Genome Informatics

14 - 17 September 2020Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline 23 June 2020
  • Bursary deadline 07 July 2020
  • Abstract deadline 21 July 2020
  • Registration deadline 18 August 2020

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20 years of Genome Informatics

  • Summary

    Genome Informatics 2020 will focus on large-scale approaches to understanding the structure and biology of genomes. This conference will once again bring together computational biologists, human geneticists and others working on comparative and evolutionary genomics to discuss recent advances in this fast moving field.

    The recent ‘explosion’ in new data requires biologists to increase the scale and sophistication of the information technology used in their research. The conference will encompass a wide range of methods for the analysis of these data, including a focus on approaches such as variant-calling, transcriptomic analysis, and variant interpretation, applied to large genomic data sets.

    The Genome Informatics conference alternates between the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK and Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA. This is the 20th meeting in the series.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 1pm on Monday 14 September and close at approximately 2pm Thursday 17 September 2020.

    Scientific sessions:

    • Microbial and Metagenomics
    • Sequencing Algorithms, Variant Discovery and Genome Assembly
    • Evolution, Complex Traits and Phylogenetics
    • Personal and Medical Genomics
    • Transcriptomics
    • Genome and epigenome structure and function
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Joanna Kelley

    Joanna Kelley
    Washington State University, USA

    Nick Loman

    Nick Loman
    University of Birmingham, UK

    Alicia Oshlack

    Alicia Oshlack
    Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia

    Oliver Stegle

    Oliver Stegle
    EMBL, Germany

    Keynote speakers

    Ewan Birney

    Ewan Birney

    Confirmed speakers

    Christoph Bock – CEMM, Austria
    Titus Brown – University of Californina, Davis, USA
    Kelley Harris – University of Washington, USA
    Smita Krishnaswamy – Yale University, USA
    Alice McHardy – Helmholtz Centre for Infection, Germany
    Pall Melsted – University of Iceland, Iceland
    Karen Miga – University of Californina, Santa Cruz, USA
    Rafal Mostowy – Jagiellonian University, Poland
    Lucila Ohno-Machado – University of California, San Diego, USA
    Oliver Pybus – University of Oxford, UK

    Conference organiser

    Nicole Schatlowski, Senior Scientific Programme Officer
    Laura Hubbard, Conference and Events Manager

  • Registration / Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 23 June)

    Standard rate
    (after 23 June)
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    Student On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic No accommodation TBC TBC
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    Academic On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial No accommodation TBC TBC
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    Commercial On-site single accommodation TBC TBC

    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 14, 15 and 16 September 2020. 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.

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  • 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: 21 July 2020

    How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

    1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
    2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
    3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
    4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.
  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this conference (up to 50% of the standard 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: 7 July 2020

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

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