Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology

17 - 19 May 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    The 6th Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology conference
    provides a multidisciplinary forum to highlight how advances microbial
    and viral genomics, bioinformatics and sequencing technology are being
    translated to meet the needs of public health.

    The programme will focus on the use of sequencing technologies to
    understand microbial diversity, evolution, pathogenesis, virulence,
    antimicrobial resistance and host-pathogen interactions within the
    context of public health microbiology. We will review and share best
    practice of implementing sequence technology in routine frontline
    diagnostics and real-time surveillance. The conference will also focus on
    the implications of using large-scale high-throughput data in the public
    health setting. There will be the opportunity for bioinformaticians
    working in this area to showcase the innovative tools that they have

    The conference attracts international participants working in a range of
    settings including diagnostic and reference microbiology and virology
    laboratories, research institutes, bioinformatics departments,
    surveillance centres and hospital settings. This conference will have
    strong representation from clinical microbiologists and virologists and
    clinical bioinformaticians, to ensure appropriate migration of these
    technologies to diagnostic and surveillance applications.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12.00 on Wednesday 17 May and
    close at approximately 13.00 on Friday 19 May 2017.

    Topics will include:

    • Applications in the field
    • Applications in the clinic
    • Interface between big data and public health
    • Outbreaks
    • Antibiotic resistance
    • New technologies and developments
    • Bioinformatics showcase

    The final programme is available.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Muna Anjum Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK

    Jonathan Green
    Public Health England, UK
    Kathryn Holt
    University of Melbourne, Australia
    Martin Maiden University of Oxford,
    Isabel Oliver
    Public Health England, UK

    Keynote speaker
    Roy Kishony Technion-Israel Institute of
    Technology, Israel

    Confirmed speakers
    Trevor Bedford Fred
    Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
    Alessandra Carattoli Istituto Superiore di Sanità,
    Imperial College London, UK
    Paolo Di Tommaso Centre for Genomic
    Regulation, Spain
    Nuno Faria University of Oxford UK
    Stephen Gillespie University of St Andrews,
    Zamin Iqbal EMBL-EBI, UK
    Claire Jenkins Public Health England,
    Amy Mathers University of Virginia School of Medicine,
    Claudine Médigue Genoscope – Centre National de
    Séquençage, France
    Marianne Sunde Norwegian Veterinary Institute,
    Deborah Williamson Doherty Institute,

    Conference organiser
    Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £267
    Student On site twin accommodation £367
    Student On site single accommodation £429
    Academic No accommodation £367
    Academic On site twin accommodation £467
    Academic On site single accommodation £529
    Commercial No accommodation £467
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £567
    Commercial On site single accommodation £629

    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.

    Registration deadline:

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 17 and 18 May 2017. Please
    note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

    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:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • 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

    Abstract deadline: 21 March 2016

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

    Microbial Genomics Poster Prizes
    The Microbial Genomics Most Promising Science Prize will
    be awarded to two scientific posters at this year’s conference. The
    prizes will be awarded to posters that present particularly compelling or
    novel research in the journal’s subject field. Microbial Genomics is a new open
    access and open data journal published by the Microbiology

  • 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.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    The organisers would like to thank the following companies for their