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Australia’s northernmost capital city, Darwin, has something for everyone to enjoy at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasian Chapter Conference. From the clear blue waters that surround the harbour to the colourful outdoor markets to the diverse range of adventure activities, Darwin is an explorer’s paradise. Experience the laid-back tropical lifestyle and indulge in your sense of fun and adventure whilst learning and engaging in SETAC-AU 2019.


Professor Emma Johnston AO

Dean of Science & Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology, UNSW Sydney

Title: Science for policy and places: how to ensure environmental research has an impact

Prof Emma Johnston AO is a highly awarded ecotoxicologists and one of Australia’s most highly-regarded science communicators. She is a strong advocate for scientists and represents environmental and scientific interest on numerous boards and committees. Prof Johnston expertise is in the development and implementation of environmental monitoring programs and she frequently contributes expert opinion to state, federal & international government agencies. She will be speaking at the conference about the importance of conducting science to inform the big-picture research agendas and how to ensure your research questions can result in useful environmental outcomes. She will show how increasing stakeholder engagement in knowledge production, and deliberately investing in knowledge sharing, combine with the socio-political context to determine the extent of our research impact.

Dr Leisa-Maree Toms

Reasearcher & Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Title: Population trends of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Australia

Dr Leisa-Maree Toms is an EMCR who has been monitoring highly-persistent per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in people for 12 years. Products containing PFAS have been used worldwide for more than 50 years in a variety of industrial and consumer products resulting in ubiquitous distribution in both environmental and human samples. The reported health effects in animals include reproductive and developmental toxicity and carcinogenicity. Dr Toms will discuss her career’s work concerning the long-term population trends in Australia for PFAS body burden including age, gender and temporal trends. Based on available information, the risk of adverse health effects at current levels of exposure will be discussed. She will also be discussing the broader history of PFAS and regulatory actions in Australia and the human and environmental contamination that have been found in ‘hotspots’ or contaminated sites in Australia.

Dr Will Clements

Professor, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology & Faculty Advisor, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University

Title: Integrating mesocosm experiments and field data to validate water quality criteria for contaminants in aquatic ecosystems

Prof Will Clements is a leading expert in understanding ecosystems responses to multiple stressors, interactions between contaminants and global climate change. He has many years of experience researching community and ecosystem responses to contaminants using mesocosm and field-based experiments. He has been an influential advocate for increasing the use of these ecologically-relevant alternatives in the derivation of Water Quality Criteria and for regulatory decision-making. Dr Clements will show the value of mesocosm and field experiments through his extensive work in the Rocky Mountains. He will discuss the advantages of mescosm experiments in controlling confounding factors, while still providing a level of environmental-realism that is missing from laboratory studies. He’ll demonstrate the strength of integrating descriptive, field-based approaches with mesocosm experiments to identify safe concentrations of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems


19th November 2018: Registrations Open

3rd December 2018: Call for Abstracts Opens

19th March 2019: Call for Abstracts Closes

EXTENDED 6th May 2019: Early Bird Registrations Close

7th - 10th July 2019: SETAC-AU 2019 Conference

7th July 2019: Conference Welcome Reception

9th July 2019: Conference Gala Dinner


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