Arthropod Genomics Symposium 2020

13th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium: July 21-23 2020

Location: 100% virtual - join from wherever you are!

Key Dates and Deadlines
Mailing list
Organising Committee
General Data Protection Regulation

Key Dates and Deadlines

Friday, July 17 - Registration Deadline for AGS and Workshops separately
Monday, July 20 - Technical tests for speakers
Tuesday, July 21 - Arthropod Genomics and Chromosome Genomics Sessions
Wednesday, July 22 - China Genomics Session and Eco-Evo Genomics I & II Sessions
Thursday, July 23 - Vector Genomics and Agricultural Genomics Sessions
Friday, July 24 - VectorBase Workshop
Monday, July 27 - Gene manual annotation with Apollo Workshop


The symposium focuses on new insights gleaned from analysing arthropod genomes and is designed for scientists interested in genomic studies of arthropods, including model organisms, those of importance to agriculture or health, and those of ecological or evolutionary interest. The programme will include presentations from speakers covering several major themes with opportunities for online discussions and interactions amongst all participants. AGS has a history of welcoming postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students, who are again particularly encouraged to join.


To attend the 2020 Arthropod Genomics Symposium, registration is required (free). Please use this form to register for the meeting. Registrants will be sent an invitation to join the AGS Slack Workspace approximately two weeks before the meeting starts. The AGS Slack Workspace is restricted to registered participants and all organisational communications including Zoom Webinar invitations will be sent through the Workspace channels . For more information on how to participate, please read this guide.

DRAFT Schedule

For this year's Arthropod Genomics Symposium, speakers were selected from an open list of community suggestions. Webinars will span a 3-hour period split into two speaker sessions each day (08-11 PDT [US West Coast] ~ 11-14 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 17-20 CET [Europe]). The China session will precede the webinars on Wednesday (08-10 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 14-16 CET [Europe] ~ 20-22 CST [Beijing]). At the end of each day we plan to hold informal discussions on Slack. We hope that speakers and attendees will join to continue and extend topic discussions in these interactive forums.

Zoom Webinar invitations will be posted on Slack 7-10 minutes prior to the start of each session.

July 21

Session 1: Arthropod Genomics08-09:20 PDT [US West Coast] ~ 11-12:20 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 17-18:20 CET [Europe]
Stephen Richardsi5k & Earth Biogenome Project: update and progress overview
Mara Lawniczak & Lyndall PereiraDarwin Tree of Life: update and progress overview
Terence MurphyCurrent state of NCBI RefSeq annotation for arthropods
Gregg Thomas & Elias DohmenPatterns of molecular evolution across arthropods
Clement KentGenome composition evolution in arthropods
All SpeakersQ&A
Session 2: Chromosome Genomics09:40-11 PDT [US West Coast] ~ 12:40-14 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 18:40-20 CET [Europe]
Sheina SimInstant chromosome-scale assemblies, just add DNA!
Tom MathersAphids mix it up – the macro evolution of aphid genome structure
Igor SharakhovMosquito 3D genomes
JJ EmersonEvolution of genome structure and function in Drosophila
Craig JacksonChromosome evolution and ecological speciation in Daphnia
Yiyuan LiThe aphid X chromosome is a dangerous place for functionally important genes
Andrew MongueZZ Top: Faster and more adaptive sex chromosome evolution in two Lepidoptera
All SpeakersQ&A

July 22

Session 3: China Arthropod Genomics08-10 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 14-16 CET [Europe] ~ 20-22 CST [Beijing]
Pu Tang & Xuexin ChenLarge-scale genome sequencing and evolutionary analysis of parasitic wasps
Wen Xie & Youjun ZhangVegetable Pests Genome Progress in China
Nianwan Yang & Fanghao WanGenomics Reveals Invasiveness-related Features in Insects, Progress in China
Gongyin YeGenome of tens of parasitoids and their venom functions
Cheng SunGenus-wide characterization of bumblebee genomes provides insights into their evolution and variation in ecological and behavioral traits
Weihua MaExploring the genomes of rice insect pests
Feng JiangGenome sequencing and the research progresses of Locusts in China
Le KangOverview of insect genome research in China
All SpeakersQ&A
Session 4: Eco-Evo Genomics I08-09:20 PDT [US West Coast] ~ 11-12:20 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 17-18:20 CET [Europe]
Isabel AlmudiThe mayfly Cloeon dipterum: a new platform to study insect evolution and ecological adaptations
Peter HollandHox gene clusters in Lepidoptera
Sushma KrishnanUnderstanding the chemical communication between fig and the fig wasps
Lars PodsiadlowskiThe genome of Sacculina carcini, a parasitic crustacean with extremely simplified adult morphology
Julie Dunning HotoppBacterial DNA in Animal Genomes: Genomics and Transcriptomics of Wolbachia LGT in Drosophila ananassae
Kim FergusonBracon brevicornis linked read genome & putative complementary sex determiner gene
All SpeakersQ&A
Session 5: Eco-Evo Genomics II09:40-11 PDT [US West Coast] ~ 12:40-14 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 18:40-20 CET [Europe]
Karen KapheimGenomic signatures of facultative eusociality in a tropical nocturnal sweat bee
Yannick WurmEvolution of a social supergene in fire ants
David B. SternExperimental evolution reveals genomic potential for adaptation in a Baltic Sea copepod
Nico PosnienMultiple loci linked to inversions are associated with eye size variation in species of the Drosophila virilis phylad
Sarthok RahmanGenomic basis of mimetic colour variation in bumble bees
Emily JenningsMulti-omic examination of viviparous reproduction in the Pacific beetle mimic cockroach
All SpeakersQ&A

July 23

Session 6: Vector Genomics08-09:20 PDT [US West Coast] ~ 11-12:20 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 17-18:20 CET [Europe]
Gloria Giraldo-CalderonVEuPathDB: the new home of VectorBase
Geoff AttardoComparative Genomics of Six Glossina Species Reveals Rapid Evolution of Tsetse Seminal Proteins
Mariangela BonizzoniDynamics of viral introgressions into Aedes spp. genomes
Ben MatthewsVariability across Aedes aegypti genome assemblies - chemoreceptors and beyond
Maria SharakhovaPhylogeny and chromosome evolution of the Maculipennis group
Kennan OyenCombined RNA-seq and metabolomics to examine pesticide and repellant responses in the American dog tick
Mahul ChakrabortyHidden features of the malaria vector mosquito, Anopheles stephensi, revealed by a high-quality reference genome
All SpeakersQ&A
Session 7: Agricultural Genomics09:40-11 PDT [US West Coast] ~ 12:40-14 EDT [US East Coast] ~ 18:40-20 CET [Europe]
Scott GeibAg100Pest update and progress overview
Alice DennisTwo new genome assemblies from aphid parasitoids with low GC content
Arun SethuramanContrasting evolutionary histories and population genomics of two species of lady beetles used in augmentative biological control
Rosanna Giordano & Ravikiran DonthuGenome and world population diversity of the soybean aphid population
Saeed HosseinzadehSmall-RNAs in the Asian Citrus Psyllid
Hongmei Ali-ByarlayHoneybee epigenomics respond to viral infection with a temporal manner
Zachary CohenImproved Colorado Potato Beetle Genome Using Trio-Binning Method
All SpeakersQ&A


Please use this form for information on and registration for the workshops. Workshops require a separate registration from the AGS symposium registration (the question regarding workshops in the AGS registration was simply included to gauge interest). Workshop registration deadline is Friday, July 17. Please only apply if you plan to attend the workshop(s) in full. The workshop(s) are free. However, to make the most out of them we will have limited seats in order to ensure participants can easily interact with the instructors while solving the exercises.


A virtual meeting requires a few changes to normal conference organisation: participation will be managed through the AGS Slack Workspace and webinars will be broadcast on Zoom. User Guides describing different aspects of how the meeting will be run will be provided to all registered participants once they have joined the AGS Slack Workspace. Until then, simply make sure your Slack and Zoom installations are up-to-date, or sign up for and install them (see Slack and Zoom websites for details).


The online format of this meeting means that all participants may present a 'V-Poster' describing their research project(s). There will be no formal selection process for V-Posters, and due to participants joining from different time zones there will be no dedicated V-Poster sessions. V-Posters act as a graphical advertisement for your project to encourage other attendees to meet with you (online) and discuss further.

Mailing list

To keep up to date with news about this conferece, the i5k webinar series and other i5k activities, please subscribe to the Arthropod News mailing list. Email frequency is typically very low.

Organising Committee

This virtual version of the Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium was brought together through the work of the Organising Committee. If you have any questions about the symposium, please use this form to contact the committee members.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

During registration we will collect some personal data including your name, your email, where you work (affiliation), what you work on, and your work role. The Organising Committee and meeting administration will use the information provided to approve your registration and the email provided to contact you once approved.