In 2018, the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) tasked a group of scientists from the United States, Europe, and Africa to determine the need for forming an African Regional Chapter of SRA. This group was led by Dr. Joe Anne Shatkin (President of Vireo Advisors, LLC). After several months of conference calls and deliberations, a recommendation for the formation of the African Regional Chapter, to be known as SRA-Africa, was sent to SRA. Based on this recommendation, SRA recently announced the launch of the new regional chapter - SRA Africa. The Chapter held its first meeting and a reception in conjunction with the Fifth World Congress on Risk, which was held jointly with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Africa 9th Biennial Conference, May 6-8, 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.
SRA-Africa Executives. L-R: Dr. Bernard Gadagbui (TERA Senior Toxicologist, Advisor), Ms. Amy Rosenstein (Advisor), Dr. Emma Anyika, Dr. Emmanuel de-Graft Johnson Owusu-Ansah, Mary Gulumia (President), Dr. Salah Soliman, and Dr. Abdel Kadry (Advisor).
By popular request, SRA-Africa, SRA and SETAC held a risk assessment workshop that featured a lecture series from risk assessors with expertise in human health and ecological risk assessment on May 5, 2019. Leading experts include Gertie Arts, Patricia Fai, Larry Kapustka, Annegaaike Leopold, Lorraine Maltby, Charlie Menzie, Blair Paulik and Thomas-Benjamin Seiler from SETAC and Bernard Gadagbui, Abdel-Razak Kadry and Amy Rosenstein from SRA. Dr. Gadagbui also presented a talk on “The Role of Nonprofits in Promoting Toxicology and Risk Assessment Training in Africa” at the 5th World Congress.