SETAC Media Policy

SETAC’s mission is to support and facilitate the development of principles and practices for the protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity. To achieve Environmental Quality Through Science®, SETAC regularly holds meetings and workshops, bringing together experts in the field from all sectors, including academia, business and government, to develop sustainable, science-based solutions. SETAC is committed to advancing science in an open and transparent way, and we welcome media representatives at our meetings.

This SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting addresses PFAS, a group of man-made chemicals that are persistent in the environment. Some have been shown to have adverse effects on human health and the environment, and therefore it is imperative that we develop an approach to assess and manage risk from PFAS in the environment. The meeting is in response to the very clear need for an approach to assess and manage PFAS risk. As such, this two-part forum is solely focused on the review and synthesis of current science and the application of technical expertise to identify a road map to an approach for risk assessment and management.

Media Invitation

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend all poster and platform presentations of SETAC North America Focused Topic Meetings. Registration is free for credentialed journalists. Please note, the online registration deadline is 2 August. Contact with your credentials for a free media pass.

Data Privacy and Factual Reporting

SETAC’s media policy is designed to ensure a professional forum in which presenters and other meeting registrants can discuss science-based issues freely and in which their concerns about proprietary research data and other information is acknowledged and respected. It is further designed to ensure a forum in which journalists and other media representatives can gather the information they need to deliver factual reporting.

Program Overview for Media

The meeting will commence with a plenary talk by Dr. Linda Birnbaum, who will set the stage for the need to advance the science of PFAS. Monday sessions will feature an introduction to PFAS, including sources, chemistry, fate and transport. On Tuesday, presenters will delve into ecotoxicity and human toxicity of PFAS. Platform presentations continue on Wednesday morning with a summary on risk characterization approaches for PFAS. After lunch on Wednesday and through Thursday morning, scientists will delve into technical details. We ask members of the media to allow the technical experts to deliberate in private in the breakout groups and invite the media to attend the session on Thursday afternoon, where those deliberations will be summarized.

View a complete schedule of all technical talks and presentations.

How can SETAC serve you as a media representative?

  • By keeping you posted about the program and meeting updates.
  • By helping you arrange interviews with SETAC staff, officers, members and presenters before or at the meeting. Please note that SETAC executive directors or their designees are the only sanctioned representatives of the society.

In return, we expect you to:

  • Wear your media badge, and identify yourself as a member of the press when you attend presentations or talk with any group or individual.
  • Obtain permission from the Executive Director of SETAC North America, Greg Schiefer, and the subject presenters or meeting registrants before you film, tape or otherwise record any activity or interview at this event.
  • Respect a presenter’s or meeting participant’s choice to talk with you or to decline.
  • Adhere to the SETAC Code of Conduct.

Any media representative who sells, markets or represents a company for purposes of obtaining advertising or subscriptions from any exhibitor or registrant will immediately forfeit press credentials for this and subsequent meetings.