Workshop Applications

Workshops, other than the pre-conference Professional Development Workshops, will be held from June 21–25, 2021. Individuals interested in organizing a workshop should review the selection criteria below and complete the online application.

The organizers expect that the number of applications for workshops will exceed the time slots available. Because this process is competitive, with many worthy topics turned down, the organizers strongly encourage applicants to carefully and clearly address the guidelines and submit a highly persuasive application.

Selection Criteria

  • Rising and upcoming fields
  • Emphasis on discussion
  • Innovative formats
  • Diversity of presenters and labs
  • Community-building potential
  • Interest to the community


Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

Applicants will be notified by March 16, 2021 of the outcome  of the application.

Application Guidelines

  1. Applicants should clearly indicate why an attendee-organized workshop is an appropriate format for their topic. Importantly, workshops are not intended to serve as a de facto platform session.
  2. Workshops must have discussion and interaction built into the schedule. Applicants must explicitly address how the format will stimulate such interactions.
  3. Examples of topics appropriate for workshops include:
  • techniques
  • emerging or specialized areas of research
  • community resources
  • professional development
  • other topics of general interest to the C. elegans community


Workshop organizers must identify individuals who will participate if the proposal is accepted. Workshop organizers will not be able to review abstracts submitted for poster or platform sessions to determine possible presenters.

  1. All workshop organizers, speakers, and participants must be registered for the conference.
  2. All workshop organizers, speakers, and participants must abide by the GSA Code of Conduct.
  3. All workshops will be held online using GSA’s Zoom accounts. GSA staff will provide technical assistance and help host the workshops.
  4. Workshops will take place from June 21–25, 2021.

Submit an application ≫

Based on recent feedback, the GSA and conference organizers have also identified several topics that would be of special interest. If you would like  to help organize a workshop in any of the following areas, please contact Amanda Shaver: ashaver@genetics-gsa.org.

  • Creating a diverse, equal, and inclusive scientific community
  • Assessing and publishing educational research
  • Teaching eugenics history in genetics class
  • Mid-career faculty forum
  • Rigor and reproducibility
  • Imaging technology, light and EM