2020 SETAC In Focus: Environmental Quality Through Innovative Science

Considering the growing number of challenges facing our environment, now more than ever, the need is evident for environmental professionals to focus and work together at a global scale to address these issues. Under such a paradigm, discrete technical advances would be leveraged to create harmonized approaches towards mutual solutions. The meeting offers opportunities to focus on transdisciplinary advances within a holistic system approach to meet these challenges head on.

Session Tracks

Environmental Toxicology and Stress Response

Explores environmental toxicology and response to stress (biological, physical and chemical) in various system. Encompasses in silico and in vitro tools and methods involving adverse outcome pathway (AOP), mode of action, molecular toxicology, -omics, animal alternative testing, quantitative structural activity relationship (QSARs), high-throughput techniques and emerging approaches for statistical toxicology.

Aquatic Toxicology, Ecology and Stress Response

Explores ecology, ecotoxicology and response to stress of all aquatic systems, including lentic and lotic freshwater systems, estuaries, coastal and marine environments.

Wildlife Toxicology, Ecology and Stress Response

Covers all life forms of wildlife not strictly aquatic (amphibian, reptile, birds and mammals and other organisms) living in areas from the deserts to the tropics and everything in between.

Environmental Risk Assessment

Bridges both aquatic and terrestrial environments, and all potential stressors (physical, chemical, biological and biotechnological) with human and ecological endpoints towards the goal of integrated holistic assessment such as “One Health.”

Policy, Management and Communication

Includes all aspects of science application in policy or regulations and management (regulatory science), as well as science commination to stakeholders in diverse audiences.

Engineering, Remediation and Restoration

Addresses remediation and restoration of stressor impacted air, water, and soil and sediment, including tools for predicting, monitoring and evaluation; technologies and methods for remediation and restoration; environmental engineering; green remediation; damage assessment; and strategies for management.

Chemistry and Exposure Assessment

Comprises all aspects of chemical analysis, monitoring, fate and modeling, green chemistry and alternative chemical assessment.

Systems Approaches

Uses cross- and trans-disciplinary approaches seeking to address complexity and large-scale issues by applying and integrating concepts such as life cycle assessment, sustainability, ecosystem services, impact assessment and environmental economics. Topics include regional and watershed-scale environmental management, climate change, resiliency and other related areas.