Bart Bosveld, SETAC Europe Executive Director; Delphine Delire, SETAC Europe Communications Manager; Rebecca Bundschuh, SETAC Europe Education Project Manager; and Roel Evens, SETAC Europe Scientific Project Manager

The SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting is slowly but surely knocking at the door.

With registration now open, you can take advantage of early bird fees until 3 April.

This event, which will take place from 26–30 May in Helsinki, Finland, promises to give its attendees an exciting program. There is so much you can do at SETAC Helsinki. Here are some interesting events you are invited to join. More details will be revealed in the following SETAC Globe issues.

Multiple-Choice Examination for the SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) Program

To ensure the safe use of chemicals and the sufficient protection of the environment, it is crucial that professionals share the same high standards and the same broad understanding of risk assessment principles. Therefore, the CRA program developed nine topics that provide a solid basis for the multidisciplinary field of environmental risk assessment. These nine subjects range from ecology, environmental chemistry, regulations, statistics, modeling to ecotoxicology testing and more, where every environmental risk assessment professional will have a basic understanding and knowledge in these core areas.

The multiple-choice examination is designed to address the basic foundation and competencies in the nine CRA topics. Candidates can demonstrate their expertise or check where improvements are needed to become a well-rounded environmental risk assessor.

It is also a mandatory step towards becoming a SETAC Europe Certified Environmental Risk Assessor and needs to be fulfilled amongst other requirements before applicants can sit for the final oral examination.

Prove your comprehensive knowledge and understanding at the CRA multiple-choice examination at the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting in Helsinki, Finland. The examination will take place from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. on Monday, 27 May. Pre-registration is required.

Attend One of the Symposia, Workshops or a Hack-a-thon

Exciting events are taking place on Sunday, 26 May, in Helsinki. Don’t miss out on them and register now!

Pharmaceuticals Interest Group Symposium: The EU-IMI Project Intelligence-led Assessment of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (iPiE)

The iPiE-project was launched to develop predictive frameworks that utilize information from existing datasets on environmental fate and effects of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), toxicological studies, pharmacological mode of action and in silico models to support more intelligent environmental testing of pharmaceuticals in development and to prioritize legacy pharmaceuticals for full environmental risk assessment or environmental (bio-) monitoring. At this symposium, you will be introduced to the iPiE project in detail and learn more about the software system. This software is available for the end user free of charge. It will come with guidance on how to use the software system and associated predictive tools in the early development programs for new compounds and for prioritizing legacy products for experimental testing. This is event will provide an excellent training opportunity for professionals wanting a demonstration and training session on the software package.

“GUTS to the Max”: Mechanistic Effect Models Interest Group Hack-a-thon

This computational and hands-on event promises to be fun and informative. Participants will be working in groups on a scientific problem that can be solved with mechanistic effect modeling. The problem will be set by the organizers in consultation with members of the Interest Group and participants who registered by 3 April, the early bird registration deadline. All activities will be relevant to the application of mechanistic effect modeling in science and regulation. At the end of the day, all groups will present their results, and participants will be given the opportunity to discuss and learn from fellow participants. A prize will be awarded to the team with the best solution.

Helsinki, Finland

St. John’s Church. ©Jussi Hellsten

Register for the Helsinki Chemical Forum and Benefit From Reduced Fees

SETAC Europe is collaborating with the Helsinki Chemical Forum (HCF) and attendees of the SETAC Europe annual meeting are provided the opportunity to register for a reduced fee for the Helsinki Chemicals Forum that is organized back-to-back with the SETAC conference.

HCF is an independent forum aimed at promoting chemicals safety and chemicals management globally. The conference is developed around high-profile panels and keynote presentations as well as related debates. The themes for the two-day seminar are selected for their global relevance and topicality by the HCF Program Committee.

The HCF conference gathers specialists from about 40 different countries to Messukeskus Helsinki, Finland. The conference is engaging international authorities, politicians, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and specialists interested in global chemical safety management.

A special fee is available for SETAC attendants to register for the HCF and participate in the special excursion to Fortum and Hämenlinna on Saturday, 25 May.

Join and Help Shape the Future of SETAC Europe

You get a chance to share your opinion, thoughts and cast your vote at the SETAC Europe Council and the SETAC Europe Student Advisory Council assemblies. The selected members will serve as your voice and help shape the future of SETAC Europe.

SETAC Europe members are strongly encouraged to vote at the SETAC Europe General Assembly (AGA) from 12:25 p.m.–13:55 p.m. on Wednesday, 29 May. SETAC Europe is governed by a council of 20 members, elected by the general membership at the AGA, which convenes every year during the SETAC Europe annual meeting. Lunch will be provided.

Students from Europe are also invited to vote for the SETAC Europe Student Advisory Council (SAC) at the Students Assembly from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 29 May. The SAC Europe improves communication among students within SETAC and offers opportunities to students to get in contact with senior members of the Society. All students are welcome to join to learn more about the activities of the SAC.

Your vote is important to us to improve our Society, and we sincerely hope to meet you there.

Last Booth Still Available

Don’t miss your chance to exhibit at the largest meeting on environmental toxicology and chemistry in Europe. With more than 2,000 environmental scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from over 60 countries around the world, you will have the opportunity to showcase your organization globally. This cutting-edge science and high-visibility trade show is a real win-win combination for you and SETAC. Environmental consulting firms, analytical chemistry companies, scientific and laboratory suppliers, publishers, software companies and any firm specialized in toxicology testing supplies and equipment or environmental sampling and monitoring equipment are invited to exhibit.

Have a look at the panel of benefits and book your booth now! There are only a few spots left.

So, don’t wait any longer, and register now for the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, which will take place in “The White City of the North,” and enjoy a panel of exciting activities with lots of networking opportunities.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • 1 April: Job event application deadline
  • 3 April: Early bird registration, science jam and mentorship program subscription deadline
  • 25 April: Late registration deadline
  • 23 May: Online registration closes

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