Session Submission

If you have any questions concerning the meeting, please contact fortworth@setac.org.

Session submission is now closed.

Chairs will be notified about tentative acceptance of their session proposal by 5 March.


Be a Session Chair at the Next SETAC North America Annual Meeting

All it takes to propose a session is a passion for a specific area of environmental science. 

Session chairs and co-chairs are vitally important to the success of the annual meeting. Please, help to advance environmental science through SETAC by proposing a session.

To propose a session, follow these steps:

  • Enlist the help of a co-chair but be aware that a maximum of four co-chairs is accepted.
  • Prepare a short write up of the environmental issue that is the subject of the session and the type of presentations you hope to attract.
  • Learn more about the meeting scope and tracks to identify the track that your session best fits in.
  • Review the various sessions formats to select the one that best suits your topic.
  • Read the session guidelines.

If your proposed session is included in the call for abstracts, you will be asked to review all abstracts that are submitted to your session. If your session is subsequently accepted for inclusion in the annual meeting program, you will be responsible for organizing the order of presentations. SETAC does not provide financial assistance for chairing a session.

Sample Session Proposals

Please note underlined areas.

The Chemistry of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) – Platform Session

PFAS are a universe of diverse substances, which contain carbon fluorine (C-F) bonds that are of emerging concern. PFAS have been used in a wide array of industrial and consumer products, such as fire-fighting foams, anti-stain products for carpet and upholstery, and nonstick cookware. Many PFAS substances can be persistent in the environment and are thus being found in biota and many compartments of the environment. Emerging concerns over exposure to and potential effects of PFAS as well as management of PFAS have been challenging the environmental and health professional communities. Experts in human health and ecological health have come together to advance this issue.

This platform session aims to present the latest science in environmental chemistry of PFAS. Presentations on sample collection and preparation procedures, tools, analysis methods, and identification approaches are highly relevant. Further, abstracts on work related to classification and characterization as well as fate and transport are welcome.

The Chemistry of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) – Special Session

PFAS are a universe of diverse substances, which contain carbon fluorine (C-F) bonds that are of emerging concern. PFAS have been used in a wide array of industrial and consumer products, such as fire-fighting foams, anti-stain products for carpet and upholstery, and nonstick cookware. Many PFAS substances can be persistent in the environment and are thus being found in biota and many compartments of the environment. Emerging concerns over exposure to and potential effects of PFAS as well as management of PFAS have been challenging the environmental and health professional communities. Experts in human health and ecological health have come together to advance this issue.

This special session aims to present the latest science in environmental chemistry, ecotoxicity, and human health toxicity for PFAS. Invited experts will provide keynote presentations that will distill the work in that area and will identify future needs towards sustainable solutions based on current understanding.