What is the YES meeting?

The purpose of the Young Environmental Scientists meeting is to encourage, teach, and promote young scientists in the fields of toxicology, environmental chemistry, and ecology to be well-networked and self-confident scientists. Attendees have the opportunity  to engage in workshops, professional development talks, and to practice networking, public speaking, and other non-scientific skills that are important in the scientific world. All attendees present their research (platform or poster) while receiving feedback from their peers in a relaxed and non-intimidating for students, by students atmosphere.

Do I have to be a SETAC student to register?

YES. You must be a SETAC student member at the time of abstract submission.

How can I get travel support?

SETAC students with an accepted abstract will be able to apply for YES meeting travel grants to attend the meeting. These travel grants are not guaranteed and will be competitive, so if you are considering attending please keep this in consideration.

When will I find out about my travel grant application?

We aim to inform all participants of their travel grant status by 12 February.

How can I share a room with other participants?

Indicate that you are interested in sharing a room on your registration form and we’ll get you in touch with other students looking for roommates.

What can I expect at the 2016 YES meeting?

We will be hosting approximately 100 students from all over the world at this first SETAC North America YES meeting. There will be plenty of time for socializing over coffee and posters during the conference, and we hope that you have a positive experience networking with your colleagues.

What should I bring with me to Gainesville?

A couple members of our scientific committee, who attended the YES 2015 meeting last year, have developed a short ’packing’ list for those of you coming to North Central Florida or to a YES meeting for the first time:

  1. Conference appropriate clothing. Most people wear business casual to SETAC meetings – so a suit is probably a bit much, but you should still look nice. For guys, dress pants or khakis and button down shirts are recommended.  Ladies can also wear those items or go for softer blouses and knee length skirts or dresses. Blazers and nice sweaters are an excellent way for anyone to stay warm, and a nice blazer will dress up an otherwise less formal outfit. Closed toed, low heel/flat shoes are most appropriate, and should be comfortable enough to walk from the hotel to the venue and stand around during poster sessions and coffee breaks.  Flip-flops, athletic shoes, hiking boots, etc. are not business casual. Here is some additional additional information about how to be YES-meeting ready:
  2. Yourself and your presentation/poster. That’s the whole reason for the conference! And be sure to check the presentation guidelines, which will be available on the website in the coming days.
  3. A light jacket. Expect high temperatures in early March of 70F (21C) and lows around 45F (7C).
  4. Your computer. In case you need to make some last minute updates to your presentation or respond to any “urgent” emails from your PI.
  5. Power snacks. Have a granola bar or some trail mix on-hand if you get hungry between meal breaks, especially since the nearest place to grab food at the conference venue is about 15 minutes away.
  6. Business cards. A big part of going to conferences is networking. It is much easier to give someone your business card instead of asking them to remember an email address or name so you can continue communication after the conference.
  7. A notebook and pen. While you watch other presentations and go to short courses, you may want to take notes.
  8. For International students: It is a good idea to have some way of portable communication (a phone with an international data plan or app like Viber or Whatsapp) in case you need to get in touch with other conference attendees or your airline.
  9. Other things to consider include additional, casual clothing to wear for evening socials (likely at a local bar), a book or other entertainment for traveling and down time, a swim suit (especially for the brave northerners who want to check out the outdoor hotel pool!), and a camera to take pictures during the meeting (and for spotting any gators on campus!).