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SETAC Strategic Plan
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The 2018 SETAC Strategic Plan:

  • Defines priorities and objectives to fulfill and enhance the society’s mission
  • Provides a structure and process for SETAC to achieve its priorities
  • Requires periodic review and updates to make sure the society stays current with the evolving global environmental challenges

The strategic plan is subject to change through time in response to suggestions and new priorities brought forward by the SETAC World Council, Geographic Unit (GU) governing bodies, committees, interest groups and the SETAC membership. It is implicit that the global executive director and executive directors of SETAC North America and Europe have an integral role in the strategic planning process and implementation. The executive directors will regularly report to the SETAC World Council about the implementation and progress, and the document will continue to evolve through long-range planning. The plan is intended to complement the strategic plans of the GUs.

SETAC’s Goals:

I [SCIENCE]. Promote interdisciplinary research on the understanding, management, and remediation of stressors in the environment.
II [COMMUNICATION]. Provide forums for interaction among professionals on a tripartite (academia, government and business) and multi-national basis. Communicate and translate science to policymakers and the public.
III [ASSISTANCE WITH POLICY]. Provide SETAC expertise to inform decision makers (address life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment and ecological risk assessment).
IV [ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH]. Expand organizational capacity to provide membership services and educational opportunities to better foster our mission.

In pursuing these goals, SETAC members and staff conduct numerous activities including

  • Hosting annual meetings comprised of short courses, platform and poster presentations, interactive forums, group meetings and networking events, and the recognition of professional achievements through merit awards
  • Organizing and conducting workshops and focused-topic meetings to assist in the development of emerging scientific areas or to evaluate existing knowledge and approaches related to chemical and other environmental stressors
  • Communicating through peer-reviewed journals, books, newsletters, technical publications, webinars and other digital communications
  • Interacting and cooperating with other societies to co-sponsor scientific sessions, workshops and meetings
  • Facilitating the incorporation of science into decision-making and policy by communicating science to technical and non-technical stakeholders through standing and ad hoc committees, advisory groups and publications, and through direct outreach activities to policymakers and the public via meetings, presentations and by providing written materials focused on specific issues
  • Providing opportunities for students and early career professionals in SETAC mission-related areas
  • Supporting education and training through SETAC awards, fellowships and grant programs
  • Broadening disciplinary, geographic and human diversity within SETAC
  • Minimizing carbon footprints and embracing green and recycling efforts in all SETAC activities
  • Promoting personal integrity and the scientific process

Download the SETAC Strategic Plan
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