January 16, 2013 by Adam Peters


SETAC have recently announced the programme for the SETAC Europe meeting later this year, which will be held in Glasgow. Both Dean and I will be chairing sessions at the meeting, and wca will have an exhibition stand there as usual. I will be chairing a session looking at our understanding of chemical effects in both simulated ecosystems and real environments, along with co-chairs Frederik de Laender (Ghent University), Jennifer Best (Scottish Environment Protection Agency), and Francesco Pomati (EAWAG). Dean’s session will be looking at wastewater effluents, and will be co-chaired by Mirco Bundschuh of the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences(SLU).

My session will be offering a diverse range of topics covering a broad range of levels of biological organisation, from biochemical markers to whole communities, and also covering a wide range of chemical contaminants, with a common theme of studies in simulated or natural systems. There will be studies looking at both individual substances, and also mixed chemical exposures, with studies on trace metals, persistent organic pollutants, and biologically active substances. Dean’s session will be looking at the analysis, biological effects and treatment of both municipal and industrial wastewaters with a particular emphasis on trace pharmaceutical contaminants in municipal wastewaters. It will also be looking at the sources of pollutants to municipal wastewater systems.