Current Meeting

The BGA organizes an annual meeting where new findings and methods in behavioral genetic research are shared during symposia and poster sessions, alongside keynote addresses by leading experts in the field. In addition to this excellent update of scientific progress, the BGA meeting is a fantastic opportunity to exchange ideas, maximize your scientific network, explore new collaborations, and meet and greet during social events.

The 2019 BGA meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, with local hosts: Nancy Pedersen and Henrik Larsson



***The hotel we booked for BGA has been having some technical difficulties so that it looked like the less expensive rooms were fully booked. The problem is now fixed! Feel free to book your rooms now!***


Dates: Wednesday, June 26th – Saturday, June 29th 2019 with the opening reception on Wednesday afternoon, keynotes and plenary sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the closing banquet on Saturday evening. 

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the brand new Biomedicum building on the grounds of the Karolinska Institutet in Solna (300 meters from the hotel).

Address: Solnavägen 9. See the map (click to view full size).

City Hall Reception

The opening reception will be at 16.00-18.00 local time (note the earlier start) on Wednesday June 26th and includes a very nice buffet dinner. This event is hosted by Stockholm City.

Due to the unique location of the opening reception (the City Hall of Stockholm!), it is necessary that you sign-up for participation (BGA will have to cover the actual cost of all that do not attend). Please give name and nationality for everyone who wants to come when you register for the conference. There will be a name check at the City Hall doors.

Closing Banquet

The Banquet will be in the Hall of Mirrors (Spegelsalen) at the Grand Hôtel. We will start the evening at 19.00. The address is Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, Stockholm, just opposite the Royal Palace.  

On the right side of the hotel’s main entrance you will find our private entrance. You can of course also use the main entrance and ask the hotel staff for directions.

The very first Nobel banquet took place at the Grand Hôtel in 1901, and it was held in the Spegelsalen until 1929, until the event became too large and was moved to the Stockholm City Hall.


We have blocked rooms at Carolina Tower (located 300 meters from the conference venue). We have single, double and some family rooms. We have a great discount on the rooms during the conference, but also before and after if anyone wishes to stay a bit extra.

Please use this link to book your hotel with the discounted rate.


Most flights go to Arlanda airport, which is the larger international airport, but there may also be flights into Bromma (a smaller airport) available.

How to get to the hotel from the airport

Flygbussarna Airport Coaches from Arlanda Airport towards “Liljeholmen” and stops at ”Karolinska Sjukhuset Eugeniavägen” about 75 metres from the hotel.

Taxi to the hotel from Arlanda takes about 30 minutes, and from Bromma takes about  20 minutes depending on the traffic. We recommend that you confirm the price before the journey. The best taxi companies are Taxi Kurir, Sverige Taxi and Taxi Stockholm.

Please note that UBER is available in Sweden but not reliable.

Add-on travel card:

We can provide you with a travel card for unlimited travel in the Stockholm mass-transit system. The travel card costs $30 for 3 days and $40 for 7 days. Indicate which alternative you would like when you register.

Abstract Submission

The abstract submission site is now open. Please click this link to submit!

Please read the instructions for abstracts and symposia carefully, since stricter rules apply! The abstract submission deadline is March 31, 2019.

Student Travel Award Submission

The Behavior Genetics Association invites applications for Associate Member Travel Fellowships for the 2019 annual meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. Awards will be based on perceived need and scholarly merit. The number of fellowships awarded and amount of each award will be determined by the Program Chair (President-Elect). Please note that no geographical constraints apply to eligibility for the awards. To be eligible for a fellowship, applicants must:

1) Be an associate member of BGA or be in the process of applying for membership (i.e., an application for associate membership must be submitted on or before March 28, 2019). NOTE: Travel awards are intended to support predoctoral associate members. In rare instances (e.g. recent graduation), a postdoctoral applicant may be considered, however, in general, postdoctoral members are encouraged to apply for regular membership upon graduation.

2) Submit an abstract via Ex Ordo by March 31, 2019.

3) Agree to attend substantially all of the BGA meeting if funds are awarded.

4) Submit a C.V. and include a copy of the abstract with the application materials.

5) Submit a letter of endorsement from the associate member’s adviser/sponsor which addresses (a) the applicant’s orientation toward a career that incorporates behavioral genetics; (b) the applicant’s financial need for the award; and (c) how residual costs of attending the conference will be covered. Endorsement letter may be included with the other materials or emailed separately by the adviser/sponsor.

6) Present a poster or oral paper (as first author) at the meeting.

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, Meike Bartels ( by March 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their award status by April 15, 2019.


In addition to selecting your conference options, you will be able to make a donation to help subsidize student travel as you register (donations to BGA are NOT tax deductible given our status as a 501c6 organization). Please use this link to register for the conference.

Registration rates (in USD) are as follows:

Opt-in for printed program:

By default, the program is electronic. If you want the printed program, please opt in when you register.