Drosophila Community Information

Meet face-to-face with the Drosophila research community at TAGC 2020! The meeting’s unique format offers multiple opportunities for you to share your work, learn about the latest research and tools, build community, and recruit newcomers to the field. Catch up with colleagues at the opening night Drosophila mixer and at designated community meeting spots throughout the meeting. We’ll make it easy to spot Drosophila people and posters via signage and badges. When it comes to attending talks, you won’t be forced to choose between Drosophila and your favorite topic; Community Sessions and Thematic Sessions are held at different times, so there will be no need to miss out.

Don’t miss the Annual Drosophila Research Conference!

Do you normally attend the Annual Drosophila Research Conference? TAGC incorporates this meeting for 2020, so if you miss TAGC you will miss your regular community meeting. Be sure to submit by December 13, 2019 to be considered for a talk in either the Drosophila Sessions or the Thematic Sessions.

What’s the hashtag?

The conference hashtag is #TAGC20. Use the #Dros20 community-specific hashtag alongside #TAGC20 to allow everyone to follow along!

Plenary Speakers

Ethan Bier, University of California San Diego
Michael Buszczak, University of Texas Southwestern
Alex Gould, Francis Crick Institute
Sally Horne-Badovinac, University of Chicago
Amanda Larracuente, University of Rochester
Mimi Shirasu-Hiza, Columbia University
Marta Zlatic, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Presentation Opportunities

If you submit an abstract, it will be reviewed and scheduled in one of three types of sessions:

  • Posters
  • Community (oral)
  • Thematic (oral)

Poster and Thematic Sessions will feature research from all communities, while Drosophila Community Sessions will be dedicated to research on fruit flies.

Community Program Committee

Lynn Cooley, Yale University
Hugo Bellen, Baylor College of Medicine
Helen McNeil, Washington University in St Louis
Brian Oliver, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases

Community Special Events and Awards

Larry Sandler Award 
The Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture is presented by an outstanding recent PhD graduate on the opening night of the Conference. The award was established in 1988 by the colleagues, friends, and students of Dr. Larry Sandler after his untimely death in 1987. The award serves to honor Dr. Sandler for his many contributions to Drosophila genetics and his exceptional dedication to the training of Drosophila biologists.

Any student completing a PhD in an area of Drosophila research between July 2018 and December 2019 is eligible and may be nominated by his/her thesis advisor.

All nominations must be submitted by the student’s thesis advisor and should include the following:

  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Nominee’s thesis abstract of 1-2 pages
  • A nomination letter directly answering the following questions:
    • What are the main discoveries in the nominee’s thesis?
    • What are the intellectual and experimental contributions of the nominee to the project?
    • How does the thesis work advance what was previously known in the field and to previous work from your lab?

Please combine all requested nomination information into one pdf and send to Barbara Mellone at barbara.mellone@uconn.edu for receipt by December 19, 2019.

Past recipients:

Bruce Edgar, 1988 Sean McGuire, 2004
Kate Harding, 1989 Elissa Hallem, 2005
Michael Dickinson, 1990 Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, 2006
Maurice Kernan, 1991 Yu-Chiun Wang, 2007
Doug Kellogg, 1992 Adam A. L. Friedman, 2008
David Schneider, 1993 Timothy T. Weil, 2009
Kendal Broadie, 1994 Leonardo Koerich, 2010
David Begun, 1995 Daniel Babcock, 2011
Chaoyong Ma, 1996 Stephanie Turner Chen, 2012
Abby Dernburg, 1997 Weizhe Hong, 2013
Nir Hacohen, 1998 Ruei-Jiun Hung, 2014
Terence Murphy, 1999 Zhao Zhang, 2015
Bin Chen, 2000 Alejandra Figueroa-Clarevega, 2016
James Wilhelm, 2001 Danny E. Miller, 2017
Matthew C. Gibson, 2002 Lucy Liu, 2018
Sinisa Urban, 2003 Laura Fairbanks Seeholzer, 2019


Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award
The Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award supports travel costs for undergraduate GSA members who are engaged in research to attend the Annual Drosophila Research Conference. The award also includes presenting Drosophila research at TAGC 2020. Apply by November 27. UPDATE: Deadline: January 15. Visit Finnerty Award Page »

Drosophila Image Award
The Drosophila Image Award was established in 2004 to recognize compelling images that communicate important findings in Drosophila research. Any image from a paper that has been accepted for publication in the calendar year preceding the Conference is eligible and can be submitted by the researcher who generated it. The Award is given to the most striking image and video that clearly convey an important biological result.

Details of the competition and Award Committee members can be found at www.drosophila-images.org.

Conference History

2019: Dallas, TX
2018: Philadelphia, PA
2017: San Diego, CA
2016: Orlando, FL
2015: Chicago, IL
2014: San Diego, CA
2013: Washington, DC
2012: Chicago, IL
2011: San Diego, CA
2010: Washington, DC
2009: Chicago, IL
2008: San Diego, CA
2007: Philadelphia, PA
2006: Houston, TX
2005: San Diego, CA
2004: Washington, DC
2003: Chicago, IL
2002: San Diego, CA
2001: Washington, DC
2000: Pittsburgh, PA