Important Dates

January 15
Workshop Proposal Deadline
February 7
Abstract Submission Opens
March 20
Registration Opens
March 28
Abstract Submission Deadline
March 29
Abstract Revision Deadline
April 30
Early Registration Deadline
May 15
Housing Reservation Deadline

Conference Organizers

Julie Ahringer
University of Cambridge, UK

Michael Koelle
Yale University

C. elegans Home      PROGRAM: Workshops


Thursday, June 20

Teaching Workshop

2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
Grand Horizon, Covel Commons

2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m. - What is a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) and how do I get a job at one?
3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. - Navigating the PUI: Teaching vs research, politics and earning tenure
4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. - Introduction to CUREs: Designing Authentic Undergraduate Experiences in Research

4th Parasitic Nematodes: Bridging the Divide Workshop

2:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
Northwest Auditorium

Lightning Talk Abstract Submission Deadline: May 13, 2019 (5pm PST)

Notification of Acceptance: May 20, 2019

Workshop Organizers: Elissa Hallem, Jordan Ward, Mostafa Zamanian

Each year infections of animals and plants by parasitic nematodes cause many billions of dollars of agricultural damage. Over 1.5 billion people worldwide, particularly in developing nations, are infected by nematodes and suffer from the resulting debilitating diseases. Currently, only a few investigators address problems of parasitic nematodes using C. elegans. To encourage and facilitate more interactions between the C. elegans and parasitic nematode communities, workshops have been held since the 2013 International C. elegans Meeting in which experts in plant, animal and human parasitic nematodes spoke on the life history and unique biology of these parasitic species and on outstanding issues in their field. A key goal of this session is to make C. elegans scientists aware of the issues and problems that parasitic nematode researchers face and pave the way for applying the powerful approaches and technologies that have advanced C. elegans research to parasitic nematodes.

We are soliciting contributions on parasitic nematodes. We are pleased to invite student and postdoc abstract submissions for 10 minute talks. We encourage submissions that address the broad theme of C. elegans as a model for parasitic nematode biology, including work relating to human, animal, and plant parasitic nematodes and from both a basic biology standpoint or a translational perspective. The platform provided by this workshop represents an opportunity for early-career scientists to interact with other researchers at the intersection of C. elegans biology and parasitology. The presenting authors must be available during any of the limited number of possible time slots available. Abstract submissions are due on May 13th at 5pm PST and presenting authors will be notified of decisions by May 20th. Instructions for logistics and formatting of talk presentations will follow acceptance.

Abstract Format: Abstracts should be limited to 2,500 characters in total, including the title, authors, author affiliations, main body, and spaces. Abstracts should be sent to the workshop e-mail address ( as a single PDF file with subject heading “Parasite Workshop Abstract”. Accepted abstracts will appear online in a Worm Breeder’s Gazette article and titles will be listed on the International Worm Meeting website.

GENETICS Peer Review Training Workshop

2:00 p. m.—6:00 p.m.
West Bay Room, Covel Commons

This 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.

Workshop Agenda:

  • Principles and Purpose of Peer Review
  • Models of Peer Review
  • Dissecting a manuscript
  • Drafting Reviews
  • Evaluating Reviews
  • The Journey of a Manuscript at GENETICS
  • Panel Discussion with GENETICS Editors
  • Discussion Topics
    • Best practices
    • Determining scope
    • Assessing interest to readers

Advance registration required.
Fee: $50. Limited attendance. Sign up during the conference registration process.

Friday, June 21

1:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Locations to be assigned

CRISPR: New Techniques and Best Practices
Microfluidics and Customized Experimental Platforms
Glia: Exciting Discoveries and New Approaches
Career Success: Strategies to Develop Visibility When You Prefer to be a Wallflower 

Saturday, June 22


7:30 a.m.—8:30 a.m.
Covel Private Dining Room


microPublication Biology: How to Publish your Single Experimental Findings


1:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Locations to be assigned

Small Things Considered: 2nd C. elegans Workshop on the Microbiome
Wormbase 2019: Data, Tools, and Community Curation
Real-Time Biochemistry and Biophysics in Live Worms
Assay Development for Human Disease Models in C. elegans
Food on the Mind: Sensory Detection of Food and Integrative Feeding Behaviors in C. elegans

Sunday, June 23

1:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Locations to be assigned

New Tools for Conditional Expression or Degradation
Whole-Brain Imaging Workshop
Bridging the Physiologic Gap: Using C. elegans to Improve Human Skeletal Muscle Health
Teaching Workshop: Providing a Broader Reserch Experience by Collaborating Across Independent CURE Courses

Workshop Application Deadline: January 15, 2019 - The deadline has passed. 

The scope of the workshops have 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. Applicants are encouraged to carefully and clearly address the guidelines and submit a highly persuasive application. The organizers expect that the number of applications for workshops will exceed the time slots available.

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 (gender, ethnicity and labs should be considered)
  • Community-building potential
  • Interest to the community

Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by February 13, 2019.

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. At least 30 minutes of discussion must be included in the schedule.

2. Platform talks have a set 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 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 C. elegans 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. Workshop presenters must not present the same work in a platform session. 

5. All workshop organizers, speakers, and participants must register for the conference.

6. All workshops will be a maximum of one hour and 30 minutes (1.5 hours) in length.