Meeting Organizers

Lars Steinmetz, Chair

Orna Cohen-Fix

Michael Knop

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Rules and Regulations

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The following practices are prohibited at the GSA meeting:

  1. Noisy electrical or mechanical apparatus interfering with poster presentations or other exhibitors;
  2. Operation of X-ray equipment;
  3. Canvassing or distributing any material in exhibit hall aisles, convention facility public space or other space outside the exhibitor's contracted booth space;
  4. The use of billboard advertisements and/or display of signs outside the exhibit area;
  5. Soliciting participation in surveys or otherwise harassing registrants;
  6. Publicizing and/or maintaining any extracurricular activities, inducements, demonstrations, or displays away from the exhibit area during the exhibit hours or scientific session hours of the meeting;
  7. Contests, lotteries, raffles or games of chance;
  8. Entry into another exhibitor's booth without their express permission;
  9. Photographing, videotaping or examining another exhibitor's equipment without permission;
  10. Subletting of exhibit space
  11. The use of magicians, fortune-tellers, dancers, puppets or other entertainment of this nature.

Relevant portions of the foregoing prohibited practices are applicable to non-exhibitors at all times. Non-exhibitors may not solicit business from scientific registrants or companies exhibiting, nor will their materials be accepted for distribution on site.

The use of open audio systems is discouraged. Requests to use an open audio system must be approved by Exhibit Management. The exhibitor must agree to discontinue broadcasting if the sound level is deemed objectionable to the registrants or adjacent exhibitors. Playing music in the exhibit hall is prohibited and will be strictly enforced.

The character of exhibits is subject to the approval of GSA management. GSA reserves the right to refuse applications of concerns not meeting standards required or expected. GSA management also reserves the right to curtail or to close exhibits or parts of exhibits that reflect unfavorably on the character of the meeting. This applies to displays, literature, advertising novelties, souvenirs, conduct and attire of persons, etc.

Exhibitors are requested to staff their exhibits with personnel attired in a manner consistent with the intent of the meeting and knowledgeable in the products and policies of the exhibiting company. GSA Exhibit Management will monitor conformity to these Rules and Regulations for the Conference.

Exhibitors will be permitted to distribute appropriate promotional material and approved related items only from the exhibit table. In keeping with the educational purpose of the exhibit program, all giveaways except literature must have advance approval of Exhibit Management and must conform to acceptable, professional standards. Approval is at the sole discretion of GSA. Exhibitors will receive the appropriate application for proposed giveaways.

GSA Exhibit Management will monitor conformity to these Rules and Regulations.

Any significant food (anything more than candy or mints) or beverage at the booth must be approved in writing by the hotel. This includes all alcoholic beverages. Please contact GSA Exhibit Management if you would like to make available ANY food or beverage.

By applying for exhibit space, an exhibitor agrees to adhere to all conditions and regulations outlined on the official Conference web site. Conforming to these Rules and Regulations will be monitored by Exhibit Management.

Each exhibitor is granted nothing more than a terminable license to exhibit, subject to all the rules herein and the general control of GSA. If GSA determines that any exhibitor has failed to comply with any rules herein or any directive issued to the exhibitor by GSA Exhibit

GSA Exhibit Management will monitor conformity to these Rules and Regulations.

The following does not, by any means, totally encompass the local fire codes. However, it does provide basic guidelines governing exhibits/material flammability.

  1. Display Construction: Combustible materials must be treated with an effective flame-retardant material. All curtains, drapes, carpet, carpet padding and decorative materials must be made of flame-retardant materials or sprayed with a flame retardant.
  2. Volatile or flammable fluids, gases, substances or other materials, including aerosol cans with flammable propellants, gas operated cooking equipment, wood matches with all-surface strikes, portable heating equipment and excessive display literature are prohibited.
  3. Storage: Nothing may be stored behind space drapes. All packing containers, wrapping materials, carrying cases, etc., must be stored off the exhibit floor. The Fire Marshall will inspect all exhibit space to ensure compliance.
  4. Drainage Systems: No oils or combustible liquids are to be poured into the drainage or sewer systems. Proper disposal methods must be provided by the exhibitor and approved by a representative of the conference facility.
  5. Emergency Equipment: No emergency phones, alarms, sprinkler valves or hose connections may be obstructed by booths, stands, signs, displays or any other items of an exhibit.

GSA Exhibit Management will monitor conformity to these Rules and Regulations.

The purpose of the Genetics Society of America (GSA) exhibit program is to further the education of individuals involved in genetics research. Therefore, all exhibits must be of an educational character or practical application emphasizing instruments, products or services for use in teaching, laboratories and basic research. Or they must offer books or other publications in scientific fields of relevance to registrants, or that directly convey scientific research findings in those areas of science represented by GSA.

The use of live animals, photographs, videotapes or any other form of visual display of surgery being performed is not permitted in exhibit area.

The use of the Genetics Society of America (GSA) name and logo is prohibited on signs or descriptive product literature inside or outside the exhibit area. However, reference may be made to the meeting that includes place and dates, on the exhibitor's advertising or convention giveaways.

Cancellation and reduction notices must be submitted in writing to Exhibit Management.

Cancellation and Reduction Assessments:

If canceled or reduced on or before May 1, 2018, entire payment will be refunded.

If canceled or reduced between May 2, 2018 and May 31, 2018, 50% of total cost of all space will be refunded.

If canceled or reduced after June 1, 2018, exhibitor forfeits 100% of total cost of all space leased.