Current Meeting

2022 BGA Annual Meeting: Los Angeles, California, USA

Wednesday June 22 – Saturday June 25

Local hosts: Daniel Benjamin, David Cesarini and Patrick Turley

The BGA 2022 annual meeting will be in-person with limited virtual attendance options. Click here to open the draft program in another tab. (Please note that this is a Preliminary Program, subject to change. Session Chairs and additional posters will be added to the final Program.)

Virtual attendance will be by non-interactive live stream, with ability to post questions via chat. The stream sessions will be recorded, posted to vimeo and made accessible via links. Our goal is to provide access within 48h. Access to the recorded videos and online posters will be sent out through your membership site and linked on this page.

USC Hotel, 540 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wizard.html for the most current details on Visa entry requirements for the United States.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW (detailed schedule will be posted when available):

Wednesday June 22:             Opening reception, 6–8pm, USC Hotel

Thursday June 23:                Scientific sessions, all day, USC Hotel

Friday June 24:                     Scientific sessions, all day, USC Hotel

Saturday June 25:                 Scientific sessions until 4pm, USC Hotel

                                          Closing banquet, 6:30–10:30pm, Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

REGISTRATION FEES:

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION  Registration is open! Please follow this link. Rates for in-person and online attendance are below:

 

Abstract Submission:

Abstract submissions are due April 4. For details on the format and submission site for abstract submission, please follow this link.

Poster presenters, please see this document for instructions!

Student Travel Awards:

The Behavior Genetics Association also invites applications for Associate Member Travel Fellowships. Awards will be based on perceived need and scholarly merit. For more information on Student Travel Awards, please follow this link.

In brief, all applicants should send a copy of the abstract, along with a C.V. and letter of endorsement from a sponsor to the Program Chair, Lis DiLalla (ldilalla@siu.edu) by April 4, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their award status by April 19, 2022.

CONFERENCE and LODGING

USC Hotel

540 S Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90007

https://uschotel.usc.edu/

Hotel Information:

Group Code: 2201DORBGA

Rate:  $219/night  – we have a limited number of rooms at this rate, so book soon!

Room Rate cutoff date: Sunday, May 23, 2022

Click here to book your room.

Located on the University of Southern California’s main campus and just minutes away from many of LA’s top attractions, the USC hotel offers an unrivaled destination for culture, academia and entertainment.

With 240 guest rooms the USC Hotel offers a variety of room types to fit every type of traveler and their specific needs. Compliments of the House of Troy, each of our 240 guest rooms is equipped with:

  • High-Speed Wireless Internet
  • Premium Eco-Friendly Hair and Skincare Products
  • Bottled Water
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Coffee and Tea Maker
  • Business Center, Fitness Center and Pool Access

Alternative Guest Housing

Guest Housing is available at one of the apartment complexes at the village.  Here are the rates:

$61.00 per person per night +14% LA City Bed Tax = $69.54 – double occupancy per room; sharing a multi-room apartment (1B2P/2B4P)

$71.00 per person per night +14% LA City Bed Tax = $80.94 – single occupancy per room; sharing a multi-room apartment (2B2P)

Parking:  $14.00 per day or prevailing rate at time of purchase.

Reservation/Payment Process:  Here is the link for guests to sign up for housing at the USC Village. To put in a reservation, a $5.00 registration fee is required. After payment, an email from summerco@usc.edu will be sent on whether there is availability based on the requested reservation dates. If confirmed, the guest will then proceed to complete payment (due 1 week before arrival date or else the reservation will be cancelled automatically). If there is no availability, the registration fee will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your reservation more than 5 business days prior to your arrival, you will be fully refunded for your housing payment except for the registration fee (non-refundable). If you cancel less than 5 business days prior to your arrival, you will be charged 1 night room and tax.

COVID-19 RELATED TRAVEL INFORMATION

The BGA/conference will not be responsible for costs associated with testing, medical treatment, travel rescheduling, extra accommodation etc.

The following information will continue to be updated as protocols evolve. The last update to this information was 2/14/2022.

Currently the LA city is requiring arrivals at LAX to complete a COVID form https://travel.lacity.org/  prior to travel.

For international delegates, see:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html for current guidance. At the moment to enter the US you need to be vaccinated, show a negative test result taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country + have an up to date ESTA.
Please also be aware of your country’s rules on re-entry. If you need to show evidence of a negative COVID test to re-enter, there is currently a testing clinic at LAX (which is very close to the conference) https://www.flylax.com/travelsafely.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation from LAX to USC Hotel

Instructions for getting an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi from LAX

• Exit the terminal and look for a neon green column that says LAX-it.
• Wait at the column for a bright green shuttle bus.
• Board the shuttle bus and load all your luggage onto the racks, before taking your seat.
• Once you arrive at the off-site lot (< 10 min. ride), follow signs to your preferred method of transportation: Uber, Lyft or Taxi.
• If you’re taking an Uber or Lyft, you’ll order one based on the zone number where you are waiting. The app will send you a PIN code which you will share with the driver.

Los Angeles International Airport is 12.6 miles from the USC Hotel.

A taxi will likely cost $55 or more, depending on the time of day.

Public Transportation

Greenline Shuttle -> Metro Green Line -> 550

Link with Metro Instructions 

Driving Directions

From the LAX to USC Hotel

105-E from S Sepulveda -> Take I-110 N to S Hope St. Take exit 20B from I-110 N-> Take W Exposition Blvd to S Figueroa St.

Link to driving directions

MAP

THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

In addition to being the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is a cultural mecca boasting world-class museums, gardens, beaches, amusement parks and other unique points of interest. If you have time during your stay to explore the city, below are some popular attractions that you might enjoy. Many of the attractions and sites are geared towards kids or great for the whole family.

LA is also home to tons of great live music, comedy, theater, and sports!

Please be aware that L.A. is big city and many of the above mentioned places are not in close proximity to where the conference is held. Please consider transportation needs. Options for getting around include Public Transportation, UberLyft, and Rental Cars. Asterisks denote places that are relatively close (although mostly not walking distance) to where the conference is held.  Due to traffic, we also recommend using Google Maps to check traffic and help plan your day!