WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR
On behalf of the Organising Committee, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us for the 2016 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia (SETAC-AU) Conference hosted at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 4-7th October 2016.
SETAC is a not-for-profit, global, professional organisation comprised of members from a diversity of sectors, including academia, business, industry and government. SETAC is dedicated to the use of multidisciplinary approaches to examine the impacts of chemicals and technology on the environment. The Society provides a forum to encourage interactions among professionals to exchange information and formulate solutions to environmental problems and the management and regulation of natural resources.
SETAC-AU is a Regional Chapter of the SETAC Asia-Pacific geographic unit, established to promote and undertake activities of SETAC in Australasia, and to enable protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity of the region. SETAC-AU has over 300 members comprising a vibrant mix of industry practitioners, consultants, academics, regulators and students. Indeed, SETAC-AU sees itself as a training ground for current and future scientists and prides itself on providing a strong and supportive environment for student researchers and scientists from developing nations in the region.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Industry, Science and Environment: Towards a Sustainable Future” which emphasises our multidisciplinary approach to environmental solutions which underpins our Society’s founding principles. The 2016 Conference location is ideally placed, as Hobart and the state of Tasmania offer many examples of local partnerships, particularly with industry working closely with state government, local councils, and research providers at scientific institutions. These partnerships work to minimise environmental impacts, to ensure a sustainable use of resources and environmental protection into the future. Hobart is a key centre for marine science and aquaculture in Australia and is the hub of Australia’s Antarctic research, policy and operational activities. Hobart’s rich and diverse art culture also provides a unique opportunity to link science and the arts to enhance environmental awareness and to engage the wider community in finding solutions to environmental challenges.
The 2016 Conference is expected to attract over 250 key academic, government and industry personnel from Australia, New Zealand, and around the world. The Conference will provide a great opportunity to showcase the latest research and policy, and to network with colleagues from a range of government and non-government work sectors. The organising committee promise you an exciting scientific program, fun social events, great local produce and some of the best wine produced in Australia, set in an idyllic location on the Derwent Estuary.
Tasmania is an established popular international visitor destination, and is listed in Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions of the world. Hobart itself was named as Lonely Planet’s #4 ‘Must See Destination’ for 2015. Hobart captures some of the true essence of our relaxed Australian lifestyle. Enjoy its diverse landscape – from snow capped mountains, to lush green forests, to rolling vineyards, to golden beaches and turquoise waters.
Please join our mailing list to be updated on details of the 2016 Conference as they are released, including key dates, pre-conference workshops, session themes, keynote speakers and the social program. The SETAC-Australasia 2016 Conference organising committee look forward to welcoming you to Hobart!
Dr Catherine K. King