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SETAC Science Digest 2019

Monday, January 13, 2020  
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SETAC Science Digest 2019: A Year in Brief

Thanks to our SETAC members, we had another phenomenal year advancing Environmental Quality Through Science®. Here are some of the highlights of what we accomplished in 2019. Many of the resources are available for free and can be shared with your friends and colleagues.

SETAC Science Communication

Our members communicated to other scientists and non-scientists about trending issues in a variety of ways.

Technical Issue Papers (TIPs) for Other Scientists 

Science Briefs (Briefs) for Non-Scientists

Check the Science Corner for additional collated materials on trending issues.

SETAC Journals

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management are proud to report improvements in their impact factors, large numbers of journal article downloads, widespread press coverage and several virtual issues on hot topics:

IEMA cover with 3.220 impact factor ET&C cover with 3.321 impact factor

Virtual Issues on Hot Topics

Top Three Most Downloaded Articles



News Coverage

Research published in the SETAC journals has resulted in news coverage, social media shares and blog posts. Here are some highlights from 2019:

poisoned birds
Case of the poisoned songbird
dung beetles
Crappy news for the dung beetle and those who depend on them
When naproxen breaks down, toads croak


SETAC digitized several classic books this past year and made them available for free online. Additionally, we published a joint publication with the United Nations Environment Programme Life Cycle Initiative.

Download Classic SETAC Books for free Global Guidance on Env LCIA Indicators Vol 2 cover

Growing Values

SETAC members developed policies and guidelines to reflect our values and to recommit to high standards of excellence.

SETAC Multidisciplinary Meetings

SETAC organized four global meetings, a Special Science Symposium and two Focused Topic Meetings (FTMs). SETAC student members organized another successful Young Environmental Scientist (YES) Meeting.

Attendees at the 2019 YES meeting

8th YES Meeting
February 2019

SETAC Globe article
Abstract book

Cape Town

SETAC Cape Town
May 2019

Held jointly with SRA
Abstract book


SETAC Helsinki
May 2019

Keynote recordings
Abstract book

Fundao dam spill polluted river

Fundão Dam Spill
June 2019

SETAC Globe article

green landscape with river flowing through

PFAS Assessment
August 2019

Shared presentations
Abstract book


SETAC Cartagena
September 2019

Shared presentations
Abstract book


SETAC Toronto
November 2019

Shared presentations
Abstract book

hands with soil and worms

Soil Biodiversity
November 2019

Shared presentations
SETAC Globe article