(Updated 2022)

ISES invites and encourages sponsorship and donations to advance ISES in support of activities such as the annual meeting, travel and conference awards, webinars, newsletters and other events.

1. General ISES activities
1.1. Sponsors may have products and services that help promote exposure-science research and applications, however no sponsorship activities are permitted that could be perceived as an ISES endorsement of a particular product or service.

1.2. Sponsors may be in two categories: (i.) General sponsor. Those providing funds that go into the ISES general funds and used at the discretion of the Board. (ii.) Specific sponsor. Those sponsors who wish to organize and pay for a particular element (book, journal issues, award, etc.) or activity (webinar, speaker series, reception, conference sponsorship or conference session/symposium, etc.). Sponsors may not financially support specific scientific symposia when their goal is primarily to provide a forum for their staff or scientists to present papers, or support webinars and research highlights that showcase their product(s) and/or services.

1.3. All sponsors and exhibitors should be disclosed to ISES members, conference attendees and others.

1.4. ISES reviews sponsorship applications and reserves the right to reject applications from any organization whose goals, objectives, or past actions are considered incompatible with ISES’s ethical guidelines. ISES does not accept contributions from smoking-product companies (such as tobacco companies), and does it permit smoking-product companies to be ISES members(Because we consider institutional membership a from of sponsorship, these policies apply to corporate memberships as well.)

1.5. Financial support for awards can include a specification of the award parameters (i.e for young scientistst, for biomonitoring, for experimental innovation, etc.) But the selection of the awardee must be solely based on deliberations of the ISES Awards Committee, which has its own set of ethical and conflict-of-interest guidelines.

2. Annual Meeting
2.1. Scientists and researchers that work for sponsors or exhibitors can organize “Symposia” around topics of interest. These symposia proposals should be submitted in a manner similar with other symposia topic proposals and will be considered based on their scientific merit in meeting the conference objectives. As with all other potential conflicts of interest, the nature of the sponsor and their level of support should also be disclosed at the time of the symposia proposal, with a consideration of current or future potential conflicts of interest.

2.2. Scientists and researchers that work for sponsors or exhibitors can submit scientific abstracts for the annual meeting. These abstracts will be evaluated solely on the basis of their scientific merit in meeting the conference objectives and with no consideration of their employment by a sponsor or exhibitor. As with all other potential conflicts of interest, their employment status should also be disclosed at the time of the symposia proposal, with a consideration of current and/or future potential conflicts of interest.

2.3. All sponsors and exhibitors should be disclosed to conference attendees.

2.4. Annual meeting sponsors may be in two categories: (i.) General sponsor. Those whose funds go into the general fund for the conference and are used at the discretion of the TOC and with guidance from the conference support contractor. (ii.) Specific sponsor. Those who wish to organize and pay for a particular component of the conference, such as a reception, educational workshop, etc. These sponsors may not financially support specific scientific symposia when their goal is primarily to provide a forum for their staff or scientists to present papers or to showcase their product(s) and/or services.

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