June 8, 2016 by Becky Marks

Dean, Graham, Adam and I recently attended the SETAC conference in Nantes, which took place from the 22nd to 26th May. The conference was well attended and a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up.

There were a range of wca presentations and posters on display throughout the week. On the first day, Adam presented in the session ‘Metals in the environment: Fate, speciation and bioavailability in water, soil and sediment’, with a talk covering recent work on ‘Understanding the behaviour of silver in surface and waste-water environments: Experimental validation of WHAM’. We also showed the results of a study looking at the removal of platinum group metals in sewage treatment, in a poster prepared by Ed, Iain and Graham, in the same session.

On Tuesday, Graham gave a talk on soil screening values in the UK, in the session ‘Fate and effects of metals: Regulatory and risk assessment perspective’, reviewing progress over the last 10 years. Wednesday was a busy day for wca, with two posters in the session ‘Science based strategies for the environmental assessment and management of pharmaceuticals and veterinary medicines’. Dean then chaired and presented in the special session ‘Are we going about chemicals risk assessment for the aquatic environment in the wrong way?’, which was very well attended.

Attendees for the special session 'Are we going about chemicals risk assessment for the aquatic environment in the wrong way?'

As always, SETAC also provided an opportunity to learn and keep updated on the latest research. We attended many interesting sessions, covering diverse topics such as the assessment of pharmaceuticals in the environment, regulatory assessment of cosmetics and personal care products, fate of metals in the environment, proposals for assessing the toxicity of mixtures and the latest status of nanomaterials research.

After a busy week, we found some time to see what Nantes has to offer, including the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Les machines de L’ile.

Overall we had an enjoyable and interesting week, and look forward to returning to SETAC in Brussels next year!