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AGA2020: Online November 15–18, 2020

The pandemic is still with us, so the AGA is moving the President's Symposium online. To maximize the number of people who can participate in real time, the meeting will take place over 4 consecutive days, from 15:00 -19:00 UTC (11:00 - 15:00 EST, 08:00 -12:00 PST, 16:00-20:00 GMT). 

There will be breakout rooms for question-and-answer sessions, and virtual coffee/lunch breaks and happy hours so all participants can interact. Speakers will also have the option to make videos of presentations available for a short time period, to accommodate participants who cannot view talks in real time.  

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 or similar short presentations.  President Hughes will select several abstracts for 15-minute talks and $50 Presentation Awards.

The abstract submission link is available once you register. 

Member Registration Fees through September 1st:    $25



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



Key Distinguished Lecturer Allen J Moore will open the meeting with his address,     Why we need to understand indirect genetic effects


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Registration now open for online AGA2020. Register now!  

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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