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#Dros21 is going virtual and bringing the latest to Drosophila researchers around the world! In the past, attendance has been limited by travel, time, and financial constraints, but in 2021 the meeting’s reach will expand globally. Your participation will give you an opportunity to connect with scientists everywhere.

When The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC), which included the 61st Annual Drosophila Conference, went virtual in April 2020, we saw Drosophila community attendance rise from approximately 1,000 people to over 4,500. Those partners who still participated found the virtual conference to be very rewarding and “found more qualified leads than in the past.”

To help create a productive and engaging environment where your reps can get the leads they need, the opportunities being offered have been expanded for our 2021 conferences.

Current opportunities:

All of the opportunities below include: company logos being displayed on session slides, in the online planner, and in the PDF of the program book, as well as one meeting registration. All companies sponsoring at a level of $2,500 or more will also be included on the dedicated Sponsor web page with their logo, link and a 50-word description and receive 2 meeting registrations. Contact mahoney@genetics-gsa.org with any questions or to discuss special package rates.

  • Industry Educational Session – $2,500highlight new initiatives or provide a live product demonstration with time for questions and a chance to acquire registrant emails during  time unopposed by scientific sessions. The session will be recorded and available for 25 days after the start of the conference. (limited to 2 companies per block)
  • Professional Development Workshops $1,500 – sponsor a workshop and participate on a panel and be recognized as a sponsor (limited to one sponsor per workshop)
  • Publishing Q&A Workshop$1,500 –  participate on a panel to explain the publishing process to early career scientists from inception to review to decision (limited to three publishing companies and approval by GSA Journals staff)
  • Opening Plenary Session Sponsor with Keynote by Harmit Malik and the Larry Sandler Award talk-  $2,000  (limited to one sponsor)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Session Sponsor$2,000 abstract driven session addressing timely issues (limited to one sponsor)
  • Exhibit tables$2,500 – available during the live Remo poster sessions. Below are comments received about Remo for a GSA meeting held in September 2020. 
    • Live poster session was far better than what I had expected. The app “Remo” was wonderful and made the online poster imitate (a) live session. 
    • My favorite part was the live poster session. This is the first conference I have attended this year with actual interaction during the poster session and not just passive “looking at PDF” poster sessions and therefore able to talk to and meet new people.
    • The application Remo, which was used to handle poster sessions, was just amazing. It was probably the best possible replacement that MPM could have used to make people feel like they were actually attending in-person sessions.
  • Registration Fee Waivers sponsor – to encourage participation from low- and middle-income countries, companies can sponsor registration fee waivers  

Conference registration statistics

The Annual Drosophila Research Conference is the largest conference  of Drosophila researchers, and attendance has remained consistent since 2015. 

Registration Category 2020* 2019 2018 2017 2016* 2015
Faculty/Postdoc 4,610 725 878 757 1845 833
Students 9,161 495 649 480 1,172 708
Total 13,771* 1,220 1,527 1,237 3,017* 1,541

*The Allied Genetics Conference- Meeting held in conjunction with five other model organism groups 

How will the Poster Sessions and Exhibits work?

Remo will be used for exhibits, posters, and general networking. At your table you can meet with attendees in real time using audio and video capabilities. You can also display a poster,  advertisement, or video, or share your screen. 

Exhibits and posters are set up like a conference center with multiple buildings, floors, and a variety of seating options. When attendees enter the platform, they are randomly assigned to a table. They then move freely around the floors and buildings as space is available. Each table is able to accommodate eight people. This image shows the basic setup.


Dros 21 Remo Sponsor Floorplan


Exhibit tables are available during the Poster Sessions. All times listed are US Eastern Daylight Time.

Tuesday, March 30 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, March 31 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Thursday, April 1 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT 12:30  -2:30 p.m. EDT

Industry Educational Session times available:


Monday, March 29 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, March 30 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. EDT
Thursday, April 1 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT

Why participate virtually?

Meet New Prospects: Moving from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience allows more people to attend the meeting. All they need is an internet connection—no travel or hotel. More people means more potential leads.

Showcase New Products and Services: Ability to show demo videos and answer questions from the community.

Gain an International Presence: In 2020, for TAGC, there were participants from 79 countries!

Save Money: Hotel, airfare, per-diem, shipping, and other travel costs are eliminated in a virtual meeting, so you can participate at a fraction of the cost of an in-person meeting.

Connect with Your Existing Customers: The conference’s interactive platforms will let you renew your connection with your existing customers.


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