Meeting Organizers

Tin Tin Su, Chair
Gio Bosco
Pamela Geyer
Noah K. Whiteman

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Special Events

New Faculty Forum

Wednesday, April 11, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Your first faculty appointment brings many new challenges. Network, learn, and find support at the New Faculty Forum, a one-day workshop designed for new faculty (those within the first five years of their appointment) and advanced postdocs. Attendees will discuss common challenges, share their elevator pitches, and have opportunities to learn about:

  • tools and techniques for managing budgets effectively;
  • tips for negotiating and establishing relationships with vendors;
  • how to be a supportive mentor;
  • the basics of designing and teaching a new course;
  • and more!

Revised to reflect participant feedback from last year, this focused event will allow you to form a strong network of peers with whom you can continue to collaborate, commiserate, and celebrate long after the meeting ends. A cocktail social hour will also allow you to connect with more established Drosophila researchers. Lunch will be provided.

Advance registration required.

Fee: $100. Limited Attendance.

If you've already registered for the conference, sign up for the New Faculty Forum here.

If you have not yet registered for the conference, you can also sign up for the event via the conference registration form.



Publishing Q&A

Thursday, April 12, 7:15 a.m–8:15 a.m.

Lost in publication? Not ready to publish yet, but curious about the peer-review process? Students and postdocs are invited to join journal editors, including editors and editorial staff from the GSA journals GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, over breakfast to discuss the ins-and-outs of getting your articles published. An editor from CBE—Life Sciences Education will also be available to answer questions about publishing educational research and resources. All questions welcome!

Advance registration preferred.


Community, Connections, & Lunch

Thursday, April 12, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Do you want to re/connect with the fly community? To meet new colleagues and learn from stimulating discussions on topics you care about? Join us for lunch with moderated discussion tables on scientific, professional development, and other topics. All career stages are welcome—we want you to join the conversation!

Topics and discussion leaders will include:

  • Applying to Grad School & Postdoc Positions, Sudhir Kumar and Aleeza Gerstein
  • Careers in Science, Natalie Chernets and Alex Erwin
  • Cell biology & Signal Transduction, Susan Klinedinst and Mark Peifer
  • Cell death, Kristin White and Tin Tin Su 
  • Cell Division & Growth Control, Wu-Min Deng and Cassandra Extavour 
  • Chromatin & Epigenetics, Barbara Mellone and Ting Wu 
  • Education Publishing, Michelle Smith and Sally Elgin 
  • Evolution and Population Genetics, Maria Vibranovski and Dmitri Petrov 
  • Gametogenesis, Scott Hawley and Ming Gao 
  • Immunity, Catherine Brennan and Ylva Engstrom 
  • Intracellular Dynamics, Blake Riggs and Amy Kiger 
  • Mitochondrial Biology, Marcos Oliveira and David Rand
  • Models of Human Disease: Development & Physiological Disorders, Clement Chow and Daniela Zarnescu 
  • Models of Human Disease: Neurological Disorders, Joshua Mast and Kristi Wharton 
  • Neural Development & Physiology, Jennifer Jemc and Vanessa Auld 
  • Physiology, Metabolism, & Aging, Thomas Merritt and Nicole Riddle 
  • Science Communication & Outreach, Stephanie Mohr and Andreas Prokop 
  • Staff Scientist Careers, Claire Hu and Alexei Arnaoutov
Read more about the discussion leaders here.

Lunch will be provided.

Advance registration required.

Fee: $40. Limited attendance.

If you've already registered for the conference, sign up for Community, Connections, & Lunch here.

If you have not yet registered for the conference, you can also sign up for the lunch via the conference registration form.


GENETICS Peer Review Training Workshop

Part 1: Wednesday April 11, 2:30–4:30

Part 2: Friday April 13, 2:30–4:30

This two-part workshop will provide an introduction to peer reviewing for early career researchers, including graduate students. The workshop will cover best practices and a mock review. Becoming a better reviewer will help you to become a better author and to hone some of the skills central to scientific success, including critical thinking, evaluating research, providing helpful feedback, and understanding the mindset and expectations of peer reviewers and editors.
Advance registration required.

Fee: $75. Limited attendance.

If you've already registered for the conference, sign up for the workshop here.

If you have not yet registered for the conference, you can also sign up for the workshop via the conference registration form.


Student and postdoc member benefit: Invite poster viewers

Amplify your work and seek expert feedback by inviting specific scientists to attend your poster presentation.

  • Undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral GSA members may invite up to three scientists to attend their poster.
  • You may invite faculty, industry researchers, or fellow early career researchers, but we suggest inviting individuals who typically attend this meeting or who are located in the same city as the meeting.
  • Please note that GSA cannot guarantee meeting attendance of any particular person.
  • GSA will reach out to these scientists and invite them to attend the meeting and your poster.
  • Your abstract and contact details will be included in the invitation.

Student and postdoc members: apply here by February 14, 2018.


FLYght of the Champions!

Saturday, April 14, 7:45 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Cash bar.

Get ready for take-off at this special celebration for the fly community! Learn the winners of the GSA Poster Awards, gather words of wisdom from 2017 Nobel Laureate Michael W. Young, then get creative at the How I Fly Science Slam!

The HIF Science Slam is your opportunity to step away from the bench and computer to show the community how you fly and earn bragging rights for your lab!

Here’s how it works:

  1. The event aims to empower scientists by fine-tuning their skills at engaging the public.
  2. Walk in the room, take a ticket, and wait for your number to be called. You can join as an individual or a lab. Don’t be shy, this is your chance to fly!
  3. We’ll start with a quick introduction and a few pointers.
  4. You have 3-minutes to show the audience and judges how you would present Drosophila to a non-scientific audience “on the fly.”
  5. No props allowed!
  6. Judges will give you instant scores and rapid-fire feedback.
  7. At the end the judges will announce winners and distribute cash prizes.

Scores are based on audience engagement, quality of communication, and overall performance; judges will include a mix of scientists and non-scientists.

Even if you don’t want to present, please come and cheer your fellow flyers on!


  • 3-minute time limit
  • Presentation must be original
  • No props (including technology) permitted
  • Lab and individual entries welcome


Other Special Events with details to be announced:

  • Education workshop
  • GSA Journals paper discussion
  • Professional development workshops
  • ScienceSlam
  • and more!