The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization composed of about 5,000 individuals and institution in more than 90 countries dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development and environmental education. SETAC Global Meetings encompass a broad spectrum of topics and are held annually in Europe in May and in North America in November.

This year, the SETAC Europe 33rd Annual Meeting was held as a fully-fledged face-to-face meeting, with more than 900 abstracts submitted and about 3000 participants from all kind of stakeholders (academia, industry, policy makers, regulators, NGO, representants of the European Commission, etc.) . It took place from 30th April to 4th May 2023 at the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), one of Europe’s most environmentally-friendly venues, as it is the world’s first carbon-neutral constructed convention centre.

HARMLESS was of course represented at the event. We couldn’t miss the chance of showing our progress in one of the biggest conferences in environmental sciences, with a high variety of stakeholders and sessions, which allowed a big exchange between scientists, regulators and intermediates. Specifically, JRC, ECHA, the NMBP-16 sister projects, and industry participants provided feedback to the HARMLESS presentations during the Q&A and later during the breaks.

Veronica di Battista (BASF) gave an oral presentation in the session “Sources, Fate and Effects of Metals in the Environment” on the behaviour of Advanced materials in environmental aquatic media (focus on perovskites with enhanced functionality for the automotive catalysis sector). Dissolution kinetic and dispersion stability was assessed and applicability and transferability of available OECD guidelines from nanomaterials to Advanced materials was presented.

In the session “LCA and Beyond – Integrating Sustainability and/or Other Dimensions for a More Comprehensive Analysis”, Wendel Wohlleben (BASF) presented the approaches of the InnoMat.Life and HARMLESS projects on how to categorize and assess Advanced Materials.

Lars Michael Skjolding (DTU) had a poster presentation on ecotoxicity assessment of dust from inorganic aerogel mats reporting about their work in the façade insulation Case Study.

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