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Global Interest Groups: Global Soils
Claudia Lima de
Michael Simini
Marlea H. Wagelmans


The primary purpose of SETAC Interest Groups (IGs) is to provide a venue for scientists with an interest in a particular scientific topic to share knowledge and expertise and advance the topic. Participation in all IGs is open to all interested parties. If you are not already a member of this IG and would like to be, make sure you are signed in to your SETAC account then click "Join Group” near the top of this page.


The Soil Interest Group’s main mission is to promote sound scientific methods for material fate and ecotoxicology applied to soil systems and to be the network of experts in this field within SETAC.


The scope of the IG covers all aspects of soil testing on the laboratory, semi-field and field level, soil-related risk assessment methodologies and soil ecotoxicology, for the benefit of the overall risk assessment of chemicals (single and mixtures) and of contaminated soil in general. In addition, non-chemical soil stressors such as compaction or climatic change will be covered. These activities will be based on a sound ecological basis.

The group will accomplish these goals by being a forum for communication, cooperation, scientific discussion and collaboration among scientists in academia, business and government. The Interest Group aims to be the focus of expertise for material behavior and interactions with soil organisms within SETAC. The scope of the group includes all contaminants that are present in terrestrial soils and organisms that may be directly or indirectly affected by them. The group addresses both understanding of fate and effects as well as measurement and testing methods.

Topics of interest to the group include:

  • Soil Ecotoxicology
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecological relevance for site specific risk assessment
  • Nanomaterials: analysis, environmental fate, effects, LCA and risk assessment, and
  • Interactions between natural and chemical stressors.


Historically, soil ecotoxicology has not been sufficiently represented within SETAC. Therefore, groups of soil ecotoxicologists have met regularly in North America (NA; since 1998) and Europe (EU; since 2004), usually during the regional conferences in order to provide a forum for an exchange of information about ongoing activities in the field of soil ecotoxicology. In the meeting of the EU Soil Interest Group (SIG) during the SETAC Europe conference in May 2009, it was proposed to form one global SETAC SIG. This merger was approved in late 2009.


  • The activities of the IG are led by a chair and co-chair and coordinated by a steering committee.
  • Members of the Steering Committee are appointed by vote of the GSIG group members.
  • The IG Steering Committee holds periodic conference calls.
  • The IG typically holds one or two formal meeting per year at the SETAC major geographic unit Annual Meeting
  • Please contact the chair for further information.
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