Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society
Virtual Annual Meeting
September 22-25, 2021

EMGS 2021:
Virtual Meeting, Real Science

Conference Overview

The EMGS Virtual Annual Meeting uniquely brings together leading scientists from academia, industry, and government to discuss cutting-edge research aimed at understanding and mitigating environmental threats to the genome and to the epigenome. Environmental exposures pose a complex and constantly evolving threat to genomic integrity, putting our children and ourselves at increased risk of disease.

Our dynamic and interactive meetings are designed to promote the Society’s mission to foster scientific research, education, and collaboration with a focus on issues pertinent to genomic stability. Emphasis areas include DNA damage, DNA repair, mutagenesis, heritable effects, and epigenetic alterations in genome function.

Additionally, the EMGS aims to promote the application and communication of knowledge relevant to genetic toxicology testing, risk assessment, and regulatory policy-making to protect human health and the environment.

For decades, the EMGS Annual Meeting has been creating opportunities for new investigators to join a welcoming community of scientists working in research institutions, regulatory agencies, and industry, all with a shared commitment toward public health. The Society puts a major focus on supporting the next generation of scientists through both formal and informal activities throughout the meeting

Program Overview

Environmental toxins and toxicants impact human physiology and biochemistry by altering or modifying DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites. Across the spectrum of scientific inquiry, we are challenged with understanding the mechanisms which respond to or modulate these genotoxic effects. Furthermore, the development of tools for analysis, as well as, for evaluation of these biological endpoints are critical for the promotion and protection of human health. By forging a bridge to bring scientists studying exposures, mechanisms, and regulatory sciences, the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) will provide a venue for stimulating cross-disciplinary research and discovery. We will learn how environmental agents impact genomic, proteomic and metabolic signatures, and how we can use this knowledge base to develop informed biomarkers and improved regulatory policies that address human health concerns related to environmental exposures. Join us as we cross this bridge, find common ground in our advances in the study of Environmental Health Sciences, and bring together our efforts on Exposure, Mechanism, and its impact on Public Health.

The scientific program consists of symposia, platform and poster sessions, and internationally recognized speakers. Throughout there is a focus on the newest findings and technologies in basic and applied environmental science and how they are shaping future endeavors. The upcoming program represents the full spectrum of interests and expertise of our uniquely multidisciplinary Society. Our 2021 program will be posted online, and you will find the latest changes and updates there.

Program Highlights

Keynote Lectures
This year we will have 2 distinguished keynote speakers

  • Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, M.D.
  • Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, PhD

Award Plenary Lectures

  • EMGS Award Lecture
    This award is conferred in recognition of outstanding research contributions in the area of environmental mutagenesis.
  • Young Scientist Award Lecture 
    A top young environmental scientist nominated by EMGS members and selected by public vote.
  • Alexander Hollaender Award Lecture
    Conferred annually in recognition of outstanding contributions in the application of the principles and techniques of environmental mutagenesis to the protection of Human Health.

7 Symposia

5 Platform Sessions

Virtual Poster Sessions

Business Meeting
The Business Meeting: Plan to attend this meeting to obtain a brief overview of EMGS accomplishments, which will be shared by the EMGS leadership and Editor-in-Chief of EMM. (Committee reports will be available via EMGS Website.) 

Pre-Meeting Events:

EMGS Special Interest Group Meetings
Meetings of the Society SIGs are a time-tested favorite of the Annual Meeting, and this year will take place outside of the planned dates for the annual meeting. The format provides free-form discussions and short presentations of key challenges and new initiatives. The SIGs provide a casual way for young investigators and seasoned researchers to interact.

Women in EMGS Meeting

The WEMGS provides a forum for discussions focusing on career development and scientific research areas that affect women but are also relevant to the general membership of the EMGS. 

Post Meeting Events

Student and New Investigator Free Meeting

All students and new investigators are invited to attend a session hosted by the Education, Student and New Investigator Affairs Committee. In addition to discussing opportunities for involvement in EMGS. This event is only open to student and new investigator registrants. Advance registration is required.

EMGS Awards Event

Covid-19 may have kept us apart in 2020-21, but nothing could stop the EMGS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting from going forward. Join your EMGS friends and colleagues a virtual toast to our annual award winners. (Please invite your partners, children, friends, or parents to take part in the celebration.) 

We will be toasting honorees for the EMGS professional awards, new investigators, and young scientists, and the eight yet-to-be-determined winners and runners-up for Best Poster and Best Platform for both Student and New Investigator categories.   We will also congratulate the Bioinformatics Challenge Winners and Underrepresented Undergraduate Award winners.