The International Comet Assay Workshop

Prague, Croydon, Smolenice, Ulm, Aberdeen, Warsaw, Coleraine, Perugia, Kusadasi, and now Porto.

We welcome you to the 10th International Comet Assay Workshop!

The Comet Assay Workshop has always been rather informal. It began as a satellite to the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in 1995. At that time, the comet assay community was small, and we mostly knew each other. Even now, following exponential growth in popularity of this assay, the workshop retains the feeling of an extended family, reunited every two years, with a healthy intake of new family members. We try to keep registration costs as low as possible to make it easier for less established researchers to attend, and as a matter of policy no-one has expenses refunded; there are no invited speakers. All are equal, and the newest recruits can readily share ideas with the old-timers.

The first five meetings in this series were called simply ’Comet Assay Workshops’. ’International’ was added in 2005. So far, all have been held in Europe, which perhaps reflects the fact that, while the comet assay has mixed North American/European parentage, more users of the assay are in Europe than anywhere else, and many innovations and new applications have come from Europe. Having started in 1995 in the Czech Republic, at the heart of Europe, after Porto we will have visited all four corners of the continent.

ICOETox 2013 (16th and 17th of September) is a satellite meeting of the 10th International Comet Assay Workshop (ICAW 2013). To view all information about ICOETox 2013 please visit the conference website


10th ICAW 2013