Please mark your calendars for the upcoming 2015 PNW-SETAC meeting in Portland, OR April 29th - 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!
Next 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 Theme!
The theme of the 2015 meeting is "Complex Site Remediation" in keeping with the meeting's location near the Portland Harbor Superfund site. We are already seeking short course and special session ideas in keeping with our meeting's theme. If you have a proposal or questions, please contact our Meeting Coordinator, Teresa Michelsen.
The First Call for Abstracts will be coming out soon so please keep checking back! Updates will also be emailed out, so if you would like to get on our email list, please contact our Chapter Secretary.
Conference Information - Registration
Conference registration usually opens February 1st so please check back in January for updates. In the meantime, please 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)
- Risk Communication and Facilitation will be co-taught by Julie Wilson, Hart Crowser, and her colleague Mandy Putney, Enviroissues. 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.
- Passive Samplers – this class is still being developed but is envisioned to provide a general introduction to several of the technologies commonly reported, followed by some theory and, as well as case studies drawn from the literature on where different technologies have been applied in the field.
Portland Harbor Boat Tour
- This is still being investigated, but we envision speakers providing background information regarding the contaminated sites in Portland Harbor. More information will be forthcoming.
- 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!