Pacific Northwest Chapter of the
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Promoting toxicology and chemistry research in the Pacific Northwest

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!


2014 PNW-SETAC 23rd Annual Meeting!

This year's meeting will be held April 24-26, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2102 South C Street, in Tacoma, WA. Four workshops will be offered from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Thursday April 24th at various locations in the Tacoma and Puyallup areas, and all will focus on some aspect of stormwater runoff and/or low impact development. Further details are available in the Meeting Program and at the Conference Registration site.


2014 Conference 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 goes a long way towards making our 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!


Presenter Information

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.  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
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.


Conference Information - Registration

Conference registration is now open and can be accessed at: Conference Registration. Please be sure to indicate on the form whether you have any dietary preferences or restrictions so that we can work with the hotel staff to provide for your needs!

To take advantage of discounted member rates, please join or renew on our Member Services webpage before you register. Please do not wait until the last minute! It really helps us to finalize meals and other onsite logistics when we have an accurate count of people planning on attending.

Additional information about the meeting can be found in the 2014 Meeting Program. It includes the agenda for the entire conference, as well as times and locations of each event, the schedule of presentations, a list of the presenters, and abstracts of all the presentations. The following online registration rates will be valid through Wednesday April 23rd, after which higher onsite rates will be charged.

2014 Conference Registration Rates



Regular Member


Regular Non-Member


Student Member


Student Non-Member


Single Day - Regular


Single Day - Student


Workshop Only - Regular


Workshop Only - Student


Sustaining Member


Corporate Member



Conference Hotel Accommodations

Reservations can be made at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in downtown Tacoma. Platform and poster presentations will be held there on Friday and half the day on Saturday. It is newly constructed, the amenities include free wifi, free breakfast, free parking, and meets government per diem rates.  It is also close to many restaurants and attractions, including the Museum of Glass and History Museum, the scenic Tacoma waterfront, and the UW-Tacoma campus. Reservations can be made online using the link provided or by calling the Reservation Desk toll free number at 888-465-4329. Be sure to indicate you are with Group: PNW-SETAC, and the Block Code is PNW.


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.


Previous Year’s Meeting Programs