New challenges to environmental quality are expected at a global scale for the next 30 years as a result of climate change, the depletion of natural resources and the World population growth. Within these three coordinates, the human pressure over the environment is undoubtedly subject to the evolution of the global trade, the economic growth of countries and regions, and population shifts from an increased urbanization and migrations. Environmental sciences must provide solutions to issues caused in this changing scenario by the global rearrangement of the agri-food chain, of the uses of lands and coastal ecosystems, and the innovation in the chemical industry. The risks and management of chemical pollution in soil, water and air, the sustainability of production, as well as the life cycle of products and processes and the effects on the ecosystem services should be determined in time.
The SETAC Europe 2021 Annual Meeting will bring together scientists from various disciplines in Academia, Business, Government and NGOs to share, debate, discuss, disseminate and facilitate the re-use of their most recent scientific knowledge. The goal is to support the development of integrative approaches that address new potential risks, as well as to find optimised solutions which balance the various needs of mankind and at the same time can safeguard the protection of the environment.