Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award


This award recognizes any past or present SETAC member who has performed long-term, exceptionally high-quality service to the Society. Renamed in 1999 to honor Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry founding Editor-in-Chief C.H. (Herb) Ward for his important contributions to the founding and development of SETAC.


The nominee must be a SETAC member and have provided long-term, exceptional service to the Society. Nominations may be made by the nominee or by a past or present SETAC member. The nomination must be accompanied by documentation of service made to SETAC.

Unsuccessful nominees will have the opportunity to update their package and reapply for up to two subsequent years.

Application Instructions

The application package must contain all the material requested to be considered for the award:

  • Letter of nomination.
  • Documentation of service to SETAC
  • Three letters of recommendation. Each letter should provide an explanation for eligibility and detail the nominees excellent standing among their colleagues, as well as their duration and extent of service to SETAC.

Review Process

Nominations will be evaluated independently by a review panel appointed by the Global Awards Committee, using a standardized score sheet. Nominees will be ranked, and the committee will then discuss the panel’s determination to select the recipient. A summary of the award nominees and highest scoring member will be presented to the SETAC World Council for approval. If an agreement is not reached by the committee, a resolution will be made by the SETAC World Council.

The scoring rubrics will be made available soon.

The winner’s name must remain confidential until the SETAC World Council has ratified the nomination. Staff will inform the award evaluators of the winning nominee after the winner has been notified. After the successful nominee is notified, staff will also inform unsuccessful nominees and nominators.

Nominees will be asked to return a disclosure form before the nomination package is sent for review.

Award Procedure

The Global Awards Committee will notify the winner. The award will be announced at all SETAC annual meetings and is presented at the meeting of the recipient’s choosing. The award consists of a plaque and complimentary registration to the annual meeting where the award will be presented.

Awards Disclosure

SETAC has implemented a self-disclosure step as part of the award process consistent with SETAC’s code of conduct and code of ethics. We ask each award candidate to consider whether they have any past or current transgressions that should be disclosed.

  • For candidates that are nominated by someone else, SETAC will reach out to the candidate directly, ask them to accept the nomination and provide the awards disclosure information.
  • For self-nominations, applicants will be ask to provide the disclosure during the application process.


For further information, contact us at [email protected].