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 closing networking social will also allow you to connect with more established Drosophila researchers. Lunch will be provided.

Advance registration required.

Fee: $100. Limited Attendance.


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! Lunch will be provided.

Advance registration required.

Fee: $40. Limited attendance.


GENETICS Peer Review Training Workshop

Part 1: Wednesday April 11, 2:30–4:40

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. Led by GENETICS editors, the workshop will cover best practices and reviewing exercises. Becoming a better reviewer will help you 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.


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.

To participate, student and postdoc members should look out for further instructions in the abstract assignment e-mail in January.


Other Special Events with details to be announced:

  • Education Workshop
  • GSA Journals Paper Discussion
  • Professional development workshops
  • ScienceSlam
  • and more!