Please mark your calendars for the upcoming 2015 PNW-SETAC meeting in Portland, OR April 30th - May 2nd!!
PNW-SETAC Annual Conferences
Every year, PNW-SETAC holds a three-day conference in mid-April. 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 Thursday afternoon, followed by a full day of sessions on Friday and a half-day of sessions on Saturday. We also have fun social events and a PNW-SETAC General Membership meeting.
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!
2015 PNW-SETAC 24th Annual Meeting!
This year's meeting will be held April 30 - May 2, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott, 435 NE Wasco Street in beautiful downtown Portland, OR. We have already secured a block of rooms at the Marriott for $137.00 USD per night (at the government per diem rates) and reservations can be made at any time by clicking on the following link: Courtyard Portland Downtown/Convention Center. The last day to book is April 15, 2015 (Tax day)!
The Thursday night Welcome Reception will be held there, as well as the platform and poster presentations that will begin on Friday and extend through half the day on Saturday. Hotel amenities include free high speed internet and coffee in the lobby (as well as in guest rooms. Valet parking is $24.00 USD per day. Off-site parking is also available at $1.00 USD per day. Check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out is 12:00 pm. It is also close to many restaurants and attractions, including the Oregon Convention Center, the Lloyd Center, and the NE Broadway Restaurant and Boutique District.
If you would like to take advantage of being in Portland and come earlier or stay longer, we have secured rooms for Wednesday through Saturday. Just click on the Courtyard Portland link to make your reservations!
2015 Meeting Program and Theme!
The theme of the 2015 meeting is "Complex Site Remediation" in keeping with the meeting's location near the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The 2015 Draft Meeting Program can be accessed by clicking here. If you want to take a quick look at the Meeting Agenda please click here. The final version of the Meeting Program should be ready in early April so please check back then!
Meeting and Chapter updates are sent out to our members via email periodically. If you would like to get on our email list, please contact our Chapter Secretary.
Conference Information - Registration
Conference registration is now open! Just click on Registration to take you to the site. PLEASE NOTE: Early-bird registration rates end Friday, March 27th! Also be sure to update your membership for 2015 so you can take advantage of the discounted member rates. Please join or renew on our Member Services webpage.
Conference Information - Short Courses (Two half-day courses)
Please click on the short course titles for more information.
- Passive Sampling for Marine and Freshwater Environments will be taught 9:00 am to noon Thursday morning by Heather L. Lord, Maxxam Analytics. This class will provide a general introduction to the types of devices commercially available, how they are used, and their benefits compared to traditional grab samplers. Also covered will be passive sampling theory, as well as case studies drawn from the literature on where different technologies have been applied in the field.
- Risk Communication and Facilitation will be co-taught by Julie Wilson, Hart Crowser, and her colleague Mandy Putney, Enviroissues from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Thursday afternoon. In this class, risk communication will be addressed in a global manner, identifying how to correctly identify the target audience(s), articulate the risk in a manner that can be understood, and how to effectively deliver the message.
Willamette River Boat Tours (two half-day trips)
We have made arrangements with the Portland Spirit to rent their boat, Explorer, for two different three-hour tours. The destinations of each boat tour are easy to reach and will be completed in the allotted time. Descriptions of each of the tours can be downloaded here. The boat seats 35 comfortably, has a roof and open sides that can be covered with clear plastic windows if the weather is inclement, and a restroom. The boat dock is a 10 minute walk from the hotel, eliminating the need for buses or shuttles. Since space is limited on the boat, please be sure to register early if you want to go on one of these half-day trips. Topics covered on each trip will be as follows:
- Morning Boat Tour (9:00 am - 11:30 am): Portland Downtown Reach: State Cleanups, Redevelopment, and Restoration, led by Keith Johnson, Oregon DEQ.
- Afternoon Boat Tour (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm): Portland Harbor Superfund Site and Sauvie Island Mitigation Banking Project, led by Bob Wyatt and Jim McKenna, the Lower Willamette Group, and Julie Mentzer, Wildlands, Inc.
- Call for Short Course/Session Proposals – Accepted all year-round!
- Call for Abstracts
- Abstract Submission Guidelines
- Student Travel Award Applications
Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for discussion or questions. PowerPoint slide presentations are preferred. 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.
Posters should be able to fit on a 3’ x 4’ board (NOTE: poster size has been revised) using Velcro or tacks. 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.
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.
2014 Conference Corporate Members and Sponsors!
Many thanks again to our 2014 Corporate members and sponsors! Special thanks to our Corporate Members Nautilus Environmental (for the third year in a row!) and Maxxam Analytical. Their level of giving went a long way towards making our 2014 conference both affordable and high quality! Many thanks as well to our stalwart Corporate Sponsors: Anchor QEA, Avocet Consulting, Exponent, Tetra Tech, Windward Environmental, and WSU/Washington Stormwater Center for their generous support that enables us to fund student travel and presentation awards, as well as provide refreshments at our breaks! See our Sustaining Members webpage for more information about the individuals and companies that help to make us so successful!