The Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) : building for the future

Watts, Michael J. and An, Taicheng and Argyraki, Ariadne and Arhin, Emmanuel and Brown, Anthea and Button, Mark and Entwistle, Jane A. and Finkelman, Robert and Gibson, Gillian and Humphrey, Olivier S. and Huo, Xia and Hursthouse, Andrew S. and Marinho-Reis, A. Paula and Maseka, Kakoma and Middleton, Daniel R. S. and Morton-Bermea, Ofelia and Nazarpour, Ahad and Olatunji, Akinade Shadrach and Osano, Odipo and Potgieter-Vermaak, Sanja and Saini, Sherestha and Stewart, Alex and Tarek, Moataz and Torrance, Keith and Wong, Ming Hung and Yamaguchi, Kosei E. and Zhang, Chaosheng and Zia, Munir (2019) The Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) : building for the future. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. ISSN 1573-2983

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    Abstract

    The challenges of sustainable development are ever more pressing, and the skills, interests and capabilities of the SEGH member are well-placed to continue to make more meaningful contributions to the environment, society and well-being. We reflect on the historical development of the society, its response to the dynamic international research landscape and the great opportunities ahead. In 2018, SEGH implemented a new board structure after 2–3 years of consultation, with approval of a new constitution and a new strategy across the large number of international board members. While regions were represented by sections in Europe, Asia/Pacific and the USA, the structure required renewal in order to be more representative of the distribution of members and website traffic that had evolved in preceding years. In addition, the society wanted to improve its position for future growth opportunities across rapidly developing regions. SEGH has been a welcoming society for early career researchers (ECRs) over the years, providing a supportive and encouraging atmosphere at conferences. However, a formal structure was required to continue to engage and support ECRs as they become established in their careers. In addition, retention and recognition of experienced scientists and practitioners were required for past and ongoing contributions to the long-standing success of SEGH since the initial formation in the early 1970s. The Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) was first established in the USA to provide a forum for experts to work together in understanding the interaction between the geochemical environment and the health of plants, animals and humans. Wixson and Davies (2019) recently provided an account of the society’s formation. We offer this account of current initiatives and future aspirations to enhance the value that this society can offer to the SEGH community and beyond.