We appreciate your interest in covering The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC), July 13-17, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. TAGC 2016 provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge science in the area of model organism research. This year, we are expecting more than 3,000 scientific attendees and more than 100 exhibiting companies.

Event Information

Dates: July 13-17, 2016
Location: Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida
Accommodations: http://www.genetics2016.org/hotel
Preliminary Program: http://www.genetics2016.org/program-overview

This conference will offer joint plenary, poster and exhibit sessions in addition to the scientific schedule for the following seven meetings:

  • C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, and Gene Expression Meeting
  • 2016 Ciliate Molecular Biology Conference
  • 57th Annual Drosophila Research Conference
  • Mouse Genetics 2016
  • Yeast Genetics Meeting
  • 12th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics
  • Population, Evolutionary & Quantitative Genetics Meeting

Keynote Speakers

Each of the concurrent individual meetings will have its own programming developed by organizers from the respective communities. In addition, there will be three, joint plenary sessions featuring these keynote speakers:

  • Cori Bargmann, PhD, Torsten N. Wiesel Professor in the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior at The Rockefeller University
  • Jef Boeke, PhD, Director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at the New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Harry Dietz, MD, Victor A. McKusick Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Molecular Biology & Genetics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley        
  • Denis Duboule, PhD, Professor of Developmental Genetics and Genomics at the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Chair, Department of Genetics and Evolution of the University of Geneva
  • Jeffrey Gordon, MD, Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University in St. Louis
  • David Kingsley, PhD, Professor of Developmental Biology at Stanford University
  • Svante Pääbo, PhD, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and Guest Professor at the University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • Molly Przeworski, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciences and Systems Biology at Columbia University
  • Pamela C. Ronald, PhD, Director of the Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation at the University of California, Davis
  • Amita Sehgal, PhD, John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience, Director of the Chronobiology Program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Shirley M. Tilghman, PhD, President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University
  • Leonard Zon, MD, Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Stem Cell Program at Children’s Hospital Boston

Be sure and check out the Genes to Genomes blog for interviews with the Joint Plenary Speakers and some registered attendees telling why they are excited about TAGC 2016.

Media Benefits

The official TAGC 2016 media badge will enable you to take advantage of many services and amenities including:

  • VIP seating for many of our presentations and workshops
  • Opportunity to interview our plenary speakers and exhibiting companies
  • Access to company news releases, press kit materials and event information

Media Registration

GSA will be offering complimentary registration packages for contacts from qualified print, online and broadcast news media outlets. Media registration for TAGC 2016 is open from May 2, 2016 through July 1, 2016.

To register for a complimentary media badge, please contact GSA Media Relations Manager, Andrew Noble at TAGCPress@genetics-gsa.org or 415-722-2129.

Below are several general guidelines to help ensure that you have a productive and enjoyable experience:

Media Credentials

Upon arrival, all members of the media must present a business card or other type of valid media identification/credentials issued by a recognized news organization in order to receive a complimentary media badge. Freelance writers may be required to provide a personal business card and a letter of assignment from a recognized news organization or publication. Individuals may also be asked to provide relevant bylined articles written by the applicant and published within the past twelve months. Media representatives should not have a direct affiliation with any of the exhibiting companies at the TAGC 2016.

Based on space requirements, GSA reserves the right to limit the number of media badges issued to a single media organization. GSA also reserves the right to bar from this and future meetings any journalist who deliberately breaks our rules, promotes the viewpoint of one company or institution, or who attempts to solicit manuscripts, advertising, or subscriptions from registrants or exhibitors.

Individuals who do not meet our media registration requirements must register as a regular meeting attendee and pay the required registration fee, regardless of affiliation with a news or trade media organization, contracted exhibitor or publishing company.

Official Media Badge

Members of the media must wear/display their official TAGC 2016 media badge at all times while onsite at the meeting. Exchanging, loaning or borrowing of media badges is strictly prohibited.

Media Interviews

Members of the media must properly identify themselves and their affiliation before asking any questions to speakers, presenters, exhibitors, and meeting attendees. All interviews must be conducted at the appropriate times and locations.

Public Q&A Sessions

Members of the media are strictly prohibited from asking questions and/or conducting audience polls during any of the public sessions of the meeting. These sessions are reserved for TAGC members and meeting attendees who have paid the required registration fee.


Filming and recording inside the exhibit area or any of the scientific sessions is prohibited. Camera crews must make prior arrangements with the GSA Media Relations Office to film or record in onsite meeting areas.


Please consider all abstracts, posters, presentations, workshops and other scientific information presented at the TAGC 2016 to be embargoed until the date and time of the specific presentation, unless otherwise noted by the GSA Media Relations Contact or a member of the presenting company’s media relations team.

Media contacts who want to use speaker materials, such as slides, graphs, and other visuals to illustrate coverage must have the presenter’s permission. Contact the GSA Media Relations Office for assistance with appropriate permissions.

About the Genetics Society of America (GSA)

Founded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional scientific society for genetics researchers and educators. The Society’s more than 5,000 members worldwide work to deepen our understanding of the living world by advancing the field of genetics, from the molecular to the population level. GSA promotes research and fosters communication through a number of GSA-sponsored conferences including regular meetings that focus on particular model organisms. GSA publishes two peer-reviewed, peer-edited scholarly journals:GENETICS, which has published high quality original research across the breadth of the field since 1916, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, an open-access journal launched in 2011 to disseminate high quality foundational research in genetics and genomics. The Society also has a deep commitment to education and fostering the next generation of scholars in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit www.genetics-gsa.org.

Media Contact Information:

Please direct all media registration and general media inquiries to:

Andrew Noble
GSA Media Relations
E-mail: TAGCPress@genetics-gsa.org
Tel: 415-722-2129