Beatrice Opeolu, SETAC Cape Town Chair; Sabine Barrett, SETAC North America Communications Manager; Charles Menzie, SETAC Global Executive Director

Two international professional societies– the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) – are collaborating to put together a three-day joint conference titled “Development and Resilience Through Environmental Science,” which will take place from 6–8 May 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The SETAC Africa 9th Biennial Conference and the SRA 5th World Congress on Risk will bring together leading experts on health and environmental issues of global concern. “Holding a joint conference provides unique opportunities and leverages the resources of two professional societies to advance risk science within Africa,” says Charles Menzie, SETAC executive director. “In addition to the traditional programming of both societies, attendees get to experience more cross collaboration and new networking opportunities.”

Both SETAC and SRA regularly hold meetings around the world to advance the sciences they cover. SETAC meetings support and facilitate the development of principles and practices for the protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity. SRA meetings advance the science of risk analysisincludingrisks to human health and the environment, both built and natural. The synergy possible from putting SETAC and SRA together is obvious and beneficial to all meeting attendees.

As part of this effort, organizers have also reached out to UN Environment and the World Bank to collaborate on sessions and to engage with policy makers. Based on past SRA world congresses and SETAC Africa meetings, organizers expect 450–500 attendees in the health, environmental and risk sciences. The meeting is currently sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (BJAST), and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies.

The meeting program will include daily plenary talks, platform and poster sessions, workshops, training courses and networking events.


The meeting will feature a wide variety of sessions, covering issues such as human health, life cycle assessment, environmental risk assessment, antibiotic resistance, climate change, food safety, engineering, risk communication, sustainable management, resilient systems, among many other current topics. To present your science at the meeting, you can submit an abstract by 20 February 2019.

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Ecological and Human Risk Assessment Training Course

Back by popular demand, there will be a full-day risk assessment training course immediately prior to the meeting on Sunday, 5 May. This year’s topic features “An Introduction to Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment,” providing information about basic approaches and information sources consistent with the OneHealth approach.

SETAC Africa Women’s Event

Women in Africa face unique challenges, which affect their career development and diversity in science. Due to the positive feedback of the first SETAC Africa Women’s Event (SAFWE), which was held during the 2017 conference in Calabar, Nigeria, this meeting will also provide a platform to strengthen the community of African women engaged in the health and environmental risk sciences. The second SETAC Africa Women’s Event (SAFWE) will offer an opportunity for women to share their experiences, create networks, learn about time management, emotional intelligence, empathy in the work place and much more. Women interested in attending the event can apply for a grant.

Student Program

The two societies encourage student participation at the event. Students can apply for a student travel grant when submitting an abstract.


There is one registration and all sessions are open to all attendees. Register for the meeting by 2 April 2019 and save with early bird rates.

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