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WELCOME to SCIRIC: SETAC Europe Interest Group on Science and Risk Communication

Mission and vision

The mission of SCIRIC is to collate and increase communication expertise and experience within SETAC to enhance the dissemination of scientific findings. This is as an essential aspect in environmental and ecotoxicological science and research, and we aim to provide SETAC scientists with state-of-art communication practices, tools, and strategies that will empower researchers’ ability to effectively convey their work to scientists, stakeholders, agencies, media and the general public. A key priority is to ensure scientfic accuracy in the representations of the work being broadcast. In the long run, we seek to become a platform for discussion and source of advice on science and risk communication within SETAC and beyond.

SCIRIC members believe that proper training of environmental scientists in science communication can eventually increase awareness, interest, comprehension and appreciation for environmental research. We want to base such training on a strong theoretical foundation that recognizes the specific aspects and requirements of environmental research. Our vision is a true participatory role of the public in environmental sciences, thus strengthening the impact of the SETAC community on societal development as well as political processes.

Strategy and work program in brief

The work to reach our goals is based on two pillars, namely “people” – which focuses on educating and connecting the SETAC community – and “topic” – which aims to understand, describe, and develop science and risk communication as an important part of environmental research. SCIRIC works on both parts in parallel.

Figure Schematic of the strategy of SCIRIC. The top-down view also resembles a chronological order of the IG development.


  • Establish at the European level
  • Plan to expand globally
  • Accept members from outside Europe, generally and on the Steering Committee
  • Aim to represent all GUs of SETAC
  • Feature as much diversity as possible

The composition of the IG is intended to adhere to the basic SETAC guidelines, i.e. comparable representations from academia, industry, government and non-profit organizations. This also means that we actively recruit members to resemble the tripartite structure. We know that we need a balanced representation of all different perspectives to achieve our goals. The IG is open to any interested parties and both scientists and students of SETAC are encouraged to join.

Founding members

Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Henner Hollert – RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Agnieszka Hunka – Halmstad University, Sweden

Gerd Maack – Umweltbundesamt, Germany

Sarah Bowman – The Ohio State University, USA

Pernille Thorbek – Syngenta, UK

Katja Broeg – Stockholm University, Sweden

John Redshaw, Jennifer Best – Scottish Environment Protection Agency, UK

Blair Paulik – Oregon State University, USA

Ceri Lewis – University of Exeter, UK

Steering committee

Thomas-Benjamin Seiler (Chair), Agnieszka Hunka, Gerd Maack, Sarah Bowman, Henner Hollert, Pernille Thorbek, Silke Bollmohr


Operational guidelines as The charter of SCIRIC

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Olayinka Osuolale joined the group Europe Interest Groups: Science and Risk Communication.
Posted Saturday, February 17, 2018
Joanna Witton joined the group Europe Interest Groups: Science and Risk Communication.
Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Michael R. Gordon joined the group Europe Interest Groups: Science and Risk Communication.
Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Trudy A. Steidl Pulley joined the group Europe Interest Groups: Science and Risk Communication.
Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Thomas-Benjamin Seiler wrote on the Europe Interest Groups: Science and Risk Communication wall: At the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, August 19-23, 2018, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Natalia Peranginangin, W. Martin Williams, John Purdy and Nelson Thurman are chairing a session on "Risk Assessment, Management and Communication (Lost in Translation)". Abstract submission is open https://callforpapers.acs.org/boston2018/AGRO. Deadline is 12 March 2018.
Posted Friday, January 26, 2018
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