Beatrice Opeolu, SETAC Africa Vice President, and Charlie Menzie, SETAC Executive Director
The SETAC Africa 9th Biennial Conference – jointly hosted with the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 5th World Congress – is just around the corner. The meeting organizing committee is prepared to welcome environmental scientists from all over the globe from 6–8 May in Cape Town, South Africa. The meeting theme is “Development and Resilience through Environmental Science.” More than 300 scientists are expected to attend from Africa, Europe, North and South America, and the Asia-Pacific region. The number and quality of presentations for the meeting suggests that the gathering will be scientifically rich and professionally satisfying.
SETAC has organized a one-day training course on risk assessment for Sunday, 5 May. We invited SRA to join in this effort, and the course covers human health as well as ecological risk assessment. The participants (current enrollment is at 70) will learn from some of the leading experts from SETAC and the SRA, including Gertie Arts, Patricia Fai, Larry Kapustka, Annegaaike Leopold, Lorraine Maltby, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Blair Paulik, Amy Rosenstein, Charlie Menzie, Abdel-Razak Kadry and Bernard Gadagbui.
Another side event during the meeting is the 2nd SETAC Africa Women’s Event (SAFWE). It will take place from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 7 May. The theme of the event for this year is “Women Capacity Development for Equitable Societies and Sustainable African Development.” Marshall Sheldon, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships) of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, will officially open the event. There is an incredible line-up of women leaders from Africa, Europe and North America who will speak at the event. They will be sharing stories of their unique journeys as scientists. Speakers include Annegaaike Leopold (The Netherlands), Blair Paulik (USA), Gertie Arts (The Netherlands), Lorraine Maltby (United Kingdom), Nonkosi Tyolwana (South Africa) and Patricia Bi Asanga Fai (Cameroon). More than 60 women are expected to attend the event.
Later in the evening of Tuesday, 7 May, a student meeting will take place. The evening is aimed at providing a platform for SETAC Africa students to meet and greet, with the possibility of mapping a way for the development of a vibrant students’ group within the SETAC Africa Geographic Unit.
We still welcome recommendations on possible participants that are involved in chemicals regulation especially in Cape Town.