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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

Schedule of Events


Chairs' Choice Plenary Talks

Nomination Deadline: December 8, 2014

Speakers announced: January 16, 2015 - The selected talks are included in the program listed above.


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.


Asilomar Banquet/Honored Perkins/Metzenberg Lecture

A thought provoking perspective given by a leader in the field of fungal genetics that often includes an historical perspective, thoughts for the future and some humor. The speaker for 2015 will be Michael J. Hynes, University of Melbourne.

Previous Lectures:
2013 – Regine Kahmann, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
2011 –  Salomon Barnicki-Garcia, Cicese
2009 –  Claudio Scazzocchio, University of Paris
2007 –  June Kwon Chung, National Institutes of Health
2005 –  Joan Bennett, Tulane University
2003 – Han van Etten, University of Arizona
2001 – Ronald Morris, Rutgers University
1999 – Rowland Davis, Univeristy of CA, Irvine
1997 –  Lorna Casselton, University of Oxford
1995 – Robert Metzenberg, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1993 –  Cardy Raper, University of Vermont
1991 – David Perkins, Stanford University
1989 – Charles Yanofsky, Stanford University 


Fungal Genetics Conference Student Poster Awards

Awards will be given for the best poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students.  The judging criteria is based on both scientific merit and clarity of presentation. Winners will be announced at the general session on Saturday, March 21.


Genetics Society of America Postdoc Poster Awards

Awards will be given for the best poster presentations by GSA graduate student members. If you are a Genetics Society of America member, the first AND presenting author on the abstract and a postdoc you may nominate your poster for an award. Both scientific merit and clarity of presentation will be taken into account. Winners will be announced at the general session on Saturday, March 21.


Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Member of the Genetics Society of America
  2. First and presenting author
  3. Graduate Student



Optional Events

How to Get Published Workshop

Wednesday, March 18

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students to have informal conversations with GENETICS and G3 journal editors about the peer-review and scientific publishing process in general, and more specifically, the GSA's two journals.  

Topics may include: the peer-review process, open access, writing to get published, where and how can your work have the most impact, how to create effective figures and tables, the standards of each journal, revisions and editing, and ethical issues in publishing. Participants can sign up  when they register for the meeting. Space is limited.



Advocacy Presentation

Friday, March 20

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm



We will discuss the latest policy and legislative news affecting funding for NIH, describe why it is important for scientists to speak out about issues that affect their grants and research, and share tips for engaging in advocacy. Sign up online with registration. Sign up online with registration. Space is limited.