Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology

17–19 May 2017

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


The 6th Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology conference
provides a multidisciplinary forum to highlight how advances microbial
and viral genomics, bioinformatics and sequencing technology are being
translated to meet the needs of public health.

The programme will focus on the use of sequencing technologies to
understand microbial diversity, evolution, pathogenesis, virulence,
antimicrobial resistance and host-pathogen interactions within the
context of public health microbiology. We will review and share best
practice of implementing sequence technology in routine frontline
diagnostics and real-time surveillance. The conference will also focus on
the implications of using large-scale high-throughput data in the public
health setting. There will be the opportunity for bioinformaticians
working in this area to showcase the innovative tools that they have

The conference attracts international participants working in a range of
settings including diagnostic and reference microbiology and virology
laboratories, research institutes, bioinformatics departments,
surveillance centres and hospital settings. This conference will have
strong representation from clinical microbiologists and virologists and
clinical bioinformaticians, to ensure appropriate migration of these
technologies to diagnostic and surveillance applications.


The conference will start at approximately 12.00 on Wednesday 17 May and
close at approximately 13.00 on Friday 19 May 2017.

Topics will include:

  • Applications in the field
  • Applications in the clinic
  • Interface between big data and public health
  • Outbreaks
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • New technologies and developments
  • Bioinformatics showcase

The final programme is available.

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Muna Anjum Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK
Jonathan Green
Public Health England, UK
Kathryn Holt
University of Melbourne, Australia
Martin Maiden University of Oxford,
Isabel Oliver
Public Health England, UK

Keynote speaker
Roy Kishony Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology, Israel

Confirmed speakers
Trevor Bedford Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
Alessandra Carattoli Istituto Superiore di Sanità,
Imperial College London, UK
Paolo Di Tommaso Centre for Genomic
Regulation, Spain
Nuno Faria University of Oxford UK
Stephen Gillespie University of St Andrews,
Zamin Iqbal EMBL-EBI, UK
Claire Jenkins Public Health England,
Amy Mathers University of Virginia School of Medicine,
Claudine Médigue Genoscope – Centre National de
Séquençage, France
Marianne Sunde Norwegian Veterinary Institute,
Deborah Williamson Doherty Institute,

Conference organiser
Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £267
Student On site twin accommodation £367
Student On site single accommodation £429
Academic No accommodation £367
Academic On site twin accommodation £467
Academic On site single accommodation £529
Commercial No accommodation £467
Commercial On site twin accommodation £567
Commercial On site single accommodation £629


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:

Accommodation is provided for the nights of 17 and 18 May 2017. Please
note: there is limited onsite 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. 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:
UK Border Agency website:

Information for general visitors and business visitors:


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


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

Abstract deadline: 21 March 2016

Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

Microbial Genomics Poster Prizes
The Microbial Genomics Most Promising Science Prize will
be awarded to two scientific posters at this year’s conference. The
prizes will be awarded to posters that present particularly compelling or
novel research in the journal’s subject field. Microbial Genomics is a new open
access and open data journal published by the Microbiology

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