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

GSA 2020 Award Symposium – 1st October 2020

Please join us for a series of online presentations from our 2020 award winners. Information about the schedule and how to register is below.

Schedule (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

11:00-11:10 Welcome from GSA President Peter Dearden

11:15-11:30 Crozier Medal winner – Marnie Blewitt

11:35-11:50 Alan Wilton Award winner – Sonia Shah

11:55-12:10 D.G. Catcheside Prize winner – Theresa Cole

12:10-12:30 Break

12:30-12:45 Spencer Smith-White Travel Award winner – Katarina Stuart

12:50-13:05 GSA Award for Excellence in Education winner – Richard Edwards

13:10-13:40 MJD White Medal Award winner – Vanessa Hayes


Registration is free, via our event website.

You will be emailed a zoom link and password in advance of the seminars. We look forward to seeing you online!

Congratulations to our Student Grant Scheme winners

The inaugural student grant scheme has been a resounding success! Our congratulations to:​

  • Johanna Jones from the University of Tasmania, who won the GSA Student grant sponsored by Illumina and the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics – an Illumina NovaSeq 6000SP flowcell
  • Laura Cook from the University of Melbourne, who won the GSA Student Grant sponsored by Brightside Scientific – a $2000 dewar
  • Andrew Baldi from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, who won the GSA Student Grant sponsored by POCD – a $1000 shopping voucher

We would like to again thank our sponsors Illumina, the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, Brightside Scientific and POCD Scientific for making these grants possible.

GSA Image competition prize winners

Congratulations to first prize winner Tess Cole for her stunning watercolor Penguins, inspired by her research in the Antarctic.

Penguins © Tess Cole

Congratulations also to runner-up Lauren Ashwood for her beautiful image of Telmatactis autraliensis under blue light, showing expression of GFP-like fluorescent chromoprotein in tentacles.

Telmatactis autraliensis © Lauren Ashwood

Check out the competition gallery page to see all the 31 entries to the inaugural GSA image competition.

Closing soon – GSA image competition

Do you have some images from your research that you’re particularly proud of? They could be images of an endangered plant; perhaps a confocal micrograph of an insect gonad; or maybe a stunningly beautiful phylogram.  You use them in your talks or as backgrounds for your posters … but don’t you wish you had an award that recognised your artistic genius?

To celebrate the launch of GSA’s new website we’d like your best images to decorate its pages.  To this end, we’re running a GSA Image Competition for students and postdocs/ECRs, with the winner to be announced at the forthcoming 2019 GSA Conference.  First prize: $300; runner-up $100 … plus the satisfaction of seeing your name in lights and bragging rights in perpetuity.

So turn those late nights on the confocal or long days in the field into cash and glory, and email your submissions by 5pm Monday July 1st to together with this Image Use Permission form.  Images can be from all branches of the science of genetics, provided that they’re related in some way to your research.  Entries will be judged by a panel from the GSA committee on artistic merit, and the winner announced at the close of the conference on July 3rd.

Entry is open to all students, postdocs and ECRs who are either a member of GSA or are attending the 2019 GSA Conference. Happy snapping, and good luck!

GSA 2019 Conference 30 June – 3 July

GSA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Melbourne from Sunday June 30 to Wednesday July 3.

The Conference will showcase world-class genetics research being undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. International and local keynote speakers will provide the centrepiece of a program that aims to present the best of genetics research in all its diversity.

CLICK HERE to visit the conference website.