Michelle Bloor, SETAC Europe Awards Chair; Bill Stubblefield, SETAC Global Awards Chair; and Rebecca Bundschuh, SETAC Europe Education Project Manager

During the opening ceremony of the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting in Helsinki, Finland, it was our pleasure and honor to present this year’s SETAC Europe and global awards to students, early career and senior scientists.

Simone Rizzuto

Simone Rizzuto was awarded Best Poster for the Young Scientist Awards.

Maxime Gauthier

The Young Scientist Award winner for Best Poster was Maxime Gauthier.

ET&C Best Paper Award winner Ondrej Adamovsky

The ET&C Best Paper Award winner was Ondrej Adamovsky.

RifCon Best Publication Award winner Malte Posselt

The RifCon Best Publication Award was given to Malte Posselt.

NOACK Laboratorien Environmental Education Award winner Henner Hollert

Henner Hollert was awarded the NOACK Laboratorien Environmental Education Award.

Young Scientist Award for Life Cycle Assessment

Peter James Joyce, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, received the SETAC Europe LCA Young Scientist Award, sponsored by Lenzing and Springer Nature. Joyce is recognized for his outstanding contributions to advancing life cycle assessment, and he has consistently demonstrated a strong interest in developing simple-to-use tools and methods to facilitate the use of life cycle approaches by non-experts. In his more recent work, Joyce has also demonstrated his ability to advance impact assessment via new characterization methods to assess the potential effects of naturally occurring radionuclides on human health and ecosystems.

RifCon Best Publication Award

In 2019, the RifCon Best Publication Award went to Malte Posselt of Stockholm University, Sweden, for his work on “Determination of Polar Organic Micropollutants in Surface and Pore Water by High-Resolution Sampling-Direct Injection-Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry.” The award was presented by Michael Faupel of RifCon.

NOACK Laboratorien Environmental Education Award

Henner Hollert, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, received the NOACK Laboratorien Environmental Education Award, presented by Christian Maeß from NOACK Laboratorien. As a professor at RWTH Aachen University, adjunct professor at the Chongqing University, concurrent professor at Nanjing University and honorary professor at Tongij University, Hollert works tirelessly to communicate and disseminate knowledge on and understanding of environmental sciences and to educate students, professionals and the public.

SETAC Fellows Award

SETAC Fellows are long-time members who have made significant contributions to environmental science as well as to SETAC. We congratulate the class of 2019:

  • George Cobb
  • David Fischer
  • Karsten Liber
  • Jörg Römbke

SETAC Journals Best Paper Award

This year, the ET&C Best Paper Award goes to the co-authors Ondrej Adamovsky, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, and Amanda Buerger, University of Florida, USA, for their paper titled “The Gut Microbiome and Aquatic Toxicology: An Emerging Concept for Environmental Health” (ET&C Vol. 37, Issue 11). Adamovsky received his award at SETAC Helsinki, while Buerger will be honored during the SETAC North America 40th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 3–7 November 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sandy Raimondo, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA, will receive the IEAM Best Paper Award for her work, “A Framework for Linking Population Model Development with Ecological Risk Assessment Objectives” (IEAM Vol. 14, Issue 3). Raimondo will receive her award at SETAC Toronto this November.

The SETAC Journals Best Student Paper Award, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive, goes to Mohd Anuar Mohd Firdaus of Universiti Putra Malaysia–Serdang for “Fate, Uptake, and Distribution of Nanoencapsulated Pesticides in Soil-Earthworm Systems and Implications for Environmental Risk Assessment” (ET&C Vol. 37, Issue 5). Firdaus chose to be awarded at the SETAC 8th World Congress, which will be held from 6–10 September 2020 in Singapore.

Young Scientist Awards

During SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting in Helsinki, 156 young scientists competed for the Young Scientist Awards, sponsored by ECETOC and SETAC Europe, which recognizes the best poster and the best platform presentation. A big “thank you” goes to all the judges who made this possible!

The Best Poster Award was presented to Maxime Gauthier of Irstea, France, for his poster on “Developmental and Vitamin A-Based Biomarkers for Pesticide Contamination in Two Potential Arthropod Sentinels, the Honey Bee Apis mellifera and the Gammarid Gammarus fossarum.”

The Best Platform Award was received by Simone Rizzuto, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, for his presentation titled “Freshwater Phytoplankton Community Response Across Different Historical Contamination Backgrounds.”

Check out the SETAC Awards and submit your nomination.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteer judges and reviewers who undertook a considerable amount of work to make the presentation of these awards possible. Their responsibilities included:

  • Viewing and evaluating all competing poster and platform presentations
  • Completing the reviews in a limited timeframe in order to present the Best Poster and Best Platform Presentation prizes at the annual meeting’s closing ceremony

As you can imagine, this is an important and rewarding task that is undertaken by many of our SETAC members. The award committees depend on the generosity of volunteers to complete the task.

The award winners are not only selected based on their average mark but also on the feedback they receive. Many students compete to obtain feedback on their work from independent professionals outside of their own network. Therefore, we want to thank each and every one of our volunteer professionals who contributed to the evaluation process, but in particular, we would like to thank three who went above and beyond our expectation and provided extremely constructive feedback during the evaluation process. Our gratitude goes especially to Gale Beaubien, Middle Tennessee State University; Pedro Carvalho, Aarhus University; and Paul K. Sibley, University of Guelph.

Authors’ contact information: michelle.bloor@port.ac.uk and rebecca.bundschuh@setac.org

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