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SETAC Provides a Shared Set of Core Values

Friday, February 17, 2017  
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February 16, 2017

Dear SETAC Member,

The SETAC North America (SNA) Board is committed to serving you in a manner true to SETAC’s founding principles of science-based objectivity, multidisciplinary environmental problem-solving, and academic, business, and government representation in all that we do. We are aware of SETAC members’ concerns about recent affronts reported in the media to science, scientists, and science-based organizations, and we hear the calls for further engagement to support the scientific community. In navigating SNA’s responses, we commit to remaining true to SETAC’s core values, which guide actions taken every day by our dedicated staff and talented members like you.

The importance of environmental science and engineering to the modern world is a core value we protect and foster – The SNA Board and SETAC’s members strive every day to highlight the importance of environmental science and engineering. SETAC publishes two journals and three electronic newsletters, hosts scientific conferences and workshops, and provides a variety of venues for professional development and networking. You foster science and its applications each time you mentor a student or early career professional, draft or peer review a manuscript, develop a session proposal, recruit a colleague to teach a course, or plan a conference or workshop. Your jobs and volunteer service to SNA make important scientific contributions. As the SNA Board considers new avenues to engage the public and decision makers, we will be keen to sustain SETAC’s valued ongoing contributions and support you in your own work. 

Our diversity is a source of strength  We understand that environmental science is a global endeavor as reflected in our membership consisting of some 5,500 members in 98 countries. SETAC was founded on the principle that strength in decision-making emerges from considering diverse perspectives and engaging parties from across the professional and regulatory spectrum. That includes academia, industry, government, consultancies, and non-governmental organizations. Actions that embrace diversity deserve our continued support while those that hinder diversity warrant our feedback on how bias impairs our mission. The SNA Board proudly supports its diverse membership.

SETAC is a model for civil discourse, a welcoming and open forum  SETAC members have gotten together every year since our 1979 founding, and our conferences and workshops are models of supportive learning, collegial problem solving, and mentoring. Since the selection of Minneapolis to host the 2017 SNA Annual Meeting (November 12-16), Midwest Regional Chapter members have looked forward to welcoming international environmental professionals and students to one of the most welcoming cities in the US. Time together is important, and the SNA Board encourages you to join us in Minneapolis.

Through our committees, interest groups, regional chapters, publications and conferences, SETAC provides opportunities to engage in science and communicate its value to society. Those are open doors for your participation. We are stronger together, and our support of SETAC provides a shared set of core values – principles that make SETAC special and which we can build upon to meet new challenges.

Please contact us or other SNA Board members if we can assist you or to share your perspectives.


Tom Augspurger Tom Augspurger
Tom Augspurger  Greg Schiefer