Abstract and Scientific Programme

If you submitted your abstract successfully, you should receive a submission confirmation e-mail within 24h after submission. If you didn’t, please contact the SETAC Europe office as soon as possible so we can check if your submission was successful.

SETAC Europe introduced the submission of extended abstracts for platform presentation in order to improve the scientific quality of the meeting. Extended abstracts enable the scientific committee and the session chairs to better judge the papers, and facilitate the consistent programming of the platform sessions.

At the meeting, a regular abstract book containing the short abstracts for all platform and poster presentations will be distributed. The extended abstracts will be available online. The abstract book (with short abstracts) will be available online free of charge, or in print upon purchase.

Please note that ONLY submissions including an extended abstract will be considered for a platform presentation.

In case you are selected to give a platform presentation, your extended abstract will be available online, UNLESS you have indicated in your online submission that you do NOT give SETAC permission to publish the extended abstract.

Your decision to either or not make your extended abstract available in the online programme can be revised by sending an e-mail to the SETAC Europe office until 30 April 2019.

The extended abstracts of papers that are accepted for a platform presentation are only published in the online programme (unless you choose otherwise), NOT in a hardcopy proceedings book.

You will receive an acceptance or rejection letter by 25 January 2019. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 November 2018 and the abstract review process started early December. Firstly, all abstracts were evaluated by the members of the scientific committee. They did a first screening and took out non-fitting and poor quality abstracts. Just before Christmas, the abstracts went to the session chairs/co-chairs for a more detailed review. They evaluated all papers in order to make a selection of platform and poster presentations, and suggested a programme for their session. This programme went back to the Scientific Committee for a final check to take out biased or too commercial sessions. The SETAC Europe office coordinates this whole process and administers the results of each step. Once the review process has been terminated, the SETAC Europe office sends  out the acceptance / rejection letters to all submitters by 25 January. If authors do not receive any news by 25 January, we strongly advise them to contact SETAC staff.

For every abstract, the contact person of the abstract (i.e. the presenting author of the abstract) receives an acceptance or rejection letter by the end of January. If you have not received any news by 25 January we strongly advise you to contact SETAC staff.

In the frame of the Annual Meeting programme, the members of the scientific committee and/or the session chairs/co-chairs have the responsibility of reading, evaluating and selecting papers for platform and poster presentations. The number of slots for platform presentations is limited, so it is simply not possible to give all persons requesting a platform presentation a slot to give their talk. A change from poster to platform is not possible because at that stage we have already scheduled all the platform sessions and notified all submitters about their abstract status. However, in case of a platform withdrawal there can be a possibility of switching a poster to a platform presentation, which is decided by the session (co-)chairs. If an author would have any specific questions about the choice of platform/poster assignments, he/she is advised to contact the session chairs/co-chairs.

Extended abstracts are used to enable the scientific committee and the session chairs to better judge the papers, and facilitate the consistent programming of the platform sessions. Your abstract will be reviewed by the scientific committee and the session chairs and they can decide to accept your abstract for a poster presentation. This means your extended abstract will not be published in the online programme. The short abstract will be published in the online programme and in a separate congress proceedings book. The extended abstracts of papers that are accepted for a platform are only published in the online programme, NOT in a hardcopy proceedings book.

Please note that you CANNOT make changes to your abstract / extended abstract once you have submitted it. If for some reason you need to make IMPORTANT changes to your abstract (e.g. change presenting author, change permission to publish extended abstract), please send an e-mail to the SETAC Europe office by 30 April 2019, clearly mentioning your abstract number, title and the changes that need to be made. If you need to make changes to your extended abstract, please attach the changed file to your e-mail. After 15 March, abstract and programme books will be sent to the printer and changes cannot be made anymore.

Check with your co-author(s) if they can present your poster/platform for you. If they can, then notify the SETAC Europe office that the presenting author of your poster/platform presentation will change. If there is nobody to present your poster/platform presentation, you will have to withdraw it from the programme. In this case, please notify the SETAC Europe office immediately so they can make the necessary changes to the programme.

Note that presentations from presenting authors not registered by 3 April 2019, will be cancelled and excluded from the programme and abstract book.

Poster presenters are responsible for their own poster, and should bring their poster personally. If for some reason you cannot attend the meeting, check with your co-author(s) if they can present the poster instead. In case of withdrawal, the author should notify the SETAC Europe office immediately.

Technical guidelines to prepare your poster / platform presentation will be available online early April.

In some platform sessions, the last 20 minutes slot has been reserved for 4 very short presentations or ‘poster spotlights’ (of 4 minutes each). Poster spotlight presenters should prepare 2-3 slides to highlight the work presented on their poster that will be displayed all day in the poster/exhibition hall. If more than 3 slides are submitted for the poster spotlight presentation, only the first 3 slides will be shown.
A poster corner is located in the poster area/exhibition hall and displays 6 to 8 posters with a common subject. During the poster social at the day the session is scheduled, a group discussion will be organised with an introduction by the session chair in front of the posters. After this introduction the posters will be discussed among the authors and the audience present in the poster corner.

The session overview can be found here. The detailed scientific programme with presentation titles and authors will be online by 1 April 2019.

In addition to the parallel sessions, special sessions will be planned in Helsinki.


Online registration is now open. As of 23 May, online registration is no longer possible. If you wish to register after that date, you should register in Helsinki at the onsite registration desk.

Click here for the registration categories and costs. Note that considerable discounts are offered for SETAC members. If you do not have a SETAC account, you will need to create one first. The system allows you to create a free of charge (student) guest account in case you don’t wish to become an active SETAC member.

Please go to the SETAC Europe website and log in with your username and password. Go to invoices, where you will find an overview of all your invoices and receipts. If no meeting registration invoice is visible there, please contact Veerle Vandeveire.

A combi fee is a registration fee for the meeting PLUS a SETAC membership. This fee is lower than the non-member registration fee and allows you to enjoy the benefits SETAC offers to his members for one year. Combi-fees are only valid for (new) members in Europe, Africa, the Middle-East and Russia. Please note that for people from Low – & Middle-Income Countries* in Europe it might be more interesting to first become a member before registering for the meeting.

*Low – & Middle-Income Countries as defined by the World Bank.

Payment by credit card is strongly preferred. Credit card payments can be done during the online registration process. Payments can also be made by bank transfer. Bank details can be found on the registration invoice. Note that cheques will not be accepted!

If we did not receive your payment, a reminder of non-payment will be sent 2 weeks before the Annual Meeting. If you receive a reminder but you did actually pay, you are asked to bring the proof of payment (bank statement) or official P.O. (purchase order) with you.

If no payment was received and no proof of payment can be shown, the full registration amount MUST be paid on-site!

The confirmation e-mail you receive after registration is considered the invoice. The invoice/receipt can also be found under your profile when you log in to the SETAC website.

If you require a printed invoice, you can receive it upon request.

Your early registration fee will automatically be changed to the late registration fee. The increased fee is due.

Cancellations must be received in writing by mail to the SETAC office in Brussels.

If you cancel your registration by 05 April 2019, a cancellation fee of 50 Euro will be charged.

A 250 euro cancellation fee will be charged for cancellations received after 05 April 2019.

In case of refund after a cancellation, the cancellation fee will be deducted from the amount that was already.

If you cancel your registration after the cancellation deadline but have not paid yet, the outstanding amount will still be due.

SETAC Europe reserves the right to cancel any events due to unforeseen circumstances. In case of event cancellations by SETAC, a refund of the full event fee will be done.

Refunds will be made after the meeting.

You will receive a certificate of attendance via e-mail, shortly after the meeting.

Instructions on how to create your certificate of presentation will also be sent to you shortly after the meeting.

The receipt can be found on the SETAC website when you log in to your account.

Sunday 7:30 – 20:00

Monday – Wednesday 7:30 – 18:30

Thursday 7:30 – 14:00

As the registration is individual, it is not transferable, we cannot hand over the package to somebody else. Your colleague should register as a new meeting participant.

The colleague will receive all meeting material covered by the registration fee upon simple request by mail/e-mail.

Once the registration is completed you cannot cancel an event, in this case you should contact Veerle Vandeveire.

You can add an event through the SETAC Europe store.

Please send an e-mail to Veerle Vandeveire if you would have any questions.

YES. All presenters have to register by 3 April and payment is due by 25 April. Note that presentations from presenting authors not having registered by 20 March 2019 will be cancelled and excluded from the programme and abstract book. For registration info, click here.

YES. While we strongly appreciate the efforts the session chairs and scientific committee members put into the organisation of the meeting, we do not waive their registration fees. Many of our meeting delegates are involved in the organisation of specific parts of the meeting programme. Because we want to keep the registration fee for our meetings as low as possible, all of these volunteer contributors are asked to pay the appropriate registration fee. For registration info, click https://helsinki.setac.org/register/here.

Travel and Accommodation

Helsinki offers an excellent choice of quality and comfortable accommodation which you can find and book on this website.

Through this website, you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time.

Note that SETAC Europe is not responsible for the bookings made through other websites.

Other Questions

As usual, during the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, meeting rooms will be available for parallel/business meetings. If you would like to book a meeting room, please complete the appropriate online meeting room request before 1 April. Note that space is limited, and reservations are done on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you want to book a room after 1 April, contact Barbara Koelman.