Important Dates

October 4
Abstract Submission and Registration Open
November 7
Workshop Application Deadline
November 15
Abstract Submission Deadline
December 21
Larry Sandler Award Application Deadline
December 31
Poster Abstract Deadline
January 10
Early Registration Deadline
February 1
Late Abstract Submission Deadline
March 5
Hotel Reservation Deadline
March 12
Poster Invite Deadline
March 20
Advance Registration Deadline
March 25
GENETICS Peer Review Workshop signup

Meeting Organizers

Michael Buszczak, Chair
Rachel Cox
Helmut Kramer
Harmit Malik

Drosophila Home      ABSTRACTS: Presentation Guidelines

Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations

SPEAKER READY ROOM (Grand Hall): ALL speakers (other than for workshops) must upload and test their talk the day BEFORE their talk and be in the meeting room one hour before their session begins to check in with the session chair. You will not be able to upload your talk in the meeting room.

There are four main types of oral presentations:

  • Plenary talks are given by invited speakers and have a total of 30 minutes, including up to five minutes of Q&A, to present
  • Platform talks are selected by session chairs after careful review of submitted abstracts in a given topic. Platform talks are a total of 15 minutes (12 minute presentation followed by 3 minutes Q&A)
  • Special Presentations include the Keynote address (60 minutes total, including Q&A) and the Larry Sandler Award Lecture (30 minutes total, including Q&A)
  • Poster Previews give a brief overview of the research being presented at a specific poster.  This is not a mini-talk but should give one or two reasons someone should come see your poster. Two minutes.  Two slides. No animations, movies or Q&A.  ALL POSTER PREVIEW SLIDES MUST BE UPLOADED BY 10:30 AM THURSDAY, MARCH 28.

All those with oral presentations (except for workshop presenters), MUST check in at the Speaker Ready Room the day before their presentation to upload and test their talk.

Oral Presentation Instructions

In addition to invited speakers, the organizers will select abstracts for oral presentations based on several criteria, including research area, scientific impact, and laboratory representation. Authors indicate their preference for either an oral or poster presentation when they submit their abstract. However, the Program Committee will decide the final designation of oral or poster presentations.

Because oral presentation requests far exceed the number of slots available, all authors should be prepared to present a poster if their abstract is not selected for an oral presentation.

Each oral presentation will be limited to a 12-minute presentation, with an additional three minutes for questions and answers.

To fairly accommodate the large number of requests for oral presentations, authors presenting a talk in a session may not present the same work in a workshop. Any author offered slots in both forums is expected to decline or withdraw from one.

Standard equipment provided in each plenary, workshop, and platform session room includes an LCD data projector, screen, lectern, pointer, and microphone.

Because of the tight timing of over 200 presentations, it is critical that you come by and test your presentation and the equipment in the speaker ready room one day before your presentation. This will ensure a flawless presentation from the podium. All speakers will be sent details and reminders via email. Speakers must arrive at the meeting room at least one hour in advance of the beginning of the session to become familiar with the equipment.

Workshop Presentations

Workshop speakers should coordinate with the workshop organizer(s) for instructions on their presentation.

Poster Presentations

Students and postdocs: Don't forget to fill out your poster invitation form by March 12!

Most submitted abstracts will be scheduled as posters. Presenters must present their posters at multiple sessions. All abstract authors who are not selected for a platform session MUST display a poster. This includes workshop presenters, who must still display a poster in their designated spot in the Exhibit Hall. You may not substitute a note directing people to the workshop. The poster area will be open on a 24-hour basis beginning on March 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. through noon on March 31, 2019 in the exhibit and poster area. Posters may be mounted on boards beginning at 5 p.m. on March 27, 2019 and all must be in place by 11 p.m. Posters must be removed by noon on March 31, 2019. Two posters will share an 8’wide by 4’ tall space. Posters that are larger than 3’8” wide by 3’10” tall will be removed. Please note that the posters should be formatted in a vertical (portrait) layout. GSA cannot be responsible for items left in the hall including but not limited to poster tubes, purses, backpacks, etc. Please keep personal items with you at all times.

All posters will be located in the exhibit and poster area at the conference site. You must be wearing your official meeting badge to gain entry to the exhibits and posters.

The Genetics Society of America is working with Penfield’s Office located onsite to offer poster presenters a preferred price ($29.99) on all posters ordered by March 22 at 5 p.m. CST. Your posters will be produced and conveniently held for you onsite at the Penfield’s Office at the Sheraton Dallas for pickup Wednesday, March 27 before 9:00 pm or Thursday, March 28 between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm. All files should be submitted as a PDF in VERTICAL 44”(wide) x 46” (tall) format to Include your contact information, quantity and size (44”x46”) in your e-mail. If you have any questions, please contact Penfield’s (214) 303-4141.

IMPORTANT: Poster Size and Format

Each presenter is allotted one-half of a 4' x 8' (height x width) board. Posters should be formatted in PORTRAIT/VERTICAL format. Posters using more space than allotted will be removed. The GSA staff, facility staff, and personnel breaking down the boards will not be responsible for posters left up by their authors. Work crews will remove posters that remain on the poster boards after noon on March 31.

Poster sessions are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, March 28
  12:01 a.m.–11:59 p.m. Open Poster Viewing
  2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Even-numbered poster authors must be at boards
  3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Odd-numbered poster authors must be at boards
Friday, March 29
  12:01 a.m.–11:59 p.m. Open Poster Viewing
  8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Odd-numbered poster authors must be at boards
  9:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Even-numbered poster authors must be at boards
Saturday, March 30
  12:01 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Open Poster Viewing
  1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Even-numbered poster authors must be at boards
  2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Odd-numbered poster authors must be at boards

As shown in the list above, authors have been assigned specific timeslots during which they are expected to be at their poster for discussion. GSA will also place a number on your poster board. That number should NOT be moved. If the number is moved or removed, your poster will not be considered for the poster award competition.

Posters should NOT be removed before 3:30 p.m. on March 30 but can stay up through noon on March 31 for additional discussions. If you need a poster for another presentation you should have a duplicate poster prepared.

If you do not want photos taken of your poster, you should add this icon to your poster.

If a presenter is unable to attend their poster at the designated time, GSA asks that they find an alternate personto present in their absence. If a poster is unattended at the designated time (except in special cases such as family emergencies or difficulty finding childcare), GSA may exclude the poster presenter from submitting abstracts to future meetings.

Preparing Effective Posters

Here are some tips for ensuring your poster presentation is effective:

  • PLAN: An effective poster requires careful thought and preparation. It is not sufficient to enlarge an abstract and add a few figures. First identify your one, two, or three principal messages. Then work out the most effective way to convey those points and choose a headline to help highlight each message. Your poster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to answer questions and expand on particular points.
  • TEXT: Your poster text should be easily readable and the design well organized. Use a type size that can be read easily at a distance. Text that is too small is the most common problem in poster design. Keep the text succinct.
  • GRAPHICS: Summarize current research with clear and self-explanatory graphics: charts, tables, micrographs, diagrams etc. Simple use of color can add emphasis.
  • TITLE: Prepare a heading at the top of your poster indicating the abstract title, authors, and affiliations. Make the title large enough to be read easily from a reasonable distance (~ 4 feet). Authors may opt to include a picture of themselves to allow people to find them to discuss their work after the day of their presentation.
  • METHODS: Details of methodology should be brief and placed at the end of the legend.
  • CONCLUSION: Many successful posters provide a bulleted list of conclusions and questions raised.
  • REFERENCES: Some references should be provided, but they need not be as extensive as those in papers.