About EMGS

Vision, Mission, and Goals

The EMGS was founded in 1969 by distinguished scientists Drs. Alexander Hollaender, Joshua Lederberg, James Crow, James Neel, William Russell, Heinrich Malling, Frederick J. de Serres, and Matthew Meselson, among others. The society was founded to provide a forum for the establishment and support of scientists in the field of environmental mutagenesis. Although the initial focus was on germ-cell mutagenesis, the interests of the society soon expanded to encompass all areas of mutagenesis, including mutational mechanisms, development of test methods, molecular epidemiology, biomarkers, and risk assessment. 

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A world where science drives sound decisions to protect people's health from environmental hazards. 

EMGS's Mission

To understand and mitigate the impacts of environmental exposures on the genome to protect human health through diverse and inclusive leadership in research, professional development, and collaboration.

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EMGS's Goals

  • Be recognized as an authoritative and trusted voice in science and research driving decisions impacting people's health
  • Connect and expand a global and diverse community of scientists to advance the EMGS vision and mission
  • Strengthen membership benefits and experience

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EMGS's Core Values 

  • To promote an Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable membership and leadership demographic through Access and Accountability (IDEAA)
  • To protect human and environmental health
  • To inform on issues related to genome and epigenome science
  • To strengthen science in public policy

Approved by the EMGS Council on May 20, 2021