Approximately 25% of SETAC Europe’s members are MSc or PhD students. This large group of members is represented by the Student Advisory Council (SAC), which was established in 2006 in order to improve communication among students within SETAC and to offer opportunities to get in contact with senior members of SETAC Europe. The SAC’s chair actively participates in SETAC Europe Council meetings and ensures that the council is aware of student needs and wishes.
Furthermore, the SAC regularly organizes student activities during the Annual Meetings of SETAC Europe. Amongst others these are Career Talks held by established scientists to show opportunities as well as challenges that students might have to face if they are planning to work in academia, industry, consultancy or regulatory bodies. Moreover, Mentor Lunches are organized to bring together students and established scientists in a relaxed atmosphere.
The SAC also organizes the Young Environmental Scientists (YES) Meeting, a meeting from students for students, on a two-year basis. Here, students from all across Europe have the opportunity to give platform or poster presentations with no conference fees being charged. Workshops and Career Talks further equip the participants to master challenges in their careers.
For further information about the SAC’s members, contact details, and ongoing activities, visit the SAC’s website www.sac-online.eu.