Attendees FAQs

General Questions

The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) will co-locate several model organism meetings and a new focal area in population, evolutionary, and quantitative genetics. In addition, TAGC, will include 3 joint keynote sessions, provide many opportunities for networking and discussion within and among the participating communities, and host a robust set of education and career development sessions. We anticipate TAGC will be particularly inspiring to a new generation of geneticists across multiple model organism systems and approaches. This special event also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the TAGC journal GENETICS.

The following meetings will be co-located:

  • 2016 C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, and Gene Expression Topic Meeting;
  • 2016 Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference;
  • 57th Annual Drosophila Research Conference;
  • 29th Annual Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference/30th International Mammalian Genome Conference;
  • 2016 Yeast Genetics Meeting;
  • 12th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics;
  • 1st GSA Conference on Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics.

Genetics and Determinants of Health

  • Francis S. Collins (NIH)
  • Jeffrey I. Gordon (Washington University)
  • Hal Dietz (HHMI/Johns Hopkins)
  • Amita Sehgal (HHMI/Penn)
  • Leonard Zon (HHMI/Harvard Med Sch/Boston Children’s)

Technology and its Application

  • Jef Boeke (New York University)
  • Jennifer A. Doudna (HHMI/UC Berkeley)
  • Svante Pääbo (Max Planck Inst for Evolutionary Anthropology)
  • Pamela C. Ronald (UC Davis)

Development and Evolution

  • Cori Bargmann (HHMI/Rockefeller University)
  • Denis Duboule (Federal Inst of Tech (EPFL)/Univ of Geneva)
  • David M. Kingsley (HHMI/Stanford)
  • Molly Przeworski (Columbia University)
  • Shirley M. Tilghman (Princeton University)

As the world of genetics and genomics research continues to grow and change, we are seeing a shift in how researchers identify themselves. The GSA found through your feedback on meeting surveys and focus groups, that researchers are increasingly aligning not only with a single model organism, but with two or three organisms and a set of scientific topic areas. We’re also finding that scientists may begin their research with one model organism, but switch to another so this meeting presents an opportunity for fostering cross-organism interactions.

GSA has also noted a trend toward reduced funding for meetings. Labs are forced to make tough decisions about which meetings they will attend. GSA helps labs avoid having to choose one meeting over another by providing a single setting that brings together multiple model organisms and areas of research.

Each conference will maintain its own identify and cohesiveness with the scientific program for organism-specific sessions selected by the community, the same as always.  The only differences are: (a) several meetings will happen concurrently and in the same location, so meetings may be at a different site and possibly a different time of year; and (b) participants will have the opportunity to “mix” with researchers working with other model systems through carefully selected plenary sessions that feature cross-cutting themes.

Yes, you are welcome to attend only the sessions planned for your community. You may also appreciate the joint sessions that are explicitly designed to be of interest to participants across each of the constituent meetings.

No, The Allied Genetics Conference is planned as an experiment, and we expect that the next meeting for each of the groups will be on their own. After TAGC, it will be determined when it will be held again.

Most conference activities will be held at the Orlando World Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida. The facility offers a large state-of-the-art conference center which puts scientific sessions from all constituent meetings in close proximity.

Affordability. GSA is committed to making its conferences accessible to the widest number of participants, including by keeping costs as low as possible. Orlando was selected because it offer low room costs as well inexpensive and convient air travel from throughout the country and around the world. The conference center was chosen because it can house all of the meetings under one roof.


No, but GSA members will be eligible for reduced fees for attenting the conference.

When you register, you will indicate your community meeting. The fee is the same regardless of which meeting you indicate.

Your registration includes access to all scientific sessions including plenary, platform, and poster sessions, and access to workshops, educational activities, and networking events. Each registrant will also have access to the exhibit hall.

A participant list is available to confirm that you are registered.

Dress code is informal but remember to wear layers because meeting rooms can get cold.

The early registration deadline is March 23.

To cancel a registration send an email to A full refund, minus a $50 processing fee, will be given to all cancellation requests received by the early registration deadline.

Registrations are not transferable.

GSA is a family friendly event, and GSA encourages you to bring your family to Orlando. However, please note that only those registered for the conference will be able to attend scientific sessions. However, meeting attendees may bring children under the age of 18 to social events, provided the children do not disrupt the end. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. For their own safety, those under the age of 18 are not allowed in the exhibit hall during setup or breakdown.


The GSA headquarters hotel is the Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL, where the scientific sessions will be held. The property features more than 1,800 rooms, 450,000 square feet of event and meeting space, 18-hole championship golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and more.

In addition, a small block of rooms are available at the Courtyard and SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Complimentary shuttle bus will be available to transport participants to and from Marriott's Orlando World Center.

No, meals are not included in the hotel rate.

All cancellations and changes should be made directly with the hotel where you made your reservation.

Self-parking is available at the Orlando World Center Martiott on a complimentary basis for those staying at the hotel or attending the meeting


A link to a letter of invitation will be included in your registration confirmation email.

Registrants are advised to apply for a visa at least six months before the visa is needed. Please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out the earliest that you may apply for a visa. You can also visit the website of The National Academies' International Visitors Office for additional information:

GSA is a family friendly event, and GSA encourages you to bring your family to Orlando. Marriott's Orlando World Center has a variety of supervised activities for children and the concierge can help with childcare arrangements if needed.

Taxis and shuttle vans are available at the Orlando International Airport (MCO).


The deadline to submit an abstract is March 23, 2016. No late abstracts will be accepted. Abstract submission instructions will be available online.

Unfortunately we cannot accept abstract submissions after the deadline.

After a successful submission, you will receive an immediate confirmation and an email confirmation.

Presenting authors will receive an email instructing them to look online for abstract assignments several months before the meeting begins.


The poster boards will be 4 feet high 6 feet wide. Each poster will have a space 3’10” (111.8 cm) high by 2’10” (86.36 cm) wide. Posters should be formatted in portrait/vertical format. There will be two posters on each board.

Yes, there is a FedEx/Kinkos location on property. You can send a file of your poster and have it waiting to be picked up when you arrive.

The presentation schedule will be available May 20, 2016.

Yes, there is space in the Poster Session/Exhibit Hall for posting. We also encourage you to post an available job or your resume on GSA's free career resource center

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