Professional Development Events



GSA Conference Success Tips and Professional Development Opportunities
Video will be available by June 14, 2023

GSA Early Career Leadership Program (ECLP) members welcome first-time virtual and in-person conference attendees and early career scientists to make the most of the conference and share how to get involved in GSA’s professional development programming for early career scientists. Topics covered may include introductions to organizers of the meeting, advice on having meaningful interactions during the conference, a chance to meet other attendees in an informal setting, and an introduction to scientific events, conference programming, and GSA professional development opportunities.

Careers in Academia
Wednesday, June 21, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

This 90-minute discussion panel will feature department heads and academic faculty who will discuss applying and hiring in academia from both sides of the process, as well as provide insight into an academic career.

Virtual Networking
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Join us for a virtual networking event to discuss scientific and community topics and begin connecting with other #Worm23 registrants. All career stages are welcome.

Career Exploration Panel
Thursday, June 22, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

This event will showcase the broad options available to those with a PhD by hosting a panel of individuals from multiple career paths. Career sectors highlighted may include academic research, industry research, biotech, science writing, science teaching, and academic administration.

Multilingual Networking
Thursday, June 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m. 

Join us for this exciting event to network in the language of your choice! At this multilingual networking event, #Worm23 participants who speak languages other than English have a chance to network and talk about science in their native language or language of choice with other participants.



Conference Success Tips and Getting Involved in GSA’s Early Career Professional Development
Saturday, June 24, 11:00–12:30 p.m.

This event is to help first-time conference attendees and early career scientists make the most of the conference. GSA Early Career Leadership Program (ECLP) members will join us in sharing how to get involved in GSA’s professional development programming for early career scientists. GSA will walk through upcoming events and programs including how and when to apply to join the ECLP.

NextStage Growth Media (NGM) Career Connections and Advice

Sunday, June 25, 6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Are you seeking career advice from established scientists who can help guide your journey? Do you want to expand your network and connect with other early- and mid-career scientists? Register for NGM Career Connections and Advice to ask your scientific career questions and connect with fellow researchers in a moderated discussion with established C. elegans community members.

Read more about this event and register here.

Networking Hotspots

GSA will host themed table discussions on scientific, professional development, and community topics. Come join the conversations—all career stages are welcome.

Sunday, June 25, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. 

  • Applying to graduate school
  • Applying to postdoc positions
  • Disability in Science
  • Junctions and Epithelial Dynamics
  • Models of Human Disease
  • Neural Circuits and Behavior
  • Parents in Science
  • Physiology
  • Science Communication

Monday, June 26, 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. 

  • Applying to graduate school
  • Careers in industry
  • Chromatin, Epigenetics and Genomics
  • Development
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Junctions and Epithelial Dynamics
  • LGBTQ+ in Science
  • Reproduction and Gametogenesis

Tuesday, June 27, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Applying to post-doc positions
  • Cell Biology and Growth
  • Cell Stress and Cell Death
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Doing Science and Teaching at a PUI
  • Metabolism and Aging
  • Professional Development and Careers in Science

Complimentary Professional Headshots, sponsored by GSA

Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Are you a graduate student or postdoc in need a professional headshot? Visit professional photographer Alan Peebles on Tuesday, June 27 from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. UTC for a complimentary professional photo. Photographs will be professionally edited and sent via email to participants after the conference.

Due to high interest, sign ups are closed. Thank you for your interest!

Based in Central Scotland, award winning photographer Alan Peebles, has over 40 years experience working in film and TV productions, supplying unit and publicity Stills for clients such as the BBC, Netflix, ITV, Sony, Hat Trick, Shed Media, Kindle, Endemol UK, Shine TV, 12 Yard Productions, Comedy Unit, and Coastal Productions just to name a few.

His skills have taken him all over the world, from photographing Joely Richardson in Lithuania to publicize the film Wallace and Edward, Robson Green in Canada for his extreme fishing series, and to Scotland to photograph Benedict Cumberbatch for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh.

His reputation for excellence comes through his extremely high quality of work, professional attitude, creative talent, and his ability to work seamlessly with people from all walks of life.

Visit the gallery for examples of his wide range of work, and if you need more reason, read a few of the testimonials from very satisfied clients.

GSA Publishing Workshop

Tuesday, June 27, 4:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m.

Curious about the peer review process? Want to learn what it takes to get published? This workshop has you covered. After opening with an informative presentation by GSA Journals, the workshop gives participants the opportunity to talk with GENETICS and G3 editors. The Publishing Q&A is open to all career stages and is likely of particular usefulness to students and postdocs. Please bring your questions and join us for lively conversation!