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Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens October 4
Conference Registration Opens October 4
Logo Design Submissions November 15
Chair's Choice Submissions December 8
Abstract Submission Deadline December 8
Conference and Housing Registration Deadline December 8
Abstract Revision Deadline December 9
Platform/Poster Assignments Online February 17

Preliminary Schedule of Events

Tuesday, March 14
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fungal Conference Registration Surf and Sand
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Fungal Conference Welcome Social Merrill Hall
Wednesday, March 15
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Fungal Conference Registration Surf and Sand
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Plenary Session 1: Model Fungi: Biological Insights beyond the Kingdom
Chair: Amy Gladfelter
Jennifer Loros
Heinz Osiewacz
Wenbo Ma
Matthew Sachs
Chair’s Choice, Markus Kuenzler
Merrill Hall and Chapel
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Crocker Hall
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Ad Hoc Workshops
 JGI Workshop

 

Merrill Hall

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Magnitude of Fungi Biodiversity

Chairs: Kabir Peay and Lynne Boddy

Circadian Rhythms and Photobiology

Chairs: Jay Dunlap and Alfredo Herrera-Estrella

Plant-fungus Interactions

Chairs: Diane Saunders and Peter Solomon

Mating and Clonality in Fungi

Chairs: Brenda Wingfield and Joe Heitman

Population Genomics

Chairs: Mat Fisher and Bridget Barker

Fungi in the Microbiome

Chairs: Benjamin Wolfe and Heather Hallen-Adams

Primary Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering

Chairs: Richard Wilson and Richard Todd

Rooms to be determined
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner Crocker Hall
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Poster Session 1 and Exhibits

Evening Social sponsored by

Fireside Pavilion
Thursday, March 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Surf and Sand
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Plenary Session 2: Applied Mycology: Superpowers of Fungal Heroes and Villains
Chair: Nobuhiro Suzuki
Ronald De Vries
Dominique Sanglard
Annika Scheynius
Bettina Tudzynski
Chair’s Choice, Manish Raizada
Merrill Hall and Chapel
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Crocker Hall
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Ad Hoc Workshops
Neurospora Business Meeting

Post Genomics on Wood Decay Fungi

 

Chapel

Scripps

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Big Data (omics)

Chairs: Jeff Townsend and Li-Jun Ma

Secondary Metabolism

Chairs: Gillian Turgeon and Jeff Cary

Intracellular Mobility, Traffic and Secretion

Chair: Gero Steinberg

Fungal-bacterial Interactions

Chairs: Laila Partida-Martinez and Aurelie Deveau

Human Pathogenic Fungi

Chairs: Xiaorong Lin and Matthias Brock

Sustainable Bio-product Fermentation: From Biomass Conversion to High Value Product Formation

Chairs: Vera Meyer and Kristiina Hilden

RNA Biology

Chairs: Yi Liu and Guilhem Janbon

Rooms to be determined
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner Crocker Hall
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Poster Session 2 and Exhibits Fireside Pavilion
Friday, March 17
8:30 am – 3:00 pm Registration Surf and Sand
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Plenary Session 3: Systems Biology: Genes, Genomics & Genome Structure
Chair: Erika Kothe
Jason Stajich
Hiten Madhani
Elaine Bignell
Minou Nowrousian
Chair’s Choice, Hailing Jin 
Merrill Hall and Chapel
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Crocker Hall
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Ad Hoc Workshops

Food, Feed, Fungi & Mycotoxins

Locations tbd
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Epigenetics and Post-transcriptional Control Mechanisms

Chairs: Shinji Honda and Gerhard Braus

Symbiosis and Commensalisim

Chairs: Jessy Labbe and Francis Martin

Cell Communication

Chairs: Louise Glass and Andre Fleissner

Cytoskeletal Dynamics and Septa

Chairs: Rita Miller and Francine Govers

Effectors and Small Secreted Cysteine-rich Proteins

Chairs: Martijn Rep and Irina Druzhinina

Fungi in Society

Chairs: Kevin McCluskey and Joseph Flaherty

Evolution and Mechanisms of Antifungal Drug Resistance

Chairs: Carol Munro and Sabine Fillinger

Rooms to be determined
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner Crocker Hall
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Poster Session 3 and Exhibits Fireside Pavilion
Saturday, March 18
8:30 am – 11:00 am Registration Surf and Sand
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Plenary Session Sensing and Signaling: Perception of the Complex World in which Fungi Thrive or Survive
Chair: Monika Schmoll
Luis Larrondo
Kirsten Nielsen
Nancy Keller
Deborah Hogan
Chair’s Choice, Naweed Naqvi
Merrill Hall and Chapel
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Crocker Hall
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Fungal Policy Committee Meeting Surf and Sand
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Fungal Multicellular Development

Chairs: Laszlo Nagy and Robin Ohm

Signal Transduction and Gene Regulatory Networks

Chairs: Jin-Rong Xu and Richard Bennett

Early-diverging Fungi

Chairs: Soo Chan Lee and Greg Bonito

Disease Epidemiology

Chairs: Vishnu Chaturvedi and Teun Boekhout

Cell Walls and Polysaccharides

Chairs: Peter Lipke and Tamara Doering

Synthetic Biology, Fungal Tools and Fungi as Tools

Chairs: Scott Baker and Peter Punt

Chromosome Dynamics

Chairs: Michael Freitag and Anja Forche

Rooms to be determined
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm Fungal Meeting and GSA Poster Award Presentations  
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Perkins/Metzenberg Lecture,
Jay Dunlap, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
Merrill Hall and Chapel
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner Crocker Hall
8:30 pm – 12:00 am Closing Party Merrill Hall
Sunday, March 19
Depart

 

Chairs' Choice Plenary Talks

Nomination Deadline: December 8, 2016

Speakers announced: January 16, 2017 - The selected talks are included in the program.

 

The Chairs’ Choice Talks are an opportunity for high impact work published after the program is set to be highlighted in a plenary session. 

 

Nominations (including self-nominations) are invited for Chair’s Choice Talks to be presented in the last spot of each plenary session. The Chair’s Choice Talks are an opportunity for high impact work published after the program was set to be highlighted. Nominators can self-define “high impact.”

 

To be considered, the work must be published or in press for 2016 or early 2017, and the nominee must agree to attend the entire meeting. Those invited to present talks in concurrent sessions are still eligible to be considered for a Chair’s Choice Plenary Talk. Meeting scientific co-chairs and plenary session chairs will choose among the nominations. Note: as is the case for all talks, no registration/housing waivers or travel funds will be awarded.

 

To submit a nomination send the following to scientific program co-chairs Deborah Bell-Pedersen and Alexander Idnurm (dpedersen@bio.tamu.edu, alexander.idnurm@unimelb.edu.au ):

  1. Speaker name, affiliation, email address and link to lab website (if available).

  2. Brief abstract of the work highlighting its importance (500 word maximum).

  3. A pdf of the publication or link to website.

 


Fungal Conference Perkins/Metzenberg Lecture

A provoking perspective given by a leader in the field of fungal genetics that often includes an historical perspective, thoughts for the future and some humor. We are pleased to announce Jay Dunlap, Dartmouth University, will present the Perkins/Metzenberg Lecture in 2017.

Previous Lectures:

2015 - Michael J. Hynes, University of Melbourne

2013 – Regine Kahmann, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
2011 - Salomon Barnicki-Garcia, Cicese
2009 – Claudio Scazzocchio, University of Paris
2007 - June Kwon Chung, National Institutes of Health
2005 - Joan Bennett, Tulane University
2003 - Han VanEtten, University of Arizona
2001 – Ronald Morris, Rutgers University
1999 – Rowland Davis, University of CA, Irvine
1997 – Lorna Casselton, University of Oxford
1995 – Robert Metzenberg, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1993 – Cardy Raper, University of Vermont
1991 – David Perkins, Stanford University
1989 – Charles Yanofsky, Stanford University

 


Fungal Genetics Conference Student Poster Awards


Awards will be given for the best poster presentations by graduate students.  The judging criteria is based on both scientific merit and clarity of presentation. Winners will be announced at the general session in the afternoon on Saturday, March 18.

 

Genetics Society of America Postdoc Poster Awards


Awards will be given for the best poster presentations by postdoc members. If you are a Genetics Society of America member, the first AND presenting author on the abstract and a postdoc you may nominate your poster for an award. Both scientific merit and clarity of presentation will be taken into account. Winners will be announced at the general session in the afternoon on Saturday, March 18.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Member of the Genetics Society of America
  2. First and presenting author
  3. Postdoc

 

 


Optional Event

Editor's Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 15

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Chapel

 

This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students to have informal conversations with GENETICS and G3 journal editors about the peer-review and scientific publishing process in general, and more specifically, the GSA's two journals.  

Topics may include: the peer-review process, open access, writing to get published, where and how can your work have the most impact, how to create effective figures and tables, the standards of each journal, revisions and editing, and ethical issues in publishing. Participants can sign up when they register for the meeting.