SETAC Barcelona Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Joke van Wensem, SETAC Barcelona Committee
SETAC Europe celebrated its 25th anniversary at the annual meeting in Barcelona from 3–6 May. Besides a wonderful, lively, huge anniversary party with great Spanish food, drinks and dancing until the wine was gone, there was a keynote presentation on 25 years of scientific developments through the society and a huge timeline-poster highlighting some of the major events in the history of SETAC Europe. The 25th anniversary committee prepared the timeline with support from the SETAC staff.
To illustrate the magnitute of making it 25 years, delegates were shown pictures of people then (1990) and now, the numerical growth of annual meeting participants from 150 in 1990 to 2,600 in 2015. The timeline also contrasted the use of punch cards to do statistical analyses on main frame computers in the beginning years, with the direct entry into a computer today.
The keynote speaker, Peter Calow, one of the founders of SETAC Europe, presented a humorous story about the growing pains of SETAC Europe, described the scientific developments over the years as he saw them, and expressed a wish for the future. The wish was that we in SETAC focus more on the things that matter for the public. In other words, we should articulate what our results mean for the well-being of people, thereby increasing the societal relevance of our findings.
SETAC is certainly relevant, but has the opportunity to grow as an even more prominent platform for scientific exchange and networking in the environmental sciences, representing academia, business and government.
Again, we wish SETAC Europe a bright, happy and healthy future!
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