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AGA2020: Online November 15–18, 2020

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.



All abstracts submitted by Sep 1st have been accepted for lightning talks or longer presentations.  Details and the full schedule will be available soon.



Registration fee for all members is $25



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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