Welcome to the AGA Symposium 2011: “Genomics and Biodiversity”




Our field trip on 27 July now includes guided hikes through the Piedra Reserve and catered lunch at the Piedra event complex.

Piedra is a private nature reserve containing 3,000 acres of oak forest, in the rolling hills and mountains of central Mexico’s colonial highlands. Situated within one of the state of Guanajuato’s most important oak forests, after summer rains the site is filled with rushing arroyos, waterfalls and natural pools.

To reach the forest trails, we are renting Unimogs, all-terrain vehicles that can easily handle the 10-15 min ride on bumpy roads. We will have local experts with us to explain and answer questions about the forest ecosystem.

There will be ample time for hiking, local fauna and flora viewing, or just lounging around the main complex, where our bus will drop us and where we will return for  lunch.

We will then travel to San Miguel de Allende — like Guanajuato, this beautiful city is a World Heritage Site.  We’ll have 2-3 hrs in San Miguel to wander about, or lounge over a beer and snacks.

We plan to leave Guanajuato around 7am and return at 7pm.

Total cost for the field trip will be $45.  If you would like to be included, please email Anjanette Baker, agajoh@oregonstate.edu



Please book your accommodations at the special conference rate now on the Lodging Page

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The poster stands are made of a plastic material called Trovicel.  The size of the panels are 1 meter wide by 2.5 meters tall.  Therefore we suggest that your poster be 1m wide and no more than 1m tall, for clarity. A poster 1.0 m wide and 0.8 m tall would be very acceptable and perhaps better proportioned. Posters will be hung using double-sided tape (unfortunately pins will not work in this material). We will have some tape options at the meeting but to be extra safe please bring your own tape.


For the first time in our 100+ year history, the American Genetic Association President’s Symposium will take place in Mexico.

The 2011 meeting will be held at the new National Laboratory of Genomics and Biodiversity, LANGEBIO in Irapuato, and in the nearby Spanish colonial town and World Heritage Site of Guanajuato.   Our theme recognizes the mission of LANGEBIO, “to bring together interdisciplinary groups to carry out cutting-edge research and to generate genetic knowledge about Mexican biodiversity.”

AGA 2011 speakers will showcase genomics and biodiversity research highlights from around the world, with emphasis on Mexico.  The talks span the biota, from microbes to humans, and combine cutting-edge genomics of model systems with the first generation of genomics studies on non-model systems.

Following our opening evening reception on 23 July, we will spend the 24th at LANGEBIO, where attendees can meet the scientists and see their remarkable research facility.  The talks on 25-26 July will be held at the Hotel Camino Real in the wondrous  town of Guanajuato (about 40 km from Irapuato).  Attendees can fly into Leon (about three hours north of Mexico City by car) and stay in Guanajuato.  The meeting will end with a banquet at the historic Bocamina San Ramon on the evening of the 26th and a day-long field trip on the 27th to survey biodiversity in the area and the equally stunning city of San Miguel de Allende. We hope you can join us!

Scott Edwards, AGA President

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