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SETAC Europe 31st annual meeting

Scientists to present and discuss cutting-edge research in environmental toxicology and chemistry

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Scientific Meeting Announcement

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe is organizing its 31st annual meeting, which will be held as a virtual event from 3-6 May and expects to draw over 1,500 scientists from more than 60 countries to discuss the latest research in environmental science.

SETAC Europe hosts environmental conferences on an annual basis, convening scientists, risk assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government to discover and discuss the latest scientific research. This year, the four-day scientific conference will be held online, which attracts a more global audience and makes the meeting even more accessible for scientists from around the world.

This year's meeting program addresses the overarching theme, "Global challenges. An emergency for environmental sciences," and reflects on the importance of the pressures and confounding factors that climate change, the depletion of natural resources and population growth add to our research efforts.

Each day will feature a keynote presentation that addresses pressing environmental topics. Headlining the notable line-up of speakers is Erwan Saouter, Saouter's Consulting, who will present "On the Road to a Resilient, Zero-Carbon Future, We Must Do It Right!" SETAC is also excited to welcome Lex M. Bouter of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, who will explore how to foster responsible research practices across all stakeholders, and environmental analytical chemist Denise M. Mitrano, ETH Zürich, who will focus on the fate, transport and implications of nano- and microplastics in the environment.

The conference will feature more than 1,200 presentations across 72 topics categorized in eight scientific tracks including environmental chemistry; ecotoxicology; stress ecology; life cycle assessment; environmental risk assessment; and environmental policy, risk management and science communication. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore specific and timely topics, including micro(nano)plastics and their associated chemicals; the interaction between global climate change and contaminants; environmental risk assessment of bees and other arthropods, pollinators and wildlife poisoning and the impact on biodiversity; as well as science communication and the chemicals strategy of the European Green Deal.

The program will offer platform and poster presentations available on demand as well as moderated live sessions, where participants will be invited to discuss the state of the science and challenges across the topics. Registered participants will have exclusive access to all on demand presentations as from one week prior to the meeting and up to one month after the meeting. Next to the session discussion, attendees will have ample opportunity to interact with other delegates and presenters through personalized chats.

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