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News and Updates: SETAC Asia-Pacific News

News and Updates from SETAC Asia/Pacific

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  
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SETAC Asia/Pacific and SETAC Australasia have been very busy so far in 2016. The following is a brief digest of the latest news from the geographic unit.

SETAC Asia/Pacific


The SETAC Asia/Pacific 2016 Conference, which will be held from 16–19 September in Singapore, features 340 presentations from 291 authors. Early bird registration has been extended to 31 July. There is still time to register and save for some of the cutting-edge short courses planned for SETAC Singapore.

There are two ecological risk assessment short courses – the first will give an introduction to modern ecological risk assessment, the second will focus on metals and metal compounds. The urban air pollution short course will tackle ambient air quality issues that affect more than 50% of the human population, the technologies that are being designed to address this, and the limitations of these controls. “Sustainability Science: Advancing the SETAC Role” will emphasize the transdisciplinary approaches that are bringing systems ecology, engineering, chemistry, economics and other social sciences to the forefront in advancing goals of sustainability.

World Congress in 2020

The bidding package for the 2020 SETAC World Congress has been shared with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). STB has started to draft a bid document and will hold a session on 20 September with the
SETAC World Council officers. The SETAC Australasia Council has decided to make a bid for Brisbane instead of Cairns, since the largest venue available in Cairns is unsuitable for a World Congress.


SETAC Asia/Pacific has established the Lifetime Achievement Award. The first nomination for the award is under review with the board and will be announced during the SETAC Asia/Pacific 2016 Conference.

SETAC Australasia

The SETAC Australasia Thesis Prize winners have been selected: Congratulations to Emma Knight of the University of Adelaide, who received the ecotoxicology prize, and Jennifer Halstead of the University of New South Wales, who received the environmental chemistry prize. Both winners have been invited to present their work at the SETAC Australasia 2016 Conference, which will be held from 4–7 October in Hobart, Tasmania.

Preparations for the conference are progressing well. Abstract submission is now closed, but
early bird registration is open through 1 August. More than 30 student travel award applications were received, and notifications to the winning students will go out in the in the beginning of August.


SETAC Japan successfully hosted the 2nd seminar on “Building Sustainable Society with Industry – Government – Academia Collaboration” on 1 July. The event was held at the JEOL, Ltd. Osaka Office, and 20 people attended.