Workshop Applications

All conference workshops will be held online in late March and April 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: November 2, 2020

Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by January 11, 2021.

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 to be held on a recurring basis.
  2. Platform talks have a very formal format. In contrast, workshops are intended to have more discussion and interaction. To have their workshop considered, applicants must explicitly address how their unique format will stimulate such interactions.
  3. Examples of topics appropriate for workshops include:
  4. • techniques

    • emerging or specialized areas of research

    • community resources

    • professional development

    • education (undergraduate or graduate)

    • other topics of general interest to the Drosophila community

  5. Workshop organizers must independently identify individuals who wish to participate in their session. Workshop organizers will not be able to review abstracts submitted for poster or platform sessions to determine possible presenters.
  6. All workshop organizers, speakers, and participants must be registered for the conference.
  7. All workshop organizers, speakers, and participants must abide by the GSA Code of Conduct.
  8. All workshops will be held online using GSA’s Zoom accounts. GSA staff will provide technical assistance and help host the workshops.
  9. Workshops will take place in March as well as after the conference in April.

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 have a desire 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
  • Working at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI)
  • Teaching eugenics history in genetics class
  • Mid-career faculty forum
  • How to be involved in the Fly Community
  • Rigor and reproducibility
  • Imaging technology, light and EM
  • Teaching and research at PUIs
  • Course-based and independent undergraduate research