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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

A highly awarded scientist and educator, Professor Johnston has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and supervised more than 20 successful PhD graduates. Selected prizes include the 2018 Royal Society of New South Wales Clark Medal in Zoology, the 2016 Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (AU) Mid-Career Medal, the 2016 Hynes Distinguished Lecture from the Canadian Rivers Institute and the 2014 Australian Academy of Science’s Nancy Millis Medal. In 2018 Emma was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (OA) for “distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes”.


Professor Johnston represents more than 70,000 scientists and technologists as President of Science & Technology Australia (STA) and is a Director on the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and Deputy Chair of the Australian Antarctic Foundation (ASF). She consults with industry through the development and implementation of new biomonitoring techniques and environmental monitoring programs and frequently contributes expert opinion to state, federal & international government agencies. Professor Johnston is also a highly sought-after science communicator and television presenter for the ongoing BBC/Foxtel series, Coast Australia and ABC Catalyst and winner of the 2015 Eureka Prize for the public communication of science


Dr Leisa-Maree Toms

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

Dr Leisa-Maree Toms is a researcher and senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. Leisa-Maree has a PhD from the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (formerly the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology), The University of Queensland and specialises in the study of sources and exposure pathways of environmental pollutants, such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in human and environmental matrices. She is part of a team of researchers who have been carrying out human biomonitoring


of POPs in Australia since 2002, with a focus on the temporal trends of human body burdens of flame retardants and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).


Dr Will Clements

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

Dr. Clements holds a B.S and M.S. in Biology from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Virginia Tech. Dr. Clements has been on the faculty of the Colorado State University since 1989. Dr. Clements' research interests focus primarily on community and ecosystem responses to contaminants. He is especially interested in questions that address responses to multiple perturbations and interactions between contaminants and global climate change. He is the author/co-author of two textbooks in ecotoxicology (Community Ecotoxicology and Ecotoxicology: a Comprehensive Treatment) and 


has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in ecotoxicology. At Colorado State University he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ecology, experimental design, and ecotoxicology. Dr. Clements is active in several professional societies including the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and the Society of Freshwater Science (SFS). He chaired the Executive Committee for SFS and was elected to the Board of Directors of SETAC in 2003 and again in 2012. Clements served as president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SETAC in 1995 and 2016. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Freshwater Science and has previously served on the Editorial Board of SETAC (1995-1997), as a Guest Editor for the Journal of Ecosystem Stress and Recovery (2000) and Ecological Applications (2007). At the national level, Dr. Clements has served on a Department of Interior Federal Advisory Committee and on two separate National Academy of Sciences National Research Council committees investigating effects of dredging operations at U.S. EPA Superfund Sites and effects of coalbed methane development in the West. He served on a U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board panel that provided advice on effects of mountaintop mining (2010-2012). Research in Dr. Clements’ laboratory is currently funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (remediation effectiveness for mining sites); Colorado Parks and Wildlife (quantitative assessment restoration effectiveness in the Arkansas River; Development and validation of rapid assessment techniques for determining effects of petroleum hydrocarbons on stream communities); the U.S. Geological Survey (metal uptake and transfer in stream and riparian communities); and the Chevron Cooperation (stream and riparian community integrity in the Piceance Basin: a quantitative assessment of restoration effectiveness). 



19th November 2018: Registrations Open

3rd December 2018: Call for Abstracts Opens

19th March 2019: Call for Abstracts Closes

28th April 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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