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SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting

Largest event of its kind to present cutting-edge research in environmental toxicology and chemistry

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Brussels-The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC Europe) 28th Annual Meeting will be held 13-17 May in Rome, Italy. Over 2,500 scientists from more than 60 countries spanning six continents will gather to discuss the latest research in environmental science. Featuring about 2,546 presentations over 88 sessions, with 572 platform presentations and 1,974 poster presentations including special sessions with invited talks, this international annual meeting is the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Experts from academia, government and business, including representatives from international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Enviroment, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Commission and National Governments and many more, will explore topics such as antibacterial resistance, endocrine disrupting chemicals, microplastics in the environment, alternatives for animal testing, pollinator health, harmful algal blooms and sustainable energy technology under the theme "Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality."

"The unique touch about this meeting is that experts from different disciplines such as chemists, biologists, toxicologists, engineers, life cycle and risk assessors come to one place to discuss the environmental issues that our world is currently facing. Each of them provides a different part of the puzzle and together they guide us towards sustainable solutions," says Bart Bosveld, SETAC Europe Executive Director.

The purpose of the special sessions is to give emphasis to the conference theme, where presentations will be made on emerging topics, issues of high societal concern and research defined as multi- and trans-disciplinary in nature. For instance, the meeting will explore the harmful effects of plastic litter in the Mediterranean Sea and share insights how pesticides may pose a risk to migratory bird species across the globe. Finally, the conference will also improve the participants' understanding how their personal work can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.

A panel of four distinguished keynote speakers will address important issues.

Roger Strand, professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities and the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers at the University of Bergen, Norway, will answer the question on "Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): A Path Towards Sustainability?" on 13 May.

Bernhard Url, Executive Director at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), will address "Food Safety in a Complex Changing World" on 14 May. "Innovative Research Issues in Environmental Mutagenesis" will be presented on 15 May by Eugenia Dogliotti, Director of the Department of Environment and Health at Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Institute of Health, ISS), the leading technical-scientific body of the Italian National Health Service.

The fourth keynote speaker, Jason Snape, Senior Principal Environmental Scientist within AstraZeneca and Director of their Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Research and Foresight Programmes will show "The Environmental Dimension of Antimicrobial Resistance: Assessing and Managing the Risks of Anti-infectives" on 16 May.

The unique combination of an excellent scientific programme with a prestigious venue, "La Nuvola" in Rome, is attracting the attention and interest of scientists from all around the world.


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