SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
15 February 2018
Volume 19 Issue 2

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Increase Your Skills and Knowledge at SETAC Rome

Rebecca Bundschuh, SETAC Europe Education Project Manager, and Michelle Bloor, SETAC Europe Education Committee Chair

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious,” once said Albert Einstein. 

Increasing your skills and knowledge is of great importance, especially in today’s demanding society. Therefore, we are offering you a wide range of training courses for your professional development on Sunday, 13 May, at the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy. Experts from different sectors (government, business and academia) will come together and provide unique insights and up-to-date training courses. Do not miss out on this great opportunity!

SETAC Rome Scientific Committee
Register for a training course by 20 March. Meeting registration is not mandatory to attend a course.

The Endocrine System: Global Perspectives on Testing Methods and Evaluation of Endocrine Activity” training course will provide you with an introduction into the key topics related to endocrine system evaluation and regulatory requirements while considering a wide range of views and outlooks.

Is statistical analysis of your data painful and a big hurdle for you? We can help with two great training courses: 
When designing an ecotoxicity experiment, it is important to have the statistical analysis in mind. The “Statistical Issues in the Design and Analysis of Ecotox Experiments” course will cover all the considerations of experimental design and statistical analysis used to evaluate toxicity of chemicals in the environment. Both instructors have decades of practical experience designing and analyzing ecotoxicity experiments, work closely with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and serve on several multidisciplinary teams developing regulatory statistical guidance.

The course “Statistical Methods in Ecotoxicology Using R” will focus on giving the participants practical experience with using R for analyzing ecotoxicological data. The open source, statistical software R is an extremely powerful and versatile statistical environment. Currently, many advanced or recent statistical and visualization approaches and techniques have been implemented using R or are only available in this software, especially when used in ecotoxicology for dose-response analysis.

Recent scientific input has led to a testing method update for the impact assessment of plant production products on pollinating species. The course “Testing Methods for Honey Bees, Bumblebees and Solitary Bees on the Context of Pesticide Registration” aims to guide risk assessors as well as scientist through the updated testing methods from a regulatory context.

The course “Introduction to Interspecies Toxicity Extrapolation Using USEPA’s Web-ICE Tool” will introduce participants to the next generation of the Web-based Interspecies Correlation Estimation (Web-ICE), which went live in 2016. The tool estimates acute toxicity for a diverse range of species that have limited or no available toxicity data, including threatened and endangered species. Although developed by the USEPA, companies and risk assessors worldwide use Web-ICE to predict acute toxicity of chemicals.

How to Be Successful in Scientific Publishing” the eponymous course will present advice to overcome common obstacles such as targeting journals, finding an attractive entry for the manuscript and writing a fruitful discussion. As an editor-in-chief himself,  the instructor will provide valuable tips from “behind the scenes,” insights into the most common mistakes, and how to reply to referees and editors.

And why is your work relevant? If you have heard this question before, you should take the “Effective Live Presentations for Scientists: Get Your Message Across Using Improvisation Techniques” training course. The course will assist you with ways to get your message across to your chosen audience and communicate effectively. The course is designed for scientists of any career stage who want to improve their presentation skills and is taught by instructors that are both trained scientists and trained actors.

Scientists seldom receive formal training on the concepts of project management and are often left to learn these skills “on the job.” The course “Project Management Training for Scientists” intends to help you develop your project management skills by teaching you the fundamental principals. Additionally, the course will also cover the effective development of opportunities, initiating client contacts and proposal opportunities, how to develop a technical and cost proposal, as well as concepts in project execution.

Please register for your chosen training courses by 20 March. Meeting registration is not mandatory to attend a course.

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