Pacific Northwest Chapter of the
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Promoting toxicology and chemistry research in the Pacific Northwest


26th PNW-SETAC Annual Conference

Where: The Lakefront Anchorage in Anchorage, AK
When: April 20-22, 2017 (Save the Date Flyer!)
Theme: Northern Exposures: Contaminants, Science, and Toxicology


Conference Registration

Registration is now open! To register, please click on the following link: PNW-SETAC Registration.

Rates to attend the conference are as follows:

Standard rates (March 14 - April 14):
Member: $205 professional, $100 student, Non-member: $225 professional, $115 student

Onsite rates (April 15 - April 22):
Member: $225 professional, $110 student, Non-member: $250 professional, $125 student

One-day Friday rate (professional):
Standard: $160, Onsite: $180

One-day Friday rate (student):
Standard: $80, Onsite: $90

Short Courses: $25 professional, $10 student

Thursday morning: Integrative Ecological and Human Well-being Risk Assessment
Instructor: Wayne Landis, Western Washington University

Thursday all-day: Statistics for Toxics Cleanup - A Washington State Perspective
Instructor: Art Buchan, Washington state Department of Ecology

Eagle River Nature Center Nature Walk/Tour: $30 professional, $15 student


Conference Program

The Meeting Program including abstracts and schedule of presentations can be accessed HERE.


Conference Lodging

The Lakefront Anchorage still has rooms available on a first come, first served basis, however discounted rates for conference attendees closed on March 20th.


Discounted Airfare!

The PNW-SETAC Board worked with Alaska Airlines and they have graciously agreed to provide a 7% discount on airfares between Anchorage and any Alaska Airlines U.S. or Canadian city. The discount is valid for travel dates between April 15th through April 25th. When attendees register for the conference, instructions on how to book your flight and the discount code is provided on the receipt confirmation page.


Presentation Guidelines:

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for discussion or questions.  PowerPoint slide presentations are preferred and should be brought on a thumb drive and loaded on the laptop provided prior to the session in which the presentation is scheduled.  Lettering should be large enough to be read at a distance of 100’, e.g., 72 pt for titles, 42 pt for presenter affiliation, and 24 pt or greater for text.

Poster Presentations
Poster size should not be more than 4' x 6' and will be mounted on the walls using blue painter's tape.  Supplies will be provided onsite.  Lettering on posters should be readable at a distance of 6’ i.e., the same as for platform presentations with 72 pt for titles, 42 pt for presenter affiliation, and 24 pt or greater for text.


Conference Policies and Conduct

Members and non-members of PNW-SETAC attending the annual conference are expected to exhibit the highest standards of respect, courtesy, integrity, and professionalism to fellow attendees. As such, the PNW-SETAC Board of Directors has established a Code of Conduct and Annual Meeting Policies, modeled on those of SETAC North America, to help guide you, as well as answer any questions you may have. We encourage everyone to review these prior to attending the conference to avoid potential conflict and misunderstandings.


Presentation File-Sharing

In our continuing quest to bring new technologies to our membership, we offer presenters the opportunity to post and share poster and platform presentations to other conference attendees. Presenters will be able to upload their presentations to a file-sharing site, and registrants will be given the password to view and download the presentations.  Presenters will have the option of whether to post their materials, depending on the public availability or sensitivity of the information.


2017 Conference Corporate Sponsors

PNW-SETAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 91-2147511) and relies on the generosity of our corporate sponsors and sustaining members to support our annual conferences. Their support helps to fund refreshments, meals, special sessions, and short courses, as well as helps to defray student's travel expenses and fund Best Student Presentation Awards each year.

In return, our corporate sponsors get a tax deduction and, depending on the level of support, waived registration costs for up to three people and the Friday night dinner free of charge. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support PNW-SETAC, please use our Member Services webpage to make a donation or contact April Markiewicz and she will issue you an invoice.

Many thanks again to our 2017 Corporate members and sponsors so far! Special thanks to:

Corporate Members - Chinook Level:

Azimuth Consulting Group


Compliance Services International (CSI)

Corporate Members - Heron Level:

Anchor QEA

Windward Environmental LLC

Corporate Members - Kingfisher Level:

Major Marine Tours

Their level of giving is already helping towards making our 2017 conference both affordable and high quality! Please see our Sustaining Members webpage for more information about the individuals and companies that help to make us so successful!


PNW-SETAC Annual Conferences

Every year, PNW-SETAC holds a three-day conference in spring or early summer.  Locations vary throughout the region, but are usually in Washington or Oregon, and occasionally in Idaho or British Columbia, Canada.  Conferences typically include a special session, workshop, and/or short course on the first day, followed by a full day of sessions on the second day and a half-day of sessions on the third.  We also have fun social events and a PNW-SETAC General Membership meeting. Proposals for Sessions and Short Courses are accepted all year-round. Just contact us!

On average we have more than 100 attendees each year, comprised of professionals who bracket a range of years to decades working in their fields, as well as students who are just preparing to enter their career fields. As such, the PNW-SETAC Board of Directors strives diligently each year to provide the best venue possible to discuss current and emerging issues in environmental toxicology and chemistry in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you consider joining us!


Previous Year’s Meeting Programs