The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a not-for-profit, global professional organiation to provide a forum for individuals and institutions engaged in education, research and development, ecological risk assessment and life cycle assessment, chemical manufacture and distribution, management and regulation of natural resources, and the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems. SETAC is an open and democratic organisation that operates in a broad social context, reflecting the needs of the environment and people. Application of sound plays a key role in this process. Membership worldwide comprises about 5000 professionals in the field of chemistry, toxicology, biology and ecology; atmospheric, health; and earth sciences; and environmental engineering.
A global organisation
SETAC is concerned about global environmental issues. Its members are committed to good science worldwide, to timely and effective communication of research, and to interactions among professionals so that enhanced knowledge and increased personal exchanges occur.
A unique strength of SETAC is its commitment to balance the interests of academia, business and government. The society by-laws mandate equal representation from these three sectors for officers, Board of Directors, and Committee Members. And although there is no control mechanism, the proportion of members from each of the three sectors has remained nearly equal over the years.
SETAC has been established in 1979, when no forum existed for interdisciplinary communication among environmental scientists - biologists, chemists, toxicologists - and others interested in environmental issues such as managers and engineers. The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) was to fill the void. Based on the growth in membership, Annual Meeting attendance, and publications, the forum was needed.
In the different continents, SETAC is represented by its geographical units, SETAC Europe is the umbrella organisation for members in Europe, the middle East, and Africa and comprises around 1500 members. SETAC Europe was founded in 1989, sister organisations include SETAC Asia/Pacific and SETAC Latin America, respectively established in 1997 and 1999.
More information about SETAC, its mission, goals and main activities can be found at www.setac.org.