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5 October 2017
Volume 18 Issue 10
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A Recap of the 12th SETAC Latin America Biennial Meeting

Helena de Assis, Immediate Past President, SETAC Latin America

SETAC, the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and the Universidade Santa Cecília (UNISANTA) held the 12th SETAC Latin America Biennial Meeting from 7–10 September in the city of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil. This year, under the theme “Bridging the Gap between Science and Governance,” we brought together members from academia, government and business promoting the interaction among Latin American professionals engaged in environmental science with colleagues from other parts of the world.

Opening ceremony, SETAC Santos
(From left) Italo Braga (SETAC Latin America Meeting President), Charlie Menzie (SETAC Global Executive Director ), Denis Abessa (UNESP), Marcos Tadeu (UNISANTA), Odair Aguiar (UNIFESP) and Helena de Assis (SETAC Latin America President)

The opening ceremony included representatives of SETAC, such as Charlie Menzie, SETAC Global Executive Director; Helena de Assis, SETAC Latin America President; and Italo Braga, SETAC Latin America 12th Biennial Meeting President, as well as the representatives from UNESP, Denis Abessa; UNISANTA, Marcos Tadeu; and UNIFESP, Odair Aguiar.

More than 450 professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate students, scientists and representatives of business and government attended the meeting, representing 17 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, England, Equador, France, Finland Germany, México, Portugal, Spain, United States and Uruguay. Seven pre-meeting courses were offered, 11 plenary speakers with internationally recognized expertise, 6 round tables, 21 special sessions with 173 oral communications, and 321 posters were presented.

The language of the meeting was Portuguese, English and Spanish, and it worked very well. During the meeting, positive discussions and dialog occurred among participants from academia, business and government.

The Risk Assessment Symposium held before the meeting was very successful, having participation by representatives from business, government and academia. Chemical risk assessment strategies from various countries were discussed during the symposium and will be continued next year as part of on-going programming.

Opening ceremony, SETAC Santos
(From left) Camilo Dias, Vitor Kapel, Tatiana Furley, Mary Reiley, Charlie Menzie, Helena de Assis and Ross Smith had a successful meeting with the Brazil Office of Innovation.

The results of the Global Horizon Scanning (GSH) Project were presented to stimulate feedback from stakeholders on SETAC’s identified priority research areas for Latin America, as well as to discuss how the selected questions could help decision-makers design environmental strategic plans. Positive feedback from the Brazilian financial agencies were received, and another meeting will occur with these agencies in October.

Tatiana Heid Furley from Brazil was announces as the new SETAC Latin America President, and Daniel A. Wunderlin from Argentina is the new SETAC Latin America Vice President were announced during the general assembly to lead the activities for the next two years (2017–2019). The student meeting had the participation of students from various countries of Latin America in order to promote more involvement. This year’s meeting was very successful and we would like to offer a special thank you to the local organizing committee and representatives and staff of SETAC.

Author’s contact information: helassis2003@yahoo.com.br

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