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Call for Abstracts

The Conference Program Committee is inviting abstracts for the SETAC Conference 2017 "The role of environmental toxicology and chemistry in a changing environment." to be held on the Gold Coast, 4 - 6 September, 2017. With this theme in mind, the Scientific Committee encourages submission of abstracts in the following presentation categories:

  • Oral presentation (15 minute presentation and 5 minute questions)
  • Poster presentation (AO size Posters presented in Portrait orientation)

Abstracts for an Oral or Poster presentation are invited for submission under one of the following themes:

 Standard Session Themes:

  • Transport, fate and exposure modelling of chemicals in the environment
  • Environmental analysis and monitoring
  • Metal toxicity and environmental chemistry
  • Bioavailability and toxicity of organic and emerging chemicals
  • Nano-risk research: toxicity of micro pollutants
  • Toxicity of mixtures and multiple stressors
  • Terrestrial ecotoxicology
  • Biomarkers and biosensors
  • Environmental ‘Omics’
  • Emerging ecotoxicological techniques and test methods
  • Advances in analytical chemistry
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Groundwater and salinity issues
  • Human health issues associated with environmental contaminants
  • Pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment
  • Biological monitoring of endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • Ecological risk assessment
  • Environmental management

Special Session Themes:

  • Marine and estuarine water quality
  • Marine ecotoxicology
  • The role of natural organic matter in environmental toxicology and chemistry
  • Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS): fate and effects

Important Dates:

  Submission Deadline  8 May 2017
  Authors Notified of Acceptance  5 June 2017
  Author Registration Deadline    4 July 2017
  Early Bird Registration Deadline  4 July 2017

Abstract Submission Guidelines & Frequently Asked Questions

Preparation of Abstract:
Abstracts are to be prepared according to the following guidelines:

  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that may be submitted by an individual.
  • It is a condition of having your abstract accepted and included in the Conference Program that you are a registered and paid delegate. The presenting author(s) will be required to register for the Conference by 4 July 2017, in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program.
  • Only abstracts submitted online will be accepted.
  • Submission constitutes consent to publication of the abstract in the Conference Proceedings publication, which will be uploaded to the SETAC website.

Abstract Format:
Abstracts are to be no more than approximately 320 words including sub-headings (2150 characters including spaces - exclusive of title, author/s name/s, institutional affiliation/s).

Abstracts are to be free of typographical and grammatical errors as they will be published as submitted.

Abbreviations are to be avoided. Where considered appropriate, any abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.

Please nominate your preference for poster or oral presentation. 

You should keep all emails sent to you regarding your abstract submission. Once you have made your submission, you can return and edit it until the closing date for submission (1 May 2017). After this date, no amendments will be permitted.

It is the responsibility of submitting authors to verify that their submission has been received. You will be sent an automated confirmation email to confirm receipt of your submission. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact Craig Hassell at Conference Online -

Science Communication Award

This year, SETAC AU will be formally introducing a new award; the Science Communication Award. This award is open to all conference delegates (excluding the conference organising committee) and will be awarded to the best oral/poster spotlight for science communication.  The presentations will be assessed by members of the conference organising committee who will be taking notes of presentations they attend and will be judging on the following criteria:

  1. Delivery
  2. Content
  3. Engagement
  4. Application/relevance
  5. Novelty of presentation

The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony and will be awarded $350.  Remember, this new award is open to all delegates to encourage new and innovative ways of communicating science so be creative, colourful and different.  Good luck!