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Important Dates
Abstract Submission Opens Sept 27, 2016
Conference Registration Opens Oct 3, 2016
Workshop Application Deadline Nov 7, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline Nov 10, 2016
Larry Sandler Award Submission Deadline Dec 22, 2016
Late Abstract Submission Deadline Jan 23, 2017
Early(Discounted) Conference
Registration Deadline
Feb 3, 2017
Hotel Reservations Deadline March 3, 2017


2017 Meeting Organizers
Leanne Jones, Chair
Doris Bachtrog
Claude Desplan
Amy Kiger


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Installation of Exhibits


Wednesday, March 29, 2:00 PM–5:00 PM (Permission to work after 5:00 PM may be obtained from GSA Exhibit Management.)


Please note that children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the exhibit hall during set-up or dismantling of exhibits. A labor crew will be available on set-up day in accordance with advance orders. Exhibitors are urged to order all necessary labor and services in advance. A complete set of service order forms is available online in the GES Service Kit.


All exhibit material must be unpacked by 4:00 PM, Wednesday, March 29, to permit removal of empty crates and cartons from the exhibit area. Any exhibit that is not unpacked by this time will be placed in storage and can be returned only after the exhibits close on the first day of exhibiting or GSA Exhibit Management may order the exhibit set up by the decorator and the cost charged to the exhibitor. No refuse, such as empty cartons, may be placed in the aisles after the final sweeping of aisles in the exhibit area. Booth space cleaning is not included in the cost of the booth and must be ordered in advance.


Deliveries or removal of equipment must be made before or after exhibit hours. A Request to Remove Materials form must be obtained from Exhibit Management to remove any material or equipment before Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 PM. Once the exhibit hall officially opens on Wednesday night at 9:00 pm, March 29, nothing may be removed before 10:00 PM, Saturday, April 1.



Dismantling and Move-Out of Exhibits


Exhibitors may begin dismantling and packing materials on Saturday, April 1, at 10:00 PM. All exhibitors must have all exhibit materials packed and removed (or ready for removal by the decorator) from the exhibit area by 1:00 AM on Sunday, April 2.





Under the terms of this License Agreement, it is understood that exhibitors are expected to leave the Exhibit Hall in the same condition in which they found it and should not make or attempt alterations of any kind without express written permission from GSA Exhibit Management and the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center.


Exhibitor assumes entire responsibility for its property and activities, and hereby agrees to protect, indemnify, defend and save The Genetics Society of America, the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center, Global Experience Specialists (GES), Exhibit Management and their respective employees and agents harmless against all claims, losses, and damages to persons or property, governmental charges or fines, and attorneys' fees arising out of or caused by Exhibitor's installation, removal, maintenance, occupancy or use of the exhibition premises or a part thereof, excluding any such liability caused by the sole negligence of the parties referred to above. In addition, Exhibitor acknowledges that The Genetics Society of America, the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center, Global Experience Specialists (GES), and Exhibit Management do not maintain insurance covering Exhibitor's property or activities and that it is the sole responsibility of Exhibitor to obtain insurance covering all risks and perils.



Electricity, Space Cleaning, Telephone, Internet


Booth cleaning, electrical supply, internet, phone lines and AV services are not included in the exhibit fee, and exhibitors are encouraged to order these services before show opening.


A form for ordering booth cleaning will be included in the Service Kit.


Electrical, AV, Internet and Phone order forms will also be available in the


All forms must be completed and submitted according to instructions on the forms.





The Exhibit Hall will be open to meeting registrants on a 24-hour basis beginning at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 29 until 10:00 PM on Saturday, April 1. GSA will have a security guard posted at the entrance to the Hall for the sole purpose of assuring the safety of meeting registrants.


The security guard is not intended to secure the property of exhibitors, employees of exhibitors or others. Exhibitors are solely responsible for the security and safety of their equipment and materials. The exhibitors should consider hiring security to guard their exhibit and materials during times when exhibitor’s personnel are not staffing the exhibit. The GSA and its employees, the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center, the Drosophila Board of Directors, Global Experience Specialists (GES), and the contracted security company will not assume liability for any losses of any materials nor items taken from the Exhibit Hall nor from the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center. Exhibitors are expected to take all appropriate measures to safeguard their displays and equipment.



Exhibit Personnel Registration


Exhibiting companies must supply the name(s) of their representative(s) in advance for badge preparation. Exhibitor employees who are registered in advance will receive their badges by mail, if their names are received by Exhibit Management by January 23, 2017.  This will allow them to enter the exhibit hall directly. Employees registering after that date must pick up their badges at the Registration Desk on site by providing valid company identification.


Exhibit personnel not pre-registered or who did not received their badges, may register at the main Conference Registration Desk. Exhibitors must have a badge to enter the exhibit area and scientific sessions.


Only full or part-time paid employees of the contracting company are considered exhibit personnel. 

Please complete the Exhibit Personnel Registration form and e-mail to Suzy Brown at by January 23, 2017.



Guest Registration


Every effort will be made to ensure that only properly identified and authorized registrants enter the exhibit area. To this end, an exhibiting company representative must accompany their guest to the onsite registration desk for a badge. Badges will be made available in limited numbers for exhibitor guests. Guests are defined as individuals the exhibitor wishes to invite to view their display that would not otherwise be registering for the meeting. Guest of Exhibitor badges permit entry only to the commercial exhibits area and do not authorize entry to scientific sessions or to the scientific poster area.


Spouses of exhibitor representatives may obtain a temporary badge when escorted by the representative and showing appropriate identification. Guests will only have access to your booth in the exhibit hall and it is your responsibility to escort them out of the hall when your appointment time is complete. Guests will not be permitted in scientific sessions including the posters.  Guests will have a maximum of two hours to visit your booth and must pick up their badge on site at the conference registration desk.  Anyone wishing to attend any other part of the conference must register as an attendee.


It is the responsibility of the exhibiting company and its representatives to inform guests of all rules and regulations.




Storage of Boxes, Containers and Shipping Materials


Global Experience Specialists (GES) will store boxes and containers for exhibitors. Empty crates, boxes and cartons must be removed from the exhibit area by 5:00 PM, March 29. These materials should be nested as much as possible. Do not store anything of value in crates going into storage. "Empty" stickers, which must be placed on all containers to be stored and returned at the close of the exhibit, will be available from GES personnel during move-in hours. Containers, boxes and cartons not labeled with an "Empty" sticker will be considered refuse and will be disposed of. Boxes and cartons may not be stored behind exhibit space back drapes. Boxes and containers retained by exhibit personnel may be brought back to the exhibit area at 10:00 PM on Saturday, April 1. Exhibitors may pack displays and must remove them (or have them ready for removal) by 1:00 AM on Sunday, April 2.