Volunteer for a Committee

The affairs of SETAC are managed by the executive directors and staff with oversight from the SETAC global and geographic unit boards and councils. The SETAC governing bodies rely on committees for advice as needed. Membership to committees is based on position within governance or by invitation. 
 

Global Committees

If you are interested in a particular committee, contact [email protected].


Standing Committees

Executive Committee

Leadership: The Global Executive Director and the SETAC World Council President 

The SETAC Executive Committee is the operational management arm of SETAC with authority as delegated by the SETAC World Council and duties as defined by the SETAC bylaws. The executive committee consists of the officers of SETAC (i.e., president, vice president, immediate past president and treasurer) and the global executive director.

Finance Committee

Leadership: The Global Executive Director and the SETAC World Council Treasurer

The Finance Committee advises, makes policy recommendations and recommends operating procedures to the SETAC World Council and global executive director on all aspects of SETAC’s finances, including annual operating budget, increasing SETAC’s financial base, membership dues policy, fee structure for SWC meetings, courses and publications, and long-range fiscal planning for SETAC. 

Science Committee

LeadershipSETAC Scientific Affairs Managers

The global Science Committee provides guidance, direction and assistance to the SETAC World Council in addressing technical and scientific issues with the objective of ensuring overall scientific excellence. The committee is charged with assuming a coordinating role within SETAC and, as such, works closely and coordinates its activities with other committees at the regional level. The committee is composed of two members from each of the five geographic units (the science committee chair and co-chair or governance leadership), and 1-2 members at large as needed to ensure a committee with diverse representation (technical expertise, sector and other characteristics). 


Program Committees

Awards Committee

Co-chairs: Bill A. Stubblefield  and Graeme E. Batley 

The global Awards Committee is comprised of several subcommittees to help administer the many award opportunities within SETAC. The committee’s efforts are governed by standard operating procedures.

Publications and Communications Committee

Leadership: SETAC Publications and Communications Managers
Chairs: Karen Kidd and Mirco Bundschuh

The PCC assesses issues and makes recommendations to the SETAC World Council regarding all publication policies, guided by these standard operating procedures.

Europe Committees

If you are interested in joining a particular committee, please contact [email protected].


Awards Committee

Chair: Marie-Hélène Enrici 

The Awards Committee plays a central role in evaluating and developing the success of the SETAC Europe Awards Programme. Their key tasks include soliciting and assessing nominations for the SETAC Europe awards, as well as soliciting and evaluating applications for SETAC Europe grants. Additionally, the committee advises the council about selection procedures and criteria for SETAC Europe awards and grants.  

πŸ” The Awards Committee currently has 5 open vacancies.
 

Certification Program Committee

Chair: Kees van Gestel 

The Certification Program Committee plays a central role in the SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) program and is contributing to the development of a global SETAC certification program.
 

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Chair: Sabine Apitz (interim chair)

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee seeks to identify topics of concern and solutions regarding diversity and inclusion raised by the membership. The committee’s main task is to provide advice surrounding these themes to the SETAC Europe Council and SETAC staff, and action programs to improve creating awareness and securing equitable access to opportunities. 

πŸ” 12 vacancies arise in 2024 for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, including the role of vice chair. The committee warmly welcomes candidates who are committed to and knowledgeable about DEI, with a resourceful and self-starting mindset. 
 

Education Committee 

Chair: Ana Marta Gonçalves

Supporting SETAC with its mission to promote education in environmental sciences, the Education Committee plans and coordinates all activities of SETAC Europe related to the education of the membership and the general public. Specifically, the committee calls upon and evaluates proposals for training courses and advises on other annual meeting course programs. 

πŸ”The Education Committee has 4 open vacancies and welcomes members to join the committee in this task to promote environmental sciences. 
 

Finance Committee

Chair: Iseult Lynch

The Finance Committee plays a central role in providing financial oversight of SETAC Europe and supporting the SETAC Europe executive director to develop and maintain a financially sound organization. Its main tasks include reviewing the annual plan, budget and quarterly financial statements, and advising the SETAC Europe Council on these matters as well as fund management. 

πŸ” In 2024, 5 vacancies arise in the Finance Committee. Members with an affinity for finances and willing to commit approximately 1 day per quarter to review are welcome to apply. The ability to critically review balance sheets and profit and loss accounts, as well as any knowledge or experience with fund management, is an asset. 
 

Regional Branches Committee

Chair: Henner Hollert

The Regional Branches Committee operates as the liaison between the SETAC Europe Council and the SETAC Europe branches, and it serves as a platform for communication and sharing of experiences between the individual language branches. Key tasks include making suggestions to ensure the Society's success and reputation in selected regions, seeking new initiatives to maintain a community feeling in existing regions, and pursuing ways to grow or develop new regions. 

πŸ” The Regional Branches Committee welcomes any members passionate about the SETAC community and its representation across European regions. Members from existing regional branches are especially welcome to join this committee. 
 

Science Committee

Chair: Véronique Poulsen

The purpose of the Science Committee is to ensure the overall scientific excellence of SETAC and its members and to provide guidance, direction and assistance to the Society on technical issues. The committee evaluates and advises about proposals for workshops, symposia and meetings on the basis of scientific and social relevance and SETAC’s mission, vision, principles and values. Additionally, the committee identifies topics of concern that could benefit from a SETAC event to increase the understanding and advance science and risk assessment procedures.

 

Student Advisory Council (SAC Europe)

Chair: Markus Schmitz

The SAC Europe aims to improve the communication among students within SETAC and offers opportunities to students to get in contact with senior members of the Society. It organizes numerous student activities at the annual meetings and during the year. 
For more information contact [email protected].

North America Committees

If you are interested in a particular committee, contact [email protected].


Standing Committees

Standing committees operate year round and are integral to the sustainability of the organization and inherent to its mission and values.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the operational management arm of SETAC North America with authority as delegated by the Board of Directors and duties as defined by the bylaws. The Executive Committee consists of the officers of SETAC North America (i.e., president, vice president, immediate past president and treasurer) and the executive director.

Finance Committee

Chair: Teresa Norberg-King, SETAC North America Treasurer

The Finance Committee advises, makes policy recommendations and proposes operating procedures to the Board of Directors and the executive director on all aspects of SETAC North America’s finances, including annual operating budget, membership dues policy, fee structure for activities and initiatives, and long-range fiscal planning for SETAC North America. The Finance Committee is chaired by the treasurer and includes select members of the executive committee, a few members at large and the executive director. 

Nominations Committee

Chair: Nile Kemble and Mark Johnson, SETAC North America President and Vice President

The Nominations Committee ensures the sustainability of the Board of Directors and its duties. It is responsible for identifying candidates for election to the Board of Directors of SETAC North America and its representatives to the SETAC World Council as defined by the bylaws.

Science Committee

Chair: Adraina Bejanaro

The Science Committee is charged by the Board of Directors with providing guidance, direction and assistance to the board in support of ensuring SETAC North America continually promotes the dissemination of current science, including but not limited to methodology development, new approaches and emerging fields of research.

Program Committees

Program committees are responsible for executing initiatives of SETAC North America and operate based on a charge from the board of directors.

Annual Meeting Program Committee

Co-Chairs: Sarah Hughes and Marlo Jeffries; SETAC North America 45th Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Program Committees operate for a cycle of 18–24 months. Separate calls for chairs, committee members are publicly issued. If interested in volunteering in a program committee, please contact the executive director.

Awards and Fellowship Committee 

Chair: Ryan Prosser

The Awards and Fellowship Committee is charged by the Board of Directors with administering the many award and grant opportunities within SETAC North America.

Careers Committee

Chair: Andrew Barrick

The Careers Committee is charged by the Board of Directors with assistance in planning programs dedicated to career development skills and strategies for the SETAC North America membership.

Inclusive Diversity Committee

Chair: Tracie Baker and Rachel Sorensen

The Inclusive Diversity Committee is charged by the Board of Directors with providing programs that are specifically targeted to  underrepresented groups at SETAC North America (due to ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, physical or mental difference, religion, age, national origin, or otherwise) and serving as a focal point for interaction among these affinity groups. Learn more about their activities.

Training and Education Committee

Chair: Ryan Heisler

The Training and Education Committee is charged by the Board of Directors with the planning and coordination of continuing education of the membership through professional training courses, and development and promotion of educational information and extension activities or materials for the general public.

Councils

Councils support the board of directors advance the SETAC North America mission.
 

Regional Chapters Leadership Council

Chair: Denis da Silva

The Regional Chapters Committee leadership executes programs that SETAC North America has in place in support of regional chapters. The committee, as a whole, provides an avenue of communication among regional chapter leadership, the Board of Directors and staff.

North America Students Advisory Council (NASAC)

Chair: Adam Wronski

NASAC is comprised of student members who represent each of the SETAC North America regional chapters and a few members at large. NASAC's focus is on planning student-centric programming at SETAC North America. 


Guidance to Committees

The SETAC North America Board of Directors offers this guidance to committees, Traits of Effective SETAC North America Committees and Guidance for Developing SOPs and the SETAC North America Committee Leadership Training

Committee leaders can reserve a SETAC Zoom account for administrative meetings.

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