March 22, 2018 by Dean Leverett


wca have a long history of involvement with, and support for, the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). Our staff have, over the years, attended and presented our work at SETAC conference in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. We are sustaining members of SETAC Europe, and pride ourselves on getting involved as possible in the scientific programme of SETAC Europe conferences, as well as having a presence in the exhibition hall.

This year is no exception, and we look forward to presenting our work at SETAC-Europe 2018 in Rome this May.

Platform presentations

Graham Merrington will be presenting work on the ‘The quest for consistent environmental protection: the challenge of variable water quality guidelines between regulatory jurisdictions’ in the ‘Derivation, Validation and Implementation of Environmental Quality Benchmarks’ session on Tuesday 15th May.

Becky Brown will be presenting on behalf of the European Grease Thickeners REACH Consortium (ERGTC) on the ‘Bioaccessibility of grease thickeners and the implications for REACH registration’ in a session supported by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on ‘Improvements in environmental exposure assessment: Development and application of tools across industry sectors, regulatory agencies, and international boundaries’ on Thursday 17th May.

Dean Leverett will be co-chairing the Session, ‘Wastewater Effluents: How Research Can Improve Risk Assessment and Regulation’, on Wednesday 16th May, with Mirco Bundschuh of Landau University.

Poster presentations

Ed Stutt will be presenting work on the ‘Analysis and Assessment of Organic Contaminants in Materials Spread on Land in Scotland’ in the ‘Analysis and Fate of Emerging Contaminants in soils, water and plants under water scarcity’ session on Wednesday 16th May.

Iain Wilson will presenting on ‘Assessing compliance of European freshwaters for copper: accounting for bioavailability’ and ‘Lead exposures in European Freshwaters; are they a risk? A regulatory assessment accounting for bioavailability’ in the ‘Derivation, Validation and Implementation of Environmental Quality Benchmarks’ session on Tuesday 15th May.

Becky Brown will be presenting on ‘Effects based tools for use in conjunction with passive samplers for surface water monitoring of refinery discharges’ in the ‘Use of Effect Based Methods in the context of the national and European legislative framework for the protection of aquatic ecosystems’ session on Tuesday 15th May.

The full abstracts for all of these presentations is available here.

If you are interested in any of these subject areas and wish to discuss the work that will be presented with the authors, please do get in touch.

We will, of course, also be available at our booth in the Exhibition Hall (No. 33).

We look forward to seeing you all in Rome in May!