BGA 2022: Major Program Update

The BGA 2022 annual meeting will be held in person in Los Angeles, CA from Wednesday June 22 – Saturday June 25.

*** THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIONALLY UPDATED! PLEASE READ IT THROUGH CAREFULLY! *** Click here to open the Final Program for this conference. PLEASE NOTE: If you want a hard copy of this, you will need to print it yourself. There will not be hard copies at the conference.

We have a great lineup and hope to see you in LA!

Please see the Current Meeting page for more details on the venue, registration fees, lodging and transportation options, and things to do in LA while you’re at the conference! Registration is open! To register, follow this link.  

Poster presenters, please see this document for instructions!

Talk presenters, please see this document for instructions!


BGA Elections are Open!

Attention all Members! The link to the ballots for 2021/2022 BGA Executive Committee Election was sent out from this email address: “Behavior Genetics Association <>” on April 1 2022. If you are a member, and did not receive the email, please check your spam filter to rescue the email and cast your votes!

The voting deadline is May 29 2022 12:00pm Pacific Time (US & Canada).

GWAS summer school announcement, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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. The course will be highly quantitative and interactive, covering topics such as the estimation and interpretation of heritability using molecular genetic data, genetic association studies, polygenic prediction, and identification strategies to isolate causal effects using genetic insights. It will emphasize methodological issues such as appropriate study design, data integrity, multiple testing, detecting and controlling for potential confounds, as well as factors influencing the accuracy of polygenic scores.

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Announcing Twins 2021 Budapest – The 19th International Congress on Twin Studies

11-14 November, online & in person & live where possible.
For all twin researchers, twin & higher order multiple advocates, & twin-curious.

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Summer School Announcement

Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Summer school: Nature & Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics

The department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (host to the Netherlands Twin Register) is organizing a 2-week summer course on Twin Research and Human Genetics. The course is open to bachelor students, master students, PhD students, and researchers from around the world who would like to gain knowledge and hands-on data-analysis experience with twin and genomic data. This year, the summer school takes place from July 3 till July 17 2021. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to apply go to:

2021: The 51st Behavior Genetics Association Meeting

Registration is open for the BGA 2021 online meeting!

All those who submitted abstracts were notified on the 9th of June. If you did not receive the email and can’t find it in your spam folder please let us know.

The BGA 2021 annual meeting will be held online using the 24h zoom format. We are all disappointed that we cannot meet in Murcia, Spain this year. But please rest assured that we will see each other in Murcia soon!

Date of the online conferenceJune 29th, 2021

The 24h conference with ‘local hosts’ in the US, Europe, and Australia. The conference began in Brisbane, Australia, on Tuesday, June 29 at 9:00 A.M. (Brisbane time) which is Monday, June 28, midnight in London and Monday, June 28, 7:00 P.M. in New York.

Cost of Registration: Like our 2020 meeting, registration will be by donation only. We suggest $24 – one for each hour of the conference! Click here to register!

Please see the Current Meetings page for more details view the program here.

Identify important new directions for health-related behavioral and social science research by March 29, 2020

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is seeking broad public input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR).

Specifically, OBSSR requests your input on research directions that will support the achievement of the scientific priorities in the OBSSR Strategic Plan 2022-2026 (see current strategic plan) and that will advance or transform the broader health impact of BSSR. OBSSR is interested in focusing on research directions that are trans-disease and cross-cutting in nature and address critical gaps in the field.

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Research Master Announcement

Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Research master: Genes in Behaviour and Health

The research master Genes in Behaviour and Health is a two-year full time programme that will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the relevant research methods to design and carry out high-quality research within the field of behaviour genetics and genetic epidemiology.

Opting for the research master’s programme brings you into an inspiring research environment. The Department of Biological Psychology is famous for its Netherlands Twin Register, an unique data repository, containing genetic and environmental information for more than 50,000 twin families, who are followed longitudinally. You will be taught by expert staff members and by researchers from other institutes worldwide who regularly visit to give lectures and workshops. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to apply go to