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AGA2020: Online November 15–18, 2020

COVID-19 Update - June 19th

The pandemic is still with us, so the AGA Council has decided to move the President's Symposium online. Details on the new schedule and platform will follow as we work them out! 

The symposium will take place over 4 consecutive days from 15:00 - 19:00 UTC (11:00 - 15:00 EST, 08:00 - 12:00 PST).  There will be breakout rooms for question and answer sessions, and virtual coffee/lunch breaks and happy hours so all participants can interact.


Indirect genetic effects (IGE) are genetic effects of an individual on the trait values of other individuals in the same species.  These effects are also known as social genetic effects and associative genetic effects.  Although the concept first arose in the agricultural genetics literature in the 1960s, it did not receive much attention outside that community until the late 1990s.  Since then, there has been a great deal of development of the theoretical literature, which has emphasized that IGE provides a unifying framework for traditional quantitative genetics, maternal and paternal genetic effects, inclusive fitness, and multilevel selection.

AGA President Kimberly Hughes’ symposium will bring together empiricists, statisticians, and theoreticians using this concept to investigate both applied and basic research questions.  Other speakers will focus on model organisms, agricultural systems, and natural populations of non-model species.


AGA student and postdoc members who submit an abstract before September 1st will receive free registration and the opportunity to present lightning talks.  President Hughes will select several abstracts for 15-minute oral presentations and $50 awards.

The abstract submission link is available once you register.

Registration Fees through September 1st:


If you have already registered, there is nothing you need to do - we will refund the cost difference.  If you need a full refund, please contact


About the AGA Key Distinguished Lecturer:
Allen J Moore


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ORAL PRESENTATION INFO:   Student/postdoc/early career registrants may submit an abstract for a lightning talk after registering.  All abstracts submitted by September 1st will be accepted.  Several abstracts will be chosen for 15-minute oral presentations and $50 awards.

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