Kari Lehtonen, SETAC Helsinki Co-Chair; Rebecca Bundschuh, SETAC Europe Education Project Manager; and Delphine Delire, SETAC Europe Communications Manager

The Scientific Committee of the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 26–30 May 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, gathered at the new Brussels office to read and evaluate the 2,044 abstracts submitted to the conference. Those abstracts that were selected for the conference were allocated to 69 sessions that remained after the assimilation and merging of those that received too few submissions to stand alone.

This year’s most popular topics included sessions on micro- and nanoplastics, nanomaterials, risk assessment and regulatory guidance of metals, fish model species in toxicology, and soil ecotoxicology and risk assessment. Outside the big headliners, a number of new and exciting sessions are being offered, not the least of which are the seven Special Sessions dealing with topics such as risk assessment of ecosystem services, the OneHealth framework, and the problematic policy-related phenomenon of contradicting views on scientific data depending on who is looking at it. Next, the materials were handed over to the session chairs to review the abstracts and place them in the order of presentation to finalize their sessions. Once this is done, we are ready to go in May!

Parallel to the development of the high-quality scientific program, the local organizing committee is on the brink of finalizing the outline of the social program for the conference. We guarantee to offer you top entertainment in the “Daughter of the Baltic Sea” to keep you smiling and enjoying your stay!

SETAC Helsinki scientific committee members

Scientific Committee, 12–13 December 2019, SETAC Europe office, Brussels

Training Courses 

Experts from different sectors (government, business and academia) come together and provide unique insights and up-to-date training courses on Sunday, 26 May. Do not miss out on this great opportunity!

At the conference this year, we offer eight full-day courses and two half-day courses.

Full-Day Courses

The Use of (Q)SAR (Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship) for Environmental Endpoints Within the REACH Framework

The European regulation REACH entered into force in 2007 to improve the safe use of chemicals. It offers the possibility to fulfil the information requirements by using adaptations to standard testing, such as (Q)SAR. In the course “The Use of (Q)SAR for Environmental Endpoints Within the REACH Framework,” ECHA aims at promoting the correct use of (Q)SARs by spreading its expertise to eco-toxicologists, who might be involved in the development of (Q)SAR models or in their regulatory use.

(GUTS) Modeling: From the Theory to the Practice

As recently emphasized by EFSA, toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic (TKTD) models are of particular interest for regulatory risk assessment of pesticides for aquatic organisms. The General Unified Threshold model of Survival (GUTS) is within the most recent and innovative TKTD framework to deal with survival toxicity test data but is still underused in practice due to specialist programming and statistical skills that are necessary to run models in practice. The course “GUTS Modeling: From the Theory to the Practice” aims at presenting the theory of GUTS models and at introducing the participants with dedicated tools allowing the practical use of GUTS models.

Is statistical analysis of your data painful and a big hurdle for you? We can help with two great training courses.

Statistical Issues in the Design and Analysis of Ecotox Experiments

When designing an ecotoxicity experiment, it is important to have the statistical analysis in mind right from the beginning. The “Statistical Issues in the Design and Analysis of Ecotox Experiments” course will cover all the considerations of experimental design and statistical analysis used to evaluate toxicity of chemicals in the environment. Both instructors have decades of practical experience designing and analyzing ecotoxicity experiments, working closely with OECD and USEPA, and developing regulatory statistical guidance on several multidisciplinary teams.

Statistical Methods in Ecotoxicology Using R

The course “Statistical Methods in Ecotoxicology Using R” will focus on giving the participants practical experience with using R for analyzing ecotoxicological data. The open source statistical software R is an extremely powerful and versatile statistical environment. Currently, many advanced or recent statistical and visualization approaches and techniques are implemented using R or are only available in this software.

Testing Methods for Honey Bees, Bumblebees and Solitary Bees on the Context of Pesticide Registration

Recent scientific input has led to a testing method update for the impact assessment of plant production products on pollinating species. The course “Testing Methods for Honey Bees, Bumblebees and Solitary Bees on the Context of Pesticide Registration” aims to guide risk assessors as well as scientists through the updated testing methods from a regulatory context.

The Endocrine System: Global Perspectives on Testing Methods and Evaluation of Endocrine Activity

“The Endocrine System: Global Perspectives on Testing Methods and Evaluation of Endocrine Activity” training course will provide you with an introduction into the key topics related to endocrine system evaluation and regulatory requirements taking into consideration a wide range of views and outlooks.

Effective Live Presentations for Scientists: Get Your Message Across Using Improvisation Techniques

Why is your work relevant? If you have heard this question before, you should take our “Effective Live Presentations for Scientists: Get Your Message Across Using Improvisation Techniques” training course. The course will help you effectively communicate your message to your chosen audience. The course is designed for scientists at any career stage who want to improve their presentation skills. It will be taught by scientists who are also trained actors.

Regulatory Environmental Risk Assessment of Chemicals

The second course offered by ECHA, “Regulatory Environmental Risk Assessment of Chemicals,” aims to create an understanding of the regulatory needs for good quality scientific data on hazards and exposure of chemicals. Enabling regulatory risk assessment and management of these chemicals will ensure protection of human health and the environment.

Half-day Courses

Interpreting Surface Water Monitoring Data: Terminology, Models and Tiered Schemes in Mixture Risk Assessment

With current analytical methods, it is not uncommon to detect more than 50 substances in a single surface water sample. The course “Interpreting Surface Water Monitoring Data: Terminology, Models and Tiered Schemes in Mixture Risk Assessment” intends to explore the series of tools available to risk assessors when evaluating the potential risks from combined exposures. The course will start with a refresher of the basic terminology and concepts of mixture toxicology and will expand to discuss approaches used in the screening assessment of mixtures, such as the toxic unit approach and the summation of risk quotients based on benchmark concentrations (i.e., environmental quality standards).

 Mechanistic Process-Based Fate and Exposure Models: Tools for Researchers and Regulators

Thousands of chemicals are undergoing regulatory evaluation for potential hazards and risks to humans and the environment. Data gaps and uncertainties in exposure estimation sometimes limit the application of risk-based methods for chemical assessment. Introductory background information on fundamental principles of mechanistic, mass-balance models, including combinations of indoor and outdoor environmental fate and bioaccumulation (toxicokinetics) processes, will be provided in the course “Mechanistic Process-Based Fate and Exposure Models: Tools for Researchers and Regulators.”

Please register for your chosen training courses by 20 March 2019. Meeting registration is not mandatory to attend a course.

SETAC Rome facts and figuresBe One of Our Meeting Sponsors

The SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting will attract more than 2,000 active researchers, who will present their most recent cutting-edge advances in environmental sciences. This is an exceptional opportunity to promote your products and services to a diverse group of scientists coming from different sectors and different parts of the world.

Expert participants will gather under the theme “One Environment. One Health. Sustainable Societies.” The meeting will highlight how environmental protection plays an important role in public health and how it contributes to our global goal of creating sustainable future societies.

Have a look at some facts and figures from last year’s annual meeting in Rome, Italy, and see who was sponsoring.

There is again a panel of sponsorship options for SETAC Helsinki. To learn more, download our sponsoring brochure. Additionally, there are also opportunities for online advertisements.

On top of your chosen sponsor item, you will receive:

  • Recognition at the meeting
  • Recognition in printed and digital materials prior to and during the event
  • Invitation to the President’s Reception

For more information, please contact Barbara Koelman, SETAC Europe office and meeting manager.

Authors’ contact information: Kari.Lehtonen@ymparisto.firebecca.bundschuh@setac.org and delphine.delire@setac.org

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