Exploring SETAC's roles in the global dialogue on sustainability-an opening debate

Ron McCormick, Larry Kapustka, Cynthia Stahl, Jim Fava, Emma Lavoie, Cory Robertson, Hans Sanderson, Heidi Scott, Thomas Seager, Bruce Vigon

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A combination platform-debate session was held at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America annual meeting in Boston (November 2011). The session was organized by members of the Advisory Group on Sustainability, newly formed and approved as a global entity by the SETAC World Council just prior to the meeting. The platform portion of the session provided a historical backdrop for the debate that was designed to explore SETAC's role in the sustainability dialogue. The debate portion presented arguments for and against the proposition that "Science is the primary contribution of SETAC to the global dialogue on sustainability." Although the debate was not designed to achieve a definitive sustainability policy for SETAC, the audience clearly rejected the proposition, indicating a desire from the SETAC membership for an expanded role in global sustainability forums. This commentary details the key elements of the session, identifies the contribution the Advisory Group will have at theWorld Congress in Berlin (May 2012), and invites interested persons to become active in the Advisory Group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages5
JournalIntegrated environmental assessment and management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Science
  • Society
  • Sustainability
  • Uncertainty
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science(all)


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