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The Metabolomics Society—Current State of the Membership and Future Directions

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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD 20892, USA
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Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University and Research, BU Bioscience, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Biochemistry and Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB21GA, UK
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Department of Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
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International Agency for Research on Cancer, 69372 Lyon CEDEX 08, France
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School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Centre for Plant Metabolomics Research, Department of Biochemistry, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg 2006, South Africa
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International Research and Development, Omnia Group, Ltd., Bryanston Johannesburg 2021, South Africa
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Bioinformatics Group, Plant Sciences Group, Wageningen University, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Metabolites 2019, 9(5), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo9050089
Received: 7 April 2019 / Revised: 26 April 2019 / Accepted: 26 April 2019 / Published: 3 May 2019
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Abstract

Background: In 2017, the Metabolomics Society conducted a survey among its members to assess the degree of its current success, define opportunities for improving its service to the community and make plans to establish future goals and direction of the Society. Methods: A 32-question online survey was sent via e-mail to all Metabolomics Society members as of 19 June 2017 (n = 644). In addition to the direct e-mails, the link to access the survey was made available through social media. The survey was open until 10 August 2017. Question-specific data were reported using the summary data generated by SurveyMonkey and additional stratified analyses performed using Stata 15. Results: The number of respondents was 394 (61%) with 348 (88%) completing the multiple-choice questions in survey. Metabolomics Society annual meetings, networking and the opportunity to join the global metabolomics community were among the most important benefits expressed by the Metabolomics Society members. Conclusions: The survey collected the first data focusing on membership issues from Society members. The Society should focus on collecting and monitoring of demographic data during the membership registration process; continuing to support the early-career members of the Society; and developing initiatives that focus on member networking to retain and increase Society membership. View Full-Text
Keywords: Metabolomics Society; membership; metabolomics; survey Metabolomics Society; membership; metabolomics; survey
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Zanetti, K.A.; Hall, R.D.; Griffin, J.L.; Putri, S.; Salek, R.M.; Styczynski, M.P.; Tugizimana, F.; van der Hooft, J.J. The Metabolomics Society—Current State of the Membership and Future Directions. Metabolites 2019, 9, 89.

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