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  • 13th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium (21-23 July, virtual!)

    Dear all,

    You are warmly invited to attend this year's Arthropod Genomics Symposium, being held in a virtual format from wherever you are! Over Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (21-23 July), we will have seven thematic sessions on genomics including current initiatives around the globe, chromosomes, ecology and evolution, and agricultural and vector genomics. Workshops are also planned for that Friday (24th July), on the new VectorBase and manual gene annotation in Apollo: please indicate potential interest when you register. Registration is for access to the meeting; there is no fee.

    Full details and the registration link are available at:


    The symposium focuses on new insights gleaned from analysing arthropod genomes and is designed for scientists interested in genomic studies of arthropods, including model organisms, those of importance to agriculture or health, and those of ecological or evolutionary interest. The programme will include presentations from speakers covering several major themes with opportunities for online discussions and interactions amongst all participants. AGS has a history of welcoming postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students, who are again particularly encouraged to join.

    Key Dates and Deadlines

    Friday, July 17 - Registration Deadline
    Monday, July 20 - Technical tests for speakers
    Tuesday, July 21 - Arthropod Genomics and Chromosome Genomics Sessions
    Wednesday, July 22 - China Session and Eco-Evo Genomics I & II Sessions
    Thursday, July 23 - Vector Genomics and Agricultural Genomics Sessions
    Friday, July 24 - Workshops (TBA)


    A virtual meeting requires a few changes to normal conference organisation: participation will be managed through the AGS Slack Workspace and webinars will be broadcast on Zoom. User Guides describing different aspects of how the meeting will be run will be provided. Until then, simply make sure your Slack and Zoom installations are up-to-date, or sign up for and install them (see Slack and Zoom websites for details -- links provide on the AGS meeting page).

    The online format of this meeting also means that all participants may present a 'V-Poster' describing their research project(s). There will be no formal selection process for V-Posters, and due to participants joining from different time zones there will be no dedicated V-Poster sessions. V-Posters act as a graphical advertisement for your project to encourage other attendees to meet with you (online) and discuss further.

    We already have over 150 registered participants and hope to see you there for lively discussions on the latest advances in arthropod genomics!

    Best wishes,
    Surya Saha
    On behalf of the organizing committee
    Website for the i5k 5,000 insect genome initiative.
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