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15 June 2017
Volume 18 Issue 6
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Congratulations to the SETAC Europe and Global Award Winners

Annegaaike Leopold, SETAC Europe Awards Chair

It was a pleasure and an honor to present this year’s SETAC Europe awards to young and senior scientists during the opening ceremony of the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, and all of the award winners expressed a genuine sense of joy, pride and gratitude for the recognition. Charles Menzie, SETAC Global Executive Director, presented the global awards. Not everyone was present at the ceremony to receive their award, and some will receive their award at the SETAC North America 38th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 12–16 November in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Below you will find all the winners. We have followed the order in which the awards were presented during the ceremony.

The 2017 RIFCON Best Publication Award went to Yang Yue for his work at the Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, on “Silver nanoparticle-protein interactions in intact rainbow trout gill cells.” The award was presented by Michael Faupel of RIFCON.

Eléonore Loiseau with IRSTEA, France, received the SETAC Europe LCA Young Scientist Award, sponsored by Lenzing and Springer Nature. Loiseau won this award for her work in broadening the life cycle assessment (LCA) scope to a territory, including all production and consumption activities, and hereby enabling quantitative LCA-based decision support for land planning.

Ángel Borja with AZTI-Tecnalia, Spain, received the SETAC Europe/NOACK Laboratorien Environmental Education Award, which was presented by Christian Maess and Gunda Winkelmann from NOACK Laboratorien. Borja has contributed greatly to marine environmental research and education over a period of 35 years. As a professor and leading scientist, he has contributed significantly to the prevention of marine pollution, assessment of the marine status, implementation of the Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive, sustainable use of marine resources and impacts related to climate change. Borja is also a driving force behind the concept of “ocean literacy,” a “new” socio-ecological concept for a sustainable use of the seas.

Charlie Menzie had the pleasure of presenting the SETAC Journal Best Paper Awards and announcing the new SETAC Fellows Barnett Rattner and Scott Belanger.

Amandine Laffite
Amandine Laffite presented with the Best Poster Award.

The IEAM Best Paper Award went to Sheila Reddy of the Nature Conservancy, USA, for her paper “Evaluating the role of coastal habitats and sea-level rise in hurricane risk mitigation: An ecological economic assessment method and application to a business decision.”

The ET&C Best Paper Award went to Rianne Jacobs of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands. The paper addressed “Combining exposure and effect modeling into an integrated probabilistic environmental risk assessment for nanoparticles.”

We are now accepting SETAC Fellow nominations for 2017. If you know of somebody who deserves recognition, please submit an awards application.

Richard Cross
Richard Cross accepts the Best Platform Award.

The last awards presented at the annual meeting were for the Young Scientists Awards for the best poster and platform presentations.  The Best Poster Award was presented to Amandine Laffite, University of Geneva, Switzerland, for her poster on “Hospital effluents, not an exclusive source of emerging contaminant spread in sub-saharian urban rivers.” The Best Platform Award was received by Richard Cross with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, United Kingdom, for his presentation on “Routes of uptake and bioaccumulation of cerium oxide and silver nanoparticles depend on their fate in sediments.”

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

Check out the SETAC Europe and the SETAC Global Awards and submit an awards application. We would especially like to encourage young scientists to publish in one of our SETAC journals and apply for the SETAC Europa Best Paper Award.

Author’s contact information: annegaaike@gmail.com

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