Tracks & Sessions

Towards a reduced pollution society

Almost 20 years after the first strategic approach to chemicals management, the EU has charted a new long-term vision for the EU’s chemical policy. In line with the European Green Deal, the so-called Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability strives for an environment, where chemicals are produced and used in a way that maximises their contribution to society, including achieving the green and digital transition, while avoiding harm to the planet and to current and future generations. The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability covers the complete lifecycle of a chemical. This includes the design of less hazardous substances and remediation options to remove chemical pollutants that pose a risk to humans and the environment. We believe SETAC and all its members play an important role in building the comprehensive knowledge base to support the evidence-based policy necessary for the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability to reach its goals. SETAC can, as the largest European society of environmental researchers and risk assessors, with members spread across academia, industry and regulation, bring forward new knowledge and in depth scientific discussions on important topics related to the CSS, assessing questions such as: What makes a compound sustainable and low risk? How do we develop life cycle assessments to compare different chemical strategies? How can we develop effect directed analysis to identify the chemicals contributing to risk? How do we define, measure, risk assess and remediate persistent, mobile and toxic chemicals and chemicals occurring in complex mixtures of congeners, isomers and a wide array of more or less toxic metabolites? Just to mention a few of the many relevant and urgent topics, where our science can support policy and a Chemical Strategy for Sustainability. We therefore wish the SETAC Europe 32nd Annual Meeting in Copenhagen to take place in a constructive discussion on how we can all contribute to move towards a reduced pollution society, while still combatting the challenges of climate change and the necessary green transition.

The scientific programme consists of 94 sessions categorized in 7 thematic tracks. Have a look at their descriptions below.
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Advantages of using lab and field collected invertebrates in ecotoxicology: Challenges and opportunities for Environmental Risk Assessment | Carlos Barata, James Lazorchak, João Pestana, Ben Kefford | description

Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing for Ecotoxicity Assessments: Exploring Approaches and Avenues for the Future | Adam Lillicrap, Kristin Schirmer, Teresa Norberg-King, Sarah Hughes | description

Computational new approach methods (NAMs) supporting regulatory decision making for chemical safety | Geoff Hodges, Carlie LaLone, Paul Thomas, Mark Bonnell | description

Environmental Epigenetics: Short-term and long-term effects and challenges for both ecotoxicology and human toxicology | Laia Navarro-Martin, Jana Asselman, Eduarda Santos | description

Investigating endocrine-disrupting properties of chemicals: developments and challenges towards new approach methodologies (NAMs) | Lisa Baumann, Maria Arena, Laurent Lagadic, Jeffrey Wolf | description

Metagenomics tools to unravel environmental adverse effects on communities | Benjamin Pina, Carlos Barata | description

Novel methods and approaches for assessing effluents and ambient water toxicity | Gerd Maack, Jorge Herkovits, James Lazorchak, William Goodfellow | description

Understanding and linking effects of contaminants in wildlife across multiple biological levels | Silvia Espin, Pablo Sánchez-Virosta, Mason King, Nico van den Brink | description

Using big data to characterise chemical impacts on human and ecosystem health | Marissa Kosnik, Dylan Wallis, Philipp Antczak | description

Aquatic and terrestrial plant ecology, ecotoxicology and risk assessment | Rena Isemer, Verena Sesin, Ying Wang, Guido Gonsior | description

Arthropods at Risk? Current and Future Perspective on Insect Ecotoxicology | Stefan Kimmel, Ivo Roessink, Jacoba Wassenberg | description

Biomonitoring of legacy and emerging contaminants in wildlife | Pilar Gomez-Ramirez, Veerle Jaspers, Kim Fernie, Laura Monclus | description

Bringing together exposure and effects: towards a mechanistic understanding of the environmental risk of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems | Sanne van den Berg, Caterina Zillien, Andreas Focks | description

Increasing biodiversity of non-target arthropods in and off- agricultural fields: just another utopia? | Claudia e Silva, Mark Maboeta, Juliska Princz, Kayode Jegede | description

Lab and field based experimental approaches to investigate ecosystem integrity under multiple stress | Mirco Bundschuh, Joan Artigas | description

Multi-stressor ecotoxicology in aquatic ecosystems in a rapidly changing climate | Sara Hutton, Samreen Siddiqui, Julie Verheyen, Ana Marta Goncalves | description

Soil function and Biodiversity: impacts and resilience under stressed environments | M. Nazaret Gonzalez-Alcaraz, Susana Lour