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 GSAA.Awards@gmail.com. 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: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/genetics-society-of-australasia-2021-online-conference-tickets-163313395763

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

Student Conference Awards 2021

Applications for the GSA Student Conference Awards are invited from science students completing their third year of undergraduate study, or Honours, or equivalent, at a tertiary institution. These awards provide the opportunity for students to attend the GSA Conference, to be held online 6th-8th October 2021.

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

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, Honours, 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 GSAA.Awards@gmail.com. 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 15th September 2021

Successful applicants will be notified by 24th September 2021

GSA 2021 Awards

We are excited to announce the winners of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia’s 2021 Awards:

  • The Genetics Society of AustralAsia MJD White Medal for excellence in genetics research is awarded to Professor Kathy Belov (University of Sydney)
  • The Genetics Society of AustralAsia Ross Crozier Medal for a mid-career researcher is awarded to Dr Camilla Whittington (University of Sydney) 
  • The Genetics Society of AustralAsia Alan Wilton Award for an early career researcher is awarded to Dr Seth Cheetham (Mater Research Institute)
  • The D.G Catcheside Prize, for the top doctoral student in the field of genetics (for a PhD thesis that passed examination during 2020) is awarded to Dr Emily Roycroft (PhD at the University of Melbourne, now at The Australian National University)
  • The Genetics Society of AustralAsia Award for Excellence in Education, for an outstanding genetics educator, is awarded to Dr Phillip Wilcox (University of Otago)
  • The Spencer Smith-White Travel Award – traditionally awarded to postgraduate members of GSA to attend our annual conference, but this year providing the opportunity to present at GSA’s online conference – is awarded to Stephanie Chen (University of New South Wales) and Nynke Raven (Deakin University)

Congratulations to all award recipients! To hear from our award winners and learn more about their excellent work, please join our online conference from 6th-8th October. Conference registration is free for GSA members. Abstract submission closes on 11th August. More information about the 2021 conference is available here.

Our thanks to all who applied or nominated others for the 2021 awards. We encourage all who are eligible to apply for our next round of awards in 2022.

Registration for GSA2021 is now open!

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

We have three exciting plenary speakers confirmed:

  • Professor Mark Dawson (https://www.petermac.org/users/prof-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.
  • Assistant Professor Uma Ramakrishnan (https://www.ncbs.res.in/faculty/uma), a molecular ecologist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, who studies the population genetics and evolutionary history of mammals on the Indian subcontinent.

Additionally, we will have symposia on Conservation and Ecological Genetics, Earth BioGenome, Epigenetics and Chromatin Structure, Functional Genomics in Rare Disease, and Mobile Genetic Elements. However, if  your research does not fit into these themes, you can submit your abstract to an Open Symposium. We are inviting long format talks (12 minutes), lightning talks (5 minutes), and posters.

Please register and submit your abstract here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/genetics-society-of-australasia-2021-online-conference-tickets-163313395763

More details regarding the conference to follow!

The GSA2021 Organising Committee

Genetics Society of AustralAsia Workshop Support Program (GSA/WSP)

GSA/WSP provides contribution towards workshops aimed at sharing knowledge and/or exchanging ideas in the broadly defined field of genetics.

Up to $1000 AUD can be provided to up to 2 events per year on a competitive basis (a total of $2000), with one round of applications considered per year.

Application deadline will fall 30 days before the annual GSA conference, with the winners announced during the conference. In 2021, the deadline is 26th of September.

To qualify, the applicants must:

  1. Be current GSA member(s).
  2. Be students or employees of Australian or New Zealand academic or research institution.
  3. Organize workshop in Australia or New Zealand within one year from the award.
  4. Acknowledge GSA support on the event promotional materials.
  5. Submit application including following information:
    • 500 words description of the planned activities
    • invited speakers/presenters
    • venue
    • dates of the workshop
    • expected numbers and types of participants (students/postdocs/staff/academics/teachers)

The successful applicants will be expected to provide a one slide summary (can be a screenshot from the event website) before the following GSA meeting. These will be shown during announcements of the next awards.

All applications must be submitted by email by the closing date to
GSAA.Awards@gmail.com