XXIIIrd International Congress of Genetics

Genetic and Genomics - Linking Life and Society 16 July, 2023 - 21 July, 2023

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia

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General Information

In recent times, our opportunities to meet face to face have been restricted, but now is the time to bring together the best geneticists in the world to share their expertise and knowledge at this truly global forum.

Over the six days, the Congress will offer a series of plenary sessions, symposia, workshops and poster presentations. The theme: Genetics and Genomics – Linking Life and Society highlights the breadth of the Congress in covering fundamental discoveries in our science and applications to health, agriculture and the environment.  The biggest prize in Genetics, the Gruber Prize, will be presented at the Congress.  We will also mark 50 years of gene manipulation, starting with the recombinant DNA revolution and culminating with in vivo gene editing.

You will have the chance to connect with colleagues from across the world exchanging ideas and research and building valuable professional networks that will extend beyond the Congress itself. To complement the scientific program, you will also be able to experience a showcase of the latest products and services in the exhibition, an integral element of the Congress.

Given the significance of the event, there will also be a program of public events held throughout to connect with the wider community in Melbourne.

Throughout the Congress, you will also have the chance to experience Melbourne at its finest. It is a truly global city with a rich multicultural mix celebrating the creativity and diversity of its people and the city.

And for those unable to travel to Australia to experience the Congress face to face, a virtual offering will be available showcasing some key elements of the Congress program.

Be sure to register your interest to receive further information about the Congress. For now we encourage you to mark the dates in your dairy and plan to join us for what promises to be an outstanding Congress experience.

We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you to the Congress and our great city.


Occurring just once every five years, the International Congress of Genetics is a landmark event.  For the Genetics community, it’s our Olympics!  Accordingly, this Congress will have a scientific program of unsurpassed quality and will have a large creative engagement for the public.  This Congress will mark the 50 years from the beginnings of the gene manipulation, starting with the recombinant DNA revolution, culminating in vivo gene editing.

Nine Plenary addresses to be given to the assembled Congress delegates. Each will be given by a global leader in their respective field. One of these will be given by the 2023 winner(s) of the prestigious Gruber Prize in Genetics. Beyond the extraordinary honour, the prize comes with an award of $500,000 (USD).

The Congress will have six streams of symposia that will cover the breadth of Genetics and Genomics in humans, animals, plants, fungi and microbes.  The streams have the following working titles:-

Genetics and Health
Genetics and the Environment
Genomics and Genomic Technologies
Evolutionary Genetics
Agricultural and Plant Genetics
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics

Each of these streams will have nine symposia addressing specific aspects of their respective themes.  Suggestions for symposia themes are welcome.  There will be two invited talks in each symposium with up to four other speakers selected based on submitted abstracts.  Poster presentations will be encouraged with poster sessions being connected to the symposia.

In order to increase opportunities for delegates to present their research, there will be a series of satellite meetings and workshops.  Suggestions for themes are most welcome.

The Organising Committee is making the following commitments with respect to the Congress program:-

  • The program will be excellent.·
  • Half of the invited Plenary and Symposia speakers will be female.
  • A minimum of 10% of Congress speakers will be from developing nations.

To assist In your planning, below is an overview of the Congress schedule:

Sunday 16 July 2023 Congress Workshops and Welcome Reception
Monday 17 July 2023 Congress Scientific Program
Tuesday 18 July 2023 Congress Scientific Program
Wednesday 19 July 2023 Congress Scientific Program (afternoon free for optional tours)
Thursday 20 July 2023 Congress Scientific Program
Friday 21 July 2023 Congress Scientific Program & Closing

Key Dates

Listed below are indicative key dates to assist in your planning:

Call for Abstracts Open July 2022
Call for Abstract Close November 2022
Registration Open September 2022
Early Bird Registration Close March 2023

Meeting organisers:

Professor Phillip Batterham
University of Melbourne

Professor Alex Andrianopolous
University of Melbourne

Professor Coral Warr
LaTrobe University
Chair – Scientific Program

Professor Doug Hilton 
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
of Medical Research

Vikki Marshall 
Precision Oncology

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith
University of Otago

Dr Lee Ann Rollins
University of New South Wales

Associate Professor
Vanessa Tyrrell 

University of New South Wales