Anna Barra Caracciolo, Paolo Masoni and Paola Grenni, SETAC Rome Program Committee Co-Chairs
It is expected that the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 13–17 May in Rome, Italy, will have the largest number of participants for a Europe annual meeting, ever! The unique combination of an excellent scientific program with a prestigious venue, “La Nuvola” in Rome, is attracting the attention and interest of scientists from all around the world. This has been demonstrated by the record number of abstracts (2556) submitted under the overarching theme “Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality.” This is the highest number ever achieved for a SETAC Europe meeting.
The Scientific Committee made a special effort to review the received submissions across the proposed 120 sessions. In order to make it possible for a larger number of scientists to present their research as a platform presentation, the time available for each platform presentation was reduced to 15 minutes (from 20 minutes in previous years). This shortened time slot will force the presenters to better focus the message of their talk; however, the Scientific Committee considers this requirement and reduction in time more than counterbalanced by the possibility to present and discuss a larger number of research efforts.
Notwithstanding the reduction of time for platform presentations, a concerted effort to reduce and merge some of the sessions was still required due to the overwhelming number of requests for sessions and platform talks submitted this year. For this reason, sessions that received few abstracts (especially oral presentations) were merged with others on similar topics and have been defined as poster-only sessions.
At the end of a complicated and extensive analysis and discussion, the Scientific Committee determined that the program will consist of 79 sessions distributed over eight tracks, including special sessions with invited talks. The purpose of the special sessions is to give emphasis to the conference theme, “Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality,” where presentations will be made on emerging topics, issues of high societal concern and research defined as multi- and trans-disciplinary in nature. In some cases, Special Sessions are organized in co-operation with other scientific associations. Special Sessions at this conference are:
- Environmental Specimen Banks in Research and Regulation for a Better Environmental Quality
- Harmful Effects of Plastic Litter and Mitigation Strategies in the Mediterranean Sea
- Migratory Bird Species at Risk—The Role of Pesticides and Other Chemicals
- Safeguard and Conservation of Cultural Heritage: The Contribution of Chemistry
- Solutions for Emerging Pollutants—Towards a Holistic Chemical Quality Status Assessment in European Freshwater Resources
- Sustainable Development Goals: The Global Context Defining the Agenda for Government, Business and Academia
- Towards a Shared Understanding Among Scientists, Policy Makers and the Public of How to Balance the Inevitability of Chemicals in Our Society and the Hazard They May Represent
An overview of the selected sessions can be found online at rome.setac.org.
22 January: Registration opens
25 January: Submission acceptance or rejection letters will be sent
20 March: Early registration deadline for delegates, presenters and session chairs
April: Final program announced
13–17 May: SETAC Rome annual meeting