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Pacific Northwest Chapter of the
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Promoting toxicology and chemistry research in the Pacific Northwest

About PNW-SETAC

The Pacific Northwest Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry was established in 1989 and was officially incorporated as Washington state nonprofit organization in April 1990.  It held a joint meeting with the Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologist (PANWAT) in September 1990 at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University.  The First Annual PNW-SETAC Meeting was held June 26-27, 1992 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington and was Titled: “Environmental Priorities of the 90s.”  In 2003, it applied for and was granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service.


Our Mission:

To serve as the focal point for environmental toxicology and chemistry research in the Pacific Northwest by encouraging interaction among toxicologists in government, industry, academia, and independent research organizations; sponsoring scientific and educational programs in regionally relevant toxicological issues; and fostering a broader understanding of environmental science among the public and private sectors.


Annual Conference

As the geographically largest regional chapter of SETAC North America, PNW-SETAC varies the location of its three-day annual conference each year to provide more opportunities for broader participation and attendance in the Pacific Northwest region. Some of the locations where meetings have been held include Newport, OR, Portland, OR, Vancouver, WA, Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA, Richland, WA, Victoria, B.C. and Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Coeur d'Alene, ID. A complete listing of all its former conference locations can be accessed here.

PNW-SETAC schedules its annual conference usually in mid-April to avoid conflicts with other society meetings, e.g., SETAC Europe, the Pacific Estuarine Research Society (PERS), and the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, as well as national holidays. This year's annual conference is being held in Tacoma, WA and more information about the meeting can be found on the Meetings and Events webpage.


PNW-SETAC
Officers and Board Members

PNW-SETAC Officers and Board of Directors are elected by the membership and serve three-year terms. Officers include the Past President, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Board of Directors includes all of the Officers and one At-Large representative each from government, industry/business, and academia. It also includes an At-Large student representative appointed annually by the Board. Profiles of the current Board members can be accessed on the Meet the Board webpage.


Governance


PNW-SETAC Newsletters

The Chapter issues two newsletters each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. The spring issue usually contains information about the upcoming PNW-SETAC annual conference in mid-April, whereas the one in the fall contains highlights of the annual meeting, information about the upcoming SETAC NA meeting, and other Chapter business. Some historical issues are available below.