Note. Accounts will be accepted/approved once the audit is completed by accountants
Breakdown of payments (2020)
UKEMS/BTS conference 2019 (meeting loss)
Summer studentship/Pilot grants
EEMGS travel bursaries
1 approved (subsequently not used)
Society of Biology
IGG, MEG Annual
Mutagenesis editorial expense
7044.00 (paid in 2019)
Mutagenesis Editor’s Report
38 submissions from 1st Jan-31st May 2020; 58% rejection rate
Average time to 1st decision 25.5 days
Average time to acceptance/rejection 16 days
This figure is currently mis-leading due to the high outright rejection rate (usually returned to authors in 1-2 days following submission). The number will be more realistic at the end of the year when all manuscripts currently under review are included.
Mutagenesis Ranking and Impact Factor 2009-2018
Special Issues and Topics
Special Issue: In silico approaches to genetic toxicology, Vol 34.1; Guest Editor: Masamitsu Honma
Special Topic: Insights into the risk, prognosis and progression of pancreatic cancer; Guest Editor: Pavel Vodička
Special Issue: Implications of DNA Damage and DNA Repair on Human Diseases, Vol 35.1; Guest Editor: Bryant Nelson & Miral Dizdar
Special Topic: Updates addressing colorectal cancer heterogeneity; Guest Editor: Alessio Naccarati and Pavel Vodička
Special Topic (Planned): 3D skin models for genotoxicity evaluation; Guest Editor: Stefan Pfuhler & Raffaella Corvi
Editorial Board Changes
Retired from the Editorial Board (Dec 2019): Alok Dhawan (India)
Retired from the Editorial Board (May 2020): Veronique Thybaud (France)
Appointed to the Editorial Board (Dec 2019): Bryant Nelson (USA)
Mutagenesis Best Publication Prize
Paper of the Year Award – scored by its citations & downloads in 2019
Improvement of quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) tools for predicting Ames mutagenicity: outcomes of the Ames/QSAR International Challenge Project Masamitsu Honma, Airi Kitazawa, Alex Cayley… et al Mutagenesis, Volume 34, Issue 1, January 2019, Pages 3–16
Mutagenesis will become an online only journal from Jan 2021
Reviewers – publish an annual thank you to our reviewers; Jan issue (35:1)
Last but not least, AUTHORS
GSN Chair’s Report
The GSN has announced the cancellation of the January 2021 Annual meeting. We hope to recommence in Jan 2022. Other than this, all other aspects of the Network activities remain unchanged.
IGG Chair’s Report
Changes to the IGG Committee
Committee (as of July 2020):
Paul Fowler, Chair
Darren Kidd, Treasurer
Paul Rawlinson, Secretary
Mel Lloyd, Ordinary member
Rhiannon David, Ordinary member
Eva Lessmann, Ordinary member
Grace Kocks, Ordinary member
IGG Accounts Summary (2019)
IGG Accounts Summary (2020)
‘Save the Date’ for the IGG Annual Meeting!
The IGG Annual meeting will be held on November 30th – December 1st 2020.
Also, for the first time, this year we will host a New Investigator Session with an award for the best talk.
Now most likely to be a virtual meeting on the same date with a revised running order, updates will be posted on social media.
Rich Williams award – In memory of Rich we decided to host an annual IGG prize for an new/early career investigator there will be a small cash prize alongside travel/registration expenses to attend and speak at the next UKEMS meeting.
IGG member companies (and NUKEMS) asked to suggest suitable candidates. Must have an industrial focus or application to be considered.
Format of this session would be 3 short new investigator talks, voting by the audience via Menti and announced at the following days AGM.
The future of the IGG
A Broader role representing industry?
IGG currently holds an annual meeting with a single F2F committee meeting
Can we do more?
Publications and position papers
Workshops (in addition to/instead of the annual meeting?)
Training on interpretation of regulatory assays (online content)
Plans for meetings in conjunction with other European societies.
Some of these activities will be starting in 2020
MEG Chair’s Report
MEG Committee Members
Chair – Jill McKay, Northumbria University
Secretary – Jessica Timms, King’s College London
Treasurer – Andrew Collins, University of Oslo
Member – Marc Gunter, IARC
Member – Sabine Langie, Maastricht University
Member – Hannah Elliott, Bristol University
Member – Jonine Figueroa, Edinburgh University
Member – Natassia Robinson, Newcastle University
MEG annual meeting
Due to limited abstract submissions (n=10) and few registrants we predicted a low attendance (around 20-25) and therefore cancelled the meeting ahead of the situation surrounding COVID19.
We will be working with the UKEMS committee in which we may rebrand the group in the future to build a coherent focus and build momentum.
Plans for future meetings are currently on hold due to the COVID situation and will be revisited in the Autumn.
New Team Members and Roles
Chair (Jill) and Treasurer (Andrew) are due to rotate off the committee
Jonine will take over as Treasurer, but we need to elect a new Chair from existing members
We will need at least one new member to join and therefore will soon be advertising this seat
Our new website runs well and facilitates registrations and abstract submissions for meetings (https://www.meg-uk.org/.)
We will keep using this site in as it is more cost efficient than linking with the UKEMS website.
We request that the UKEMS website has a more visible link to the interest groups, as currently this is difficult to find.
Finances are in order currently, with around £6000 in credit.
We thanks UKEMS for the yearly £2000 contribution.
NUKEMS Chair’s Report
NUKEMS held another successful Sunday session at the UKEMS-BTS congress, Cambridge, 2019
This included new investigator (NI) poster pitches/ talks and online peer voting to decide on prize winners
Dr Ruth Morse (UWE) and Rob Smith (Covance) were our expert panel on what makes a good interview candidate and we carried out a mock interview with model answers
No post-conference survey was carried out this year due to the joint society nature of the conference
There were also a number of talks and posters by UKEMS NIs at the congress, and committee members assisted in the poster judging
As the session won’t happen this year, the committee aims to provide some of our usual session content online, and increase our online presence
As a number of committee members rotated off the committee in June, our focus has been on recruiting new members
The aim was to achieve a good representation of companies/ institutions and NI career stages
The new committee is as follows:
Pre-clinical toxicologist, 2yrs post PhD
De Montfort University
Lecturer, <1yr post PhD
Swansea University (Genomic Medicine)
Teaching staff, <1yr post PhD
Report co-ordinator, graduate
University of West England
King’s College London
Post-doctoral researcher, <1yr post-PhD
PhD student/ Academic Clinical Fellow
Swansea University (IVTG)
Research assistant, graduate
Swansea University (IVTG)
We are currently in the process of selecting a Secretary and allocating dedicated social media roles
We would like to thank the former committee members for all their hard work over the years