Animal Genetics and Diseases

08 - 10 May 2019Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline 12 February 2019
  • Bursary deadline 26 February 2019
  • Abstract deadline 12 March 2019
  • Registration deadline 09 April 2019

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Highlighting recent advances in animal genetics and genomic technologies.

  • Summary

    The second conference in this series will highlight recent advances in animal genetics and genomic technologies. It will bring together specialists working on the interface of genomics, genetic engineering and infectious disease with the aims of improving animal and human health and welfare.

    Novel genomic technologies, mathematical modelling and quantitative genetics approaches, applied to the host livestock, as well as their pathogens, have transformed the understanding of animal diseases, host-pathogen interactions and epidemiology and their effects on productivity of livestock systems and food supply chains.

    This year’s conference will not only put the spotlight on the immune response of host livestock and epidemiology but also cover the genetics and genomics of pathogens and the impact of animal-human relationships.

    We encourage registrations from researchers, breeders and technical specialists interested in learning and disseminating the latest cutting-edge techniques and methodologies across model species, wildlife, livestock and companion animals.


    Feedback from the 2017 conference:

    “A wonderful first meeting. Great interactions and excellent presentations”
    “Very relevant talks, excellent facilities, good networking”
    “Excellent range of subjects covered and standard of talks”
    “A very interactive conference, great for networking. It also allowed excellent cross-talk between differences specialities”

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 1pm on Wednesday 8 May and close at approximately 2pm on Friday 10 May 2019.

    Scientific sessions:

    • Genetics of immune response
    • New technologies in breeding
    • Quantitative genetics applied to disease
    • Epidemiology
    • Host pathogen interactions: microbiome – mechanisms & modelling
    • Comparative and functional genomics
    • Pathogen genetics and genomics


    A draft programme will be available shortly.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Leif Andersson

    Leif Andersson
    Uppsala University, Sweden

    Mark Fife

    Mark Fife
    The Pirbright Institute, UK

    Susan Lamont

    Susan Lamont
    Iowa State University, USA

    Helen Sang

    Helen Sang
    The Roslin Institute, UK

    Keynote speakers

    Julian Knight

    Julian Knight
    University of Oxford, UK

    Linda Saif

    Linda Saif
    Ohio State University, USA

    Confirmed speakers


    Conference organiser

    Zoey Willard, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration/ Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 12 February 2019)

    Standard rate
    (after 12 February 2019)
    Student No accommodation
    Student On-site twin accommodation
    Student On-site single accommodation
    Academic No accommodation
    Academic On-site twin accommodation
    Academic On-site single accommodation
    Commercial No accommodation
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation
    Commercial On-site single accommodation

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have booked accommodation.

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 8 and 9 May. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.
    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference.

    Abstract deadline: 12 March 2019

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

    The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

    • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
    • CV
    • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 26 February 2019

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

  • Sponsors
  • Keynote lecture video from 2017 meeting

    Genetic variation of hominid immune systems

    Keynote lecture by Peter Parham (Stanford University, USA) at Animal Genetics and Diseases 2017.