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Annual report 2011

Society of environmental toxicology and chemistry - europe


Annual report 2011 01 Word from the President 02 Impressions from the Vice President 03 Word from the Executive Director 04 About SETAC Europe and its Council 05 Membership


06 Annual Meeting 2011 07 Impressions from the chair of the meeting 08 Regional Branches 09 Committees 11 Finances

12 Advisory groups 14 Awards 15 Other events

Word from the President

Peter Campbell

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the 2011 SETAC Europe Annual Report. First of all, I would like to share with you my enthusiasm regarding the growth that SETAC Europe is having and the most important contribution that our Society makes, such as providing new scientific knowledge, training and career opportunities to young scientists, as well as, supporting regulation, policies and business. Thus, I would like to congratulate all of you that have been involved in leading and/or participating, on a volunteer basis, in the activities of SETAC during the last year. In particular, I would like to thank our Regional Branches in Europe and Africa, the SETAC Europe Council and its Committees, as well as our Advisory Groups and Student Advisory Council that have been so active! Last year was a most exciting and productive period for SETAC Europe. The

our proposal for an accreditation scheme in Environmental Risk Assessment, to

highlight was our 21st Annual Meeting in Milan with a most interesting scientific

help students and young scientists making progress in their careers and find new

and social programme and the second highest number of participants so far at

professional opportunities.

SETAC Europe Annual Meetings (more than 2100)! Congratulations and thanks

Of course, all these activities would not have been possible without the hard work

to Emilio Benfenati and Marco Vighi, chairs of the Local Organising and Scientific

of Dave Arnold, our Executive Director, and our Brussels based office staff. This has

Committees respectively, as well as to all their Committee members for this most

been a challenging year of change in the office, which has seen us say goodbye

successful event! This year we also held the 17th SETAC Europe LCA Case Studies

to both Katrien Arijs and Daniel Hatcher. But I would like to take this opportunity to

Symposium in Budapest, 2 SETAC Europe Special Science Symposia (Biocides;

welcome Roel Evens, our new science project manager, Valerie Verstappen, our

Mixture Toxicity) held in Brussels, the SETAC Young Environmental

new communications coordinator, and Sarah Spanoghe, our new administrative

Scientist meeting in Aachen, and the SETAC Africa meeting in

assistant. I also wish both Barbara Koelman well with her new office & meetings

Cameroon. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the

manager role, and Veerle Vanderveire with her new membership and meetings

Organising Committees and Chairs for their hard work,

registration role. Thank you all for your commitment and efforts in assisting and

and congratulate them with these successful meetings!

supporting the work of SETAC Europe this year.

We also made significant progress with SETAC Europe

It is with great sadness that we remember Michael Kishimba who passed away on

engagement into the Russian and former CIS Countries,

18 October 2011. Michael was President of SETAC Africa from 2008-2011, and

with the invitation and participation of JosĂŠ Julio Ortega

he was instrumental in setting up the SETAC Africa Branch and steering it towards an

Calvo to formally present SETAC Europe and give a

independent Geographical Unit Status. He will be sadly missed.

platform presentation at the Russian International Conference

I would like to make a very special acknowledgement to Paolo Masoni, our new

on Man and Environment in Puschino and Moscow. We

Vice-President, LĂşcia Guilhermino, our Immediate Past President, and David Phillips,

continue to develop our summer school programme and

our Treasurer, for support, enthusiasm, hard work and friendship during 2011. 3

Impressions from the Vice President (Peter Campbell)

My gratitude also goes to SETAC Europe Council members for their interesting ideas, energy and work, and to Mike Mozur our Global Executive

2011 was a remarkable year for SETAC Europe, in particular for the excellent results of the Milan annual meeting, with outstanding scientific quality and exceptional levels of participation. Moreover, many other meetings were successfully organised, as outlined in the President’s statement.

Director and the SETAC World Council, as well as, to members from other GUs, for their support

Furthermore, last year was also striking for myself: I was

The year 2012 will be also be very important for the

and cooperation during the year.

nominated SETAC Europe Vice- President by the Council.

LCA community in SETAC, experimenting a new format

At the end, I would like to invite all of you to

First of all, I would like to thank all the Council members,

for the traditional LCA Case Study Symposium, with the

increase even more your activity in our Society!

the past President LĂşcia Guilhermino, and the President

organisation of the Copenhagen event in November.

Your contribution is fundamental for the significant

Peter Campbell for their trust in me, and, in addition,

Finally, I join the President in inviting you all to participate

role that SETAC Europe is having in the world of

Jussi Kukkonen, at that moment chair of the Nomination

actively in the life of the Society, with your ideas,

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry!

Committee, who encouraged me to put forward my

competencies and, when needed, criticism.

application. It is the first time that a member of the LCA community assumes this high responsibility, and I am both excited and concerned about this. I will try to use my enthusiasm and experience to foster an increased multi- and transdisciplinary integration among SETAC members, as required by the complexity of the problems facing us, first and foremost sustainable development. In this regard, 2012 is a very challenging year for SETAC Europe, with the organisation of the World Conference in Berlin, whose theme is Securing a sustainable future: Integrating science, policy and people. SETAC is also preparing for that conference a Berlin Declaration on Sustainability, a first significant effort by SETAC to speak globally as a Society, in the year of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference. 4

Paolo Masoni

Word from the Executive Director

Dave Arnold

Much has been written already by Peter Campbell and Paolo Masoni concerning

Annual Meeting, and the annual LCA Case Studies Symposium, we now provide

the successes of SETAC Europe in 2011, and indeed it has been both an exciting

the scientific and regulatory community with two focused topic Special Science

and a very busy year...and also one of change. I would like to record my thanks

Symposia each year in Brussels.

to Katrien Arijs, our former science and operational manager, for her tireless work

In 2011, our summer school programme was also successful resulting in very

for SETAC Europe. Katrien set very high standards which I believe increased the

positive feedback from those who attended.

professionalism of the office support for SETAC events. With Katrien’s departure and with Roel Evens arrival we reorganised the office

I would like to thank Peter—our President—and the Executive Committee for their

responsibilities so that Barbara Koelman took on the new role

support during this challenging year of change, and the SETAC Europe office staff

of Office and Meetings manager allowing Roel to focus on science project management.

for their dedication in supporting the membership and the Society activities.

So, new faces, roles and

responsibilities but continued support for you, the members. At last I can report that we have an accurate understanding of our finances due , in no small measure, to the work of our accountant adviser, Luc van Boxel , who has finally unravelled the books and who has educated us on how to do things better in the future. We have provided substantial support to SETAC Africa branch as it prepares for Geographic Unit status. We initiated an activity under the umbrella of the UNEP billion trees campaign, and through member donations and other contributions helped pay for the planting of native tree seedlings in an area of Cameroon. Our scientific programme, as mentioned by Peter, is very healthy and, in addition to our successful 5

About SETAC Europe and its Council SETAC Europe is one of the four Geographic Units (GU) of the global Society of

The daily affairs of SETAC Europe are managed by a Council of members elected

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), established to promote and

by the voting members at the Annual General Assembly conducted during the

undertake activities of SETAC in Europe, and to support activities of SETAC in

SETAC Europe Annual Meeting. The Council comprises 18 members normally

the Middle East and Africa, currently organised as a Regional Branch to SETAC

with equal representation from government, business and academia. Members

Europe. As a Geographic Unit we share the mission of SETAC.

of the Council serve for a period of three years, which may be renewed for one consecutive term. The terms of the council are staggered so that approximately

SETAC Europe is dedicated to the use of multidisciplinary approaches to examine

one-third of the members is replaced each year.

the impacts of stressors, chemicals, and technology on the environment. The Society also provides an open forum for scientists and institutions engaged in

Council 2011 - 2012

the study of environmental problems, management and regulation of natural

President  | Peter Campbell, Syngenta, UK

resources, education, research and development, and manufacturing. SETAC

Vice-President  | Paolo Masoni, ENEA, IT

Europe is incorporated in Belgium as a not-for-profit organisation. The society

Treasurer | David Philips, Covance Laboratories Ltd, UK

is governed according its articles of association and by-laws. SETAC Europe

Immediate Past -President  | Lúcia Guilhermino, University of Porto, PT

maintains its administrative office in Brussels. And also: SETAC Europe’s major initiatives are as follows:

Randal Albertus, Sasol Technology, ZA

Katja Knauer, University of Basel, CH

• We organise the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting attended by more than 2000

Tania Alvarez, Syngenta, UK

Laurent Lagadic, INRA, FR

individuals. This is the major meeting in Europe in the field of environmental

Anne Alix, Dow Agrociences, UK (formerly, Ministry Gerd Maack, Federal Environment Agency, DE

toxicology and chemistry.

of Agriculture) FR

Jose Julio Ortega-Calvo, CSIC, ES

Mónica Amorim, University of Aveiro, PT

Elena Redolfi, University Hospital Luigi Sacco, IT

focussed on specific subjects and workshops to discuss the state of science in hot

Gertie Arts, Alterra, NL

Amadeu Soares, University of Aveiro, PT

topics with the aim of producing recommendations for preparative regulatory

Audrey Barletta-Bergan, GAB Consulting, DE

Jochen Zubrod, University of Landau, DE (student

use in Europe.

Karel De Schamphelaere, University of Gent, BE


• We organise a range of smaller meetings, including Special Science Symposia

• We have an education programme that includes summer schools and short courses for professional education on environmental sciences and practices. • Since 2009, we have been actively engaged as dissemination partner for the 7th Framework Programme Engineered Nanoparticle Impact on Aquatic Environments: Structure, Activity and Toxicology project (ENNSATOX) 6

Tim Kedwards, SC Johnson Ltd, UK


SETAC Europe Membership by member type

Global Membership %

SETAC - North America #

Membership %

3,266 #

SETAC - Europe #


1,866 #

SETAC - Asia/Pacific


SETAC - Latin America


SETAC Global Partners/Affilicates



32.3% 8.2% 2.6%

Regular Member



Student Member



Recent Graduate



3-Year Regular



Sustaining Member



Senior Active Retired Member



Affiliate Member



LIC* Regular



LUMIC* Regular



LIC* Student


LUMIC* Student

# Includes Sustaining Members







Emeritus Member Total -

Global Membership by sector 2011





* LIC = Low Income Countries and LUMIC = Lower and Upper Middle Income Countries as defined by the World Bank.

18,2% 44,7%

48,6% Academia



Business Government

SETAC Europe Membership by sector











53,7% 27,7%

“Over the years, SETAC has become my scientific family. As a member I can get in touch with professionals from my field of expertise from all over the world.”

“Being a student, SETAC has enhanced my scientific presentation and networking skills.”

“What I particularly appreciate

is the tripartite structure of the society: the balance between academia, government, and business opens the debate much more than in other organisations.”


Annual Meeting 2011 The 21st Annual Meeting in Milano was one of the most successful meetings of

Milano meeting and the SETAC World Meeting of 2012 in Berlin, specifically

SETAC Europe, with more than 2200 participants.

addressed towards sustainability.

In 63 regular sessions, divided in ten main topics, 528 platform and more than

A new venture for this meeting was a 1.5 day special session in collaboration

1300 posters were presented. Besides classical topics such as environmental

with the International Society of Exposure Science, addressing the issue of human

chemistry, ecotoxicology, LCA and risk assessment, some innovative issues such

and environmental exposure to chemicals. The success of this session could be

as combined stress factors and ecosystem health highlighted new insights in

judged by the fact that the lecture room was regularly full to capacity

environmental toxicology and chemistry. A particular indicator of the excellence

As usual, an important moment of the meeting was the synthesis of the main

of the scientific programme was the high and growing quality of the work of

outcomes provided in the closing session. Erik Smolders, Matthias Liess, Annette

young scientists.

Koeler and Thomas Backhaus highlighted the state of the science and the most

The programme was completed by seven interesting special sessions developing

important novelties for the future development of the science in the four main topics

issues of particular relevance.

of SETAC activity, emerged from the scientific programme of the four meeting

In the keynote lectures Ryszard Laskowsky gave an insight of current issues


and future trends in ecotoxicology, Lorraine Maltby presented the protection of

The meeting developed in a warm and friendly atmosphere, during the scientific

ecosystem services as a challenge for environmental science, Marika Berglund

programme as well as in the social events, excellent for stimulating contacts and

highlighted the role of exposure in risk assessment. Finally, the lecture of Robert

scientific discussions among scientists all over the world.

Costanza on the need for sustainable solutions represented a bridge between the


Impressions from the chair of the meeting Organising the 21st Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe in Milano has been an honour and an emotional experience. The choice of Milano has been particularly significant, considering that Italian Ecotoxicology originates many years ago from the school of Milano. Nevertheless it sometimes was a difficult and stressful experience. Chairing the Scientific Committee of the meeting is an important and difficult task. The Scientific Committee has the responsibility of deciding and organising the scientific profile of the meeting, giving the necessary evidence to new and emerging issues and providing adequate space to more traditional topics, necessary for giving a picture of the present state of the science. However, as a scientist, I am familiar with this kind of job. In contrast, very unusual for me, and therefore more challenging, has been the problem of the logistic and practical organisation of the meeting. Up to the day before the meeting one has the feeling that nothing is going well in the organisation. Then, the day of the meeting, as an unexpected miracle, everything is working and all the problems seem solved. Working with the SETAC staff has been a pleasure and the support of their experience has been essential for the work of the Scientific Committee as well as for the logistic organisation. A special thank to the staff of the Mario Negri Institute and, particularly, to Raffaella Bertazzi. The success of the organisation of the meeting is mainly due to its professionalism and efficiency.

Milano - Participants Per Country Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belgium Bosnia-Herzegovina Brazil Bulgaria Cameroon Canada Cape Verde China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Guatemala Hongkong Hungary India Ireland Israel Italy Japan Kenya

“Lunch was very good! Good idea to supply a vegetarian

carbon footprint of the conference.”

Marco Vighi

“Great science in Milan!”

Kyrgyzstan Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Mexico Moldova Morocco New Zealand Nigeria Norway Poland Portugal Russian Federation Serbia Singapore Slovenia South-Korea (Rep) South Africa Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tajikistan Thailand The Netherlands Turkey Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States Of America Zimbabwe

4 3 2 6 7 1 1 4 1 28 25 78 10 5 2 5 29 8 94 3 84 93 6 2 2 104 4 1 1 172 163 1

Total Number Of Participants : 2079

dish as main dish since also non vegetarians can eat

vegetables but not vice versa. It was also good to reduce

6 1 20 7 2 76 5 36 3 1 65 1 11 1 1 2 2 26 63 2 20 165 3 301 5 2 3 2 5 11 4 243 34 1

Total Number Of Countries : 68

“In general, I found the meeting well organised

and very valuable for me. Many thanks to the organisers for that.”


Regional Branches UK Branch The SETAC UK annual general meeting held in September was a resounding success. The theme of the AGM was Polluted Planet: Sustaining Systems and Biodiversity. A diverse range of topics were covered by speakers implementing research in universities at the forefront of developments in ecotoxicology and chemistry. Companies and organisations tackling matters of fundamental importance and advancements in innovations were represented. The broad geographical span of the investigative territories extended from the mudflats of Nova Scotia to the ecosystem in New Zealand. The interest to delegates was not just in the subject matter pitched by the presenters but also in the content of the posters. Another event of significant interest was a training workshop entitled The Hazard and Risk Assessment of Chemicals. Experts from academia and industry gave presentations on specific aspects of risk and hazards. The SETAC UK Council is fortuitous with its organisational activities with the involvement of dynamic members representing academia, industry and regulatory bodies. In the last quarter of 2011 the role of SETAC UK presidency was transferred to Kirit Wadhia, NCIMB Ltd. German Language Branch Currently GLB has about 350 members predominantly from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The annual meeting was held on 18-20 September 2011 and took place in Landau, Germany. About 250 participants attended the 9 sessions scheduled with 3 sessions


running in parallel. These sessions covered topics such as terrestrial ecotoxicology, nanomaterials in the environment, aquatic ecotoxicology and so much more. Additionally, about 70 posters were presented, plenary presentations were given and a panel discussion took place. The best oral and poster presentations of the meeting were awarded and the annual assembly of GLB members was also held at this year`s meeting. It was decided the next annual GLB meeting will take place in Leipzig on 10 – 13 September 2012, as a joined event with the German Chemical Society Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh). Moreover, the SETAC GLB council is announcing the Young Scientist Award for 2012. Italy Branch The SETAC Italian Branch has organised a workshop entitled La ricerca avanzata sui rischi ambientali in Italia- Advanced research on environmental risks in Italy, during Ecomondo. Ecomondo is a very big expo green technology and new lifestyle exhibition (50,000 participants), and constitutes an excellent forum for businesses in the environmental and sustainability sectors to meet institutional stakeholders, trade associations, local/central government, NGO’s and a wide variety of industries and goods manufacturers, to discuss new economic growth models focussing on innovation, clean technologies and a new approach to urbanization and social contexts. This has been an ideal location for SETAC IB to broadcast its goals and activities. Through oral and posters presentation, SETAC Italy presented its activities and expertise at national and

international level. The active role of SETAC Europe, in facilitating the meeting between Research, Production and Regulation bodies for the development and management of environmental quality was addressed. Additionally, the SETAC Italian Branch Council participated in the organisation of the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Milan, and during the SETAC Italian Branch Members Annual Meeting, renewal of the council was confirmed. Central & East European Branch The SETAC CEE branch provides important opportunities for discussion among academia, industry, and authorities from countries of the central and east Europe promoting the application of scientific knowledge to environmental police. It organises workshops, scientific meetings and training courses on topics of environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, and life cycle assessment topics. An emphasis is given to support young scientists from central and east Europe (e.g. organise easy and cheap meetings to get in contact with experienced scientists). An important mission of the SETAC CEE branch is to coordinate local national activities related to environmental toxicology and chemistry and to promote SETAC Europe in the region. On 23 - 24 March 2011, an international conference Industrial Ecology was organised in the Czech Republic, and parallel to the main programme held in Czech, an international section in English was organised under auspices of SETAC CEE Branch. The SETAC CEE council will continue developping the future branch conception, the strategy and activities. One of these will be the next

Committees SETAC CEE meeting, that will take place in Kraków on 17 - 19 September 2012 at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University. Africa Branch 2011 was a very busy year for SETAC Africa. The major event was the 5th SETAC Africa biennial conference, which took place at the University of Buea in Cameroon from 31 May - 3 June. For the first time SETAC Africa was having a meeting in a Central African country. The conference was organised jointly with the Cameroon Society for Toxicological Sciences (CSTS) in association with the Africa Education Initiative (NEF). There were over 150 participants from 19 countries and all continents except Australia and South America. At least 28 participants benefitted from SETAC sponsorship, many of which included international flight tickets and the concerned participants would not have been able to come without the funding. The SETAC Africa branch members are also participating in other SETAC projects such as ‘Trees for Africa‘, an initiative launched at the SETAC Europe annual meeting in Milan. Through a donation box 1271 Euros was raised and this money was donated to enhance a project in Cameroon called CENDEP (Centre for Nursery Development and Eru Propagation) that is expanding and conserving the Mbiame communal forest for the provision of ecosystem services including water supplies, biodiversity and carbon. Sadly, SETAC Africa lost a very inspirational leader in the person of Prof Michael Kishimba, who died on 18th October 2011. He was the immediate past president of SETAC Africa.

Awards The SETAC Europe Award Committee solicits nominations for SETAC Europe awards and advises the SETAC Europe council on the selection of award winners. The Committee indentifies potential areas for new awards and looks for funding resources that will allow SETAC Europe to expand its award programme. Education & Publications The purpose of this Committee is to plan and coordinate activities of SETAC Europe as related to continuing education of the membership and development of educational information for the general public. In 2011, several activities were developed. The constitution of the committee members was revised. The Education Committee is responsible for the organisation of the short course programme including soliciting course organisers, reviewing the course material and approving the short course programme. This committee has been evaluating and selecting the SETAC Berlin 2012 short courses proposals. Initially there were 24 proposals, which is a very high number. SETAC Europe Summer Schools were implemented. The committee pre-assessed c ourses for quality assurance and basic criteria fulfillment. There were 3 summer schools in 2011 (more about the summer schools on page 14). The committee has ongoing activities for a yearly short courses programme offer, as a continuum to the summer schools. Discussions

are ongoing about the accreditation of European courses and professional training. Finance The Finance Committee gives advice, makes policy recommendations and recommends operating procedures to the Council and Executive Director on all aspects of SETAC’s finances, including annual operating budget, increasing SETAC’s financial base, membership dues changes, fee structure for meetings, short courses and publications, and long range planning for SETAC. Membership & P.R. In close collaboration with the SETAC Europe office, this committee is developing ideas for a new internet platform, with a better structure, making it easier to navigate through the homepage, especially for those, who are not regular visiting the website. However, it has been decided that whilst it is recognised that the website needs substantial improvement, no immediate significant changes will be conducted until the new membership software is introduced in 2012. Independent of the above mentioned decision, the SETAC Europe website will be updated. One step in this direction is the introduction of the domains;¸ setac-europe. com. All three domains will automatically direct to the actual SETAC-Europe site: http://www.setac. org/node/88.


A more targeted approach of potential SE partners was necessary, therefore we have introduced 3 levels of partnership with different benefits: 1000 € for universities, 2000 € for other non-profit organisations including government agencies, and 3500 € for companies. New flyers, reflecting the changes are in preparation and will be published in 2012. Regional Branches The SETAC Europe Regional Branches aCommittee advises on policy with regard to SETAC Europe regional Branches and acts as the liaison between the SETAC Europe Council and the regional Branches. Nominations It is the charge of the Nominations Committee to prepare a list of nominees for election to the council of SETAC Europe (SE), and identifying SE representatives to the SETAC World Council (SWC). The Committee is also responsible for identifying candidates to serve as vice president and treasurer, and if necessary president, for the SE council. The composition of the council should reflect the membership and diversity within the council will aid in providing a broad range of perspectives useful in decision making. Science The purpose of the Science Committee is to provide guidance, direction, and assistance to the Society in addressing technical issues with the objective of ensuring overall scientific excellence of SETAC and its members. The Science Committee will work closely, and coordinate its activities, with other SETAC Europe and SETAC World Committees and Advisory Groups to ensure that it is aware of all technical and scientific issues pertinent to the Society. Student Advisory Council The Student Advisory Council (SAC) of SETAC Europe together with the local organization committee (chair: Sabrina Peddinghaus) and the scientific committee (chair: Dominic Kaiser) jointly organized the 2nd Young Environmental Scientists Meeting (YES-Meeting) that took place from 28 February to 2 March 2011 at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Ninety students from all over the world were invited – based on the scientific quality of their submitted abstracts – to give either a platform or a poster presentation in one of seven sessions. Furthermore, the


workshop “Written and spoken science – Guidance to excellent publications and presentations” held by Dr. Peter Chapman as well as two Career Talks (Dr. Juliane Hollender and Dr. Steve Maund) aimed at enhancing the presentation skills of the student auditorium as well as providing guidance for career planning. Based on both the results of a questionnaire about the meeting and press reviews, the 2nd YES-Meeting was – again – a great success. In May 2011 during the annual SETAC Europe Meeting in Milan regular activities of the SAC (Mentor Lunch, Student Assembly) took place. Currently, the SAC organizes activities for the SETAC Meeting in Berlin 2012 and prepares for the 3rd YES-Meeting. The SAC is composed of Annika Agatz (University of York, England), Grazia Barberio (ENEA, Italy), Markus Brinkmann (past-chair; RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Tilman Floehr (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Dragan Jevtic (Jagiellonian University, Poland), Varja Knezevic (University of Novi Sad, Serbia), Tao Liu (Kalmar University, Sweden), Michael Melato (Cape Peninsula University, South Africa), Ola Westman (Örebro University, Sweden), and Jochen Zubrod (chair; University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany). For more information about SETAC Europe’s SAC, visit








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SETAC EUROPE BALANCE SHEET 2011 Fixed assets tangible fixed assets

8.171 8.151

long term loans and investments stock piles and orders

20 809.598 1.755 105.328





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LCA symposium 2011



Special Science Symposium (SESSS)



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short term receivables (<1 yr)

Annual Meeting 2011

SETAC Africa Meeting Cameroon 2011


Current assets


Annual Meeting 2010

ACTUAL 1.140.328


SETAC World cost sharing and reconciliation

BUDGETED 1.100.329



Awards & Grants


Owners capital

Debt capital

55.311 817.769 566.091 574.599 -8.508 260.410



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deferred income












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Advisory groups DOTTS | Dung Organism Toxicity Testing In 2002, the Dung Organism Toxicity Testing (DOTTS) Advisory Group was established to exchange information about testing the effects of veterinary drugs on dung organisms; to develop test protocols for toxicity testing with dung flies and dung beetles; and to perform ring tests with dung flies and dung beetles in order to standardise and validate the test protocols. These tasks have been widened within the last years, for the following reasons.

LCA sessions and conferences delivered two important results.

Much of the original work of DOTTS has been completed but two new issues

• SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Milan: 5 LCA sessions together with a variety

have been identified : higher-tier testing of veterinary pharmaceuticals with dung

of LCA related networking meetings were organised at the 21st SETAC Annual

organisms and identification of a second dung beetle test species suitable for

Meeting in Milan, with an extraordinary attendance.

Mediterranean/tropical regions.

• 17th Case Study Symposium in Budapest: twenty-eight oral presentations, 29

Concerning the issue of higher-tier testing of veterinary pharmaceuticals,

posters and two invited speakers.

recommendations for the performance of field tests addressing the effects of

Also the LCA Young Scientist Award was organised, and Stephan Pfister from

these compounds on dung organisms were published (Jochmann et al. 2010).

ETH received the award for his research activity and achievements on the topic

In parallel, a ring test with a second dung beetle test species (Onthophagus

Environmental Evaluation of Freshwater Consumption within the Framework of Life

taurus) was started. Currently, six laboratories from Canada, France, Germany,

Cycle Assessment.

Switzerland and the United Kingdom are performing the practical testing. First

The LCA SC has drafted its Strategic Plan to consolidate its adherence to the SETAC

results were already presented at the SETAC Europe conference in Milano (Italy)

mission, linking its planned and foreseen activities to different action programs of

as part of a poster corner session organised by DOTTS Members (J. Römbke, N.

SETAC EU. Emphasis is put on new projects and targets like the establishment of

Adler). Final results are expected for late spring 2012.

a WG on Toxic Footprint within SETAC. Even if in its initial phase of development,

The next meeting of DOTTS will be organised during the SETAC World Annual

the WG characterizes itself for providing a platform for an interdisciplinary and

Conference (Berlin, Germany) in May 2012.

global debate, in which the life cycle approach is at the core. Further steps include the development of a scoping paper and the organization of an expert

LCA | Life Cycle Assessment

workshop. Another important activity is the scientific support to the standardization

During 2011 the LCA Steering Committee (LCA AG) in Europe continued to

process. As formal member of the recently set up LCA Global Coordinating

foster LCA also in view of recent derivates like Carbon- or Water footprinting and

Group (LCA GCG), the LCA SC participated, together with other experts, in the

operates as a SETAC advisory group. The activities of planning and organising

Working Group on Water Footprint, providing comments on the WD 14046


version 2. Overall the AD will strengthen its role of facilitator and coordinator of

- an optimisation of study design so that they can provide as much information as

the information exchange between SETAC LCA GCG and LCA experts on LCA

possible and be robust enough to be a reliable support in decision making;

standards developments.

- a broad vision in elaborating further guidance on monitoring studies so that

Finally, the LCA AD re-arranged the format of the LCA Case Study Symposium.

they may be shared as much as possible within Europe and thus avoid work

The forthcoming in Copenhagen on 26-28 November 2012 will be the first


example of such a renewed structure.

Four working groups have been identified where these issues are being discussed

In 2012 the LCA AD will be engaged in turning its strategic plan into concrete

respectively for:

actions, which great attention also on training and education activities. In fact,

ground/surface water

the feasibility of a LCA summer school will be explored, and the basis for its

aquatic organism

implementation will be posed.

terrestrial vertebrates

terrestrial and soil invertebrates and terrestrial plants.

REACH | Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals The primary aim of the Advisory Group (AG) is to serve as a focal point

The groups work on the development of methodologies aimed at illustrating the

within SETAC Europe for scientific REACh orientated discussions and activities.

different ways by which the data generated could feed risk assessment models

Specifically in discussing regulatory concerns in order to encourage and channel

and decision making, or even help in identifying efficient indicators of the quality

scientific activities, enhancing exchange of scientific information between experts

of the environment. A particular emphasis is given to links with developments in

in the relevant fields and promoting the further development of scientific solutions

ecological modelling, linked to the SETAC Advisory Group on Ecological Modeling

in order to facilitate the formulation of technical guidance by European Chemicals

(Memorisk), with the aim to identify the approaches that may generate reliable

Agency (EChA)

data, from some of the monitoring being undertaken, for model parameterization and for extrapolation purposes.

EMAG-PEST | Environmental Monitoring Advisory Group on Pesticides

Expected outcomes are to produce recommendations on how monitoring studies

A SETAC advisory group on post-registration studies and monitoring data for an

may be used in risk assessment/environmental policies and provide some

evaluation of environmental effects of Plant Protection Products.

guidance on how to perform a suitable monitoring for regulatory purposes. This

There is an increasing need for monitoring and post-registration studies throughout

work should be shared through one or several scientific contributions over next

Europe, in the context of the decision making process for PPP (Regulation


1107/2009/EC), either as an outcome of the risk assessment or as a means to check the efficacy of risk mitigation measures accompanying the placement on

MEMORISK | Mechanistic effect models for ecological risk assessment

the market.

The MeMoRisk advisory group is focussing on the use of mechanistic effect models

Our experience in implementing and using monitoring studies so far indicate

(on organism, population, community and ecosystem levels) within the European

several immediate needs:

Framework for authorisation and registration of chemicals like plant protection

- a clear definition of the type of monitoring studies that may provide a real

product, biocides, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals. We are looking

feedback about the actual impact of PPP on the environment;

back on a successful 2011. During the SETAC Europe Annual meeting in 15

Milano, the yearly meeting advisory group was held. The meeting was extremely well attended by approximately 50 members. MeMoRisk activities included the organisation ofthe





Environmental Risk Assessment of Biocides Regulatory challenges and scientific solutions in Brussels and a special symposium Advances in Ecological Modelling for Assessing Ecological Risks and Ecosystem Services at the SETAC NA

Awards The Awards Committee oversees SETAC Europe Awards presented at the Annual Meeting and is responsible for the establishment of new awards approved by Council. Each year a panel of experts is appointed to evaluate award nominations and to select the winner in each category. In 2011 the following awards were presented:

annual meeting in Boston.

ECETOC / SETAC Europe Young Scientist

Astra Zeneca / SETAC Europe Best Publication

The SETAC Workshop MODELINK (How to use

Award for best platform presentation: Charles

Award for Risk Assessment, Modelling and

ecological effect models to link ecotoxicological

Hazlerigg (Imperial College, United Kingdom)

Theoretical Studies: Claire Duchet (European

tests to protection goals) will take place in autumn

for his presentation entitled The importance

University of Bretagne, France) and Emma

2012 and spring 2013 in Rennes (France) and

of density dependence and intra-specific interactions in

Aachen (Germany), respectively.

population models for s in ecological risk assessment.

Undeman (Stockholm University, Sweden). RifCon / SETAC Europe Best Publication

In Berlin, several sessions and a short course are being organised by MeMoRisk members. The

Tom Feijtel Fund / SETAC Europe Young

Award for Ecotoxicology: Julia Farkas (NIVA,

annual advisory group meeting will also take

Scientist Award for best poster presentation:


place during this conference and is open to all.

A. Patricia Tcaciuc (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States) for her presentation

NOACK Laboratorien / SETAC Europe

on A novel methodology to determine the narcosis potential

Environmental Education Award: Yogeshkumar

of contaminated sediments by using polyethylene samplers

Naik (National University of Science and

and comprehensive two-dimensial gas chromatography.

Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe).

Eurofins / SETAC Europe Best Publication

SETAC Europe Life Cycle Assessment Young


Scientist Award: Stephan Pfister (UC Santa





Environmental Monitoring: Annekatrin Dreyer (Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht; Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Germany).


Barbara, USA/ETH Z端rich, Switzerland).

Other events 3rd SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium: Prospective and Retrospective Environmental Risk Assessment of Mixtures: Moving from Research to Regulation In order to provide an overview of the state of the art and to facilitate knowledge exchange between scientists from different disciplines, regulators and chemical industry, SETAC organized a 2-day Special Science Symposium on the issue of the environmental risks of mixtures in Brussels from 2-3 February 2011. Presentations were given by a range of well-known experts from diverse fields of environmental exposure and effects assessment, considering both retrospective and prospective approaches Encouragingly, common ground was identified at the symposium, notably that: (1) Concentration Addition seems to be suitable for providing a scientific frame of reference and as a slightly conservative, first-tier approach

of biocides was acknowledged by everyone present and provided ample

for mixture hazard and risk assessment in (eco)toxicology; (2) Surprisingly little is


known on the actual exposure to mixtures. Hence it is currently unclear by how

Specific regulatory challenges for biocides were highlighted, such as the definition

much the current compound-per-compound assessment, incorporating assessment

of protection goals, harmonisation efforts between regulatory frameworks and

factors derived for these individual substances, might (or might not) underestimate

the cumulative assessment of biocides. Leading experts from industry, academia,

actual environmental risks; and (3) Chemical mixtures in the environment are a

ECHA and JRC provided updates on the latest developments for risk assessment,

special challenge for environmental risk assessment and regulation, particularly

such as higher tier testing for specific biocidal uses, the assessment of mixture

because of their organization in highly specialized data silos. A clear need for

effects and mechanistic effect modelling for the determination of toxicity.

overarching approaches was identified In all, a very constructive and rewarding

Regarding the exposure assessment of biocides, information on recent updates


of Emissions Scenario Documents was provided and a modelling exercise showed the fate of chemicals in the sewage treatment plant. The relevance of

4th SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium: The environmental risk assessment

the environmental risk assessment for biocides was proven with field monitoring

of biocides; Regulatory challenges and scientific solutions The 4th SETAC Europe

data for rodenticides and a comparison between biocides and plant protection

Special Science Symposium was held on 25-26 October 2011 in Brussels, and

products, where loss rates of urban biocides exceeded those of plant protection

aimed to provide its participants with updates on the exposure and effect assessment


of biocides. Right from the start the symposium promised to be a lively meeting with

Finally, the viewpoints on the future Regulation were presented by representatives

very active participation from all representatives. The complexity of the risk assessment

from ECHA and industry. 17

With open and active discussion, a valuable exchange of ideas and direct

pollution, invasive species and climate changes, environmental risk assessment

feedback between the members of academia, industry and regulatory bodies,

(ERA) in the marine environment, among others), and practical skills on techniques,

this symposium delivered beyond expectations.

approaches, and data analysis for use in the scope of MSFD, WFD and ERA to assess the exposure, effects and risks of oil and other chemical spills in different

SETAC Europe Summer school: Practical approach to ecotoxicogenomics

marine ecosystems (e.g. estuaries, coastal lagoons, open sea) and distinct

This one week summer school took place from 5 - 9 September 2011, at the

geographic areas (Sub-Artic, temperate and tropical regions), including some of

University of Aveiro in Portugal. The course had 15 attendees, including senior

broader use (i.e. freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems).

scientists, PhD and Master students, from various nationalities – Swedish,

The sharing of experiences, scientific questions, day-to-day problems, and thinking

Danish, Irish, Spanish, Portuguese. It provided knowledge on the development

together were also very positive aspects, as highlighted by several participants.

of molecular markers of stress using molecular biology techniques. This included among others: RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis, basic cloning techniques, PCR

ENNSATOX: ENgineered Nanoparticle Impact on Aquatic Environments:

reaction development and optimisation,

Structure, Activity and Toxicology

real time PCR, DNA sequencing, and

SETAC Europe is handling the dissemination of project activities and results for



the EU Project ENNSATOX, which began in July 2009 and is to be completed

arrays), their hybridization and analysis.

in June 2012. ENNSATOX is an ambitious, € 2.81 million Small Collaborative

The course went extremely well with

Project, funded by the EU under the 7th Framework’s NMP Theme. The aim is to

successful outcomes, and was appreciated

study and relate the structure and functionality of well characterised engineered

by all the participants.

nanoparticles, such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide, to their



biological activity in the aquatic environment, taking into account the impact of SETAC Europe Summer school: Marine

the nanoparticles on environmental systems from their initial release to uptake by

Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment of Oil and

organisms. The activity of the nanoparticles will be studied in a series of biological

Hazardous and Noxious Substances Spills

models of increasing complexity from single cells to fish.

This course was held at the University of Porto, Portugal, from 13 to 17 June

The project will also conduct parallel environmental studies to examine the

2011, a joint initiative of SETAC, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Abel

behaviour of the nanoparticles in natural waters and how they modify the particles’

Salazar (ICBAS) and the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental

chemical reactivity, physical form and biological activity. Finally, a comprehensive

Research (CIIMAR) of the University of Porto.

model will be developed to describe the environmental system and predict the effects of nanoparticles. More information can be found at

The course had 17 attendees, including senior scientists, PhD and MSc students from Mexico, Brazil and Portugal. Lecturers included both senior and young researchers from Norway, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal. The course provided knowledge on several major topics of concern nowadays (such as endocrine disruption, cancer and fish diseases, combined effects of 18

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