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16 March 2017
Volume 18 Issue 3
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SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting: Two Months to Go

Ilse Schoeters, Karel Deschamphelaere and Gertie Arts, SETAC Brussels Committee Co-chairs

With only two months to go, the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 7–11 May in Brussels, Belgium, is coming together nicely. The scientific committee, local organizing committee and SETAC Europe office staff are just about done with all the pre-meeting preparations for both the scientific and social programs.

Scientific Program

Grand Palace, Brussels

The theme of the 2017 meeting is “Environmental Quality Through Transdisciplinary Collaboration.” Special efforts were put in place to make this meeting truly transdisciplinary.

The Scientific Committee has organized joint sessions with other societies and developed a scientific program consisting of 81 sessions distributed across eight tracks. Examples of joint sessions with other societies include “Bridge the gap between toxicology and ecotoxicology” with EUROTOX, “Role of exposure science for identifying early warnings on new and emerging risks of chemicals” with The International Society of Exposure Science (ISES), and “Exchanging ideas on mechanistic modeling in the context of water quality and environmental risks of chemicals” with the International Water Association (IWA). In addition, many sessions in the scientific program will present transdisciplinary topics. The daily schedule of platform sessions can be found at brussels.setac.org/scientificprogram.

Keynote Speakers

We have an impressive line-up of top-class keynote speakers, who will each highlight various aspects of the meeting theme:

  • Lora Fleming, Professor at the University of Exeter, UK
    “From beach to bedside: What can oceans do for human health,” is the question Professor Lora Fleming will answer in her presentation about the importance of our oceans to maintain and improve human health.

  • Geert Dancet, Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland
    This year being the tenth anniversary of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Geert Dancet will reflect on the main achievements of REACH Regulation and the scientific (environmental) challenges and research needs identified from working with this chemicals legislation.

  • Michele Galatola, Product Team Leader of DG Environment, European Commission
    How far are we with “Product environmental footprint” developments? Michele Galatola will address the latest developments and its policy implications.

Reddit AMA

SETAC Europe and its Student Advisory Council will once again host a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session from 2 p.m.–6 p.m. on Monday, 8 May, at the SETAC Square.

A Reddit AMA is an opportunity for anyone in the world curious about SETAC science to ask questions to meeting participants. The Reddit platform encourages discussion and facilitates outreach while bridging the gap between practicing scientists and the general public. Students work with scientists and established researchers at the conference to answer questions submitted by the public on the range of topics SETAC covers.

SETAC Europe is seeking volunteers to work with a student facilitator to answer online questions. There is no prior Reddit AMA experience required. Bring a cup of coffee and a sense of humor, and use this opportunity to get to know some of the bright young researchers working in the society. Please contact Delphine Delire for more information.

Social and Student Activities

Brussels and Belgium are hotspots for lovers of chocolate, beer, good food and history, so we have organized a range of social events through which delegates can immerse themselves in the many pleasures the country has to offer. An overview was given in the January edition of the SETAC Globe. More details on all the social activities can be found on the Brussels meeting website.

As almost 30% of the meeting participants are students, special efforts have been put in place for this important group within SETAC. An overview can be found in the February edition of the SETAC Globe and at brussels.setac.org.

How to Get to Brussels

Brussels is one of the best connected cities in Europe, with many direct connections by train and plane. If possible, choose to travel by train rather than by plane to reduce the carbon footprint of your trip. Brussels is a hub for the European high speed train: 2 hours from London, 1.5 hours from Paris and Amsterdam, and 3 hours from Frankfurt.

Public transportation and city bikes allow you to get anywhere you want to go within the Brussels city limit. Most of the meeting activities are within walking distance. View the travel resources on our website for more information.

Upcoming Deadlines


Registration Deadlines

14 April: Early bird payment and advanced registration deadlines
7–11 May: Onsite registration at the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting in Brussels

Job Event

If you are a student looking for a job or a company or organization looking for bright young scientists, you should register for the job event. The registration deadline is 1 April.

Late Abstract Submission for Posters

Did you miss the original abstract submission deadline? Do you have late-breaking science you would like to present at SETAC Brussels? We have opened a time slot for late abstract submissions for posters only. You must submit your abstract no later than 26 April.

For more information about the SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, visit brussels.setac.org.

Authors’ contact information: ilse.schoeters@riotinto.com, karel.deschamphelaere@ugent.be and Gertie.Arts@wur.nl

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