The SETAC Fellows Award was created in 2010 as a means of recognizing the longer-term and significant scientific and science policy contributions of SETAC members. The identification and appointment of SETAC Fellows is intended to provide additional recognition of excellence and contributions of SETAC members to the sciences embraced by SETAC including ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, risk assessment and life cycle assessment, while allowing more balance in representation. The hallmark of a SETAC Fellow is leadership within the professional and scientific arenas.
While there is no upper limit to the number of Fellows, it is estimated it would only be between 1–2% of the membership, thereby increasing the prestige associated with this award.
The group of SETAC Fellows will constitute a body that possesses institutional knowledge of the society and that includes individuals with recognized achievement in science or science policy. As such, they will serve as a sounding board for the SETAC World Council and may be asked to help lead select efforts.
Nominations are made in one of three ways:
- An automated or survey approach is used to insure that all potential candidates are given consideration
- Any geographic unit president with support from their board or council may nominate individuals who they believe deserve special recognition as a SETAC Fellow
- Any individual who has been put forward as a nominee for the Founder’s Award will automatically become a candidate for consideration as a SETAC Fellow
Only members of SETAC will be eligible for nomination. This can include past members who may have retired from SETAC. Nominees must have become members of SETAC at least ten years prior to the date they are being considered for eligibility as a SETAC Fellow. More recently established geographic units may choose to put nominees forward that have been SETAC members for less than 10 years if they are considered outstanding candidates in other respects. All nominees identified in one of the three ways described above become part of a “pool of candidates.” This pool of candidates is carried from year to year. If candidates clearly do not meet the broad criteria established for SETAC Fellows, they may be removed from the list.
All candidates that have achieved or exceeded the criteria under the SETAC Environmental Professional Award and that meet the membership criterion for the automated nomination approach (10 year prior initial membership date) would be invited by SETAC to submit additional information to be considered for the Fellow program.
On an annual basis, the selection of additional SETAC Fellows will be made by the SETAC World Council with input from the awards and membership committees based on a review of the “pool of candidates.” The existing Fellows or a group thereof will assist the committees by reviewing candidates and making recommendations regarding the selection of individuals. SETAC Fellows will be selected in a manner that reflects the tripartite membership balance of SETAC. The broad criteria used to select SETAC Fellows include:
Professional or societal leadership with respect to environmental science or environmental science policy
The individual will have organized, led or participated as part of the leadership for professional or societal activities. This could involve chairing an advisory committee, being a member of a board, or organizing and leading any other professional or societal activity such as SETAC workshops, branch meetings, annual meetings, or national and international conferences. This criterion shows that the individual is an active participant of one or more societies. These societies must include SETAC but might also include involvement with any other society that emphasizes a particular environmental science.
Science or science policy leadership at the national or international levels
The individual must demonstrate that he or she is internationally recognized for their leadership in particular areas of environmental science, including research, regulation and environmental management. This might be through numbers of citations to publications, invited participation on international panels, organization of or participation in specialist workshops, involvement in senior advisory positions on national or international advisory panels (government, industry groups, etc).
Communication of science or science policy
Communication involves publications (papers, reports, books) as well as fully funded invited presentations at national and international scientific meetings. The individual will have authored or co-authored a number of major publications that have communicated science or science policy. These can include highly cited publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, major science policy or technical documents developed for or by government agencies or businesses. Only publications that are in the public arena qualify for considerations. Invited presentations before international or national audiences as well as lectures to industry groups are key indicators of contributions in communicating to stakeholders. In short, the record of scientific communication must be designed to reach a broad audience.
List of SETAC Fellows