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Blog 19: Getting Ready for Salt Lake City!

Posted By Mary C. Reiley, Monday, July 20, 2015

Blog 19:  Getting Ready for Salt Lake City!

Registration is OPEN!

Housing is OPEN!

Training and Education (Short) Course registration is OPEN!

Abstract review and acceptance is COMPLETE!

Platform and Poster Sessions are SET!

Advisory Group, Committee, Regional Chapter, and Student meetings as well as all of the other ancillary discussions, networking events, receptions, and dinners are SCHEDULED! 

Key Note and Plenary Speakers are IN PLACE! 

     Hi All.  November 1 will be here before you know it!  And you, me, and 2000 of our colleagues will arrive in Salt Lake City for SETAC-NA’s 36th Annual Meeting for five days of the latest science, dialogue that advances environmental protection and management, networking that advances your career, and actions that strengthen our personal and collective resolve to think to the future and what we need to start working on now to be ready for it.

     There are a few events I’d like to highlight: 

  • Submit your ideas of the important environmental questions of the future – get onto http://www.envsurvey.com/NA/SETAClogin.html and put your questions into the Horizon Scanning Research Prioritization Project.  Then, self-nominate to participate in the Horizon Scanning Research Prioritization Project Workshop on Wednesday and Thursday of the Annual Meeting during which the top 20 (+ or – a few) questions from North America will be selected for inclusion in the Global Horizon Scanning Research Prioritization Project synthesis, publication in SETAC journals, the focus of the SETAC World Congress in Orlando in 2016 as well as SETAC Focus Topic Meetings and Workshops, and reaching decision makers with what we believe will be the environmental science issues of the future.  The SETAC-Europe workshop has concluded and the SETAC-Latin America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific workshops will be held at their upcoming annual meetings.  Don’t delay, the SETAC-NA website closes at the end of July.
  • Take a quick spin through SETAC and SETAC-NA’s governance, finances, accomplishments, and long-range plans.  We promise it will be short (not more than 60 minutes), informative (where do your membership fees, registrations, and donations go? how do we do so much on a shoestring?), and fun (I promise to figure something out!).  This Townhall-type discussion will be on Tuesday evening from 4 – 5 pm.  See you there!
  • Be a Buddy!  Every year we have first time SETACers arrive at the Annual Meeting.  It can be overwhelming to appear at the opening ceremony and reception knowing virtually no one. Or opening a program containing 12 simultaneous sessions, several hundred platform sessions, even more posters, Key Note and Plenary speakers, networking events, and advisory and committee meetings.  Where to start? Who’s to help?  We always have more newbies than mentors.  Sign up to be a Buddy of a newbie. Share your SETAC and Annual Meeting expertise and maybe even some career experience and science knowledge with a new arrival.  Make their meeting experience all that it is to you.
  • And whatever you do, don’t forget to register for Training and Education (Short) Courses!  You’re going to be at the meeting anyway.  Print out a course description or two.  Share them with your supervisor (adding the “I’m going to be there anyway” note). And register.  There are courses for any aspect of your career you may want to invest in.

I look forward to seeing all of you very soon!


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