The Global Horizon Scanning Research Prioritization Project aims to collect and prioritize the most important future research questions as recognized by scientists from around the globe working in government, academia and business. The need for this initiative was proposed in a recent issue of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management.
The survey started in Africa, then moved to North America, Middle
East, Europe and Latin America. HSP workshops followed in the various geographic units of SETAC. Questions submitted via this website were synthesized by a team of public, private, academic and non-profit sector experts into a list of the top research priorities of relevance to each geographic region and first presented at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual meeting, which was recently held from 6–10 November in Orlando, Florida.
Watch this space for future announcements about the project and how the results will be used contribute to the mission of SETAC to achieve Environmental Quality Through Science®.
At recent Basel SETAC meeting a number of us startted a conversation on the quality of the science which is sometimes presented at the meeting and sometimes published in peer reviewed journals. A recent paper by Harris et al titled Principles of Sound ecotoxicology addresses this same concern. Considersation of student lunches, and other events and opportunities to address this topic should be considered by SETAC. Often, data generated by studies not conducted appropriately, are not acurate, are misleading and much time is spent identifying the gaps and problems and defending the compound(s) in question. Often students are conducting this work under the suprevision of advisors who should demonstrate and train in sound principles.