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Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens October 4
Conference Registration Opens October 4
Logo Design Submissions November 15
Chair's Choice Submissions December 8
Abstract Submission Deadline December 8
Conference and Housing Registration Deadline December 8
Abstract Revision Deadline December 9
Platform/Poster Assignments Online February 17


Abstract Book (pdf)


Abstract Deadline: Thursday, December 8, 2016, midnight, US East Coast time 


Abstract submission site will be available October 4, 2016. Remember submission of an abstract does not register you for the conference.


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 Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material, and should only be submitted if at least one author plans to attend the meeting and present the work.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 9 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.


IMPORTANT NOTE: All abstracts submitted, even if programmed in a concurrent session, are also expected to be presented as a poster.

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. Biotechnology
  3. Cell Biology and Development
  4. Comparative and Functional Genomics
  5. Fungal Diversity
  6. Gene Regulation
  7. Pathogenic and Mutalistic Interactions
  8. Population and Evolutionary Genetics
  9. Synthetic Biology
  10. Other

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. Select up to two keywords from the list below.


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


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.

Upon a successful submission, the presenting author will receive an automatic onscreen confirmation. In addition, the author will receive an email confirmation. All submitted abstracts, even if they are accepted into a concurrent session are required to present a poster as well.


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 9, 2016, 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 9, 2016, 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 9, 2016. 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 9, 2016. Abstracts not withdrawn by December 9 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, 2016

Speakers announced: January 16, 2017


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 2016 or early 2017, 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 Deborah Bell-Pederson and Alexander Idnurm:

  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.


Social Media Policy

Live tweeting of presentations is allowed unless the speaker explicitly opts out by stating so at the start of his or her talk. Taking or sharing photos or videos of posters is permitted only with the presenter’s consent during the assigned poster session. Taking photos of posters while the presenter is not present is strictly prohibited. By attending a GSA conference, you grant GSA the right to use your photograph, name, and likeness for use in GSA educational, news, or promotional materials.


Author Assignment

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, 4 minutes for a question and answer period and 1 minute transition time.

Please see the detailed preparation instructions for plenary/concurrent presentations.

Program Book

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


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.