The Global Horizon Scanning Research Prioritization Project (GHSP) aims to collect and prioritize the most important future research questions as recognized by scientists from around the globe working in government, academia and business.

With your help, we have collected priority research questions through our online survey platform for Latin America. All information collected during this survey will be aggregated for analysis and an upcoming workshop as part of the SETAC Latin America 11th Biennial Meeting. Following this workshop, you will be asked to rank priority research needs based on the questions submitted. SETAC will then disseminate this information to the policy, business and scientific communities.

SETAC Latin America Horizon Scanning Workshop

The SETAC Latin America Horizon Scanning Workshop will be held on 7 September during the upcoming SETAC Latin America 11th Biennial Meeting. On these days, workshop participants are expected to concentrate their effort on the workshop with minimum exceptions (e.g., give a platform presentation). Output from each of the geographic unit workshops will include a multi-authored publication in one of the SETAC journals, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management.

If you have any questions or comments about this project, please contact Bryan Brooks, Gary Ankley, Alistair Boxall or Murray Rudd.

Thank you for helping with this important effort to identify priority research needs for sustainable environmental quality!

III. What are Attributes of an “Ideal” Research Question and Examples of Recently submitted questions?

Attributes of an “ideal” research question include:

  • Address important gaps in knowledge
  • Be answerable through a realistic research design
  • Have a factual answer that does not depend on value judgments
  • Cover a spatial and temporal scale that could realistically be addressed by a research team (US$10 million over 5 years)
  • Not be answerable by “it all depends,” or “yes” or “no”
  • If related to impact and interventions, it should contain a subject, an intervention, and a measurable outcome

Here are some example questions:

  • What are the influences of decreased instream flows in drought susceptible regions to the aquatic risks of pesticides?
  • How important are environmental risks of nanomaterials in terrestrial ecosystems relative to other contaminants?
  • Can ecotoxicity data for fish models in temperate regions predict toxicological thresholds of metals in Arctic regions?
  • How can high-throughput in vitro data be used to identify ecological important adverse outcomes in threatened and endangered freshwater bivalves?