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Submit a session proposal by 11:59 p.m. US Central Standard Time on 23 January.
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Be a Session Chair at the Next SETAC Latin America Biennial Meeting

Do you have advanced knowledge of a specific topic in environmental toxicology and chemistry? Are you passionate about sharing that knowledge, and do you have a network of colleagues who are equally knowledgeable and passionate about the research area? Then propose a session that is timely, relevant and of local (Colombia), Latin American or international interest. We are especially interested in proposals related to the meeting theme “Industry, Academia and Government for a Global Sustainability.”

Be sure that your proposal’s description clearly and completely reflects both content and educational goals, as well as a plan to recruit 5–6 designated presenters and a well-defined focus and the likelihood of capturing a well-rounded perspective on the topic.

Session chairs and co-chairs are vitally important to the success of the biennial meeting. Before you submit a session proposal, please make sure you have read this page in its entirety. If your session is included in the call for abstracts, you will be asked to review and provide recommendations for all abstracts that are submitted to your session. If your session is subsequently accepted for inclusion in the meeting program, you will be responsible for organizing the order of presentations and for corresponding with presenters to ensure a high-quality session.

SETAC Latin America Session Chair Job Description and Guidance

The role of Session Chairs and Co-chairs at SETAC annual meetings is important to the success of the sessions. The purpose of these guidelines is to assist you in chairing a session. If you have any questions, please contact jason.andersen@setac.orgor +1 850 469 1500 ext. 101.

Session Selection Process

All session proposals will be submitted using the SETAC online Meeting Management System (MMS) before the deadline.

After the submission deadline, all proposed sessions will be reviewed by the abstract/session review committee (early 2019)

  • The abstract/session review committee is created by the meeting chairs with assistance from the SNA office. The committee comprises 10 members representing (best effort) all 3 sectors and all areas of science presented at a SETAC meeting.
  • The committee will review all session submissions and determine if they are applicable for this SETAC meeting.
  • If needed, the committee will reject or ask for clarification from the session submitter before including the session in the call for abstracts.

Once the committee is finished reviewing the sessions, an email will be sent to the submitter of the session informing them that the session is or is not tentatively accepted as a session for this meeting and will or will not be included in the call for abstracts.

All tentatively accepted sessions included in the call for abstracts, are not guaranteed a session slot in the final program and must still get the abstract submissions and final approval by the abstract/session review committee during the abstract review meeting in June.

Before the Meeting

Once the abstract/session Committee has accepted a session proposal, the responsibilities of the Session Chair or Co-chair include:

  • Each platform session consists of 9 presentations. Please select a maximum of 5–6 designated presenters for your core group that you specifically recruit to be included in your session. The remaining slots will be filled with other abstracts that were submitted to your session. All quality abstract submissions in your session that cannot fit into your platform session will be accepted into the corresponding poster session. Please keep in mind that we seek to have sessions that:
  1. Provide a balance among professionals on a multisectors, interdisciplinary and multinational basis
  2. Have good science
  3. Present a well-rounded perspective on the session topic
  • Critically review all submitted abstracts in their assigned session and provide recommendations for the acceptance or rejection of each abstract. Give written comments through the website to the Abstract Review Committee regarding recommendations for the best final slate of 9 platform presentations, remaining poster presentations and any other recommendations that would be helpful to the Committee. Guidance on how to access and review the abstracts on the SETAC database is provided by the SETAC office via email.
  • Organize the flow of the platform and corresponding poster sessions so that presentations collectively “tell a story” or present a completed body of research, when appropriate to the session topic. Posters of similar content, related research or by the same author should be grouped together as well.
  • Ensure that as a group the platform presentations provide a well-rounded perspective on the session topic
  • Ensure a balance among the presenters from government, business and academia, and include student presentations
  • Each Session Chair is required to pay for registration and attend the meeting

Timeline and Specific Duties

October–early 2019

  • Chair or Co-chairs submit session proposals

Early 2019

  • SETAC office sends session acceptance decisions to Chairs and Co-Chairs
  • General call for abstracts opens.


  • SETAC office emails Chairs and Co-chairs information on how to access and review abstracts online. Chairs and Co-chairs recruit designated abstracts and can start viewing and reviewing abstracts submitted to their session.


  • General call for abstracts closes (check with abstract announcements for specific deadline)
  • Between mid-April and mid-May, Chairs or Co-chairs prioritize the list of abstracts for inclusion in their platform and poster sessions. The Chairs should log in and select the abstracts they recommend to be accepted as poster or platform and any comments they wish to provide to the committee during the review process.
  • After the abstract review committee meets in June to review all comments and recommendations from chairs and create the final program, Chairs or Co-chairs are asked to sort the accepted abstracts into time slots within their session and create session continuity.


  • SETAC office posts the final program online and prepares printed meeting program


  • Chairs and Co-chairs contact platform and poster presenters to ensure they are aware of the presentation requirements and the consequences of canceling and “no-shows,” and the need to find alternate presenter of the material if necessary; and to discuss other logistical information.

At the Meeting

Prior to and during the session:

  • Arrive at the session room 30 minutes prior to the start of the session
  • Ensure all presentations are loaded and speakers are present. Introduce yourself to the speakers and check name pronunciation and affiliations
  • Meet your AV technician to review equipment. Familiarize yourself with location of light switches, switches at podium and check operation of laser pointers
  • Advise audience that NO photography, audio or video recording of presentations is allowed. Inform SETAC about any abuse of those rules or other unprofessional conduct.
  • Start and keep the session on time. Signal speakers at 15 minutes. Stop speaker at 20 minutes. You MUST STAY ON SCHEDULE. It is VERY  important that you keep your speakers on schedule and NEVER start or end a speaker early or late. It is VERY important that all sessions are in sync with each other to allow the audience to move between sessions without missing any part of a presentation.
  • Field questions for the speaker, and limit questions or comments that are very long or monopolize the speaker’s time. Intervene if questions become unprofessional.
  • Ask and encourage questions after each platform talk if there are none from the audience. Try to start a discussion if there is a canceled or “no-show” presentation.

Code of Conduct Enforcement

Appropriate, professional behavior is expected of every presenter, each of whom agreed to the following when they submitted their abstract:

The SETAC Board of Directors and the Program Committee will support your professional judgment in addressing any speaker who does not treat you, the audience members or other presenters in a civil manner. You have the authority to remind a speaker that he or she agreed to a “Code of Conduct” and to warn the speaker if their words or actions are out of line and unacceptable.

If a speaker persists in rude or unprofessional behavior, the Session Chair has the authority to turn off the projector and inform the audience that the presentation has ended because the speaker violated the code of conduct that she/he agreed to when they submitted their abstract.

Use your dignity and professionalism as Session Chair to maintain control of the session and to make sure that other speakers have the opportunity to make their presentations.

Intervention in the form of blocking the speaker from the audience or any physical restraint is strongly discouraged. However, do not hesitate to ask a Program Committee member or an audience member to contact the SETAC staff if a speaker will not be quiet and leave the stage.