May 12, 2020
EMGS meeting will be free of charge
The 2020 EMGS Virtual Meeting is free! Your executive board just voted to cancel the registration fee so that people everywhere can share in the important science being presented. The dates are unchanged, September 12-16. We hope that a free meeting will serve our members and their colleagues worldwide, as well as attract new members.
Of course, the meeting still has costs. We invite all registrants and attendees to make a voluntary contribution to EMGS to help defray these costs. Just check a box on the registration page.
The abstract submission deadline has been extended to May 31. We will organize virtual poster sessions and chats to facilitate Q&A with the presenters. We will also organize platform sessions if you want to speak online about your work.
If you are working on covid-19, let us know and we will organize a special platform session.
We will prepare a video with instructions on how to register and submit your poster. Look for it soon. We should have a new registration site up by June 1.
See you there,
William Kaufmann, PhD
April 27, 2020
Decision to hold a virtual meeting only
The Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society has been closely monitoring the rapid changes of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of all Annual Meeting attendees and the communities they serve are the EMGS’s first consideration. Therefore, the EMGS Council and Executive Board made the decision not to move forward with an in-person Annual Meeting in September, and instead to present the meeting program in a Virtual Annual Meeting.
The EMGS Program Committee will be exploring avenues to proceed with a modified program to be held online, perhaps on the same dates. Further communications will be forthcoming as this program develops.
We hope this can be an opportunity to develop new and creative ideas by which our society members can engage in knowledge transfer and networking through virtual connections. Perhaps an online presence will enable new members who have not attended in the past to participate for the first time.
Moving forward, Joann Sweasy, Ash Prakash, and the Program Committee need everyone’s support to accomplish a new task: producing and conducting our annual meeting virtually. I am sure we all can imagine ways that a virtual meeting can serve our members well. Remember the importance of adaptation as we modify our behavior to suit a new environment.
Finally, please know your governing Council, operating Committees, Special Interest Groups, and our management company will now focus on helping the Program Committee achieve its new goal. We look forward to sharing plans for a virtual meeting in the coming weeks and months and to connecting with you very soon about details of the EMGS Virtual Annual Meeting.
EMGS is dedicated to promoting critical scientific knowledge and research into the causes and consequences of damage to the genome and epigenome in order to inform and support national and international efforts to ensure a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations. We look forward to your participation in the EMGS Virtual Annual Meeting presented by respected speakers and scientists. Thank you for your support during this challenging global health crisis.
William Kaufmann, PhD