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7 September 2017
Volume 18 Issue 9
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Interest Groups: SETAC Advisory Groups 2.0

Lauren Kristofco, SETAC North America Science Committee

SETAC Interest Groups

Does “IG” ring a bell?  If not, you’re not alone.  IG is SETAC’s newest acronym and was officially adopted in January 2017. If you haven’t heard of IGs, we’ve got a few reasons for why you should check them out.

Interest Groups (IGs) are communities of SETAC members (students and professionals) with similar interests and expertise in one of the disciplines within the environmental sciences. With more than 25 IGs in a myriad of SETAC related fields, these groups provide unique opportunities for collaboration and scientific progress. 

IGs are foundational groups within SETAC. Previously known as Advisory Groups, IGs are responsible for many initiatives concurrent with, and independent of, SETAC annual meetings. IG members and chairs have sponsored sessions at SETAC annual meetings, proposed symposia, workshops, focused topic meetings and SETAC Europe Special Science Symposia (SESSSs), organized education and outreach initiatives, collated peer review panels and aided in standard method and tool development. 

So, what does that mean for you? Whether you’re looking for networking opportunities or a way to influence your field of study, IGs are a means to become involved with SETAC.  To find an IG in an area you are interested in, check out the IG home page under the “Get Involved” tab on SETAC website. 

It is simple to connect with an IG. Once logged in on the SETAC website, and at an IG homepage, you can simply click the “join IG” button near the top of the page. Alternatively, you can always click on the “Groups” link in the “My Profile” box in the right column to view those groups and committees with which you are already involved, and peruse new connections.  

To better communicate the activities of SETAC IGs, “spotlight articles” highlighting individual IG initiatives, and areas of study are scheduled for the coming months in the Globe. Be on the lookout for summaries of recent IG activities and announcements of upcoming opportunities and meetings at SETAC meetings!   

Author’s contact information: lkristofco@gmail.com

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