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Soil mission in Horizon Europe

Posted By Jakub Hofman, Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear SoilGroup colleagues,

Did you know soil is very well recognized in next Europe R&I programme? Check the pages here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-europe-next-research-and-innovation-framework-programme/mission-area-soil-health-and-food_en

Its nice!

After the discussion at SETAC 2020 SciCon what is the role of the SoilGroup and future activities, I guess it could be kind of "think tank" to support such things as the development of the Horizon Europe Mission for soil. Is anyone from our group involved in the Soil Mission board or assembly?

Best regards

Jakub

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Media sharing

Posted By Claudia Lima de, Friday, April 24, 2020

Dear colleagues,

With the approaching of the meeting, we are sharing our sessions, presentations, thoughts and meetings that we will attend at the Setac Dublin (Scicon).

Attached you will find some guidelines on how to share using the Setac logo. Please, take some time to read it.

"See"you soon @ Scicon!

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Call for abstracts - Real risks in real soils: linking exposure and effects in a multifaceted world

Posted By Bettina Hitzfeld, Friday, October 25, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2019

Dear colleagues

please submit an abstract for SETAC EU Dublin.

Deadline for submission of abstracts 27 november 2019

Co-chairs: Silvia Pieper, Bettina Hitzfeld, Janine Wong

Assessing the impact of contaminants in the field is the ultimate goal of risk assessment approaches. When evaluating contamination of soil environments, we are faced with extremely diverging and structured terrestrial habitats, harbouring highly diverse soil organism communities, which deliver a variety of ecosystem services precious to us (e.g., nutrient turnover). Compared to aquatic environments, risk assessment of soils are often hampered by a lack of knowledge regarding the impact of soil properties on substance toxicity, the contamination profile of real soils and the response of soil communities to complex residue mixtures. In the case of prospective risk assessment (e.g. for regulated products), we traditionally extrapolate from standardized laboratory test results to a variety of possible field scenarios. For soil organisms, laboratory tests are mostly performed in standard artificial substrates with strongly diverging properties compared to real field soils. Moreover, despite the huge diversity of soil organisms’ communities, risks are assessed at single group levels, with community responses rarely explored. In retrospective assessments (e.g. for soil protection efforts), by contrast, we face the challenge of investigating complex realities and coping with a paucity of monitoring data, while being required to derive acceptable soil contamination levels for human and environmental health. Our knowledge on the contamination profile of real soils resulting from broadcast product applications, point sources and diffuse emmissions is already scattered. This is even more the case when assessing the risks of complex mixtures of contaminant residues, e.g., industrial chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers and their additives. Even if recent studies have further disclosed the complex soil chemical loads, they have also revealed how far off we are with current soil risk assessment scenarios from the multifaceted reality, especially when evaluating single substance impacts. Consequently, we look for session contributions that shed additional light onto the soil monitoring dusk and help understand not only the chemical exposure but also biological and ecological impacts in the field. In order to link findings to field scenarios, knowledge on soil diversity, habitat functions and normal operating ranges of reference soil communities is also urgently needed. We highly welcome critical works appraising whether the current soil risk assessments appropriately account for uncertainties in the extrapolation to the field, especially addressing availability, accumulation and ultimately toxic mixtures in spatial and temporal contamination trends. Our aim is to move towards a closed loop between prospective and retrospective risk assessment of soils, to elaborate on the positive leverages resulting from evaluating real risks in soils, to monitor the environment for upcoming threats and to improve assessment methods to truly more realistic approaches.

You will find it in track 4 "Ecological risk assessment and human health risk assessment of chemicals, mixtures and stressors and risk mitigation strategies".

https://dublin.setac.org

 

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SETAC Helsinki - Global Soils Interest Group Meeting

Posted By Juliska Princz, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A kind reminder that the Global Soils Interest Group meeting will be held Monday, May 27th, 2019 from 16:30 to 18:00 in Meeting Room 215 – we hope to see you all there!

 

Agenda Items include:

  1. Introduction: update on activities
  2. NEW Clusters proposal: let's break the black box that is the soil compartment. Objectives will be to level up knowledge on a specific topic related to soil ecotoxicology or start new research on a specific topic. It will depend on your input! Please, feel free to suggest topics of interest for the clusters; (it's not mandatory to join).
  3. Geographical Units / Chapter updates: if you wish to give an update, please contact the steering committee.
  4. Elections: we need representation for the African and Asia/Pacific geographical units. If you would like to run, please, send us a few paragraphs (no more than 1 page), presenting yourself and indicating how you can contribute to your chapter and the GSIG. If you are not attending the meeting, you still can be a candidate.
  5. Main speaker: Dr. Dick Roelofs (https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/dick-roelofs) - Ecotoxicogenomics in Soil.
  6. Wrapping up.

Please contact any member of the Steering Committee if you have questions or would like to contribute.

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Call for abstracts: Advances in Soil Ecotoxicology and Risk assessment – Impact, Ecotoxicity tests, Monitoring and Risk assessment of soil stressors

Posted By Bettina Hitzfeld, Friday, October 19, 2018
Updated: Friday, October 19, 2018

Dear colleagues

I would like to draw your attention to the call for abstracts for the Advances in soil cotoxicology and risk assessment - impact, ecotoxicity tests, monitoring and risk assessment of soil stressors session at the SETAC Europe Helsinki meeting.

Deadline for submission of abstracts 28 november 2018

You will find the session in track 4  Ecological risk assessment and human health risk assessment of chemicals, mixtures and stressors and risk mitigation strategies.  

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Call for abstracts: Soil quality in agricultural landscapes: Ecotoxicological tools and concepts for a retrospective environmental risk assessment

Posted By Bettina Hitzfeld, Friday, October 19, 2018

Dear colleagues

I would like to draw your attention to the call for abstracts for the Soil quality in agricultural landscapes: Ecotoxicological tools and concepts for a retrospective environmental risk assessment session at the SETAC Europe Helsinki meeting:

The deadline is 28 november 2018.

You will find the call under session track 2 Ecotoxicology becomes stress ecology.

 

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Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop Soils Session

Posted By Michael Simini, Tuesday, June 12, 2018

 

All, a call for presentations in the platform session, "The R’s of Contaminated Soils: Remediation, Reclamation and Risk Assessment" chaired by Theresa Phillips, Katherine Stewart, and Amy Gainer at the Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop, September 30 - October 3, 2018, Vancouver, BC, CA - Mike Simini

 

Go to https://ecotoxcan.ca/   for details.

 

Abstract submission deadline is June 22, 2018

 

ABSTRACT

Contaminated soils impair healthy ecosystem function and adversely affect human health.  Managing contaminated soil often requires evaluating and reducing risks associated with human or ecological exposure through remediation and/ or restoration of soil quality and resilience. Thus, a management program for contaminated soils might consist of the combined execution of the three “R’s”: Risk Assessment, Remediation, and Reclamation.  This session will bring together Canadian leaders in soil remediation, reclamation and risk assessment to showcase innovative and applied research.  We invite scientists and managers from government, industry, consulting and academia to highlight their achievements with industrial, agricultural, natural or urban contaminated soils. Soil studies performed in laboratory or field settings under the following topics are welcomed: remediation; land reclamation; ecological restoration; ecotoxicology; human health soil toxicology; human health and ecological risk assessment; fate and transport; risk communication as it relates to soil contamination and site management; and, emerging contaminants. Through this session, we aim to integrate knowledge and experience to advance contaminated soil assessment and management.


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Minutes of 2016 GSAG NA Meeting, Orlando, FL

Posted By Michael Simini, Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Please find attached the minutes from the 7th SETAC World Congress and 37th annual meeting in Orlando, FL, November 7, 2016. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to the discussion.

-Mike Simini

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call for abstracts

Posted By Marlea H. Wagelmans, Monday, October 17, 2016

Dear all

I would like to draw your attention to the following session at Setac Europe in Brussels. This session is in track 4.

 

Advances in Soil Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment of Chemical Stressors

Chairs: Juliska Princz, Patrick Kabouw, Silvia Pieper, Mark Steve Maboeta

Soils are a non-renewable resource that provides a habitat for an extremely diverse range of organisms, thereby delivering unique ecosystem services. However, this precious commodity may remain under-protected within regulatory frameworks worldwide, mainly due to our lack of knowledge on the importance of the complex interactions and dependencies that occur within soil. Novel innovations and holistic approaches to the assessment of chemical stressors promote our understanding of their impact on the multiple facets of soil structure and function. This, in turn, is helping to ensure the protection and restoration of soils, and the myriad of life held within. In this session we aim to elucidate the way towards a holistic approach for soil protection. We invite researchers and regulators interested in further untangling the complexity of soil ecosystem processes, species interactions, and their vulnerabilities, in advancing soil protection. Recent scientific progresses in terrestrial ecotoxicological tools and environmental risk assessment procedures for chemical stressors in soils (e.g. [1], [2]) identified critical needs, data and methodology gaps to properly characterize the risk to soil structure and functions (e.g., how do microbial processes fit? What are critical species and components that we should protect?).

This session intends to address these gaps and provide a platform to discuss regulatory frameworks. We want to know what are appropriate strategies for effective soil protection, how to perform targeted higher tier testing, and how modelling approaches and field and laboratory tests can be inter-linked. We challenge the scientific community to share and link their scientific innovations to regulatory developments. This might include guidance on the characterization of exposure and effects, the value and design of higher tier testing, statistical power of laboratory and field tests, the development or improvement of ecotoxicological tests that can contribute to the risk assessment process, and most importantly, how to use these innovations to address the protection of biodiversity and soil ecosystem services. Researchers, students and regulators are invited to discuss their work related to the current soil risk assessment schemes - both prospective and retrospective - for different chemical stressors.

[1] ECHA (2016): Topical Scientific Workshop: Soil Risk Assessment. Workshop proceedings. ECHA-16- R-09-EN. doi: 10.2823/785130

[2] EFSA PPR Panel (2016): Draft Scientific Opinion addressing the state of the science on risk assessment of plant protection products for in-soil organisms. https://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/consultation/160503.pdf 

 

Kind regards

Marlea Wagelmans

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Minutes GSAG Nantes

Posted By Marlea H. Wagelmans, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Please find the minutes of the GSAG meeting in Nantes, May 2016. Thanks for your presence and I hope to welcome you all at the GSAG meeting in Brussels next year.

Kind regards

Marlea

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