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Welcome to the Global Horizon Scanning Project Marketing and Outreach Steering Committee!

Consistent with SETAC’s vision of Environmental Quality Through Science®, SETAC continually works to identify scientific issues relevant to improving environmental quality. Towards this vision, SETAC launched the Global Horizon Scanning Project (GHSP) in September 2013, with the goal to identify and prioritize, for each SETAC Geographic Unit (GU), specific research needed to tackle natural and man-made stressor impacts on environmental quality.

Horizon scanning was employed cause it is widely used as a systematic process to gather information and analyze or prioritize it to identify emerging issues and develop potential opportunities. The SETAC GHSP invited SETAC membership at large to submit research questions from December 2013 through the summer of 2015. The objective of the GHSP was to get the research priorities in front of environmental scientific community with the following goals:

  1. Identifying opportunities for SETAC membership;
  2. Strengthening collaboration amongst SETAC membership;
  3. Focusing SETAC programming on topics that our members deem most important; and 
  4.  Providing external environmental decision makers and environmental science funding entities exposure to the priority questions.

The GHSP M-O Steering Committee was then launched and charged with designing and conducting marketing and outreach activities to promote the results of the GHSP and engage SETAC members, decision makers, and other interested parties/stakeholders in science discussions that lead to addressing the major environmental questions globally and for each GU.

The results of the GHSP were revealed in a dedicated session 2016 - Toward Sustainable Environmental Quality: Identifying Global Research Needs through the SETAC Horizon Scanning Project, at the SETAC World Congress in Orlando in November 2016. More GHSP results were revealed at the SETAC Europe 2017 at annual meeting in Brussels at the GHSP - Open Session which preceded the SETAC Europe GHSP Stakeholder Event. The presentations from that session are available on the GHSP Results website.

Moving forward, the SETAC will continue to update the priority research question lists and disseminate them to all stakeholders. This will be done in a variety of ways including through ongoing question solicitation, periodic online surveys, as well as through stakeholder meetings in conjunction with our GU meetings.

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