The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a not-for-profit, global professional organization comprised of more than 5,200 members and institutions dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development, and environmental education.
Since 1979, the society has provided a forum where scientists, managers and other professionals exchange information and ideas.
SETAC Africa is a geographic unit of SETAC established to promote and undertake activities of SETAC in the Africa region.
The SETAC World Council approved full geographic unit status for Africa in May 2012 at the 6th SETAC World Congress. The decision came after a decade of SETAC activity in Africa, including the formation of a SETAC Africa branch within SETAC Europe and a series of biannual meetings, most recently in Calabar, Nigeria (2017) and Langebaan, South Africa (2015).
The primary goals of SETAC Africa are:
- To promote research, education, training and development of the environmental sciences, specifically environmental toxicology and chemistry, hazard assessment and risk analysis
- To encourage interactions among environmental scientists and disseminate information on environmental toxicology and chemistry and its application to the disciplines of hazard and risk assessment
- To sponsor scientific and educational programs and provide a forum for communication among professionals in government, business, academia and other segments of the environmental science community involved in the use, protection and management of the environment, and the protection and welfare of the general public
- To promote the development and adjustment of principles and practices for sustainable environments, considering appropriate ecological, economic and social aspects adapted to African problems and conditions