Pacific Northwest Chapter of the
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Promoting toxicology and chemistry research in the Pacific Northwest


27th PNW-SETAC Annual Conference

Contaminants of Concern:
Responding to a 21st Century Challenge

Registration is now open!


Where: CH2M Hill Alumni Center, OSU
When: March 8 - 10, 2018 SAVE THE DATE!!


Registration is Open!

Registration is now open! Please click on the following link to register: Register Here! To access the draft Meeting Program, please click on the following link: DRAFT MEETING PROGRAM. Also, students are reminded that even after you graduate, you can still get student rates and benefits for up to one full year post graduation!

Registration rates are as follows:

Early-bird rates (January 5 - February 1):
Member: $180 professional, $90 student, Non-member: $235 professional, $115 student

Standard rates (February 2 – March 1):
Member: $225 professional, $125 student, Non-member: $270 professional, $145 student

Onsite rates (March 2 – March 10):
Member: $275 professional, $150 student, Non-member: $310 professional, $175 student

One-day Friday rate (professional):
Early-bird: $150, Standard: $190, Onsite: $235

One-day Friday rate (student):
Early-bird: $75, Standard: $105, Onsite: $135

Saturday Only (Half-day) rate
Standard: $120, Onsite: $135

Short Course Only rate:
Standard: $60, Onsite: $75


Short Courses: $25 professional, $10 student

Thursday morning (8:00 am – 12:30 pm): Scientific Communication
Instructor: Ruth Sofield, Western Washington University

Thursday afternoon (1:30 pm – 4:00 pm): Integrative Ecological and Human Well-being Risk Assessment
Instructor: Wayne Landis, Western Washington University. Course notes can be accessed HERE.

Other Thursday Activities

Thursday morning (10:00 am - 11:00 am) U.S. EPA ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory Tour $10/person

Thursday afternoon (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm): Lewisburg Saddle Old Growth Forest Hike: $15 per person


Conference Location

The conference will be held at the CH2M Hill Alunni Center on the Oregon State University campus (725 SW 26th St., Corvallis, OR 97331). The Center offers an array of meeting spaces to accommodate the sessions that willl be offered on Thursday and half the day on Saturday.

(Map accessed 08/16/2017 at http://www.osualum.com/s/359/16/interior.aspx?sid=359&gid=1001&pgid=287)

OSU Parking

A parking permit is required to park on the OSU campus Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cost is $10/day. Attendees can purchase a B or C zone permit ahead of time online HERE (limited number are available) or at kiosks. Pay stations are also available for hourly parking up to 4 hours. There are B zone lots to the east of the Alumni Center, and C zone south of the stadium lots across SW 26th St. Parking is also available in the parking structure (to the north) on the "no residence" levels. No permits are needed in the B or C zones on Saturday!

BC Zones


Conference Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn (2500 SW Western Blvd, Corvallis) just to the south of the Alumni Center for conference attendees on a first come, first served basis. Amenities include complimentary parking and WIFI. Rooms are available Thursday March 8th through Saturday night, the10th, at the rate of $129/night. The rate will be honored for two days prior to, as well as two days after the conference for those who wish to arrive early or stay after and explore the area at their leisure. Check in is 3:00 pm with checkout at noon. Reservations can be made when you register for the conference, or if you want to make reservations now you can do so HERE (or by calling 877-782-9444) and using our group code: PNWSET. Reservations must be made by Februrary 15, 2018! Please note: The Thursday night Welcome Reception will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn!


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.


2018 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 to our 2018 Corporate members and sponsors! Special thanks to:

Corporate Members - Chinook Level:

Azimuth Consulting Group

Compliance Services International (CSI)

Corporate Members - Heron Level:

Anchor QEA

Windward Environmental LLC

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!


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