Aims and scope
The aim of the SETAC Soil Advisory Group (SAG) is to provide a
scientific basis for, as well as scientific guidance in all aspects of
soil testing on the laboratory, semi-field and field level, soil-related
risk assessment methodologies and soil ecotoxicology, for the benefit
of the overall risk assessment of chemicals (single and mixtures) and of
contaminated soil in general. In addition, non-chemical soil stressors
such as compaction or climatic change will be covered. These activities
will be based on a sound ecological basis.
The group will accomplish these goals by being a forum for
communication, cooperation, scientific discussion and collaboration
among scientists in academia, business and government. The Soil Advisory
Group aims to be the focus of expertise for material behavior and
interactions with soil organisms within SETAC. The scope of the group
includes all contaminants that are present in terrestrial soils and
organisms that may be directly or indirectly affected by them. The
group addresses both understanding of fate and effects as well as
measurement and testing methods.
Activities include sponsoring and conducting sessions at the annual
meetings, collaboration with other advisory groups, and invitations to
participate in research studies conducted by members.
The Soil Advisory Group’s main objectives are to promote sound
scientific methods for material fate and ecotoxicology applied to soil
systems and to create a network of experts in this field. Topics of
interest to the group include:
- Soil Ecotoxicology
- Ecological relevance for site specific risk assessment
- Nanomaterials: analysis, environmental fate, effects, LCA and risk assessment, and
- Interactions between natural and chemical stressors.
Historically, soil ecotoxicology has not been sufficiently
represented within SETAC. Therefore, groups of soil ecotoxicologists
have met regularly in North America (NA; since 1998) and Europe (EU;
since 2004), usually during the regional conferences in order to provide
a forum for an exchange of information about ongoing activities in the
field of soil ecotoxicology. In the meeting of the EU Soil Advisory
Group (SAG) during the SETAC Europe conference in May 2009, it was
proposed to form one global SETAC SAG. This merger was approved in late
The AG network includes nearly 200 members. The activities of the
advisory group are led by a chair and co-chair and coordinated by a
steering committee. Members of the Steering Committee are appointed by
vote of the SAG group members
Current Steering Committee
Currently, the following scientists have agreed to be a member of the founding global Advisory Group Steering Committee:
Monica Amorim, Aveiro, PT
Kees van Gestel, Amsterdam, NL
Fred Heimbach, Rifcon, DE
Jörg Römbke, ECT GmbH, DE
Juliska Princz, Env. Canada, CA
Mike Simini, US Army, US.
Ping Gong, US Army, US.
How to become a member of the AG
SETAC members and non-members can become a member of the AG by
expressing their interest in their SETAC profile. This will enable
access to the forum for the AG on the SETAC Communities site.
Instructions can be found HERE
Activities and deliverables
Deliverables resulting from activities coordinated and supervised by SAG could include:
- ring-tested (round robin) protocols for new test species;
- draft test guidelines for soil organisms not covered so far in testing schemes;
- proposals for use of assessment approaches such as Terrestrial Model
Ecosystems (TMEs) as a higher tier tool for the purpose of refined risk
assessments (see PERAS).
- recommendations for Higher Tier studies with soil organisms, including the assessment of recovery;
- recommendations for new tests or test strategies, especially in non-temperate regions;
- linking lab to field with field based monitoring or assessments;
A deliverable focusing on retrospective risk assessment focusing
on contaminated land (e.g. abandoned mining areas) is also possible in
Provide a description of both short-term involvement in various
forums/meetings and longer term interests/planned activities of the AG.