Global Executive Director's Corner
Michael C. Mozur, SETAC Global Executive Director
SETAC is having a banner year in 2012 and the 6th SETAC World Congress in Berlin was just the starting point. This midsummer message highlights the latest developments in the Society’s communication program, the numerous significant regional branch and chapter meetings around the world, and some new developments in other areas. And I must highlight the upcoming SETAC Asia/Pacific 2012 Annual Meeting in Kumamoto, Japan, 24-27 September and the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting in Long, Beach, California, USA, 11-15 November.
I hope that you have had an opportunity to visit our new web portal at www.setac.org where you will find a revamped web site complete with a robust internal messaging capability. With this major upgrade, and the availability of GoToMeeting® software to support governance, committees, and advisory group discussions and activities, I believe that we now have the tools and capability to enhance our sense of community around the world and across the spectrum of our activities. We welcome your comments on the new portal and look forward to working with the membership to maximize the portal’s potential in supporting the Society and its communications needs.
One feature that I particularly like is the messaging capability and the possibility of using the networking feature to see who is online on the site at any particular time. I hope that members will explore this specific feature and use it to foster closer links with colleagues and to make new SETAC friends around the globe. And if you see that I am online, please do not hesitate to send me a note on any issue or concern that you might have.
"Very impressive" best describes the way SETAC is flourishing at the regional branch and chapter level this year. In addition to a wealth of activities among SETAC North America’s 19 regional chapters and SETAC Europe’s 4 regional branches, the addition of Australasia, Argentina and Brazil has given us a broad coverage of local meetings of consequence that complement nicely our major meetings at the geographic unit level. The Brisbane meeting in July, and the upcoming meetings in Buenos Aires and Recife provide continuity to the Asia/Pacific and Latin America programs, and the recent Mexico chapter meeting in Aguascalientes, Mexico, was a plus for the North America organization.
Also please check the web portal to track developments with respect to the ongoing Society discussion of sustainability and the potential for the Society to contribute to the global science on this critical challenge. We had good initial discussions prior and during the World Congress, and the topic will be prominent on the agenda in meetings this fall, leading up to Long Beach.
Participants gathered at the recent Mexico chapter meeting in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Our international connections continue to open doors for SETAC. We are participating in a number of activities driven by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management. Our expertise in water quality guidelines, soils and metals is the latest point of discussion with UNEP.
Last, inspired by our SETAC North America Student Advisory Council’s own annual contest, I want to mention that we are discussing the launch of a SETAC photography competition as a part of our community-building efforts and to highlight the creative talents of our many members; the details are in discussion and we hope to have a more concrete announcement in the next months.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at a future SETAC meeting around the world.
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