ASHG is looking forward to welcoming you to Boston in
one week for the American Society of Human Genetics 63rd Annual Meeting.
As of October 15, we have over 6,100 scientific registrants and 1,000 exhibit personnel!
The meeting will kick off on Tuesday, October 22, at 4:30 pm with “Just Another
President’s Speech (BUT It’s All About You)” by ASHG’s President, Jeff Murray,
of the University of Iowa. The
top six scoring abstracts will immediately follow
the President’s Address.
You can look forward to an exciting few days. The scientific program consists of
invited, platform, and poster presentations by
leading researchers and will bring you up-to-date with the latest developments
in human genetics and genomics. In addition, you can choose from a variety of
affiliated events and workshops. Please
check the schedule of
events and use the
Abstract Viewer and Itinerary Builder to help plan your week.
The meeting will provide you with the opportunity to meet with colleagues
to discuss your work and to develop new collaborations and friendships. ASHG
hopes you have an informative, rewarding, and enjoyable Annual Meeting.
and Effects on ASHG 2013
annual meeting only one week away, ASHG is making
contingency plans to deal with the implications of
the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.
We are monitoring the situation
closely and are hoping for the best, but we are operating under the assumption
that the shutdown will continue through the meeting.
If the shutdown continues through
the meeting, additional impacts on our program would be as follows:
to attend: 7 invited speakers, 13 speakers in platform
session moderators, and 115 poster presenters
of the uncertainty surrounding the shutdown we already have cancelled
the NCBI workshop on navigating clinical genomic
resources (200 attendees).
4 NIH exhibit booths
During the meeting itself, we will
remind participants of the reason for absences and cancellations.
If you would like to leave a message
for ASHG staff, or talk to a staff member about the impact of the shutdown on
the Boston meeting, please call the following number: 301.634.7302.
To view a recent email action alert from FASEB about the shutdown and its impact
on scientific research,
What's New at ASHG
ASHG is excited to bring
several new features to the meeting this year:
Celebrate with ASHG at the Welcome Reception -
Celebrate several important anniversaries with ASHG and your colleagues over
drinks, refreshments, networking, and a matching game; Exhibit Hall,
Wednesday, October 23, 4:30-6:00 pm.
Ribbons to Assist in Networking - There are
"First-Timer" ribbons for those attending their first ASHG meeting, which can
serve as an icebreaker amongst colleagues. Also, ASHG Central will have
specialty ribbons for attendees, such as Cancer Genetics or Epigenetics. Wear
your specialty ribbon and find like-minded colleagues or use it as an
icebreaker when meeting new people.
Authors' Corner - Meet the plenary authors of the
highest-scoring six scoring abstracts in a less formal atmosphere, Wednesday-Friday, at ASHG
Central. See addendum for the schedule. ASHG Central, Exhibit Hall.
Meet the AJHG Editor - Meet David Nelson,
editor of the American Journal of Human Genetics, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday. ASHG Central, Exhibit Hall.
Exhibit Theater Presentations - Get even more
education, right on the show floor! Exhibitors will lead 45-minute presentations on a
variety of subjects;
check schedule and topics here. Exhibit Hall, Exhibit Theater.
Professional Development Theater - Organized by
the trainee-comprised ASHG Professional Development Committee. The format will
consist of two independent, 45-minute workshops on the Exhibition Hall
floor. The workshops will address topics relevant to the career
development of trainees (graduate students, postdocs, fellows, etc.). Space is
limited to 50 participants per workshop, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Exhibit Hall, Professional Development Theater, 12:30-2:00 pm, Wednesday-Friday.
YOU are New to ASHG 2013, We Suggest...
Plan ahead: Look through the
Abstract Viewer and Itinerary Builder, the
Program-At-A-Glance, the Mobile App, and
even the Program Book once you arrive in Boston. Determine the sessions you
would like to attend and make your own agenda. Remember that you can move from
one contributed-paper session to the next, catching the first presentation in
one, the second in another, and the third in another.
Set your goals: The meeting is quite large, with many things
happening at the same time. Write down what you want to get out of the meeting, plan
sessions accordingly, and refer to your list throughout the week to make sure
you are meeting those goals.
Make connections: Collaborations can happen anywhere and anytime
during ASHG 2013. Have a 10-second introduction of yourself ready for when you
meet your colleagues. ASHG has planned sessions for networking, such as the
Trainee Networking Lunch and the Opening Reception, and time in the evenings for
you to plan get togethers. You can even strike up
conversations with fellow attendees at a poster.
Bring business cards: You can share these with
colleagues and exhibitors to help you communicate again after the meeting. If
you don't have cards, you can use card stock and print some of your own. You want
to be ready to share your information - with colleagues and for chances to win prizes!
Get involved in the social media conversations: check out the Facebook
page, use the #ASHG2013 hash tag on Twitter – get involved early and hear all the
conversations, meet others online. There's even a
TweetUp on Tuesday
Attire: The meeting attire is business casual. We
recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, as there is much ground to cover in the
convention center, and dress in layers, so you can adjust to temperatures in the
different rooms of the convention center.
Pace yourself! If you try to be everywhere in the
first day or two, you will run out of energy (and interest) by the end of the
Career Resources and Trainee
Development Theater, Exhibit Hall
Career Resources, in partnership with the Federation of American Societies
for Experimental Biology (FASEB), offers a place for job seekers to connect with
potential employers. Those looking to fill positions can use Career Resources to find
their next employee.
There will be a Professional Development Theater with
multiple sessions from 12:30 pm-2:00 pm daily.
the daily schedule online for details on sessions.
Match at ASHG 2013 and Win!
Welcome Reception will take place Wednesday, October 23, in
the Exhibit Hall from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Join your colleagues for refreshments,
drinks (every scientific attendee receives one drink ticket),
and a lock-and-key networking game.
In 2013, ASHG celebrates 65 years of ASHG, 60 years
since the discovery of the double helix, and 10 years since the completion of
the Human Genome Project. To honor these milestones in genetics and to encourage
networking amongst attendees, you will find an important genetic discovery or a
genetic luminary in the upper right-hand corner of your badge.
For example, a person with "Experiments in Plant
Hybridization" on his or her badge will want to find someone whose badge
reads Gregor Mendel. When you find your match, go to ASHG Central
during the Welcome Reception to register to win a pair of iPad Minis. Five teams
will be chosen and awarded their prizes at the Business Meeting
(Friday, October 25, 5:30 pm). Yes, you must be present to win!
The first few matching teams to arrive at ASHG Central will also
receive prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants and a special sweet
There is something for everyone at ASHG Central!
- Enter yourself and your match into the iPad mini
- Ask Membership questions;
- Take home ASHG giveaways;
- Get information on ASHG 2014 in San Diego. Plan
ahead for the ASHG 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego and secure your hotel
accommodations while you're in Boston at ASHG Central, or at the onPeak
Housing Counter in the North Lobby. Visit the
2014 website for details;
- Sit and network with colleagues;
- Meet the plenary speakers in the Authors' Corner
(see addendum for schedule);
- Recharge your devices;
- Meet the Editor of the American Journal of
Human Genetics, David Nelson on Wednesday, October 23, from 11 am-12
pm and Thursday, October 24 from 11 am-12 pm.
Free Silver Line Bus between South
Station and Logan Airport
Silver Line SLI1 is a free bus service that runs between Logan Airport and
South Station, which is located less than one mile from the Boston Convention and
Exhibition Center, and centrally located in Downtown Boston. The Silver Line bus
stops at each terminal at Logan to pick up and drop off. The Silver Line SL1 is
handicapped-accessible and runs from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every
day of the week.
Dinner Trolley Service at the BCEC
neighborhood restaurants by taking the complimentary trolley service from the
BCEC Wednesday through Friday between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, to
Chinatown, South Boston, and the Waterfront. Reservations are recommended.
Return service available before 7:00 pm. Stop by the visitors' counter in the
Northwest Lobby, Level 1 (near the food court) for further details. Click
here for the flyer and a list of participating restaurants.
Exhibits & Exhibit Hall
View the companies that are exhibiting in Boston and click on the
interactive floor plan to help you navigate your way through the show.
Plan to attend exhibitor-led presentations daily in
the Exhibit Hall. You can find Exhibit Theater Presentation listings, along with
other information about Exhibits, by clicking here.
Have a Wicked Good Time in Boston!
Explore Boston and what you can do while you are in town on the ASHG 2013 microsite here. Remember, you can show your badge to get dining discounts!
Or get restaurant recommendations from Boston-based
Click here for a list of contacts.