Important Dates

22-Feb-2018: Registration Open
18-May-2018: Author Assignments

Meeting Organizers

Chad Pearson
University of Colorado, Denver

Martin Simon
Saarland University, Germany

Naomi Stover
Bradley University

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ABSTRACTS: Submit now

The abstract submission deadline is Thursday, April 4, 2018.


You cannot save a partially completed submission. Before you start the submission process, ensure you have ALL of the following:

  1. Co-author names, institutions, and e-mail addresses
  2. Abstract title and body text (abstract body must be <2500 characters, including line breaks and spaces)
  3. Your selection for the abstract’s Primary Research Areas. This will be used by the meeting chairs in assigning abstracts to particular sessions.
  4. 01 Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
    02 Cilia, basal bodies and tubulin
    03 Regulatory RNAs and RNA Biology
    04 Evolutionary, Population and Symbiosis Biology
    05 Morphogenesis and development
    06 Membrane biology and signaling
    07 Chromosome Biology
    08 Programmed DNA Rearrangement
    09 Ciliates in the classroom

  5. Credit card for non-refundable abstract submission fee ($30 GSA member/$60 nonmember)

We encourage you to join the GSA before submitting your abstract. GSA members receive exclusive benefits—including conference registration discounts—and join a vibrant community working to advance our field. Student members are also eligible to enter the poster awards. Be sure to confirm that your membership is current prior to starting your submission.

Abstract Submission FAQs

No. Few users have difficulty in completing the online submission. If you do have a problem we suggest that you try another computer and/or browser. Some combinations of certain computers and browsers on occasion may cause problems.

No, if you exit the program before you click on "submit your abstract," your information will be lost and you will need to start over. You may minimize your screen while you work in another program but do not exit the abstract form.

This will be determined by your own computer system. We do not recommend using the cut and paste option when it involves special characters (such as super- or subscripts, Greek characters etc.), you will need to confirm and repair any missing characters using the palette or special characters menu on the submission application. You will also need to make sure you put your authors, abstract title, and abstract body in the correct fields.

Authors often find a discrepancy in the keystroke count on their word processors and the character count in the abstract submission program because these counts are computed differently. To be certain that your abstract is successfully submitted, use the character count on the submission application as your guide.

During the submission process, you likely entered your title twice (one in the title field and again in the body of the text). You need to revise your abstract and remove the title from the abstract body. You will need your last name, abstract control number, and personal ID number to revise your abstract.

All revisions must be completed by April 5, 2018.

For security purposes, the presenting author's name cannot be changed. To change the presenting author's name, you must withdraw the abstract, then resubmit with the new name. This must be done by the submission deadline of April 4, 2018.

For questions contact Anne Marie Mahoney at

Yes. Go to the submission site and click on "Revise My Abstract." You will need your last name, abstract control number, and personal ID number. Revisions may be submitted now through April 5, 2018.

After April 5, 2018 no revisions will be permitted.

For security purposes, the presenting author's name on a previously submitted abstract MAY NOT BE CHANGED. To change the presenting author's name, you must withdraw the previously submitted abstract and submit a new abstract in the new author's name. For questions contact Anne Marie Mahoney at

To withdraw an abstract, return to the submission site and select "Withdraw My Abstract." You will need your abstract control number, personal ID number, and presenting author's last name. Select the appropriate button to withdraw an abstract. The presenting author and the Meeting Manager will be informed of the withdrawal.

If you are submitting your abstract on the last two days leading up to the deadline, you may experience some slowness because of the number of people using the system. While we have made every effort to ensure efficient receipt of all abstracts, extreme stress on the system may result in a slower submission process. Please submit EARLY to avoid frustrations. We cannot extend the deadline past April 4, 2018.

Program assignments will be posted on the meeting website on May 18, 2018. Information will not be available before this time. You will not receive an e-mail with your assignment. Please remember to check the website after this date.

Technical Questions: Hubert Zhang -

All Other Questions: Anne Marie Mahoney