Register for the 2019 International Behavioral Genetics Workshop, Boulder (USA)

The 2019 2019 International Behavioral Genetics Workshop will be held in Boulder, Colorado, March 4th– 8th, 2019, with John Hewitt and Matt Keller as Local Hosts, and Benjamin Neale, Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital, and David Evans, Diamantina Institute, University of Queensland, as co-Directors. This advanced course is intended for those who are already familiar with the statistical and genetic principles for studying human complex traits and have some familiarity with programming in R. The course will focus on statistical methods for analyzing genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and genome sequence data. Hands-on analysis will be an integral part of the course.

Find more info on the website: https://www.colorado.edu/ibg/international-workshop/2019-international-behavioral-genetics-workshop

Lecture by Robert Plomin Oct 29th, Royal Institution, London (UK)

Past President of BGA, Robert Plomin will be giving a talk at the Royal institution later this month. The event is entitled Blueprint: How DNA makes us who we are and will explore the nature vs nurture debate and just how much about a person’s life can be predicted by their DNA.

Robert Plomin is a leading behavioural geneticist who works at King’s College, London. He has published more than 800 papers in scientific journals and is the author of the best-selling textbook in the field. In 2012, he was awarded a highly prestigious five-year Advanced Investigator Award from the European Research Council. He was the youngest president of the international Behaviour Genetics Association, and has been given lifetime achievement awards from that association as well the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development, among others.

‘Big data for better science: technologies for measuring behaviour’, London (UK)

The Royal Society organizes a meeting entitled ‘Big data for better science: technologies for measuring behaviour’. This meeting, which takes place on 4 – 5 February 2019, will discuss the use of ‘big’ high-quality data sets in behavioural science. These meetings aim to provide a platform for leaders in the field, as well as early career scientists, to meet for networking and discussion. More information on the speakers and programme can be found on our website.

Registration for this meeting is free, but participants are required to register in advance of the meeting.

Workshop, Behavioral Genetics in Social Science Research

Dear colleagues,

The GESIS workshop week on “Behavioral Genetics in Social Science Research” takes place October 8-12, 2018 at GESIS Cologne, Germany.

The purpose of this workshop week is to familiarize social scientists with genetic data and provide instruction on how to incorporate genetic information into social science analyses. All workshops offer hands-on training for researchers working at the intersection of genetics and social science research.

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New membership system

Dear members, due to a change in the membership system some of you received confusing emails. Please read the announcement below:

BGA has moved to a new membership and conference management system, 123Signup, which does not use PayPal for payments. Therefore, you received an email that the treasurer cancelled any future PayPal payments.  This,  in order to prevent double-billing in the future.

To be clear: Your BGA membership has NOT been cancelled and it IS ACTIVE and fully paid! In addition, we would request that you NOT re-enroll via PayPal!  

Your memberships were automatically transferred to the new system.  One-month before each membership expires, you will start receiving messages from BGA asking that you renew your membership through 123Signup. At that time, you will be able to choose between annual renewal or automatic renewal in the new system.

There is actually nothing you need to do at this time.  You may update your profile, request a printed copy of the journal Behavior Genetics, and register for the upcoming conference at any time using 123Signup.  

We apologize for the confusion!  BGA definitely values your membership and I appreciate your patience as we transition to this new membership system!

Best Wishes, Julie Grant, BGA Treasurer and Membership Committee Chair

Introduction in Genome-Wide Data Analysis, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

2018 Applications open for Tinbergen Institute Summer School
Introduction in Genome-Wide Data Analysis | July 23-27, 2018
Application Deadline: June 19, 2018 

TINBERGEN INSTITUTE | VU AMSTERDAM | ERASMUS UNIVERSITY ROTTERDAM

Tinbergen Institute, VU Amsterdam, and Erasmus University Rotterdam offer a unique one-week summer school in genome-wide data analysis in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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The goal of the summer school is to introduce researchers from various fields to key concepts, state-of-the-art methods, and computer tools in statistical genetics that can be applied in the social and medical sciences.

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BGA annual meeting in Boston

THIS YEAR’S BGA ANNUAL MEETING TOOK PLACE IN BOSTON, June 20-23, WITH LOCAL HOST BEN NEALE

Highlights of the program were keynotes by Professors Hill Goldsmith, Mark Daly, Elise Robinson, and Bill Iacono.

We congratulate the following BG members that were awarded:

  • Thompson Award: Fleur Meddens
  • Rowe Award: Spencer Huggett

  • Fulker Award: Pierre Roubertoux et al. (doi: 10.1007/s10519-017-9835-5)
  • Fuller Scott Award: Lucia Colodro Conde, Scott Vrieze
  • Dobzhansky Award: Margaret Gatz
  • FABBS Award: Karin Verweij

You can find the total program here: http://programme.exordo.com/bga18/ , and more information can be found at the conference page.