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

As part of the SETAC Europe strategic goals for 2018–2020, the SETAC Europe Awards Committee and SETAC Europe Council revised its award program in order to develop a series of awards that support SETAC core values. After an initial brainstorming workshop in Ghent, a survey and follow-up workshop in Helsinki with the council, and several Awards Committee meetings, we are proud to present four new awards and four old favorites, all housed under a brand new awards website.

Noack Laboratorien Outstanding Science Career Award

The Noack Laboratorien Outstanding Science Career Award recognizes scientists for their contribution to environmental toxicology and chemistry over a prolonged period of time. A candidate for the award should demonstrate an outstanding record of interdisciplinary activities related to science on a global scale that will traverse SETAC’s tripartite sectors of business, government and academia. Applicants can be from any career stage, but the outstanding contribution must reflect multiple achievements.

An evidence-based portfolio can be submitted by a peer, line manager or by self-nomination. It should include a CV that provides detailed, past and current activities that demonstrate an outstanding record of interdisciplinary activities related to science. A publication list or other documents relevant to the candidate’s professional activities that will allow an evaluation of the candidate’s expertise should also be included. A maximum of five letters of support should accompany the award application, with at least one letter representing each of the tripartite sectors (business, government and academia) to demonstrate the impact of the candidate’s contribution to the scientific community.

Learn more and apply by 15 January.

Science Based Risk Communication Award

Effective risk communication is essential to the well-being of any organization and those people who depend on it. Ineffective communication can cost lives, money and reputations. SETAC Europe’s strategic goal 1C aims to support science-based risk communication (as opposed to emotion-based or sensation-based communication) to avoid confusion between hazard and risk, and to avoid speculation not supported by data, not only in scientific publications but also in the media and on social media. Therefore, the Science Based Risk Communication Award has been established to support this key strategic goal and reward achievements in this important area.

The candidate should submit a three-minute film showing them communicating science-based risk, or a recording taken during a talk such as a conference talk, lecture or outreach activity.

Learn more and apply by 15 January.

Rifcon Early Career Scientist Award

The Rifcon Early Career Scientist Award has been created to support SETAC Europe’s strategic goal 7, which aims to establish career development opportunities for SETAC members. The award is for an original piece of scientific research, policy or other professional achievement undertaken by an early career scientist. An early career scientist for the purpose of this award is defined as up to 3 years since the completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Applications for this award are welcomed from academia, business and government scientists.

A portfolio can be submitted by a peer, line manager or by self-nomination. The evidence-based portfolio should clearly explain the context and relevance of the achievement and its scientific impact, together with the aim of the work and outputs arising from it. The portfolio should also include three letters: a covering letter from the candidate that reflects on their personal understanding of how the original piece of scientific research moved science forward; a letter from the candidate’s line manager to confirm the extent of candidate’s involvement in the original work; and a letter from a person outside of the organization where the research took place, who should act as an external reviewer to evaluate the scientific impact of the original piece of scientific research.

Learn more and apply by 15 January.

The awards described above will replace the Environmental Education and Best Publication awards.

SETAC Europe retained four awards that will be familiar to you, as well as a grant that underwent a refresh.

Young Scientist Awards for the Best Platform and Best Poster Presentation

The Young Scientist Awards (YSA) for the Best Platform and Best Poster Presentation, sponsored by ECETOC and SETAC Europe, will honor a prominent individual performance by a student for the best platform and best poster presentation at the SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 3–7 May in Dublin, Ireland. The first and presenting author of the presentation must be a student (B.Sc., M.Sc. or Ph.D.) or a scientist within three years from M.Sc. graduation. For questions, please contact Rebecca.Bundschuh@setac.org

Young Scientist Life Cycle Assessment Award

The Young Scientist Life Cycle Assessment Award recognizes exceptional achievements by a young scientist in the field of life cycle assessment (LCA), for example, an extraordinary Ph.D. thesis that provides a significant contribution to LCA development and implementation. This award is dedicated for one individual researcher or a group. Nominees must be younger than 35 years at the day of application submission and submit an application by 15 January 2020.

Lifetime Achievement in LCA Award

The SETAC Europe EDANA Award for Lifetime Achievement in Life Cycle Assessment recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and/or organizations in promoting life cycle thinking and improving LCA approaches. The award is conferred biannually by the SETAC Europe LCA Steering Committee.

Learn more at awards.setac.org/lifetimelca.

Return to Science Grant

The SETAC Europe Return to Science Grant is awarded to stimulate scientists who have experienced a temporary professional break due to childcare (e.g., maternity, paternity or adoption). Recognizing how difficult it can be to re-establish a scientific career after a period of absence, this grant is seen as a boost and an encouragement.

The candidate is asked to write a short article that will outline their scientific career to date and how they expect the grant to benefit their future professional development. The grant will cover SETAC membership for one year, a registration fee for any SETAC Europe meeting, workshop or symposium, and 1,500 Euros to cover accommodation, flights and to support childcare.

Learn more at awards.setac.org/return-to-science-grant.

For any questions regarding SETAC awards and grants, please contact Rebecca.Bundschuh@setac.org.

Authors’ contact information: Michelle.Bloor@port.ac.uk and Rebecca.Bundschuh@setac.org

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