Scientific Programme

The SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in 2017 in Brussels will be the number one meeting place where ecotoxicology, toxicology, environmental and human exposure, risk assessment and management, environmental policy and economics, as well as life cycle assessment topics will be presented. This will stimulate discussion and debate among academia, business, industry and government representatives and will enable durable inter- and trans-disciplinary networking and collaboration.

Given the complexity of multiple stressors (chemical, biological, physical) and stressor combinations in the environment, and the vast amount of biodiversity requiring protection (species, ecosystem structure and functioning), the key to successful and efficient environmental quality management will hinge upon trans-disciplinary collaboration between environmental and human toxicologists, environmental chemists, and scientists and policy-makers from a diversity of disciplines, including conservation biology, ecology, human health, engineering, sociology, law, and economy.
The overarching theme of the meeting is therefore “Environmental quality through transdisciplinary collaboration”.

The scientific programme consists of 7 tracks for parallel sessions and 1 track for special sessions. View all sessions here.

View the detailed description of all sessions in track 1 here.

  • 1.01 – 21st century Ecotoxicology and Human toxicology: Applications and perspectives for the use of OMICs data (Bruno Campos, Jinhee Choi, Xiaowei Zhang, Geoff Hodges) – description
  • 1.02 – Alternative approaches to animal testing for (eco)toxicity, and the regulatory application of the 3Rs in chemical risk assessments (Adam Lillicrap, Marta Sobanska, Teresa J Norberg-King, Marlies Halder) – description
  • 1.03 – Cost effective and ecological relevant testing using invertebrate species: new insights for environmental risk assessment (Bruno Campos, Dick Roelofs, Susana Loureiro, Carlos Barata) – description
  • 1.04 – Environmental endocrine compound concentrations and human and ecosystem health effects (Joan Grimalt) – description
  • 1.05 – Multigeneration, epigenetic and evolutionary effects in human and environmental toxicology: from mechanisms to risk assessment (Jana Asselman, Michael Eckerstorfer, Elias Oziolor, Arnold Chaumot) – description
  • 1.06 – Fish model species in human and environmental toxicology (Jessica Legradi, Riccardo Massei, Marek Pípal) – description
  • 1.07 – Interplay between nutritional factors and chemical toxicity (Patrick Kestemont) – description
  • 1.08 – Marine and freshwater ecotoxicology (Ketil Hylland, Ionan Marigomez) – description
  • 1.09 – Mechanistic ecotoxicology of engineered nanomaterials: lessons learnt from human models (Teresa Fernandes, Iseult Lynch) – description

View the detailed description of all sessions in track 2 here.

  • 2.01 – Advances on the assessment of environmental pollutants to amphibians and reptiles (Isabel Lopes, Peter Dohmen) – description
  • 2.02 – Aquatic and Terrestrial Plant State-of-the-art Research linking ecotoxicology and exposure of chemicals (Joanna Davies, Silvia Mohr) – description
  • 2.03 – Behavioural ecotoxicology: Unravelling behavioural responses to aid environmental and regulatory toxicology (Alex Ford, Gregory Pyle, Minna Saaristo, Kathryn Arnold) – description
  • 2.04 – Big data analysis of monitoring data: what questions can be addressed? (Martina Vijver, Gert Everaert, Jörg Roembke) – description
  • 2.05 – Combined effects of chemical and environmental stressors: from local stressors towards climate change (Robby Stoks, Paul van den Brink, Matthias Liess, Andreu Rico, Lizanne Janssens) – description
  • 2.06 – Determining population relevance of ecotoxicological effects (James Wheeler, Lennart Weltje, David Dreier) – description
  • 2.07 – Effects and ecological consequences of aquatic exposures to particulate materials from the nano- to macro- scale (Edward Salinas, Yasir Sultan, Sebastian Beggel, Juergen Geist) – description
  • 2.08 – Engineered nanomaterial effects on soil and terrestrial communities (Moira McKee, Juliane Filser, Maria Engelke, Patricks Voua Otomo) – description
  • 2.09 – Experimental approaches and field studies to investigate ecosystem integrity under multiple stress (Mirco Bundschuh, Jochen Zubrod) – description
  • 2.10 – Predictive models in ecotoxicology: riding the gap between scientific progress and regulatory applicability (Andreas Focks, Alpar Barsi, Marco Vighi, Francesca Grisoni) – description
  • 2.11 – Polar ecotoxicology: hot issues in cold climates (Nico van den Brink, Katrine Borga) – description
  • 2.12 – Wildlife ecotoxicology: cumulative effects through the food chain to the community (John Elliott, Veerle Jaspers, Kim Fernie, Renaud Scheifler) – description

View the detailed description of all sessions in track 3 here.

  • 3.01 – Advances in Exposure Modelling: Bridging the gap between research and application (Todd Gouin, Antonio Di Guardo) – description
  • 3.02 – Advances in the Environmental Fate of Down-the-Drain Chemicals, including Pharmaceuticals (Lisa Ann Constantine, Duane Huggett, Ed Schaefer, Jens Schönfeld) – description
  • 3.03 – Highly Hydrophobic Chemicals: Reliable Investigations on Environmental Fate and Effects (Felix Stibany, Philipp Mayer, Stefan Trapp, Kilian Smith) – description
  • 3.04 – Insights and challenges concerning the bioavailability of organic chemicals and communication implementation in risk assessment (John Parsons, Jose-Julio Ortega-Calvo, Jörg Römbke, Joop Harmsen) – description
  • 3.05 – Measuring and Estimating Dose Metrics: Linking Exposures to Effects for improved Chemical Risk Assessment (Todd Gouin, Steven Droge, Beate Escher, Philipp Mayer) – description
  • 3.06 – Metals in the Environment: Fate, Speciation and Bioavailability in Water, Soil and Sediment (Erik Smolders, Karel De Schamphelaere, Christopher Cooper) – description
  • 3.07 – Modelling and monitoring of pesticides fate and exposure in a regulatory context (Bernhard Gottesbueren, Christina Pickl) – description
  • 3.08 – Nanomaterial fate and toxicity – Implications of the environment as a global reactor for nanomaterials along their life-cycle (Susana Loureiro, Claus Svendsen, Kees van Gestel, Iseult Lynch) – description
  • 3.09 – Organic micropollutants in the environment: analytical challenges and engineering innovations (Kristof Demeestere, Lynn Vanhaecke) – description
  • 3.10 – Persistence & Biodegradation Assessment (Gérald Thouand, Graham Whale, Jacques Lharidon, Arnaud Boivin) – description
  • 3.11 – Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs): Recent developments, transport, fate and toxicity (Lutz Ahrens, Zhanyun Wang, Annegret Biegel- Engler, Ronald Bock) – description
  • 3.12 – In-situ measurements of nanoparticles (Geert Cornelis, James Ranville) – description

View the detailed description of all sessions in track 4 here.

  • 4.01 – Advances in Soil Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment of Chemical Stressors (Juliska Princz, Patrick Kabouw, Silvia Pieper, Mark Steve Maboeta) – description
  • 4.02 – Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment: Ecological Fate and Effects, Resistance Development and Implications for Human Health (Jason Snape, Joakim Larsson, William Gaze, Kristian Brandt) – description
  • 4.03 – Applying Bioaccumulation Data to Better Inform Human and Ecological Risk Assessment of Chemicals (Jung-Hwan Kwon, Mark Bonnell, Beate Escher) – description
  • 4.04 – Bioremediation and phytoremediation of contaminated environments (Anna Barra Caracciolo, Michel Chalot, Elisabeth Maria Gross, Jose-Julio Ortega-Calvo) – description
  • 4.05 – Challenges and best practice in monitoring of micro- and nano-plastic abundance and environmental distribution (Annemette Palmqvist, Catherine Mouneyrac, Kristian Syberg) – description
  • 4.06 – Challenges in Assessment and Management of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products (Iain Andrew Davies, Ursula Klaschka, Erwan Saouter, Jacques Lharidon) – description
  • 4.07 – Environmental consequences of oil and gas extraction and transport (Graham Whale, Richard Wenning) – description
  • 4.08 – Environmental Fate, Effects, and Risk Assessment of Veterinary Medicines (Silke Hickmann, Caroline Moermond, Jason Weeks) – description
  • 4.09 – Environmental risk assessment in time and space – To boldly go where no man has gone before (Thomas Preuss, Maria Arena, Ivo Roessink, Theo Brock) – description
  • 4.10 – Future challenges in sediment toxicity testing for environmental risk assessment (Daniel Faber, Theo Brock, Henry Krueger, Paul Sibley) – description
  • 4.11 – Hazard and exposure assessment of chemical mixtures: steps towards increasing the realism of human and ecological risk assessments (Rolf Altenburger, Thomas Backhaus) – description
  • 4.12 – Hazard and risk assessment of human pharmaceuticals in the environment (Reinhard Laenge, Anja Coors, Alistair Boxall) – description
  • 4.13 – Improving the environmental assessment of complex composition substances and mixtures for Chemicals Management (Hugo Waeterschoot, Daniel Salvito, Robert Diderich, Romanas Cesnaitis) – description
  • 4.14 – Integrated approaches for linking chemical contamination with biological effects (Werner Brack, Klara Hilscherova, Henner Hollert) – description
  • 4.15 – Interpreting Biological Effects of Metals and Their Mixtures in the Aquatic and Terrestrial Environment (Eric Van Genderen, Jose Paulo Sousa, Nicolas Bury, Jean Mathieu Renaud) – description
  • 4.16 – Linking environmental exposure and human biomonitoring data for human health risk assessment of chemicals (Kathleen De Brouwere, Gudrun Koppen) – description
  • 4.17 – Microplastics, nanoplastics and co-contaminants: Fate, effects and risk assessment for biota, the environment and human health (Matthew Cole, Ana I Catarino, Maria Cristina Fossi, Albert Koelmans) – description
  • 4.18 – New developments in ecotoxicology for the risk assessment of single and multiple stressors in insect pollinators: from the laboratory to the real world (Agnes Rortais, David Spurgeon, Guy Smagghe) – description
  • 4.19 – Risk assessment and remediation of mine sites and processing sites (Amiel Boullemant, Ronan Courtney) – description
  • 4.20 – Toxicology and Ecotoxicology, human and ecological risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials: needs, goals and tools/methods for safer-by-design strategies (Gerardo Pulido-Reyes, Simona Scalbi, Sonia Manzo, Georgiana Amariei) – description
  • 4.21 – Wastewater effluents: How research can improve risk assessment and regulation (Dean Leverett, Mirco Bundschuh) – description

View the detailed description of all sessions in track 5 here.

  • 5.01 – Advancements in life cycle impact assessment and footprint method development (Tomas Rydberg) – description
  • 5.02 – Increasing the relevance of toxicity assessment in LCA: in the need for a cross fertilization between RA and LCA (Erwan Saouter, Joane Cettier, Peter Fantke, Quentin de Hults) – description
  • 5.03 – Input/output and Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment for supporting the assessment of production and consumption patterns (Michele De Rosa, Jannick Hoejrup Schmidt) – description
  • 5.04 – LCA for supporting policy and decision making (Serenella Sala, Marco Cinelli, Paolo Masoni) – description
  • 5.05 – LCA of territorial contexts: upscaling the Life Cycle Thinking to business clusters, neighborhoods, urban agglomerations and territorial entities (Nadia Mirabella, Karen Allacker, Serenella Sala) – description
  • 5.06 – Life Cycle Data and Modeling Developments: challenges and solutions (Simone Fazio, Bruce Vigon, Alessandra Zamagni) – description
  • 5.07 – The challenges of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) of energy technologies (Daniel Garrain, Alessandra Zamagni, Vicente Franco Garcia) – description
  • 5.08 – The Role of Metals in Circular Economies: A Life Cycle Perspective (Eric Van Genderen, Chris Bayliss, Ladji Tikana) – description

View the detailed description of all sessions in track 6 here.

  • 6.01 – Assessment of PBT and vPvB chemicals: Requirements, challenges and policy implications (Monika Nendza, Silke Gabbert, Stefan Hahn) – description
  • 6.02 – Development and validation of standardised methods and their use in regulatory frameworks (Adam Lillicrap, Sebastian Buchinger, Kirit Wadhia) – description
  • 6.03 – Environmental risk assessment of biocides: regulatory requirements, challenges and consequences (Anja Kehrer, Anja Coors) – description
  • 6.04 – Fate and Effects of Metals: Regulatory and Risk Assessment Perspective (Koen Oorts, Olivier Perceval) – description
  • 6.05 – Fate, risk assessment and management of natural toxins: state-of-the-art, challenges and future prospectives (Gemma Giménez Papiol, Hans Christian Bruun Hansen, Karina Knudsmark Sjøholm) – description
  • 6.06 – Higher tier approaches in the risk assessment of plant protection products and their links to protection goals (Frances Pickering, Eric Bruns, Veronique Poulsen) – description
  • 6.07 – Regulatory Best Practices for Assessment of Endocrine Active Substances (Ellen Mihaich, Gerd Maack, Katherine Coady) – description
  • 6.08 – Risk assessment and management of waterbodies (ground, fresh, marine and drinking waters) (Mario Carere, Henner Hollert, Armelle Hebert) – description
  • 6.09 – Science communication and citizen science – strategies for successful stakeholder engagements (Leonie Nuesser, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Jan Brant) – description

View the detailed description of all sessions in track 7 here.

  • 7.01 – Advancing science and application of planetary boundaries and related ecological limits concepts to enable absolute sustainability assessments (Anders Bjørn, Mikolaj Owsianiak, Martin Scheringer, Thomas Backhaus) – description
  • 7.02 – Clean circular economy: recycling while eliminating legacy toxics (Niels Jonkers, Heather Leslie) – description
  • 7.03 – Nanoparticles and Microplastics: Harvesting Recent Findings to Fertilize a New Pressing Topic (Ralf Kaegi, Frank Von der Kammer, Thorsten Hüffer) – description

View all sessions in the daily schedule below and download the pdf by clicking on it. To get to the session description click on a session in the pdf.

Session Daily Schedule