Pacific Northwest Chapter of the
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Promoting toxicology and chemistry research in the Pacific Northwest


25th PNW-SETAC Annual Conference Anniversary !

Where: Four Points by Sheraton (formerly Best Western Lakeway Inn) in Bellingham, WA
When: June 1 - 4, 2016
Theme: Environmental Priorities: Then, Now, and in the Future!

Twenty-five years ago, the PNW-SETAC held its 1st Annual Conference June 26-27, 1992 on the Western Washington University campus. The theme of the conference was "Environmental Priorities of the 90s". The Chapter President at the time was Wayne Landis, Western Washington University, who was serving as the 3rd Chapter President, with Beth Power, Azimuth Consulting Group, and Mike Johns, Windward Environmental, as the conference co-chairs. The 1st and 2nd Chapter Presidents were Gary Chapman, C2C Trail, and Bill Williams, Cardno/Entrix, respectively.

Much has changed since that auspicious beginning and we invite you to join us this year to share your perspectives, as well as learn about current research in the context of this year’s conference theme “Environmental Priorities: Then, Now, and in the Future!"


Conference Lodging

A block of rooms was reserved at the Four Points by Sheraton for conference attendees on a first come, first served basis. Though the reservation period is now closed for the discounted lodging rate, rooms can still be reserved at the Four Points by contacting them directly.


Conference Registration

Regular registration is now closed, however onsite registration will be available Wednesday morning June 1st. To register, please click on the following link: PNW-SETAC Registration.

Rates to attend the conference are as follows:


Conference Schedule

The 2016 PNW-SETAC Meeting Program is available for download. An outline of events are as follows:

Wednesday June 1st:

Thursday June 2nd:

Friday June 3rd:

Saturday June 4th:

Please refer to the PNW-SETAC Meeting Program for more detailed information about the meeting, descriptions of tours and the short course, maps, abstracts of poster and platform presentations, and a list of fun things to do in Bellingham.


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 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 Presentations
Poster size should not be more than 4' x 6' and will be mounted on the walls using blue painter's tape.  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.


2016 Conference Corporate Members and Sponsors

Many thanks again to our 2016 Corporate members and sponsors! Special thanks to:

Corporate Members - Orca Level:

Compliance Services International (CSI)

Windward Environmental LLC

Corporate Members - Chinook Level:

Azimuth Consulting Group

Integral Consulting Inc

Gradient Corporation

Corporate Members - Kingfisher Level:

Northwestern Aquatic Sciences

Scientific Notations LLC

Their level of giving went a long way towards making our 2016 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!

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!

Previous Year’s Meeting Programs