Functional Genomics and Systems Biology: From Model Organisms to Human Health

28 - 30 October 2015Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    This long-running conference will bring together leading scientists from
    the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and cellular networks
    to discuss the latest developments and challenges in systems biology.

    Advances in DNA sequencing and other high throughput technologies over
    the past decade have resulted in a wealth of data describing the
    functions and interactions of various components within the cell.
    High-resolution maps of genome-wide transcription factors are shedding
    light on the mechanisms that regulate gene expression. Large-scale
    interaction networks are improving our understanding of biological
    systems. To improve our understanding of complex biological systems
    relevant to health and disease, these data, generated from disparate
    sources, need to be integrated in a biologically meaningful way.

    This conference is an ideal forum to discuss the integration,
    interpretation and analysis of complex biological data from experimental
    and computational sources.

  • Programme

    The conference will open with registration from 09:00 on Wednesday 28
    October 2015, with presentations starting at ~11:00. It will close at
    ~14:30 on Friday 30 October 2015.

    Scientific sessions

    • Genomic control of gene expression
    • Life at the cellular level
    • Genome and transcriptome editing
    • Transcriptome variation
    • Regulatory networks and pathways
    • Genomic variation and its effect on function
    • Regulatory responses to environment and development
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Alvis Brazma
    Tom Freeman
    University of Edinburgh, UK
    Gavin EMBL, Germany
    Tuuli Lappalainen
    New York Genome Center, USA
    Nicholas Luscombe
    University College London, UK

    Confirmed speakers
    Ruedi Aebersold ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Ines Fonfara
    Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research,
    Peter Fraser
    Babraham Institute, UK
    Marc Friedlander
    Stockholm University, Sweden
    Eileen Furlong
    EMBL, Germany
    Suzanne Gaudet
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical
    School, USA
    Roderic Guigo
    Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
    Tim Hughes
    University of Toronto, Canada
    Jan Korbel
    EMBL, Germany
    Laura Landweber
    Princeton University, USA
    Ben Lehner
    Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
    Leopold Parts
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    James Sharpe
    Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
    Sarah Teichmann
    Marian Walhout
    University of Massachusetts Medical School,
    Michael Yaffe
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
    Judith Zaugg
    EMBL, Germany

    Conference organiser
    Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £285.00
    Student On site twin accommodation £378.00
    Student On site single accommodation £442.00
    Academic No accommodation £385.00
    Academic On site twin accommodation £478.00
    Academic On site single accommodation £542.00
    Commercial No accommodation £485.00
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £578.00
    Commercial On site single accommodation £642.00

    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 28 and 29 October 2015.
    Please note there is limited on-site 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. Note that letters will 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.

    Please register prior to submitting your abstract. Please note: abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates.

    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

    • Format & Font: Prepare your abstract in Microsoft Word in 11-point Ariel Font.
    • Title: The title should be concise and be in bold, sentence case.
    • Author names: The presenting author’s name must be the first name to appear on the list of authors. Underline the name of the presenting author. For each author give the forename followed by the surname.
    • Affiliations: Please list the authors and affiliations directly under the title, separated by one empty line, and followed on additional lines as necessary. Indicate each author’s affiliation with a superscript numeral following the surname.
    • Abstract length: should not exceed one 1.5-spaced page. The total word limit is 400 words (to include title, authors, affiliations and abstract narrative).
    • Abstract narrative: must be clear and concise. Clearly describe the problem you are addressing, the results to date and any conclusions you can draw from them, so that your abstract can be evaluated by the programme committee. Avoid saying in effect ‘a solution to XYZ problem will be presented’. Please ensure that your abstract is checked for correctness of spelling and grammar in advance of submission.
    • Subheadings: Please avoid the use of subheadings in the abstract narrative.
    • References: A separate list of references at the end of the abstract is not necessary.
    • File name: should be the same as the surname of the presenting author.
    • Download a sample abstract document (Microsoft Word), which can be used for formatting purposes.
  • 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

    We thank the following organisations for their support: