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14 July 2016
Volume 17 Issue 7
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Awards Presented at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Nantes

Annegaaike Leopold, SETAC Europe Awards Chair

Evelyn Stinckens receives P&G award
Darius Sabaliunas of P&G presents the SETAC/Procter & Gamble Fellowship check to Evelyn Stinckens with the University of Antwerp.

It was a pleasure and an honor to to present this year’s SETAC Europe awards to young scientists during the Opening Ceremony of the SETAC Europe meeting! The genuine sense of joy, pride and gratitude for the recognition was expressed by all of the award winners. We have followed the order in which the awards were presented during the ceremony. Not everyone was present at the ceremony to receive their award, some will receive their award at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 6–10 November in Orlando, Florida.

SETAC President Pat Guiney had the pleasure of presenting the SETAC Journal Best Paper awards and announcing the new SETAC Fellows:

The ET&C Best Student award, generously sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive, went to Francesca Gissi with CSIRO, Australia, for her work on developing “A robust bioassay to assess the toxicity of metals to the Antarctic marine microalgae Phaeocyctis antarctica.”

The new SETAC Journals Best Student Paper award went to Rebecca Lazarus, now with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for her work at the U.S. Geological Survey published in IEAM on “Exposure and food web transfer of pharmaceuticals in ospreys (Pandion haliaetus): Predictive model and empirical data.”

The IEAM Best Paper Award went to Tim Arciszewski, now at Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), for work done at the University of New Brunswick – Saint John. The paper dealt with the “Development of an adaptive monitoring framework for long-term programs: An example using indicators of fish health.”

The ET&C Best Paper Award went to Andreu Rico of the IMDEA Water Institute. In his paper Rico proposed a new method for “Evaluating aquatic invertebrate vulnerability to insecticides based on intrinsic sensitivity, biological traits, and toxic mode of action.

In recognition of their long-term and significant scientific and science policy contribution to the society and the field of environmental toxicology and chemistry at large, the following people received the prestigious SETAC Fellows Award:

  • Theo Brock, Alterra & Wageningen University
  • Christopher Hickey, The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research
  • Lawrence Kaputska, LK Consultancy
  • Steve Klaine, Clemson University
  • Joke van Wensem, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
  • Wayne Landis, Western Washington University
  • Lorraine Maltby, University of Sheffield
  • Paolo Masoni, ENEA
  • Peter Matthiessen, Independent Consultant
  • Paul van den Brink, Alterra & Wagningen University.

Volker Grimm with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Germany received the SETAC Europe Environmental Education Award from Gertie Arts, SETAC Europe President. Grimm has been involved throughout his career in modeling a broad range of plant and animal populations and communities by using individual- and agent-based models to link individual behavior to population and community dynamics. In particular, between 2009 and 2013, he coordinated the CREAM project, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. Grimm was very warmly recommended by his co-workers on the CREAM project. This award was sponsored by NOACK Laboratorien.

Evelyn Stinckens receives P&G award
A big thank you to all award winners for their outstanding contributions to SETAC and the scientific community!

The SETAC Europe RIFCON Best Student Publication Award in Ecotoxicology went to Vasiliki Tsarpali, University of Patras, Greece, for the work on investigating the toxic effects of imidazolium ionic liquids on marine mussels with and without the presence of conventional solvents such as acetone.

Gert Everaert, Ghent University, Belgium, received the SETAC Europe Best Student Publication Award in Chemical Analysis and Environmental Monitoring for his work on using multidecadal field data to support intimate links between phytoplankton dynamics and PCB concentrations in marine sediments and biota.

Anders Bjørn with the Technical University of Denmark received the SETAC Europe LCA Young Scientist Award, sponsored by Lenzing and Springer Nature. Bjørn won this award for his comprehensive work on introducing and absolute sustainability perspective in life cycle assessment and for his work in broadening the adoption of life cycle thinking outside of the scientific community.

The SETAC/Procter & Gamble Fellowship for Doctoral Research in Environmental Science went to Evelyn Stinckens, University of Antwerp, for her work on an alternative testing strategy for the fish early life stage test using the adverse outcome pathway framework. The award was presented by Darius Sabaliunas of P&G.

The SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee award for Lifetime Achievement in LCA went to Angeline de Beaufort with the European Corrugated Board Industry, The Netherlands.

Anne Cremazy, University of British Columbia, was awarded  the SETAC/ICA Chris Lee Award for her graduate research on fate and and effects of metals in the environment.

In appreciation for receiving the Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award this past November, Joke van Wensem, the Soil Protection Technical Committee in The Netherlands, wrote the following about the prestigious award that she received:

The SETAC Nantes meeting was a very special one for me. In November 2015, I had been awarded with the Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award, which I would receive in Nantes, France. Reason enough to travel to Nantes feeling happy and proud. On top of that, I received a call a few weeks before the meeting from Charlie Menzie, SETAC Global Executive Director, saying that I had been elected as SETAC Fellow. Wow! I feel very grateful for these public recognitions of the contributions I have made to SETAC, in the council, board, committees, sessions, workshops and advisory groups. And I thank the persons who thought of nominating me in the first place.

In my very short acceptance speech I have tried to bring across that participating in SETAC activities provides wonderful opportunities for networking, sharing and learning. Take that opportunity if you can!

The last awards presented at this year’s meeting in Nantes were for the best poster and best platform presentations.  The Best Poster Award was presented to Riccardo Massei, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, for his work on “Detection of cholinesterase inhibitors in water samples from Novi Sad (Serbia) using effect-directed analysis.” The Best Platform Award was received by Yuan Pan, University of Sheffield, for her presentation titled “Using the ecosystem services framework to link scientific research and policy-making: A case study of Lake Tai, China.”

Our warmest and heartfelt congratulations to all the award winners, and thank you for your outstanding contribution to SETAC’s scientific community!

Author’s contact information: annegaaike@gmail.com

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