SETAC: Global & local
The society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a not-for profit, global professional society established in 1979 to provide a forum for individuals and institutions engaged in education, research and development, ecological risk assessment and life-cycle assessment, chemical manufacture and distribution, management and regulation of natural resources, and the study, analysis, and solution of environmental problems. SETAC is an open and democratic organisation that operates in a broad social context, reflecting the needs of the environment and people. Application of sound science plays a key role in this process. Membership worldwide comprises about 5500 professionals in the field of chemistry, toxicology, biology, and ecology: atmospheric, health, and earth sciences; and environmental engineering.
SETAC Africa is a geographic unit of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) established to promote and undertake activities of SETAC in the Africa region.
The SETAC World Council approved full geographic unit status for Africa in May 2012 at the 6th SETAC World Congress. The decision came after a decade of SETAC activity in Africa, including the formation of a SETAC Africa Branch within SETAC Europe and a series of biannual meetings, most recently in Langebaan, South Africa and in Nsukka, Nigeria in 2015.
Past meeting were also held in Buea, Cameroon in 2011, in Kampala, Uganda (2009), Arusha, Tanzania (2007) and in South Africa (2015).
The primary goals of SETAC Africa are:
- To promote research, education, training and development of the environmental sciences, specifically environmental toxicology and chemistry, hazard assessment and risk analysis.
- To encourage interactions among environmental scientists and disseminate information on environmental toxicology and chemistry and its application to the disciplines of hazard and risk assessment.
- To sponsor scientific and educational programs and provide a forum for communication among professionals in government, business, academia and other segments of the environmental science community involved in the use, protection, and management of the environment, and the protection and welfare of the general public.
- To promote the development and adjustment of principles and practices for sustainable environments, considering appropriate ecological, economic and social aspects adapted to African problems and conditions.
SETAC Africa’s membership approaches 160.