SCCT Events

Upcoming Events

Webinar—Driving Safer Chemicals Through Alternatives Assessment

Webinar

Hosted by: The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Alternatives Assessment (AA) is becoming increasingly important as an interdisciplinary science policy approach to environmental and chemical management, but what exactly is it, and why is it gaining such prominence? In our fast-evolving world, policy makers, investors, advocates, and market leaders increasingly advocate for more sustainable products and processes. Yet, we must not leap blindly: the danger of "regrettable substitutions" looms large, where one harmful chemical might simply be replaced by another of equal or greater concern.

This webinar will be based on and expand upon a recent SETAC Technical Issue Paper, which sheds light on the science policy approach of AA. Participants will learn more about how AA, beyond merely identifying replacements for chemicals of concern, embarks on a journey to compare potential alternatives based their life cycle impacts including hazard, exposure, performance, and economic feasibility. In addition, regulatory implications, emerging challenges and opportunities, and real-world case studies will be covered.

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April 3, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon EST

Past Events

Webinar—Overview of the EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Toxics Tracker

Webinar

Hosted by: The SOT Sustainable Chemicals through Contemporary Toxicology Specialty Section

The US EPA's TRI Toxics Tracker allows one to access nationwide Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data from the past 10 years and to easily explore it by geography, facility, industry, chemical, or specific data elements. The goal for this webinar is to provide information about this tool and answer questions about how it works and its utility to those working in sustainable chemistry, alternatives assessment, and related fields. For instance, the tracker could be useful for the tracking of the implementation of green/sustainable chemistry manufacturing practices. This webinar will give an overview of the tracker and its utility and expand on the Environmental Justice and Risk Analysis section of the tool. The webinar will then turn towards an overview of the Solvent Substitutions Page and conclude with questions and discussion.

Speakers:
Christina Guthrie, MS, Lead Environmental Protection Specialist, US EPA, Toxics Release Inventory Program
Charlotte Snyder, MS, Environmental Protection Specialist, US EPA, Toxics Release Inventory Program

Materials:
Webinar Recording
Presentation Slides

November 6, 2023

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (US EST, UTC-5)

Webinar—Avoid Being Toxicology’s Worst Enemy

Webinar

This webinar will provided tips for interacting with the press to share your novel findings and for how to leverage the applied ethics framework and be a steward of scientific integrity. This was the third webinar in a three-part series on how scientific bias, credibility, conflict of interest, censorship, and advocacy should be top of mind for toxicologists conducting and communicating their research, particularly in novel areas. This series was organized and hosted by the SOT Sustainable Chemicals through Contemporary Toxicology (SCCT) and Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues (ELFSI) Specialty Sections.

Materials:
Webinar Recording
Presentation Slides

November 4, 2022


Webinar—Toxicologists Can be Trusted through Integrity and Transparency

Webinar

This webinar provided tips for communicating the role of toxicologists to the general public–and why we can be trusted–and discussed the importance of scientific integrity and transparency, including how to disseminate your knowledge effectively. This was the second webinar in a three-part series on how scientific bias, credibility, conflict of interest, censorship, and advocacy should be top of mind for toxicologists conducting and communicating their research, particularly in novel areas. This series was organized and hosted by the SOT Sustainable Chemicals through Contemporary Toxicology (SCCTSS) and Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues (ELFSI) Specialty Sections.

Presenters:
Michael Dourson, Director of Science, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA)
Wendelyn Jones, Executive Director, Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS)

Materials:
Webinar Recording
Presentation Slides

October 5, 2022


Webinar—Combating Censorship and Vilification

Webinar

This webinar highlighted recent examples of censorship of inconvenient viewpoints in toxicology (or "consensorship"), the importance of credibility and due diligence as expert witnesses in toxicology, and how to combat vilification by focusing on the science. This was the first webinar in a three-part series on how scientific bias, credibility, conflict of interest, censorship, and advocacy should be top of mind for toxicologists conducting and communicating their research, particularly in novel areas. This series was organized and hosted by the SOT Sustainable Chemicals through Contemporary Toxicology (SCCT) and Ethical, Legal, Forensics, and Societal Issues (ELFSI) Specialty Sections.

Presenters:
Chris Borgert, President and Principal Scientist, Applied Pharmacology and Toxicology, Inc.
Laura Plunkett, Managing Partner, Biopolicy Solutions, LLC

Materials:
Webinar Recording
Presentation Slides

September 23, 2022


Webinar—How Do We Get to Safer and Sustainable: Insight from Risk Assessment, Safer Design, and Green Chemistry Leadership

Webinar

Cosponsored by the SOT Risk Assessment Specialty Section

Presenters:
Joseph Rodricks, Founding Principal, Ramboll
John Warner, Distinguished Research Fellow, Zymergen Corporation
William McDonough, Manager and Co-founder, MBDC

Materials:
Webinar Recording
Additional information

October 26, 2021


Short Course—Tour de Force of Tools from the US Environmental Protection Agency to Support Assessments of Alternatives

Webinar

Cosponsored with the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment

Presenters:
Todd Martin, Research Chemical Engineer, Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, US Environmental Protection Agency
Katherine Phillips, Physical Scientist, Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, US Environmental Protection Agency
Antony Williams, Computational Chemist, Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, US Environmental Protection Agency

Materials:
Webinar Recording

October 25, 2021


SCCT Virtual Annual Meeting

Webinar

SCCT Virtual Annual Meeting/Reception

Materials:
SCCT Virtual Annual Meeting Slides
SOT 2021 Annual Meeting SCCT Poster

March 15, 2021

1 hour


Webinar: EU’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-free Environment

Webinar

Cohosted by Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) and SCCT

Materials:
Webinar Recording

February 10, 2021

1 hour