Genetics Society of AustralAsia 2021 Online Conference

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The Genetics Society of AustralAsia is excited to announce GSA2021, the virtual conference to be held this year on the 6th-8th of October.

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This years’ schedule will include three days of sessions, including 30 minute plenary talks and symposia sessions. Symposia will include 15-minute “long” talks (including 3 min question time) and 5-minute “lightning” talks (group question time at the end of lightning talks). Additionally, there will be a virtual poster session. The conference will close with an awards symposium showcasing the research of our 2021 GSA award winners. Conference days will run from approximately 10am-3pm AEST, to enable members from Western Australia and New Zealand to attend.

Conference registration and abstract submissions are now open. Submissions from students and Early Career Researchers conducting relevant research are strongly encouraged. Save the date and look below for further instructions on how to secure your ticket and submit your abstract. Registration is free for GSA members, see below for further information on how to become a member.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission closes: 11th August 11:59 pm AEST


Abstract submission will close on Monday 16th August 2021, 11:59pm AEST. There will be no further extensions after this date.

You may register to attend the conference after this date, but unfortunately we cannot accept late abstracts.

Current symposia Topics:

Open Session: Please feel free to submit an abstract our open session if the topics listed below are not suitable for your area of research.

Mobile Genetic Elements (Sandy Richardson, Adam Ewing: University of Queensland): This symposium will feature talks on the structure, function, regulation, and genomic influence of mobile genetic elements (MGEs). We propose to invite speakers studying MGEs across a broad range of species, from humans and traditional model organisms to diverse, recently-sequenced genomes including species unique to Australia. We aim to include talks elucidating the fundamental biology of MGEs, as well as highlighting advances in MGE detection and characterisation made possible by recent breakthroughs in long-read sequencing technology.

Conservation and Ecological Genetics (Anna MacDonald, Australian Antarctic Division; Catherine Grueber, University of Sydney): Genomics has provided a wide range of new and exciting methods that are enabling new discoveries in ecological genetics. As a result, a wide range of genetic and genomic data types are also increasingly used to support the conservation of threatened species. This symposium will explore innovative genetic approaches that are being developed and deployed in conservation and ecological contexts.

Functional Genomics in Rare Disease (Rob Bryson-Richardson; Monash University): There will be a brief presentation on the Australian Functional Genomics Network and how it will support research to understand the impact of variants identified in diagnostics, novel disease gene discovery, and disease modelling to facilitate the development of therapies. This will be followed by a series of presentations on disease modelling, functional analysis of genetic variants, or the identification and development of potential therapies.

Earth BioGenome (Kathy Belov; University of Sydney): New advances in genome sequencing technologies are now making it possible to sequence the genomes of all known species, and to use genomics to help discover the remaining 80 - 90 % of species that are currently hidden from science. The Earth BioGenome Project represents a new beginning in understanding, utilizing, and conserving biodiversity. This symposium will tackle this ‘moonshot for biology’, discussing attempts to sequence, catalogue, and characterise the genomes of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity.

Epigenetics and Chromatin Structure – From Molecular Mechanisms to Phenotypes (Rakesh David; University of Adelaide): We invite abstracts for online oral presentations and virtual posters covering the breadth of epigenetic research in human health and disease, plant biology and population dynamics. This session will address epigenetic, epitranscriptomic and chromatin-based mechanisms and its role in regulating gene expression, impact on genomic structure, imprinting and transgenerational inheritance. New techniques that survey genome-wide epigenetic signatures, RNA modifications and histone variants in model and non-model species are welcome to submit abstracts.


GSA2021 is a free conference for GSA members. To register as a society member, please visit:

Regular Membership: $90.00 p.a (inc GST)

Reduced (student) Rate: $40.00 p.a (inc GST)

If you are not yet a member, please join GSA before you register for the conference. GSA members who are registered for the conference will be sent the access links

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