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29th PNW-SETAC Annual Conference

Where: Kitsap Conference Center

When: February 27-29, 2020

First Call for Abstracts Now Open!

Our First Call for Abstracts for the 29th PNW-SETAC Annual Conference is now open! Click to learn more about on Presentation styles and  Abstract Guidelines

Submissions are due by 5:00 pm on Friday November 29th. Formatted abstracts can be submitted by email to pnwsetac2@gmail.com. as an attachment. 


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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!


If you would like to check out programs from previous meetings, check out our Archives

2020 Conference Location

The Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside in Bremerton, WA (100 Washington Ave.) is the location of the 2020 PNW-SETAC 29th Annual Conference.

Getting There

Directions to the conference center can be accessed HERE. If you are coming from the mainland, southbound traveling attendees should take the Edmonds/Kingston ferry. Northbound attendees can take the Tacoma Narrows Bridge or the Bremerton Ferry out of downtown Seattle. Please check the Washington Department of Transportation online ferry schedule.


There is a parking garage onsite. Public parking is available on the second (Green) or third (Red) levels of the parking garage. Rates are $3 for 3 hours or $16 for the entire day. Take the elevator to Floor 1 and you will find the entrance to the Kitsap Conference Center. An interactive map of the conference center can be accessed HERE.

Conference Lodging

A block of room has been reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Bremerton for a rate of $114/night (exclusive of sales and occupancy taxes).
Rate includes complimentary hot breakfast and WiFi. All reservations requests must be be accompanied and guaranteed with a valid major credit card.
Rooms must be reserved no later than 1/27/2020. Individuals can make reservations by calling the Hotel directly at 360-405-0200 and indicating they are with PNW-SETAC.
Note: The negotiated rate is not available online or via other booking services.

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.

Abstract Submission & Presentation Guidelines

Abstracts for platform or poster presentations, as well as for short course and special session proposals should be in accordance with PNW-SETAC's Abstract Submission Guidelines. Formatted abstracts can be submitted by email to pnwsetac2@gmail.com as an attachment. 

Presentation Guidelines are as follows:

Oral PresentationsOral 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 PresentationsThey will be mounted on poster boards and 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.

2019 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 the Treasurer for an invoice.

Many thanks to our 2019 Corporate members and sponsors! Special thanks to:

Corporate Members - Orca Level:

Compliance Services International (CSI)

Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA)


Corporate Members - Chinook Level:

Anchor QEA
Golder Associates Inc.


Corporate Members - Heron Level:

Azimuth Consulting Group
Windward Environmental LLC

Their level of giving is already helping towards making our 2019 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!