Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization composed of about 5,300 individuals and institution in more than 90 countries dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development and environmental education. In addition, the society has more than 20,000 followers worldwide. Learn more about SETAC?s mission, vision, principles and values.
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- Business Type:
- Professional association
- Industry Type:
- Health and Safety Science and Research
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
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- We collaborate with various stakeholders, other societies and intergovernmental agencies on environmental matters.
- We disseminate environmental science through peer-reviewed publications and knowledge bases to promote understanding of emerging environmental topics.
- We organize workshops to address shared environmental challenges and to identify solutions to those concerns.
- We hold multi-disciplinary meetings to disseminate the latest environmental science research and application tools and to facilitate networking.
- We convene focused topic meetings and symposia to summarize the state of the science on a specific environmental issue to managers and regulators for informed policy making.
- We conduct trainings to develop professionals that can deal with emerging issues.
- We promote opportunities in the field and recognize excellence with awards and grants.
We think of ourselves as the Global Home for Environmental Professionals. We embody that through our Mission, Vision, Principles and Values.
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SETAC’s impressive scientific program has formidable global reach and attracts members from approximately 100 countries. The five geographic units in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America, together with regional branches and chapters, offer cutting-edge scientific programming anchored by well-attended meetings.
MissionSETAC’s mission is to support and facilitate the development of principles and practices for the protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.
SETAC promotes the advancement of environmental sciences, education in the field, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making.
The society provides a forum where environmental professionals exchange information and ideas for the development and use of multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices leading to sustainable environmental quality. SETAC achieves this through events, publications, education and certification programs.
SETAC uses the slogan “Environmental Quality Through Science®” to convey its vision to its members, stakeholders and the public.
SETAC was built in 1979 upon a set of founding principles to which the society remains committed. SETAC's principles, as currently defined, are:
- Multidisciplinary approaches to solving environmental problems
- Balance in participation: Involving stakeholders from all sectors
- Science-based objectivity
All SETAC members and guests are expected to adhere to the SETAC Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct. Further SETAC embraces a set of values to which all members and organizational entities of SETAC adhere:
- Transparency – SETAC is committed to being an open and transparent society
- Integrity – SETAC insists on personal and scientific integrity
- Diversity and Inclusion – SETAC strives for both scientific and individual diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of governance and programming. Diversity in sciences is inclusive of collaborative sciences sometimes referred to as multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary environmental science fields. Individual diversity includes diversity in cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender expressions, gender identities, marital statuses, political affiliations, visible and unseen disabilities, expertise and career level, and affiliation sectors (multi-sectoral).
- Equity – SETAC promotes impartiality and fair-mindedness within procedures and processes
- Sustainability – SETAC embraces sustainability in all of its activities
- Cooperation and dialogue – SETAC transparency extends into open science with a goal of stimulating knowledge sharing through cooperation and dialogue.
In the 1970s, no forum existed for interdisciplinary communication among environmental scientists—biologists, chemists, toxicologists—as well as managers and engineers others interested in environmental issues. SETAC was founded in North America in 1979 and soon grew to be a global entity.
SETAC is concerned about global environmental issues and is committed to Environmental Quality Through Science®. Because of its multidisciplinary approach, the scope of the science of SETAC is broader in concept and application than that of many other societies. SETAC’s development and the growth of the environmental movement are closely associated.
SETAC’s growth from SETAC North America has been marked by the establishment of Geographic Units around the world: SETAC Europe in 1989, SETAC Asia-Pacific in 1997, SETAC Latin America in 1999 and SETAC Africa in 2012, as well as regional chapters and branches at the more local level.
A unique strength of SETAC is its commitment to balance the scientific interests of government, academia and business. The society's by-laws mandate equal representation from these three sectors for officers, World Council, Geographic Unit boards of directors and councils, and committee members and governance of activities. The proportion of members from each of the three sectors has remained nearly equal over the years.