you all for what I believe was a very successful year in 2014!

Author's contact information: peter.campbell@syngenta.com

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