62nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference

March 23 – April 1 2021 | Anywhere and Everywhere

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About the Annual Drosophila Research Conference

The Annual Drosophila Research Conference is the premier meeting for Drosophila researchers. Presentations cover the full diversity of Drosophila investigations, from genetics to molecular biology, cell biology, development, immunology, physiology, neuroscience, evolution, and more. In addition to the invited speakers in the Plenary Sessions and abstract-driven Platform Sessions, the program includes an Equity and Inclusion Plenary Session, Techniques and Technology Plenary Session, attendee-organized workshops, and a wide range of professional development and networking events.

Keynote Address:

Harmit Malik

HHMI/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Harmit Malik headshot

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New this year!

Equity and Inclusion Plenary Session

Kenneth Gibbs, NIGMS
Mala Htun, University of New Mexico
Alana O’Reilly, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Nancy Street, UT Southwestern

Remo Virtual Networking

Poster, discussion, and networking events will take place using the Remo virtual platform. Remo provides a video discussion forum that mimics an in-person networking event. Group video chats take place at “tables”. Attendees can navigate the sessions via a floor plan that shows each table and the number of “seats” taken at the table. Poster presenters can display their poster to table attendees by uploading it to the table Whiteboard. They will discuss their work with groups of attendees coming and going throughout the session, just like at an in-person meeting!

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Research Area Topics

To better reflect the diversity of Drosophila research represented at the meeting, the conference organizers are changing the way abstract submitters categorize their submissions.

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Nasser Rusan, Co-Chair
Amy Kiger, Co-Chair

Michelle Arbeitman
Karen G. Hales
Nadia Singh
Guy Tanentzapf

Important Dates and Deadlines:


October 2 Abstract Submission Open
October 2 Workshop Application Open
Mid-October Registration Open
November 2 Workshop Application Deadline
December 3 Abstract Submission Deadline
December 4 Abstract Revision/Withdrawal Deadline
December 21 Larry Sandler Award Nomination Deadline


January 28 Poster only abstract submission Deadline
February 8 Author Assignments Live
February 25 Early Registration Deadline
March 3 Poster Invitation Request Deadline
March 5 Presenter Registration Deadline
March 11 Poster Upload Deadline
March 12 Workshops Begin (registration required)
March 23–March 29 Oral Presentation Sessions
March 29–April 1 Poster Presentation Sessions

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