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.

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

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.

We aim to inform all participants of their travel grant status within a few days of the closing of the registrations.

We will be hosting approximately 100 students from all over the world at this 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.

A couple members of our scientific committee, who attended the YES 2015 meeting two years ago, have developed a short ’packing’ list for those of you coming to Sweden 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 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.
  3. Layered clothing/a warm jacket. The temperature can drop below 0°C in Stockholm in February, so be prepared. Best to bring several layers of clothing that you can wear on top of each other and a warm jacket or wind stopper.
  4. Shoes with a good grip. It can be very icy in some places so try not to bring slippery shoes!
  5. Gloves/hat. It will be cold in February so bring a pair of gloves and a hat to keep yourselves warm. The air in Stockholm is also very dry in the winter, so it might be good to bring some hand cream to keep your hands dry and prevent the skin from cracking.
  6. Your computer. In case you need to make some last minute updates to your presentation or respond to any “urgent” emails from your PI.
  7. 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 can be quite expensive!
  8. 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.
  9. A notebook and pen. While you watch other presentations and go to short courses, you may want to take notes.
  10. 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. You will have access to the wifi while you’re at the campus.
  11. 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 if you’re staying longer and want to experience the sauna / jump in a frozen lake experience!)  and a camera to take pictures during the meeting.