Big Data in Biology and Health

25 - 27 September 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    The second big data in biology and health meeting will explore the
    opportunities and challenges of big data in biology, health and disease
    and provide a forum for scientists and clinicians from academia and
    industry to drive the future development of research in this area.

    Individualised medicine based on patient genomes will have an enormous
    impact on healthcare. With breakthroughs in DNA sequencing technology,
    the number of sequenced genomes could reach >1 million within 5–10
    years. The simultaneous generation and integration of this associated
    molecular and clinical data will provide an unprecedentedly rich set of
    ‘big data’ for basic research and translation. Integration of these data
    will provide new research opportunities, for example, through the
    identification of novel biomarkers or by enabling the identification of
    causal relationships in molecular biology through analysing complex
    datasets, but will also come with significant technical and bioethical

    This year’s meeting will focus on the theoretical foundations for the use
    of large datasets in healthcare. It will address the opportunities and
    challenges of ‘big data’ analytics and data mining, there will be
    sessions on infrastructure, pipelines and data sharing.  We will
    also explore the applications of big data in basic research and genomics,
    and the translational opportunities in the clinical setting.

    The meeting will bring together a wide group of researchers including
    computational biologists, computer scientists, epidemiologists and
    clinicians from academia and industry. Overall this interdisciplinary
    meeting aims to enable the research community to participate in and help
    drive the future development of “big data” research, as well as raise
    further awareness for this new and relevant research direction in the
    life sciences.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12.30 on Monday 25 September
    and close at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

    Scientific sessions

    • Cohorts and biorepositories
    • Infrastructure and pipelines
    • Data commons and data sharing
    • Cloud computing
    • Analytics and data mining
    • Genomic and clinical applications
    • Bioethics and privacy

    View the final programme here.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    University of Chicago, USA
    Jan Korbel
    EMBL, Germany
    Caroline Relton University of Bristol, UK

    Keynote speaker
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

    Confirmed speakers
    Ewan Birney
    Precision Medicine Initiative, USA
    University of Chicago, USA
    Jan Korbel EMBL, Germany
    Max Planck Institute, Germany
    Caroline Relton University of Bristol, UK

    Biogen Idec, USA
    UK Biobank, UK
    Mihaela van der
    University of
    Oxford, UK

    National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA

    Conference organiser
    Lucy Criddle Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £300
    Student On site twin accommodation £402
    Student On site single accommodation £464
    Academic No accommodation £400
    Academic On site twin accommodation £502
    Academic On site single accommodation £564
    Commercial No accommodation £500
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £602
    Commercial On site single accommodation £664

    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: Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 25, 26, September 2017.
    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:
    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: Closed

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • 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

    If you would like to support this conference, please contact the event organiser.