Genetic Outlier Analysis Workshop (2024) registrations now open

There are many interesting patterns that you can extract from genetic variant data. This can include patterns of linkage, balancing selection, or even inbreeding signals. One of the most common approaches is to find sites on the genome that are under selection. This online workshop will introduce the basics of genetic selection analysis, and will step you through the process of identifying signals of selection in an example genomic dataset using the outlier analysis method.

The GSA is proud to present this workshop with the Australian BioCommons and the assistance of a network of facilitators from the national Bioinformatics Training Cooperative. The lead trainer is Dr Katarina Stuart, Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, and it will take place over two five-hour sessions.

Date/Time: 27-28 February 2024, 1pm – 6pm NZDT / 11am – 4pm AEDT / 10am – 3pm AEST / 10:30am – 3:30pm ACST / 8am – 1pm AWST (check in your timezone)

This workshop is for researchers associated with an Australian organisation and/or members of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia who will use genetic selection analysis as part of their projects. Apply here.

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT, Friday 9 February 2024.

More details are available on the Australian BioCommons website.

Genetic Outlier Analysis Workshop registrations now open

This in-person workshop is delivered by Genomics Aotearoa and NeSI, and will be taught over two consecutive days from 10:00am-4:00pm NZT on the 9th and 10th of August 2023 in Auckland. It is for New Zealand researchers interested in signals of selection in genomes.

The focus of this workshop is on identifying signals of selection both across the genome and across sample groupings using various outlier analysis methods. We encourage you to bring your own data! For participants who do not have their own data, a group dataset is available and will be used by the instructors during the examples.

For more information, or to register, please visit the Eventbrite page.

Workshops will also be held in Australia across different locations/states. To gauge geographic interest, please feel free to register your interest here.

Sydney Phylogenetics Workshop registrations now open

The 14th annual Sydney Phylogenetics Workshop will be held at the University of Sydney on the 27th–28th July, 2023. This 2-day workshop will provide an introduction to phylogenetic analysis, maximum likelihood, Bayesian inference, molecular dating, and phylogenomics.

The workshop is free for registered attendees. A total of 40 places are available, including 20 places for students and postdocs, and 15 places are reserved for members of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia.

For more information, including a link to the draft workshop programme, visit the MEEP workshops website.

Register for the workshop via Eventbrite.

GSA Student Conference Awards for ComBio2022

Applications for GSA Student Conference Awards are invited from science students completing, or having completed within the past 3 months, their third year of undergraduate study, Honours, Masters, or equivalent, at a tertiary institution. These awards provide the opportunity for students to attend ComBio2022 incorporating the annual GSA Conference, to be held in Melbourne 27-30 September 2022.

Further details about the conference, including programme and invited speakers, can be found on the conference website.

Up to ten awards will be available to students attending the conference. Each award will include:

  • The full cost of student registration (including social events)
  • One ticket to the GSA social event on Thursday evening
  • One year of GSA membership

Students will need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in, or have completed within the past 3 months, an undergraduate, Honours, Masters, or equivalent degree, and should have completed at least one university-level course in genetics. Please note that PhD students are not eligible for these awards.

Students should submit their application as a single PDF with “GSA Student Travel Award” in the title to A/Prof Maja Adamska, at Students should include in their application:

  • A copy of their academic record/student transcript [does not need to be certified]
  • An outline of their interests in the field of genetics
  • Their full contact details: email, postal address and mobile phone
  • The name and e-mail address of one academic referee

Closing date for applications is 7th August  2022

Successful applicants will be notified by 15th August 2022

GSA 2022 award winners

GSA is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 GSA awards:

MJD White MedalMarianne Frommer
(Awarded for excellence in genetics research)

Ross Crozier Medal – Clare Holleley
(Awarded to a mid-career researcher 5-15 years post-PhD)

Alan Wilton AwardLivia Gerber
(Awarded to an early career researcher up to 5 years post-PhD)

Education AwardMilos Tanurdzic
(Awarded to an outstanding genetics educator 5+ years post-PhD)

D.G. Catcheside Prize – Karissa Barthelson
(Awarded to the top doctoral student in the field of genetics)

Spencer Smith-White Travel AwardHarrison Eyck
(Awarded to postgraduate members of GSA)

Congratulations to all award recipients.

GSA 2021 Conference update

There are a limited number of tickets still available for GSA2021 so register soon! Also, we have extended the abstract submission deadline for poster presentations until 24th September (midnight AEST)!

The conference will run on-line from 6th-8th October and is FREE to all GSA members

Please register and submit your abstract here:

We have three exciting plenary speakers:

  • Professor Mark Dawson, a clinician-scientist and the Associate Director of Research Translation at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, who studies epigenetic regulation in normal development and cancer and is the recipient of the 2020 Prime Minister’s Prize as Life Scientist of the year.
  • Dr. Jemma Geoghegan, an evolutionary biologist and virologist at the University of Otago, who studies emerging infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2, and is the recipient of a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.
  • Assistant Professor Uma Ramakrishnan, a molecular ecologist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, who studies the population genetics and evolutionary history of mammals on the Indian subcontinent.

Our 2021 GSA Award Winners will be showcasing their exciting research. Additionally, we will have sessions on Conservation and Ecological Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Earth BioGenome, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics, Epigenetics and Chromatin Structure, Functional Genomics in Rare Disease, Genomics and Transcriptomics, and Mobile Genetic Elements.  

We look forward to seeing you online in October!

The GSA2021 Organising Committee