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Global Interest Groups: Exposure Modeling
Todd Gouin
Carla A. Ng


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 Exposure Modeling Interest Group (EMIG) was established to provide a collegial home within SETAC for scientists and decision-makers interested in modeling the properties, sources, environmental fate and exposure of environmental pollutants.


The mission of the EMIG group is threefold:

  1. To encourage the scientific development of quantitative models to describe the behavior and exposure pathways of chemical, biological and physical contaminants in the environment and for human and ecological populations. Examples include, but are not limited to, models of source-to-concentration relationships in defined systems, models to estimate overall persistence and long-range transport potential of contaminants, models of bioaccumulation of contaminants by individual organisms or in food webs, models of human exposure to chemicals, biological agents or nanomaterials by multiple pathways, and pharmacokinetic models of the distribution of chemicals, biological agents and nanomaterials in the bodies of exposed humans or animals.
  2. To encourage the development of a sound data-basis to support the application of models in scientific studies and policy-making activities for chemicals, biological agents and nanomaterials of environmental interest. This includes:
    1. physical properties and degradation rates
    2. emissions inventories
    3. monitoring data for environmental media (air, water, soil, sediments and vegetation) and biota from locations near areas of use and release and at remote, background sites.
  3. To encourage and support the use of scientifically sound models by decision-makers to formulate effective management of chemicals, biological agents and nanomaterials, and by scientists to more effectively interpret monitoring data on contaminant concentrations in the environment.


  • Serve as a scientific forum for all stakeholders interested in the mission of the IG.
  • Sponsor events (e.g., meetings, sessions, webinars) and publications within SETAC that advance the mission of the IG.


The Exposure Modeling Interest Group is lead by one or more Chairperson and a Steering Committee made up of SETAC members. The Chairperson(s) and the Steering Committee provide leadership and initiative to carry out the goals of the Group, and co-ordinate their activities through meetings at the SETAC conferences and regular communication by email.

Please contact the chairs of the IG if you would like to be involved.

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