Single Cell Biology

08 - 10 March 2016Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce this new Single Cell Biology conference. This
    meeting will provide a forum for biologists, methods developers and
    computational modellers interested in understanding biological variation
    at the single cell level.

    Understanding heterogeneity is central to modern biology, as new high
    resolution methods are revealing the previously underappreciated role for
    biological variability in many areas of biomedical importance.
    Cell-to-cell variation plays a role in many key areas of biology,
    including differentiation and development, and cancer. There is pervasive
    heterogeneity emerging in many immune cells, in the pathogens, and in
    host-pathogen interactions. Furthermore, understanding ‘stemness’ or
    pluripotency is hampered by a lack of homogeneity in the relevant cell

    This year’s meeting will discuss the biological insights gained from
    imaging and single cell genomics, particularly in the areas of immunology
    and haematology. We will also focus on methods, including computational

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Tuesday 8
    March and close at approximately 14.00 on Thursday 10 March 2016.

    Scientific sessions

    • Cellular decision-making at single cell resolution
    • Advancing biology through single cell imaging
    • Single cell genomics
    • Single cell approaches in immunology
    • Tissue and tumour heterogeneity
    • Disruptive technologies
    • Computational approaches: bioinformatics and modelling
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Sarah Teichmann EBI/WTSI, UK
    Bertie Goettgens University of Cambridge, UK
    Timm Schroeder ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Ellen Rothenberg CalTech, USA

    Keynote speaker
    Alexander van Oudenaarden Hubrecht Institute, The

    Confirmed speakers
    Ido Amit Weizmann Institute, Israel
    Lacramioara Bintu California Institute of Technology,
    Bernd Bodenmiller University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Dirk Busch Technical University Munich, Germany
    Amy Herr University of California Berkeley, USA
    John Marioni EMBL-EBI, UK
    Inke Näthke University of Dundee, UK
    Leila Perie Institut Curie, France
    Hans-Reimer Rodewald German Cancer Research Center
    (DKFZ) Heidelberg, Germany
    Ellen Rothenberg California Institute of Technology,
    Timm Schroeder ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Benjamin Simons University of Cambridge, UK
    Shankar Srinivas University of Oxford, UK
    Oliver Stegle EMBL-EBI, UK
    Fabian Theis German Research Centre for Environmental
    Health, Germany
    Shosei Yoshida National Institute for Basic Biology,

    Conference organiser
    Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £274.00
    Student On site twin accommodation £374.00
    Student On site single accommodation £436.00
    Academic No accommodation £374.00
    Academic On site twin accommodation £474.00
    Academic On site single accommodation £536.00
    Commercial No accommodation £474.00
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £574.00
    Commercial On site single accommodation £636.00

    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 8 and 9 March 2016. Please
    note there is limited on-site accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is
    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

    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: