Potential SCIRIC Session Topics for Orlando
Here's Thomas' request from the email. Let's use this forum to discuss ideas for a session topic.
Alan Samel of the Orlando platform sub-committee sent to all AG chairs a call for session proposals for this year's SETAC World Congress in Orlando based on identified emerging topics. See below emails for details.
In a nutshell, one emerging topic was identified as "Linking Science and Social Issues", where communication fits to; especially communication to outside our ivory tower. Alan provide some extra thoughts on this topic from discussions within the Global Science Committee (see below).
@Alan: If you would like to add something, just reply to this email.
So, if you have a session in mind, please submit to Orlando and post here for all of us to know. Would be cool if you would announce and discuss possible sessions in the SCIRIC forum on setac.org
, to initially bring it to life and fill with some activity.
Mind the deadline for proposals on February 24th, 2016!
A number of emerging topics have been identified by both the GSC and NASC that we would like the AGs to consider for platform sessions for the World Congress. The request is for the AGs (you) to consider the identified topics, provided below, and determine if your AG would be interested in proposing a platform session. If so, great! If you are interested and would like to discuss further, please let me know and we can schedule something. This is a great opportunity for the AGs, the Science Committees, and the Planning Committee to work together and put together an excellent program that is transparent and complimentary to the work we are trying to do in each AG and within other corners of SETAC. This is part of the grand vision we discussed at the last NA SETAC meeting with the AGs and the SETAC committees that Bruce organized. Consider this a very important and vital step in this vision.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 24.
Here are the emerging topics identified by the GSC and NASC. The topics are very broad. The specific direction of the proposal is left up to the expertise within each AG. If you want more information or GSC/NASC insights for a specific topic, please let me know.
· High throughput tests most predictive of in vivo hazards and working to standardize these among labs
· Developing and using -omics methods as diagnostic tools in field settings
· Merging diverse information across multiple levels of biological organization (from in vitro and in vivo data, read across, in silico etc) into a coherent hazard framework
· Extrapolation of effects data across species using evolutionary conservation of biological pathways
· Improving the characterization of the exposure-response relationship of multiple chemical stressors
· Linking Science and Social Issues
· Water and Water Management
· Exposure Assessments
· Low Dose
Here is some additional information that was put together by the Global Science Committee, for your AG consideration.
1. Linking Science and Social Issues theme: Focus on integrating human health and ecological impacts for purposes of policy making. The Advisory Group on Sustainability (and perhaps also ERAAG and HHRA AG) would likely be willing to support something in this theme. This could take the form of a conceptual and/or methodological type of meeting – examining ideas for how this integration could happen and where straight science vs. science/social interfaces come into play. We could focus on a particular topic, such as energy or water or a particular “industry” such as corn/biofuels production or something else.
2. Science Communication – discussing and sharing communication techniques/tips/advice helpful for communicating concepts about environmental science and environmental policy making. How do we teach/communicate with each other (scientists among disciplines) and how do we teach/communicate with others (students of all ages, K through grad school)? E.g., How does energy policy influence energy technology so what’s important for us to know in order to reduce environmental impacts of energy technology? OR cooking is about chemistry – and physics – and math – and let us show you how. OR Eating organic isn’t sufficient for good environmental outcomes. Etc. We could focus this meeting on development of a particular idea/concept (that would be broad enough to interest many people) that SETAC members could use in their own teaching or outreach or just for their own learning experience (or to be more fun at cocktail parties!). I’m thinking of this asThe Outreach Committee and/or other AGs might be supportive depending what specific topics and target audience are chosen.
3. Sustainable Development: The lack of economic resources on communities have caused that populations increased material reuse (a common practice in Mexico) and detonates recycling of valuable materials in order to increase family income at low economical class level. Small and large companies have been recycling and disposing materials to accomplish regulations, increase efficiency, and profits. However, several issues such as technology development, impact of sustainable development on the environment and education efforts to improve are quite isolated and there is still a lot to approach and discover.
4. Integration of SETAC Working Groups or Workshops - SETAC has life-cycle assessment (LCA), ecosystem service (ESS) and sustainability working groups, but they often seem to be working in parallel universes with not enough cross-talk. The LCA community has considered ESS approaches for some impact categories, such as water use. However, these are not mature approaches, and methodologies applied mostly require monetization of the service flows, limiting the consideration of some less easily quantifiable ESS, possibly choosing precision at the cost of breadth and relevance. As LCA rapidly advances, it is important to ensure that quantitation of these "first past the post" parameters does not marginalise more problematic parameters. Sustainability assessments, for example those looking at Green and Sustainable Remediation, are providing insights into a better balance between social, economic and ecological issues, but would benefit from ESS and LCA approaches to help define and quantify links between these separated, but inter-dependant “pillars”. A recent joint ecosystem services and Sustainability advisory groups special session on the sustainability of Mediterranean Olive Oil production concluded that LCA, which tends to focus mainly on negative impacts per unit production, does not allow for a consideration of many essential regulating, supporting, cultural and spiritual services that more traditional olive groves provide, possibly encouraging and supporting destructive and unsustainable practices. Ultimately, the conclusion was that there was a need for ESS thinking to help society decide what services it wants to sustain, sustainability thinking to define the social/economic and ecological values and (adapted) LCA thinking to evaluate the cradle-to-grave impacts of processes, policies and decisions. Together, these are powerful tools to help society decide how to manage land- and water-scapes to sustain the services they value, but they provide different viewpoints of a multi-dimensional reality. There is a need for integrated working groups or workshops to provide the tools to move across these frameworks and approaches, identifying the languages, tools and points of connection that will better allow these to be complementary, rather than competing, fields.
- Minamata Convention - the UN Minamata Convention on Mercury is a globally legally binding instrument signed by 100 countries (including US, Canada, Mexico). Moving ahead, countries need to develop national action plans which include programs aimed at biomonitoring biotic and abiotic indicators. In recent years, at SETAC and in associated journals, there have been presentations and publications on how exactly to do so. A focused meeting on this topic may help develop some consensus on the matter and thus help guide government agencies and officials in implementing the Convention.