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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
April 22–26, 2020 | Metro Washington, DC

Important Dates

October 2019
Registration Opens
Abstract Submission Opens
December 5, 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline
Early Registration Deadline
April 1, 2020
Hotel Reservation Deadline
April 17, 2020
Advance Registration Deadline

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Program Highlights

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Unifying Themes

The questions that drive biological discovery cut across organisms and unite communities. TAGC’s Thematic Sessions bring together the latest advances from all research communities, with speakers selected from abstract submissions.

Topics include:

  • New Technology and Resources
  • Genomics and Systems Biology
  • Evolutionary and Population Genetics
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Developmental Genetics
  • Intracellular Dynamics
  • Gene Regulation
  • Disease Models and Aging
  • Genome Integrity
  • Neurogenetics
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
  • Best Practices in Training and Education

Inspiring Keynotes

Get inspired by innovative work that crosses system and disciplinary boundaries! Keynote Speakers include:

  • Sue Biggins, HHMI/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Pat Brown, Impossible Foods/Stanford University
  • Ed Buckler, USDA-ARS/Cornell University
  • Caroline Dean, John Innes Centre
  • Abby Dernburg, HHMI/UC Berkeley
  • Claude Desplan, New York University
  • Cassandra Extavour, Harvard University
  • Elaine Fuchs, HHMI/Rockefeller University
  • Sally Otto, University of British Columbia
  • Alex Schier, Harvard University
  • J. Paul Taylor, HHMI/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • John Wallingford, University of Texas at Austin
  • Keith Yamamoto, UC San Francisco
  • Feng Zhang, HHMI/Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Read the Keynote Speaker bios.

Community Building

Catch up with your community or connect with a new one! Community oral presentation sessions are dedicated to the latest research from each participating community, with speakers selected from abstract submissions.

Spending time with friends and colleagues is important; the scientific program will open with mixers dedicated to each of the seven community groups, so you can easily find your people or introduce yourself to a new group. Participating research communities include:

  • C. elegans
  • Drosophila
  • Mammalian
  • Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics
  • Xenopus
  • Yeast
  • Zebrafish

All researchers, including plant, agricultural, and human geneticists, are encouraged to present their work in the Thematic and Poster Sessions.

Industry Connections

Find collaborators; gain a new perspective; learn about career options; and get a glimpse into how academic research is translated into products, treatments, and other innovations. TAGC’s Industry Sessions will focus on the intersection of interests between academic and industry researchers, with a dynamic format to encourage discussion and collaboration.

Professional Development

Science is competitive. Want to gain an edge, get ahead, or make a move? Learn new skills and advance your career with GSA professional development programs at the meeting:

  • Peer Review Training Workshop
  • New Faculty Forum
  • Scientific Writing Workshop
  • Grant Writing Workshop
  • Poster Invitation Program
  • Publishing Q&A
  • Community Lunch
  • Industry Careers
  • Science Communication Meetup
  • Job Application Document Review
  • And others to be announced

Advocacy in DC

There’s no better time to communicate the importance of science. Take your message to Congress! Join GSA in a special event on Capitol Hill advocating for science and scientists. Meet policymakers and staffers who directly impact science policy and funding. Learn about the science policy landscape with a panel discussion and Keynote presentation from Keith Yamamoto.

Gruber Genetics Prize

The Gruber Genetics Prize is presented annually to up to three scientists in recognition of groundbreaking contributions to genetics research. In a special session, TAGC will feature the annual Gruber Lecture given by the 2020 Prize recipients.

Attendee-Organized Workshops

Start a conversation on your favorite topic! Attendees are invited to propose workshop sessions that encourage interaction and exchange across community boundaries. Whether it’s a workshop to discuss a hot scientific topic or address a societal challenge, your ideas can move the field forward.


With a dedicated Education Session, Undergraduate Research Session, Workshops and ample opportunities to cross-pollinate ideas for the classroom and lab, genetics educators will find much to choose from.