Things are Happening - are you part of it?
SETAC North America's annual meeting was a mere 2 1/2 months ago and things we set in motion are taking hold.
Advancing Science: In my Globe article, Tradition with a Twist I talked about our work with SOT to educate US Congressional staff about ecological risk assessment as they work on TSCA Reform, that it had been well received, and they were looking for more. Well, more is here. Later this month we will have round two of those briefings. Another part of 'Being the Go-To Society for Environmental Science Expertise' is positioning SETAC-NA members to have the opportunity to serve as technical experts advising environmental emergency response. We are working on that now. Making sure your membership profile is accurate is even more important than ever! https://www.setac.org/members/manage_profile.asp
Serving Members: For our goal of serving members so they want to be members we also have irons in the fire. The Meetings Committee is pouring over the post Vancouver survey results to find ways to make our annual meeting even better. I hope you added your two cents to the post meeting survey so that we can capitalize on your perspectives and suggestions. Some enthusiastic Pensacola staff are designing a new networking focal point for our Salt Lake meeting that will bring the opportunity to collaborate or just hang-out right to the heart of our meeting. I mentioned in my last blog the tiered membership dues for those coming out of school and into the workforce. We are also partnering with other SETAC geographic units to work on more ways to keep this energized, creative, and vital group part of SETAC.
Keeping our Balance: Solving big problems requires all of us and keeping all of our sectors (business, academia, and government) engaged requires effort. Our new SETAC Global Executive Director, Charlie Menzie, has taken this on as one of his principal activities. But, he can’t do it alone. All of us know someone in another sector that would benefit from SETAC and bolster our ranks. Reach out to them and bring them along. Share some recorded sessions http://vancouver.setac.org/program/scientific-program/recordings/, invite them to co-chair a session or participate in an Advisory Group (Did you know that you do not need to be a member to be part of an Advisory Group? A great way to introduce someone to SETAC-NA).
You know how you have benefitted from the SETAC network - Let them know it is the North American scientific society of choice for environmental scientists and environmental-policy professionals.
Wishing each of you the best,