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      PROGRAM: Workshops


The organizers expect that the number of applications for workshops will exceed the time slots devoted to these activities. The scope of these sessions has been modified to reflect feedback from previous attendees. Individuals interested in organizing an attendee driven session should review the selection criteria below and complete the online application. Because this process is competitive, with many worthy topics turned down, the organizers strongly encourage applicants to carefully and clearly address the guidelines and submit a highly persuasive application.

The conference organizers will evaluate potential sessions based on the following criteria:

  • Rising and upcoming fields
  • Emphasis on discussion
  • Fresh ideas for an innovative format
  • Diversity (both in terms of presenters and labs)
  • Community-building potential
  • Interest to the community

Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by January 11, 2019.

Application Deadline: November 7, 2018

Selection Criteria

Please consider the following guidelines carefully before submitting an application:

  1. Applicants should clearly indicate why an attendee-organized program is an appropriate format for their topic. Importantly, workshops are not intended to serve as a de facto platform session to be held on a recurring basis.
  2. Platform talks have a very formal format. In contrast, workshops are intended to have more discussion and interaction. To be considered, applicants must explicitly address how their unique format will serve to stimulate such interactions.
  3. Examples of topics appropriate for workshops include:
    • techniques
    • emerging or specialized areas of research
    • community resources
    • professional development
    • education (undergraduate or graduate)
    • other topics of general interest to the Drosophila community
  4. Workshop organizers must independently identify individuals who wish to participate in their session; they will not be able to review abstracts submitted for poster or platform sessions.
  5. All workshop organizers, speakers, and participants must be registered for the conference.
  6. All workshops will be a maximum of two hours in length.


Workshop Application