Jen Lynch, SETAC Publications Director, and Delphine Delire, SETAC Europe Communications Manager

New at SETAC: The Writers’ Lab

The Writer's Lab

The SETAC journals are sponsoring a new event – The Writers’ Lab – at the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting in Helsinki, Finland. We know that the road to publication is often bumpy, and our goal with this event is to provide a service to anyone seeking to enhance their manuscript regardless of their intended route of publication. Participants will be matched with an editor or a member of the editorial staff depending on whether they are seeking assistance with technical aspects (article organization; figures) or grammatical fine-tuning (ESL; polish). We will schedule a 15-minute window of time between 2–14 p.m. on Tuesday, 28 May, for authors and editors to discuss the suggested edits or enhancements. Staff from the editorial offices and the publisher will also be available to discuss other aspects of publishing, and we will have author resources on-hand, including how to effectively promote your article after publication and how to optimize your article for search engines.

Participation in the lab does not beholden the author to publish in the SETAC journals, though we do encourage your submission to Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) or Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM). This event is free and limited to 40 participants. All volunteers will respect the intellectual property of the authors, and the contents of the manuscripts-in-process will be held in strictest confidence.

If you are interested in participating, register for the event by filling out the online form with information about your manuscript and the type of assistance you are seeking (technical feedback or grammatical enhancement). Jen Lynch, the publications director, will be in touch with next steps.

Helsinki Tourist Excursions

Take a look at the local tours while planning your travel to SETAC Helsinki!

Whether you are a nature lover or city slicker, you will certainly find one of these activities to your taste:

Helsinki Highlights on Foot – Walking Tour at Töölö Bay

Töölö Bay

The extraordinary Töölö bay, located right in the heart of Helsinki, is an oasis of culture, hub for city events and a treasure for bird watchers.

With this walking tour, you will discover an architectural delight among the many fine buildings designed by Eminem architects along the shores of the Töölönlahti Bay.

Located close to each other, the Finnish National Gallery, the modern National Opera house and Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art represent the cultural landmarks in Helsinki. The Finlandia Hall, designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, overlooks Töölö Bay. The tour will also visit the Music Center and the brand new Oodi library, the living room of Helsinki citizens.

The park of the Töölö Bay area, full of wild animals and birds, is also a beautiful natural haven in the middle of the city of Helsinki. Learn how the city has still been able to keep many green areas in the middle of the city despite its rapid growth. A perfect tour to unwind from the busy city.

Visit Viikki Nature Conservation Site

Nature is never far away in Finland! Join us for a walk in the nature of Viikki and the old city rapids in Eastern Helsinki. By these rapids the city of Helsinki was born! This tour will provide many interesting historical insights. You will hear the stories about the origin of the city, the incredible rapids and some interesting facts and figures about Viiki and Eko-Viiki.

Helsinki’s beautiful nature sight, Vanhankaupunginkoski (“the Old City Rapids”) is a significant location and an important historical landmark. The rapids are popular among fly and lure fishermen.

Known for its natural environment, Viikki spreads out on the eastern side of the rapids. The district has been carefully constructed according to ecological guidelines. Eko-Viikki is a modern residential area built following principles of sustainable development, and it is also a campus of the University of Helsinki. This science center is among the best in the world.

The Vanhankaupunginlahti nature reserve is the biggest in Helsinki and offers prime opportunities for birdwatching as one of the city’s most significant nesting and migration areas. The tour will offer colorful stories about the early years of the city of Helsinki in the crossroads between the East and the West. You will learn about nature reserves in Helsinki and Finland today.

Suomenlinna, Cultural Treasure

SuomenlinnaA guided tour will take you to the World Heritage Site Suomenlinna. It was constructed in 1748 when Finland was still part of the Swedish kingdom. This sea fortress is a unique monument of military architecture, and in the course of its history, it has served in the defense of the realms of Sweden, Russia and Finland.

This picturesque site stretches over seven islands. It continues to be a living, tended and inhabited district of the city of Helsinki. Today, this “Castle of Finland” and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Suomenlinna is home to 800 residents and one of the most popular sights in Finland with around one million visitors annually.

Suomenlinna is only accessible by water. There is a ferry service throughout the year and a water bus service in the summer. The trip gives an excellent opportunity to enjoy the scenery and photograph Helsinki from the sea. Suomenlinna is meant to be seen on foot. The main route runs across the fortress through the most important sights.

Craft Beer in Helsinki

Looking for local craft beer in Helsinki? Try the latest beers of Stadin Panimo (roughly translates into “Helsinki Downtown Brewery”), an innovative craft brewery founded in 1998 and located in Suvilahti, Helsinki. Constantly testing different hops, malts, yeasts and beer styles, they have produced more than 500 different beers over the years. Thanks to their ambition to improve their beers every time in every batch, they have won many awards in different Finnish beer competitions. You can taste their latest brews by visiting their small beerhouse, which is located right next to the brewery.

Midnight Sun’s Activities

Experience unique moments by joining one of the midnight sun’s activities, such as a night yoga session or a night bird watching tour! More information will follow soon on the Helsinki meeting website. 

Upcoming Deadlines

  • February/March: Online registration opens
  • 18 February: Grant application deadline
  • 20 March: Early bird registration and mentorship program subscription deadlines
  • 1 April: Job event application deadline
  • 25 April: Late registration deadline and payment deadline for early bird registrations
  • 23 May: Online registration closes

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