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SOT Strategic Plan

The SOT Council developed a strategic plan that focuses on meeting the challenge of keeping toxicology in the forefront of scientific advancements that benefit public and environmental health. The SOT strategy takes advantage of data from a representative member survey as well as targeted, in-depth interviews with key toxicology thought leaders. The strategy is intended to highlight the approaches that the Council sees as necessary to keep toxicology at the cutting-edge of biomedical research. This includes highlighting the importance of the science of toxicology in understanding the basis for common, chronic diseases, as well as the importance of the Society of Toxicology in bringing together scientists from related fields to discuss ways to use this knowledge to improve public health.

Importantly, the new strategy does not supplant the core functions of the Society—providing forums for scientific exchange, member services and education. It is, however, intended to enhance them in a way that is consistent with SOT’s mission, vision, and guiding values. The overlap in initiatives within the three strategic objectives was intentional as a method for emphasizing the importance of these concepts. Council welcomes your comments. Please send your comments and suggestions to SOT Headquarters.


The Society of Toxicology is the leading organization dedicated to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology.

Guiding Values

The Society of Toxicology is a professional, scientific society dedicated to:

  • Serving the needs of the scientific discipline and our members to enhance human, animal, and environmental health;
  • Life-long learning and Intellectual scientific stimulation;
  • Diversity of representation in all activities of the Society; and
  • Integrity.

SOT is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of its activities. We assert that diversity and inclusiveness include many factors, such as gender, race/ethnicity, employment sector, nationality, geographic location, physical ability, and scientific expertise and perspective. Embracing diversity and optimizing inclusion maximizes the range of creativity and innovation in our Society and our science.

Strategic Priorities and Objectives

  1. Strengthen the Impact and Relevance of Toxicology
    1. Foster the Integration of Other Scientific Disciplines with Toxicology
    2. Bridge Existing and Emerging Science in Toxicology
    3. Promote Transformative Science in Toxicology
    4. Promote Translation of Evolving Technology into Clinical Practice and Public Health

  2. Develop and Support Toxicologists to Capitalize on Future Opportunities
    1. Clarify/Communicate the Evolving Roles and Skill Sets for Toxicologists
    2. Increase Mutual Understanding Among Toxicologists and Other Disciplines
    3. Promote the Recruitment, Education, and Development of a Diverse and Creative Community of Toxicologists
    4. Promote Opportunities for Research Support

  3. Expand Outreach and Impact Globally
    1. Communicate the Impact and Relevance of Toxicology with Key Audiences
    2. Foster International Toxicology Activities
    3. Increase Partnerships/Collaboration with Scientific Societies
    4. Be a Forum for Discussion of Public and Environmental Health Policies/Issues