04 Apr 2024

Call for Volunteers: Get Involved in a SETAC Europe Committee

SETAC Europe is searching for passionate individuals who wish to contribute to the governance of SETAC Europe regarding science, education, diversity or financial matters of the Society. 

SETAC Europe is governed by the SETAC Europe Council, supported by the work of seven standing committees. We are looking for both professional and student members with a strong affiliation towards SETAC’s mission and the responsibilities of the committee they’re willing to join. 

Join one of our standing committees and help shape the future of SETAC Europe. Apply by sending us an email by 22 May, indicating your interest, motivation and relevant experience. Consider meeting up with committee members during the SETAC Europe 34th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 5–9 May in Seville, Spain.


Europe Committees

If you are interested in joining a particular committee, please contact [email protected].

Awards Committee

Chair: Marie-Hélène Enrici 

The Awards Committee plays a central role in evaluating and developing the success of the SETAC Europe Awards Programme. Their key tasks include soliciting and assessing nominations for the SETAC Europe awards, as well as soliciting and evaluating applications for SETAC Europe grants. Additionally, the committee advises the council about selection procedures and criteria for SETAC Europe awards and grants.  

πŸ” The Awards Committee currently has 5 open vacancies.

Certification Program Committee

Chair: Kees van Gestel 

The Certification Program Committee plays a central role in the SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) program and is contributing to the development of a global SETAC certification program.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Chair: Sabine Apitz (interim chair)

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee seeks to identify topics of concern and solutions regarding diversity and inclusion raised by the membership. The committee’s main task is to provide advice surrounding these themes to the SETAC Europe Council and SETAC staff, and action programs to improve creating awareness and securing equitable access to opportunities. 

πŸ” 12 vacancies arise in 2024 for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, including the role of vice chair. The committee warmly welcomes candidates who are committed to and knowledgeable about DEI, with a resourceful and self-starting mindset. 

Education Committee 

Chair: Ana Marta Gonçalves

Supporting SETAC with its mission to promote education in environmental sciences, the Education Committee plans and coordinates all activities of SETAC Europe related to the education of the membership and the general public. Specifically, the committee calls upon and evaluates proposals for training courses and advises on other annual meeting course programs. 

πŸ”The Education Committee has 4 open vacancies and welcomes members to join the committee in this task to promote environmental sciences. 

Finance Committee

Chair: Iseult Lynch

The Finance Committee plays a central role in providing financial oversight of SETAC Europe and supporting the SETAC Europe executive director to develop and maintain a financially sound organization. Its main tasks include reviewing the annual plan, budget and quarterly financial statements, and advising the SETAC Europe Council on these matters as well as fund management. 

πŸ” In 2024, 5 vacancies arise in the Finance Committee. Members with an affinity for finances and willing to commit approximately 1 day per quarter to review are welcome to apply. The ability to critically review balance sheets and profit and loss accounts, as well as any knowledge or experience with fund management, is an asset. 

Regional Branches Committee

Chair: Henner Hollert

The Regional Branches Committee operates as the liaison between the SETAC Europe Council and the SETAC Europe branches, and it serves as a platform for communication and sharing of experiences between the individual language branches. Key tasks include making suggestions to ensure the Society's success and reputation in selected regions, seeking new initiatives to maintain a community feeling in existing regions, and pursuing ways to grow or develop new regions. 

πŸ” The Regional Branches Committee welcomes any members passionate about the SETAC community and its representation across European regions. Members from existing regional branches are especially welcome to join this committee. 

Science Committee

Chair: Véronique Poulsen

The purpose of the Science Committee is to ensure the overall scientific excellence of SETAC and its members and to provide guidance, direction and assistance to the Society on technical issues. The committee evaluates and advises about proposals for workshops, symposia and meetings on the basis of scientific and social relevance and SETAC’s mission, vision, principles and values. Additionally, the committee identifies topics of concern that could benefit from a SETAC event to increase the understanding and advance science and risk assessment procedures.


Student Advisory Council (SAC Europe)

Chair: Markus Schmitz

The SAC Europe aims to improve the communication among students within SETAC and offers opportunities to students to get in contact with senior members of the Society. It organizes numerous student activities at the annual meetings and during the year. 
For more information contact [email protected].

The required time investment depends on the committee and ranges between 20 to 35 hours per year to ensure the proper functioning of the committee. This includes regular online meetings, follow-up discussions through email, as well as one yearly face-to-face meeting organised during the SETAC Europe annual meeting. Chairs and vice-chairs are expected to devote a bit more of their time to lead the committee and follow up on committee actions and goals. Regular committee members serve for a three-year term (renewable once), while vice chairs serve for a one-year term (renewable twice). 

For questions, contact [email protected].