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2015 Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens September 10
Conference Registration Opens October 1
Abstract Submission Deadline December 10
Conference and Housing Registration Deadline December 10
Abstract Revision Deadline December 11
Platform/Poster Assignments Online February 17

Abstract Book         Program Book 


Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, midnight, US East Coast time 


You are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation. Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material, and should only be submitted if at least one author plans to attend the meeting and present the work.  Abstracts should not exceed 2,500 characters. The title, authors, affiliations, main body of abstract and spaces are included in the character count.


Abstracts will appear online exactly as submitted, i.e., no corrections, additions, revisions or deletions will be made by the GSA staff. Revisions and corrections may be made only by the author via the abstract submission program, no later than the December 11 revision deadline.  Please proof your text carefully before submitting.


A confirmation will appear directly online after a successful submission. Confirmation of abstract receipt will include an abstract control number, an author ID number for future reference and text of the abstract.

Abstract Submission Instructions

Step 1. Enter Presenting Author information.


Step 2. Enter Abstract Presentation Information: Select a Research Area from the following list. Select the area that best defines the session in which you would like to be included.

  1. Biochemistry and Metabolism

  2. Cell Biology and Development

  3. Comparative and Functional Genomics

  4. Gene Regulation

  5. Pathogenic and Mutalistic Interactions

  6. Population and Evolutionary Genetics

  7. Education and Professional Development

  8. Other Topics

Select if you are a post doctoral fellow and want to be entered in the GSA Poster Award Competition. 

All student submissions will be considered for awards given out by the Fungal Genetics Conference.


Step 3. Enter up to three keywords

  1. Agrobacterium
  2. Annotation
  3. Appressorium
  4. Aspergillosis
  5. Aspergillus fumigatus
  6. Aspergillus nidulans
  7. Aspergillus niger
  8. Aspergillus oryzae
  9. Barley
  10. Biomass
  11. Biotrophic
  12. Botrytis cinerea
  13. Candida albicans
  14. Cell Cycle
  15. Cell Wall
  16. ChIP-seq
  17. Chitin
  18. Circadian Clock
  19. Colletotrichum
  20. Conidiation
  21. Corn
  22. Cryptococcus neoformans
  23. Development
  24. Diversity
  25. DNA Repair
  26. Ecology
  27. Education
  28. Effector
  29. Evolution
  30. Fruiting Body
  31. Fusarium
  32. Fusarium graminearum
  33. Fusarium oxysporum
  34. Gene Deletion
  35. Gene Expression
  36. Genome Sequencing
  37. GFP
  38. Hyphae
  39. Hyphal Fusion
  40. Hyphal Growth
  41. Light
  42. Magnaporthe oryzae
  43. Maize
  44. Mass Spectrometry
  45. Membrane
  46. Metabolism
  47. Metabolomics
  48. Methylation
  49. Microarray
  50. Morphogenesis
  51. Mycorrhiza
  52. Neurospora
  53. Neurospora crassa
  54. Oxidative Stress
  55. Pathogenicity
  56. Perithecium
  57. Potato
  58. Phylogenetic
  59. Population
  60. Protein Kinase
  61. Protein-Protein Interactions
  62. Protein Localization
  63. Proteomics
  64. RNA-seq
  65. Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  66. Secondary metabolism
  67. Secondary metabolite
  68. Sexual Development
  69. Signal Transduction
  70. Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
  71. Symbiosis
  72. Tomato
  73. Toxin
  74. Transcription
  75. Transcription factor
  76. Transcription Profiling
  77. Transcriptome
  78. Translation
  79. Transport
  80. Ustilago maydis
  81. Virulence
  82. Wheat
  83. Whole Genome Sequencing
  84. Other


Step 4. Enter all the author names and institutions. Do not use UPPERCASE letters for the author information.

Incorrect format - JOHN SMITH 

Correct format - John Smith


Step 5. Enter abstract title. Do not use UPPERCASE letters for the entire title


Correct format - Correct abstract title style for the Fungal Genetics Meeting 


Step 6. Enter body of abstract. The title, authors and affiliations should not be included in the main body of the abstract. Check to ensure that the abstract does not exceed 2,500 characters and submit abstract. The title, authors, affiliations, main body of abstract and spaces are included in the character count.


Step 7. Submit the abstract.

Abstracts will be assigned to the session topic indicated on the submission. Posters will be grouped alphabetically by the presenting author’s last name (family name) in the research areas listed above.

Submission Rules & Guidelines

All authors will be asked to approve the following statement when submitting an abstract: "I have read, understand and agree to the submission rules and guidelines." Your abstract will not be programmed if this box has not been checked.

  1. An individual may be the presenting author of more than one abstract. The presenting author does not have to be the first author to appear on the abstract.
  2. Abstracts must be submitted with the intention that they will be presented if programmed. Presenting authors should not submit abstracts if they do not plan to attend the meeting.
  3. A complete abstract should include a statement of purpose, methods used, and a summary of results in sufficient detail to support the conclusion. Statements such as "results will be described" should be avoided.
  4. Abstracts will appear online exactly as submitted, i.e., no corrections, additions, revisions or deletions can be made by the GSA staff. Only the submitting author may make revisions and corrections via the online abstract submission program. All revisions must be made no later than the December 11, 2014, revision deadline. Please proof your text carefully before submitting.
  5. Any authors selected from the poster submissions to present in a concurrent session must still display and present during their scheduled poster session time.
  6. The Organizers reserve the right to decline a presentation to any submitted abstracts that lack scientific content or merit, or merely announce the availability of a resource or service.

Abstract Revisions

All revisions must be completed before midnight, December 11, 2014, U.S. East Coast time. Revisions will not be accepted after this date.


Abstract Withdrawals

The presenting author can withdraw their abstract on the abstract revision website. Withdrawal requests (from the presenting author only) should be made by midnight, US Eastern Standard Time on or before December 11, 2014. The author will need their last name, abstract control number and personal id number to enter the revision program.  All abstracts will be published and cannot be removed from publication after December 11, 2014. Abstracts not withdrawn by December 11 will be reviewed and if selected for presentation will be published online.   This information can be accessed by the public and may be referenced by the Genetics Society of America Media Relations staff and others.


Chairs' Choice Plenary Talks

Nomination Deadline: December 8, 2014

Speakers announced: January 16, 2015


The Chairs’ Choice Talks are an opportunity for high impact work published after the program is set to be highlighted in a plenary session. 


Nominations (including self-nominations) are invited for Chair’s Choice Talks to be presented in the last spot of each plenary session. The Chair’s Choice Talks are an opportunity for high impact work published after the program was set to be highlighted. Nominators can self-define “high impact.”


To be considered, the work must be published or in press for 2014 or early 2015, and the nominee must agree to attend the entire meeting. Those invited to present talks in concurrent sessions are still eligible to be considered for a Chair’s Choice Plenary Talk. Meeting scientific co-chairs and plenary session chairs will choose among the nominations. Note: as is the case for all talks, no registration/housing waivers or travel funds will be awarded.


To submit a nomination send the following to scientific program co-chairs Antonio Di Pietro and Michelle Momany (, ):

  1. Speaker name, affiliation, email address and link to lab website (if available).

  2. Brief abstract of the work highlighting its importance (500 word maximum).

  3. A pdf of the publication or link to website.

GSA Conferences - Abstract Licensing Agreement

In consideration of the Genetic Society of America's (GSA's) acceptance of the abstract, the presenting author grants GSA a nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to copy, reproduce and publish the abstract in GSA's publication of Fungal Genetics Meeting abstracts and/or other compilations or collective works to be assembled and owned by GSA (together, "Collective Works") in any form or medium now existing or hereafter created throughout the world.

The sponsor author understands and agrees that GSA shall own all rights, including copyright, in and to the Collective Works including the right to:

  1. distribute, reproduce, license, display, perform, lend, lease, or transfer rights to the Collective Works to third parties,
  2. prepare derivative works of the Collective Works, and
  3. register the Collective Works in GSA™s own name with the US Copyright Office.

It is understood that the presenting author and/or third parties with copyrights shall retain copyright in and to the abstract contributed by the presenting author to a Collective Work. The presenting author affirms that he/she is the author and owner of the abstract and holds all copyrights in and to the abstract, or has secured any third party permissions necessary to grant GSA the above rights. The presenting author is responsible for providing any related third party with a copy of this grant of rights.


Cameras, Cell Phones and Video Recording Devices

The use of cameras and recording devices in plenary, concurrent and poster sessions is prohibited without expressed permission from an authorized GSA representative. By attending a GSA conference, you grant GSA with the right to use your photograph, name, and likeness for use in GSA educational, news, or promotional materials. GSA will take steps to avoid sharing the content of presentations and posters in order to protect unpublished data.


Author Presentation Notification

The highlighted letters below provide access to alphabetical lists of the authors whose abstracts have been accepted for the conference. Please click on the first letter of the presenting author's last name (surname) to view the assignment for either a plenary, concurrent or poster presentation. It is not possible to view abstract assignments using co-author names.

  • Detailed preparation instructions for plenary/concurrent presentations: Click here

  • Detailed preparation instructions for poster presentations: Click here

To view abstract program assignments, please click on the first letter of the presenting author's last name (surname):



Speaker Guidelines

All plenary presentations are 25 minutes: 20 minutes for the talk and 5 minutes for a question and answer period.

All concurrent session presentations are 20 minutes: 15 minutes for the talk and 5 minutes for a question and answer period.

Please arrive 45-60 minutes before the start of your session. A lMAC will be provided by the meeting. Bring your presentation on a flash drive to load it on the conference computer. Label your presentation with your last name, i.e. Smith, for easy retrieval.

The following equipment will be available in the session meeting rooms: MAC, data projector, laser pointer, lavaliere microphone and a speaker timer. You do not need to bring your laptop to the meeting room. However there will be connections for presenters to use their own laptops. Speakers using their own laptops must have a VGA HD 15pin female output.

 Each of the conference computers will have the 2010 version of Microsoft Office.

Computers will be at the podium for the concurrent sessions and with the audio visual technician in Merrill Hall. Speakers will have a slide advancer and laser pointer at the podium. If you use your own computer, please be sure to disable all screen savers, system sounds and passwords.

Make sure presentations are viewable in screen resolution size 1024x768.

MACINTOSH USERS: Please make sure that all inserted pictures are either JPEG or PNG file-types. QuickTime (.mov) files are also an accepted video format. Also have the correct vga video adapter for your Macbook model.

Additional Specifications

Acceptable formats for presentations:

•PowerPoint (.ppt), (.pptx)
•Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
•Flash (.swf)

Video Formats: The recommended video format for Windows-based presentations is Windows Media (.wmv). For more detailed information regarding fonts, sound, video, and general compatibility, refer to .

Using one of the codec's from the following list of will ensure proper performance:

Microsoft - RLE, Video1, Windows Media Series 8 and 9 Divx 3/4/5 Intel Indeo Video <= v.5.11 TechSmith Screen Capture Codec Huffyuv Lossless Codec Asus Video Codec, On2VP3, ATI VCR and YV12 Codecs Cinepak, MJPEG

There is a trade-off between high quality videos and large files. Use short video segments when needed, and try to keep the file to less than 20 MB.

PowerPoint embeds image files directly into the file when you save them, while video files are not embedded. Only a link is made to the video file. Copy the video clips you want to insert into the same folder as the PowerPoint file. This will eliminate the problem of PowerPoint losing the link to the file. Be certain to bring the video files and the PowerPoint files to the meeting.

Fonts: Arial and Helvetica are recommended for clarity and compatibility. Confirm a font size of AT LEAST 24 points for body text and 36 - 40 points for headings. Light colored text on a dark background is advised. Avoid using red or green. Confirm that the maximum number of lines in text slides is no more than 6 or 7.

Images: The resolution size of the screen will be 1024 x 768 pixels, meaning that any image with more pixels in the X or Y coordinate that is more than that will not be displayed. The image will be altered by PowerPoint to fit. Large images (i.e. 2000 x 1500 pixels) which are created with digital cameras and scanners will make the resulting PowerPoint file very large. This may cause the presentation to load slowly. This can be avoided by inserting images with the following properties:

•For on-screen presentations, JPEG-type images work well. This type of image file can be created with virtually all imaging programs.

•There are many graphics programs, which can manipulate images.  When using a graphics program:

•Change the size of the image to approximately 800 x 600 pixels
•Save as file type "JPEG" or "JPG"
•Select compression setting of 8 (High quality image)
•Insert all images into PowerPoint as JPEG files.

If you copy the images to the clipboard and then Edit / Paste them into PowerPoint, the images will not be compressed and the PowerPoint file can become very large. To avoid this, insert them directly into PowerPoint (Insert / Picture / from File).

Bring a Backup: Be sure to bring a backup copy of your presentation with you to the meeting.

For specific technical questions, please contact Jason McIntosh at

Program Book

The Program Book will be provided at the meeting to registrants and is included in the registration fee.  


NEW THIS YEAR: In an effort toward conservation and due to the increased use of smart phones and tablets, registrants will be able to select if they want to receive a Program Book OR a Program and Abstract Book when they register.


Option 1 - Program Book will include the Schedule of Events, Plenary, Concurrent and Poster Session listings, Exhibit Information, Map of Asilomar, Company sponsored ads, Speaker and Keyword Index to the abstracts. The text of the abstracts will NOT be included. The book will be about 70 pages (depending on the number of abstract submissions). The text of the abstracts will be available on the website, mobile website and through a pdf supplement available online.


Option 2 - Program and Abstract Book will contain the same information in the Program Book AND the text of the abstracts. The book will be about 350 pages (depending on the number of abstract submissions).



Upon your selection, you will be committing to receiving that type of book when you arrive at the conference. Substitutions may not be made.


Poster Sessions

All abstract submissions will be presented as posters. Any authors that are asked to present their abstract in a concurrent session are still expected to present a poster. There will be 3 poster sessions. The posterboards will be 4 feet high x 8 feet wide. Each poster will have a space 3’10” (111.8cm) high by 3’10” (111.8cm) wide. There will be two posters on each board. All the poster sessions will be in the evening.We encourage photos of the authors be attached to posters to facilitate identification by new members of the group.

Equipment for Oral Presentations

The following equipment will be provided in all plenary sessions: a 2.4 GHz MacBook with a full install of Microsoft Office 2011, an LCD projector, laser pointer and lavaliere microphone. Please have your presentation stored on a usb drive. All morning session speakers should upload their presentation on the conference computer in Merrill Hall between 7:30 am and 8:30 am. Speakers for concurrent sessions should be in their session room 60 minutes prior to the start of their session to upload and test their presentation.