Antimicrobial Resistance – Genomes, Big Data and Emerging Technologies

04 - 06 November 2020Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline Closed
  • Bursary deadline Closed
  • Abstract deadline Closed
  • Registration deadline Closed

Highlighting the importance of genomic data in the fight against AMR

  • Summary

    Due to the evolving situation with Covid-19, this conference was postponed from 4-6 May 2020. 

    Antimicrobial resistance has become a major challenge in our globalised world and tackling it will take the combined resources and effort of researchers working across different disciplines. This conference will bring together basic researchers, computer scientists, clinicians and policy makers interested in pathogen and human/host genomics, epidemiology and surveillance, machine learning, development of novel diagnostic tools and translation of AMR-data into clinical practice to discuss their findings.

    Technical advances in recent years continue to expand our ability to collect huge amounts of genomic information on pathogens and their hosts, and a wealth of data is being collected in epidemiological and surveillance studies, including on the socio-economic burden of AMR.

    This year the conference will highlight the role of genomic evidence – from internal and external environments as well as its role in the detection, tracking and control of antimicrobial resistance, especially in low- and middle-income countries. We will also discuss the role of vaccines in AMR and how bacterial genomics and metagenomics can be translated into clinical practice.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 1pm on Monday 4 May and close at approximately 2pm on Wednesday 6 May 2020.

    Topics will include:

    •         Global burden of disease from drug-resistant infections: monitoring and evaluation
    •         Genomic evidence that informs the debate on the role of external and internal environments in AM
    •         Genomic surveillance and epidemiology: its role in detection, tracking and control of antimicrobial resistance in LMIC
    •         Vaccines against AMR
    •         Translating bacterial genomics and metagenomics into clinical practice
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Sharon Peacock

    Sharon Peacock
    University of Cambridge, UK

    Iruka Okeke

    Iruka Okeke
    University of Ibadan, Nigeria

    Susanna Dunachie

    Susanna Dunachie
    Nuffield Department of Medicine, UK

    Julian Parkhill

    Julian Parkhill
    University of Cambridge, UK

    Keynote speakers

    Lothar Wieler

    Lothar Wieler
    Robert Koch Institute, Germany

    Confirmed speakers

    Josefina Campos – ANLIS, Argentina
    Alan Cross – University of Maryland, USA
    Gagandeep Kang – Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, India
    Keith Klugman – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
    Happiness Kumburu – Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute, Tanzania
    Ginny Moore – Public Health England, UK
    Kathy Raven – University of Cambridge, UK
    John Rossen – University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    Sonia Sia – Department of Health, Philippines
    Paul Turner – COMRU, Cambodia/UK
    Sarah Walker – University of Oxford, UK
    Timothy Walsh – Cardiff University, UK
    Neil Woodford – Public Health England, UK

    Conference organiser

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

  • Registration / Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 11 Feb 2020)

    Standard rate
    (after 11 Feb 2020)
    Student No accommodation £285 £385
    Student On-site twin accommodation £392 £492
    Student On-site single accommodation £458 £558
    Academic No accommodation £385 £485
    Academic On-site twin accommodation £492 £592
    Academic On-site single accommodation £558 £658
    Commercial No accommodation £485 £585
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation £592 £692
    Commercial On-site single accommodation £658 £758

    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 4 and 5 May 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.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:

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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: 10 March 2020

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students and applicants from low and middle income countries 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: 25 February 2020

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

  • Sponsors

    Our Antimicrobial Resistance 2020 conference has been made possible by our valued sponsors:

    With thanks to our bursary and poster/oral presentation prize contributors:

    Microbial Genomics – Kind sponsors of a student bursary, and both a poster and oral presentation prize.


    If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.

  • Keynote lecture videos from 2018 meeting

    Big gaps in our knowledge about AMR

    Keynote lecture Mark Woolhouse (University of Edinburgh, UK) at Antimicrobial Resistance – Genomes, Big Data and Emerging Technologies 2018

    State of the World's Antibiotics in 2018

    Keynote lecture Ramanan Laxminarayan (The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), USA/India) at Antimicrobial Resistance – Genomes, Big Data and Emerging Technologies 2018