Delphine Delire, SETAC Europe Communications Manager, and Rebecca Bundschuh, SETAC Europe Education Project Manager

Listen to Established Keynote Speakers

The SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 26–30 May in Helsinki, Finland, includes a lineup of keynote speakers who will address important environmental topics.

Headlining the event is Cynthia de Wit with her talk “One Health, Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Arctic” on Sunday, 26 May. De Wit is a Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University.

On Monday, 27 May, Bjorn Hansen, Executive Director at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), will address the question, “Can One Environment, One Health and Many Chemicals be Sustainable?”

Closing keynote speaker, Juan Gonzalez Valero, head of Sustainable and Responsible Business from Syngenta, will address “Innovation Where Everyone Wins: A Call for a New Dialogue in Environmental Toxicology, Chemistry and Risk Assessment” on Wednesday, 29 May.

Register for a Reduced Fee for the Helsinki Chemicals Forum

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 HCF, which 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 built 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.

HCF will gather specialists from about 40 different countries on 23–24 May in Messukeskus Helsinki. The conference will engage international authorities, politicians, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and specialists interested in global chemical safety management.

A special fee is available for SETAC attendeess to register for the HCF and participate in the special excursion to Fortum and Hämenlinna on Saturday, 25 May.  If you are interested and already registered for the SETAC Helsinki meeting, please contact SETAC Europe for your promo code. For more information, visit

Help Judge Young Scientists Presentations

Each year at the annual meeting, students and young scientists compete for the Best Platform and Best Poster Presentation.

Around 200 students stand up to present their work, discuss their projects and answer questions. Many students especially value the suggestions, new and thought-provoking ideas offered via discussions and comments with scientists outside their own working group. Each presentation is reviewed by three scientists, and our goal is to assign all presentations to reviewers prior to the meeting. Without willing volunteers this valuable benefit to student members would not be possible. So, please consider helping with this task and go to the meeting website to become a judge!

Become a Judge

Subscribe to Our Student Activities

Special efforts are put in place to organize events and activities for our student participants. Those activities offer training, networking and topics aimed toward students.

Sign up for one of our full- and half-day training courses taking place on Sunday, 26 May.

Smithers Viscient

Student Mentor Lunch is proudly sponsored by Smithers Viscient.

Give your networking a boost at the Student Mentor Lunch. From 12:25 p.m.–1:55 p.m. on Monday, 27 May 2019 in Meeting Room 207, students can get in touch with each other and established scientists in a relaxed atmosphere, sharing a nice lunch. Thanks to our sponsor Smithers Viscient, tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday morning at the registration desk.


Colgate-Palmolive is a proud sponsor of the Student Lunch Seminar.

The Student Lunch Seminar is another special lunch program for students and young scientists, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive, held from 12:25 p.m.–1:55 p.m. on Tuesday, 28 May in Meeting room 207.

Each year, the Student Advisory Council is brainstorimg on out-of-the-box topics that are not covered by the scientific program. This year’s talk will be presented by Watze de Wolf from the European Chemcials Agency (ECHA). The free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday morning at the registration desk.

Dance through the night at the Student Party on Tuesday. This year, we will celebrate in the Korjaamo Culture Factory beginning at 8:00 p.m. Purchase your ticket online in the SETAC Europe store. Tickets cost €25 and include one free drink.

Find out what is happening in the SETAC Europe Student Advisory Council (SAC) and elect your student representatives at the SETAC Students Assembly from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. on Wednesday 29 May 2019  in Session Room 201.

SAC strives to improve the communication among students within SETAC, are the voice for students in the SETAC councils, and offer opportunities to students to get in contact with senior members of the society. Help make a difference for all students in SETAC and join the active and dynamic group of dedicated students.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • 25 April: Late registration deadline and payment deadline for early bird registrations
  • 15 May: Late poster abstract submission
  • 23 May: Online registration closes

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