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Global Presence

The Society of Toxicology consists of members from more than 60 countries and is dedicated to enhancing the impact and relevance of toxicology around the globe. SOT members from around the world are involved as leaders and participate in all activities of the Society. Because of the importance of supporting the discipline of toxicology everywhere, SOT has special programs for toxicologists in developing countries identified by SOT.

To further its responsibility as a global organization, SOT has established goals to:

  1. Provide opportunities for discussion of issues of global importance in a variety of venues;
  2. Stimulate interactions between colleagues with different perspectives and expertise on global issues;
  3. Partner with other international scientific societies and public health-based organizations to more effectively establish a global toxicology agenda; and
  4. Organize international workshops, satellite meetings, and other mechanisms to help reach a common understanding on important global health issues for policymakers and the public.

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Global Initiatives Funding

As part of its strategy to foster its global initiatives, SOT has made available $20,000 to support activities consistent with the above goals. SOT encourages proposals that represent collaborations between SOT component groups, committees or other non-SOT toxicology organizations (e.g., IUTOX, Japanese Society of Toxicology) that also include matching funds from one of the collaboration partner groups. Matching funds are not required, but will greatly increase the competitiveness of the proposal. Proposals are competitively reviewed four times a year (January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1). SOT will fund proposals up to $4,000.

Please complete the Global Initiatives Funds application and email your completed application to Kevin Merritt. Applicants are not limited to the application form and may include any additional supporting documents including letters of support, programs, and promotional materials.

Proposals should be focused on an important toxicological issue or development concern, balanced around any controversial topics, timely, complete as possible with regards to coverage of relevant topics and agenda, and should involve leading/experts in the field where possible.

Proposals also will be evaluated for funding based on one or more of the criteria below that are articulated in the Society’s Strategic Plan.

  • Serves as a forum for novel discoveries and approaches related to toxicology
  • Foster the integration of other scientific disciplines with toxicology
  • Promote transformative science in toxicology
  • Promote translation of evolving technology into clinic and public health
  • Communicate the impact and relevance of toxicology with key audiences
  • Increase partnerships/collaboration with scientific societies

Be a forum for discussion of public and environmental health policies/issues If these funds are being used to support or develop participation in a meeting, please comply with the requirements on the list below:

  • Use of SOT’s name on promotional materials.
  • Highlighted announcement on SOT’s upcoming meeting web page.
  • One-time use of the SOT mail list, which is implemented through the Science News Alert sent as a broadcast email to all SOT Members.
  • Reciprocal one-time use of mail list.
  • Link to SOT Annual Meeting website.
  • Provide SOT with the list of meeting attendees with their full contact information.

If approved, initiatives will be funded up to $4,000. Honoraria are not a permitted expense. A summary report (no more than 750 words; photos welcome) is due within 30 days of the conclusion of the meeting. The report should be written so it is suitable for publication as an article in the SOT Communiqué.

Global Awards and Grants
To encourage the exchange of information and expertise across the world, the Society has established a number of programs designed to bring toxicologists from diverse backgrounds together.

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

This program funds two mid-career to senior scholar toxicologists from developing countries to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo and spend about four weeks with one or more SOT member hosts from established toxicology programs in academic, government, or industry organization(s) worldwide. The host in turn visits the scholar’s institution.

Go to: Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program information

International ToxScholar Outreach Grants

This program sends toxicologists to institutions in developing nations to conduct campus visits and increase the awareness of educational and career opportunities in toxicology. The format of the visit (formal presentation, informal discussion, or a combination) is at the discretion of the campus host and the visitors.

Go to: ToxScholar Outreach Grants information

SOT/SOT Endowment Fund/IUTOX Travel Award

These awards sponsor fellowships administered by IUTOX that assist with travel of senior scientists from countries where toxicology is underrepresented to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. More information is available on the IUTOX website.

Global Meeting Support

SOT will provide funding through its Sponsorship of Non-SOT Meetings program to support meetings in developing regions on topics related to toxicology and public health.

Go to: SOT-sponsored Meetings information

Membership Dues Discounts

SOT offers discounted membership dues for scientists from eligible developing countries. Discounted dues for Full and Associate membership are $50; dues for Postdoctoral Scholars and Students are $10. This includes membership in one Special Interest Group (SIG) and one Specialty Section (SS). SIGs are for members with common ethnicity, country of origin, or gender and promote discussion among toxicologists on issues germane to their community and also can act as an interface between the country’s toxicology community and SOT. Specialty Sections combine members with common scientific interests. Full and Associate members qualify for free online access to SOT’s journal, Toxicological Sciences. Postdoctoral and Student members may qualify for a dues waiver through the Membership Dues Assistance Program.

Go to: SOT Membership Dues information

Continuing Education (CEd-Tox) Online Courses

Throughout the year, SOT members from eligible developing countries can take advantage of numerous continuing education courses available to them online for no fee. Most of the courses run approximately three and a half hours and are divided into a brief introduction followed by approximately four 45-minute segments that can be viewed individually. There are English transcriptions for many courses and listeners have the option to stop the audio and read the transcript for additional clarity.

Go to: CEd-Tox Courses