Asia-Pacific is a geographic unit of the Society of Environmental Toxicology
and Chemistry (SETAC), established to promote and undertake activities of SETAC
in the Asia-Pacific region.
SETAC Asia-Pacific is
dedicated to the use of multidisciplinary approaches to examine the impacts of
chemicals and technology on the environment. The Society also provides an open
forum for scientists and institutions engaged in the study of environmental
problems, management and regulation of natural resources, education, research
and development, and manufacturing and distribution to exchange information and
share opinions across the nations and disciplines.
The primary goals of SETAC Asia-Pacific are to
- Support the development of principles
and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable
environmental quality and ecosystem integrity of the Asia-Pacific region.
- Encourage interactions among
environmental scientists and disseminate information on environmental
toxicology and chemistry.
- Provide a forum for communication among
professionals in government, business, academia, and other segments of the
environmental science community and for the protection and welfare of the
The move for an Asia-Pacific unit of
SETAC began in 1991, with the lead taken by Dr. Graeme Batley and Dr. Eun
Namkung. SETAC Asia-Pacific was officially included as a geographic unit of SETAC in
1997. It currently comprises approximately 600 members from 12 regions,
representing academia, corporate, government, and research sectors.
The SETAC Asia-Pacific Board of Directors consists of up to 10 members with
representation from at least 5 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and preferably
including representation from government, academia, and business, in keeping
with the general aims of SETAC.