Infectious Disease Genomics

14 - 16 October 2015Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce the seventh in our series of meetings on
    infectious disease genomics. This year’s conference will bring together
    scientists from the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, virology,
    parasitology and bacteriology to discuss how high throughput genomic
    technologies are improving our understanding of pathogens.

    Infectious diseases continue to be a major burden on public health,
    particularly in developing countries. Together with the world-wide rise
    of antimicrobial resistance, this further emphasises the importance of an
    integrated universal approach to understand and combat the transmission
    and evolution of infectious disease agents.

    The meeting will also explore the impact of advances in sequencing and
    functional genomics tools on infectious diseases. The developments have
    led to improvements in the identification of markers of transmission,
    virulence and drug resistance, all vital for assessing pathogenicity and
    the selection of an effective treatment. These technologies promote
    cross-fertilisation amongst previously disparate fields, and the scope of
    this meeting is deliberately broad to encourage the exchange and
    development of ideas across traditional subject boundaries.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12.00 on Wednesday, 14 October
    and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 16 October 2015.

    Scientific sessions

    • Population genomics
    • Epidemiology and public health
    • Technology and big data
    • Parasitology
    • Vectors
    • Metagenomics and infectious diseases
    • Viruses and zoonotic infections
    • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Matt Berriman Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
    Jane Carlton New York University, USA
    Nicky Mulder University of Cape Town, South Africa
    Julian Parkhill Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

    George Weinstock The Jackson Laboratory, USA

    Keynote speaker
    Jean-Michel Claverie CNRS, Aix-Marseille
    University, France

    Confirmed speakers
    David Aanensen Imperial College London, UK
    Cesar Arias
    University of Texas Medical School at Houston,
    Holly Bik
    University of Birmingham, UK
    Zbynek Bozdech
    Nanyang Technological University,
    Paul J. Brindley
    George Washington University, USA
    Caroline Buckee
    Harvard University, USA
    Caroline Colijn Imperial College London,
    Martin Donnelly
    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine,
    Betsy Foxman
    University of Michigan, USA
    Christophe Fraser
    Imperial College London, UK
    Roy Kishony
    Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Harvard
    Medical School, USA
    Annette MacLeod
    University of Glasgow, UK
    Gilean McVean
    University of Oxford, UK
    Daniel Neafsey
    Broad Institute, USA
    James Wood
    University of Cambridge, UK

    Conference organiser
    Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £284.00
    Student On site twin accommodation £381.00
    Student On site single accommodation £441.00
    Academic No accommodation £384.00
    Academic On site twin accommodation £481.00
    Academic On site single accommodation £541.00
    Commercial No accommodation £484.00
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £581.00
    Commercial On site single accommodation £641.00

    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 14 and 15 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 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

    Presentations selected from submitted abstracts will be a significant
    component of the programme; therefore, we encourage the submission of
    abstracts relevant to the main themes of the meeting.

    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 will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0, portrait)
    of printed material.

    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.