About the 62nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference

The Annual Drosophila Research Conference is the premier meeting for Drosophila researchers. As many as 1,000 presentations cover the full diversity of Drosophila investigations, from genetics to molecular biology, cell biology, development, immunology, physiology, neuroscience, evolution, and more. Due to the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually in 2021.

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Keynote Address:

Harmit Malik HHMI/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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.

Harmit Malik headshot

Virtual Platform

Talks will be presented via Zoom Webinar and GSA’s custom Conference App. The conference will be held live, and recordings of talks will be available to registrants for 30 days after the meeting. Poster files and optional poster presentation audio will be available to registrants via the Conference App. Poster presenters will also have the opportunity to take part in live poster sessions held on the Remo virtual networking platform.


Larry Sandler Award

The Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture is presented by an outstanding recent PhD graduate on the opening day of the Conference. Any student completing a PhD in an area of Drosophila research between July 2019 and December 2020 is eligible and may be nominated by his/her thesis advisor. Nominations will be due on December 21, 2020.

Drosophila Image Award

The Drosophila Image Award is given to the most striking image and video that clearly convey an important biological result and communicate important findings in Drosophila research. Images from papers that have been accepted for publication in 2020 will be eligible for the 2021 award.


The conference will feature a limited number of attendee-organized workshops in late March and April 2021. The organizers are accepting workshop applications until November 2, 2020, and will notify applicants of their decision by January 11, 2021. Read more about the application process and selection criteria on the Workshops page

Genetics Society of America

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is an international community of biologists from all career stages and more than 50 countries. GSA will be hosting #Dros21 using the virtual platform they successfully used for TAGC Online.

Conference Dates

March 23–April 1, 2021


Abstract Submission Deadline

December 3, 2020

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