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SETAC sponsors various kinds of events to bring together scientists, engineers, and managers from government, private business, academia, and public interest groups to consider the state-of-the-art of specific environmental topics. These events tend to have a regional flare SETAC Europe Special Science Symposia (SESSs) are widely popular while SETAC North America prides itself on its highly successful Focused Topic Meetings (FTMs).  Moreover, the SETAC International Programs Committee has been very successful in planning Symposia in conjunction with SETAC geographic unit meetings.

Planning a Special Topic Event?

Please review the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for how to propose and plan such special topic events, below:

SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting Standard Operating Procedures
SETAC Seminar Standard Operating Procedures


SETAC North America

YES 2015

SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting

Risk Assessment of Chemical Mixtures: From Scientific Evidence to Environmental Regulation
6–8 September 2017, Denver, Colorado
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YES 2015

SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting

High-Throughput Screening and Ecological Risk Assessment: State of the Science and Emerging Applications
April 2018, North Carolina
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SETAC Europe

Consequential LCA for Decision Support
27–28 November 2017, Barcelona, Spain
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SETAC Asia/Pacific

Managing Mercury Pollution in the 21st Century: Bridging Science and Policy

6 October 2013, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan

International Conference on Environmental Safety and Ecological Criteria

24–25 June 2013, Nanjing, China

2nd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration and Management

4–8 March 2013, Hanoi, Vietnam

SETAC Europe

YES 2015

SETAC Europe 22nd LCA Case Study Symposium

Life Cycle Innovation for the transition to a sustainable society
20-22 September 2016, Montpellier, France
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YES 2015

SETAC Europe/iEOS Joint Focused Topic Meeting

Environmental and (eco)toxicological Omics and Epigenetics: Science, Technology and Regulatory Applications 
12-15  September 2016, Ghent, Belgium
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YES 2015

12th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium

Risk mitigation measures, risk assessment and labelling in the EU 28: Introduction to the MAgPIE toolbox
10-12  May 2016, Brussels, Belgium
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LCA Nisyros

SETAC Europe 11th Special Science Symposium 

Global Environmental Change and Mercury Pollution: Environmental Governance, Research and Management of Converging Issues
20-21  October 2015, Brussels, Belgium 
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LCA Nisyros

SETAC Europe 21st LCA Case Study Symposium

Exergy analysis, Life cycle assessment (LCA) and Sustainability assessment (LCSA): Method development and case studies.
12-14 July 2015, Nisyros, Greece 
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YES 2015

4th Young Environmental Scientists Meeting (YES)

14–19 March 2015, Petnica Science Centre, Serbia
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LCA Novi Sad


SETAC Europe 20th LCA Case Study Symposium

LCA in Promoting Eco-Innovation and Sustainability: Education, Research and Application
24–26 November 2014, Novi Sad, Serbia
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SESSS 10 Bioavailability

10th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium

Bioavailability of Organic Chemicals: Linking Science to Risk Assessment and Regulation
14–15 October 2014, Brussels, Belgium
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SESSS Marine Systems

9th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium

Risk assessment and management in marine systems: State of the art and the challenges ahead
4–5 December 2013, Brussels, Belgium
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7th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium

Fate and ecotoxicity of nanoparticles in the environment: Current status and the way forward
2–3 October 2013, Brussels, Belgium
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8th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium

Plant protection products and pollinators: Testing methodologies, risk assessment and risk management
16–17 October 2013, Brussels, Belgium
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19th SETAC Europe LCA Case Study Symposium

LCA in Market Research and Policy: Harmonisation Beyond Standardisation
11–13 November 2013, Rome, Italy
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3rd Young Environmental Scientists Meeting

11–13 February 2013, Krakow, Poland

18th LCA Case Studies Symposium

26–28 November, 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark

SESSS06: Environmental Endocrine Disrupter Testing and Evaluation

24–25 October, 2012, Brussels, Belgium

SESSS05: Ecosystem Services: From Policy to Practice

15–16 February 2012, Brussels, Belgium
Chaired by Joke van Wensem (Soil protection Technical Committee, the Netherlands)

The ecosystem services (ES) concept is gaining increasing prominence in environmental policy making. A number of institutions, regulators and policy makers have begun to adopt the concept, yet the science and valuation approaches needed to put policy into practice are still in their infancy. The symposium provided an excellent overview of the ES concept and its applications.

SESSS04: The Environmental Risk Assessment of Biocides: Regulatory Challenges and Scientific Solutions

25–26 October 2011, Brussels, Belgium
Chaired by Leon van der Wal (European Commission-JRC, Italy)

The new regulation on biocidal products, which will enter into force in 2013, involves changes being made to the registration process of biocides and biocidal products, which include among others: data requirements and sharing of data, exclusion criteria and comparative assessment for problematic substances. These regulatory issues require an adaptation to the registration process for biocidal substances and biocidal products from industry and risk assessors alike. The symposium provided updates on environmental exposure and effect assessment of biocides and provided information on the regulatory changes due to the upcoming Biocidal Product Regulation.

SESSS03: Environmental Risk Assessment of Mixtures: Moving from Research to Regulation

2–3 February 2011, Brussels, Belgium
Chaired by Tom Hutchinson (CEFAS, UK).

The symposium presented a unique overview and debate on the state of the art, the open questions and the latest developments with respect to environmental risk assessment of mixtures. Fundamental scientific issues were handled such as the applicability of concepts for various mixture types and exposed organisms, questions concerning the implementation of the mixture perspective into regulatory frameworks, and the development of appropriate environmental quality targets for chemical mixtures. The symposium successfully targeted regulatory frameworks such as REACH and the Water Framework Directive.

SESSS02: Current Developments on Environmental Risk Assessment for Plant Protection Products in Europe

17–18 September 2009, Brussels, Belgium
Chaired by Fred Heimbach (Rifcon, Germany)

The consequences of the new regulation on the registration of plant protection products were presented and discussed by experts, taking also into consideration the outcome of several recent workshops addressing specific topics of environmental risk assessment. In addition, the current status of EFSA working groups on different Guidance Documents were presented.

SESSS01: Integrated Testing Strategies for REACH: From Science to Practical Implementation

23–24 October 2008, Brussels, Belgium
Chaired by Theo Traas (RIVM, The Netherlands)

The 1st SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium was focused on the science behind REACH, the new regulation for chemicals in Europe. The symposium was blessed with the presence of the top experts dealing with REACH from government, academia, industry and consultancy. A comprehensive overview was presented on the available methods for risk assessment, and critical issues with regard to these methods were addressed.

SETAC North America

Focused Topic Meeting: Environmental Quality Implications of Unconventional Natural Gas Development

17–19 March 2016, Denton, TX, USA

Focused Topic Meeting: Endocrine Disruption: Chemical Testing and Risk Assessment Approaches and Implications

5–6 February 2014, USEPA Facility, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA

Focused Topic Meeting: Pollutants in the Environment: Fate and Toxicity

25–27 August 2011, Mérida, México

Focused Topic Meeting: Gulf of Mexico — Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill

26–28 April 2011, Pensacola, Florida, USA