As I head into my final months as President, I look back on nearly eight years of service marked by excellent science, wonderful friendships and the opportunity to serve with three outstanding executive committees. When I stepped into the director position after Tohru Inoue, I did not foresee nearly a decade of working with scientists around the world I met through IUTOX who have shared interests and research in toxicology.
I am pleased my term will conclude in the beautiful city of Honolulu at the ICTXV meeting hosted by SOT, a congress in the making for over six years since they were selected as the host society at the General Assembly in Seoul. Continuing education courses will kick off the meeting followed by the Deichmann Lecture delivered by Linda Birnbaum on day two during the opening ceremony. Mid-day sessions on soft skills and mentoring and the gala dinner are already proving quite popular with our registrants. The centerpiece of the week will be the General Assembly where our member societies will gather to hear a report of the 2016–2019 term, elect the officers and directors who will serve during the 2019–2022 term, and vote on the host societies that will organize CTDC12 in 2024 and ICTXVII in 2025. The closing ceremony will feature presentations by the Malaysian Society of Toxicology and the Netherlands Society of Toxicology, your hosts for CTDC11 and ICTXVI, and their invitation to join them in Kuala Lumpur and Maastricht.