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SETAC UK: Early Career Research Workshop

20th October 2021 | 11:00 to 15:15 GMT


Interested in a career in ecotoxicology or environmental chemistry?

Join us for an online workshop to learn more about careers from both an academic and non-academic perspective. The workshop is free to register and will take place using Zoom. There is an opportunity to identify topics of interest or ask questions on the registration form.


Please register using the following link:



Proposed Schedule

Session 1 (11:00-12:30 GMT): Careers in Academia

Short talks from successful Fellowship holders followed by a Panel Q&A session

  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellow Dr Laura Carter (University of Leeds)

  • BBSRC Industrial Fellow Dr Tom Miller (Brunel University)

  • Marie Skłodowska-​Curie Actions Fellowship Dr Brett Sallach (University of York)

  • NERC Fellowship Dr Philipp Antczak (University of Cologne)




Session 2 (13:15-15:00 GMT): Non-academia careers

Short talks from leading scientists with experience in industry, consultancy and regulatory sectors, followed by a Panel Q&A session

  • Agrochemical industry Dr Simone Bagnis

  • Health and Safety Executive Dr Kat Lees

  • Defra’s International Chemicals Team Dr Chris Green

  • Water Research Centre Professor Sean Comber (University of Plymouth)


Workshop wrap up (15:00-15:15 GMT)

Invited Speakers

Dr Brett Sallach

Brett Sallach is a Lecturer in Environmental Science at the University of York following his Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship in the Department of Environment and Geography at York in 2019. His research group is focused on understanding the fate and effects of chemical contaminants in the environment as well as strategies and technologies for their removal. Brett completed his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska in 2015.

Dr Tom Miller

Tom was recently appointed lecturer at Brunel University London with an interdisciplinary background in biology and analytical chemistry. His research interests are focussed on the impact of chemicals in the environment and the interaction this chemical stress has with other environmental stressors. Tom's expertise lies in small molecule mass spectrometry to determine chemicals found in the environment (especially in wildlife) and to determine biomarkers and pathways associated with adverse effects in exposed organisms. He is also interested in the integration of artificial intelligence within environmental toxicology to support and solve different environmental challenges.


Dr Laura Carter

Laura is a University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds with an interest in the fate and uptake of emerging contaminants in the natural environment. She currently holds a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship which funds the project: ‘Contaminants of emerging concern in agricultural systems: a risk to soil and plant health?’ Through a combination of laboratory and field trials her research group are working to assess the risks of emerging contaminants in the environment by combining expertise in the fields of agriculture, soil and plant health.


Dr Chris Green

Chris is the Science Lead in Defra’s International Chemicals Team. He leads the UK’s engagement with the Environment, Health and Safety Programme on Chemical Safety, including the development of chemical test methods. He also runs the Secretariat of the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee. As an Environmental Toxicologist by background, he is interested in developing a better science:policy interface with UK researchers to create pathways to impact for research in policy and in developing science diplomacy approaches to build international research and policy partnerships.


Dr Simone Bagnis

Simone is a passionate Environmental Scientist employed in the agrochemical industry as Environmental Exposure Assessor. He holds a MSc degree in Environmental Risk Assessment of Chemicals from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and a PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. In his current role Simone is accountable for providing discipline-specific expertise to global regulatory teams for development and implementation of the regulatory strategy for a set of molecules and related products. Modelling environmental exposure concentrations for risk assessment in accord to international standardized tools and guidance. Leading interactions with contracted research organizations and authorities


Dr Kat Lees

Kat works within the chemical regulations division (CRD) of HSE. Her work is focussed on the environmental fate and behaviour of plant protection products and their environmental regulation within the UK. Prior to working at CRD she was at Syngenta for 2.5 years in the environmental fate team, splitting my time between managing groundwater studies and risk assessment of an active fungicide ingredient. Kat completed my PhD in 2018 at Plymouth University looking at sorption of pharmaceuticals in soils after irrigation with wastewater.


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