Workshop and Event Requests

There are three types of Workshop or Event requests that can be submitted:

Community Workshops

Attendees are invited to submit workshop proposals that encourage interaction and exchange across community boundaries.

Exhibitor Events:

Companies can host a breakfast or lunch to update customers on new and emerging trends, or stage a demonstration of the latest technology. There is an additional fee to use the space.

Ancillary Events:

Groups can also hold meetings, receptions, or other events before, during, or after TAGC.

Community Workshops

The deadline for workshop applications is November 1, 2023.

Workshop Proposal Application Instructions and Guidelines

The workshop proposal application is intended for students, postdocs, and faculty/investigators registrants. Commercial vendors or other organizations interested in holding a workshop should follow the instructions below for exhibitor events.

There is limited space for workshops and some worthy topics may not be accepted. Proposals with broad appeal across organisms, topics, and methods will be given priority. To fill the limited available workshop slots, the Allied Program Committee (which includes representatives from all TAGC communities) will evaluate proposals on the following criteria:

  • Rising and upcoming fields
  • Emphasis on discussion
  • Innovative format
  • Diversity (both in terms of presenters and labs)
  • Community-building potential
  • Interest to the community

Proposals should clearly indicate why a workshop format is appropriate for the topic. Importantly, workshops are not intended to serve as a de facto oral presentation session. Workshops should have more discussion and interaction than regular sessions. To be considered, applicants must explicitly address how their format will stimulate such interactions.

Examples of topics appropriate for workshops could include:

  • Techniques
  • Emerging or specialized areas of research
  • Community resources
  • Professional development
  • Education (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Other topics of general interest

Please note the following rules:

  1. Workshop organizers must independently identify individuals to participate in their sessions. 
  2. Workshop organizers will not be able to review abstracts submitted for poster or oral presentation sessions to determine possible presenters.
  3. All workshop organizers, speakers, and participants must register for the conference.
  4. All workshop organizers, speakers, and participants must abide by the GSA Code of Conduct.
  5. Workshops held online will use GSA’s Zoom accounts. GSA staff will provide technical assistance and help host the workshops.

The workshop application will open on August 1 and close on November 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified of their application outcome in early December 2023.

Exhibitor Events

The deadline for exhibitor applications is December 2, 2023.

Exhibiting organizations are invited to host workshops or events. TAGC provides a great opportunity to host a breakfast or lunch to update customers on new and emerging trends or a demonstration of your latest technology. There is a fee to use the space, which includes a listing in the program book and the online schedule of events. Exhibitor events and workshops will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis depending on space availability. Nonprofit groups will receive a 25% discount. Email gsaexhibits@genetics-gsa.org to learn more about exhibitor opportunities to host events and workshops.

Ancillary Events

Groups who would like to hold meetings, receptions, or other events before, during, or after TAGC are encouraged to take advantage of this unique conference, which will bring together researchers from across the biological research spectrum. Space will be available in 90-minute blocks. Examples of Ancillary Events:

  • Lab member reunions
  • Editor events for scholarly journals
  • Genome database meetings
  • Industry recruitment events
  • Collaborative projects and consortia

To apply for an ancillary event, contact Cheryl Wright-Young at cheryl.wright@marriott.com.