Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology

5–7 June 2019

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Focusing on the implications of data-driven genomics approaches in public health settings


The 7th Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology conference provides a multidisciplinary forum to demonstrate how advances in microbial and viral genomics, bioinformatics, data science, and sequencing technology are being used to meet the needs of public health.

The programme will focus on how advances in sequencing and informatics are helping us to understand microbial diversity and evolution, pathogenesis, virulence and host-pathogen interactions within the context of public health microbiology. This year’s meeting will focus on how these advances are transforming public health in lower and middle-income countries, as well as on how the integration of multiple sources of information (e.g. phylogeography, travel, climate data, social media use) is becoming increasingly important in genomic epidemiology.

We aim to share best practices for implementing genomics technology in routine, frontline diagnostics and surveillance, with a particular focus on the implications of using data-driven genomics approaches in the public health setting. The conference will also be an opportunity for bioinformaticians working in this area to exhibit the innovative tools that they have developed.

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 5 June and close at approximately 13.00 on Friday 7 June 2019

Topics will include:

  • Deploying genomics in remote and/or under-resourced settings
  • Data integration and data-sharing
  • Beyond bacteria: fungal, parasite, and viral genomics
  • Cultures and typing in the 21st century
  • Bioinformatics showcase

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Jennifer Gardy
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Kathryn Holt
Monash University, Australia

Nick Loman
University of Birmingham, UK

Keynote speaker

Nick Thomson
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Gabby Stern
World Health Organisation, Switzerland

Confirmed speakers

Scott Beatson – University of Queensland, Australia
Caroline Buckee – Harvard University, USA
Lachlan Coin – University of Queensland, Australia
Matt Fisher – Imperial College London, UK
George Githinji – KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya
Emma Hodcroft – University of Basel, Switzerland
Justin Lessler – Johns Hopkins, USA
Katrina Lythgoe – University of Oxford, UK
Iruka Okeke – University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Robin Patel – Mayo Clinic, USA
Nicola Perrin – Wellcome, UK
Torsten Seemann – University of Melbourne, Australia

Scientific Conferences Team

Laura Hubbard, Conference & Events Organiser
Treasa Creavin, Scientific Programme Manager

How to apply

Early bird discount
(until 12 March)

Standard rate
(after 12 March)
Student No accommodation £247 £347
Student On-site twin accommodation £353 £453
Student On-site single accommodation £418 £518
Academic No accommodation £347 £447
Academic On-site twin accommodation £453 £553
Academic On-site single accommodation £518 £618
Commercial No accommodation £447 £547
Commercial On-site twin accommodation £553 £653
Commercial On-site single accommodation £618 £718

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 5 and 6 June 2019.
Please note: Onsite accommodation has sold out.

We have arranged accommodation nearby at the Holiday Inn Express (see rates below).

Student Single accommodation at Holiday Inn Express £547
Academic Single accommodation at Holiday Inn Express £672
Commercial Single accommodation at Holiday Inn Express £772

The Holiday Inn is a 5-min drive from the campus. Complimentary shuttles to and from the conference centre will be provided.

Accommodation update: We recommend booking accommodation in central Cambridge. We will arrange for transport from Downing Street and Hills Road each day to the conference centre.

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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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: 26 March 2019

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


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.

The conference will be an opportunity for bioinformaticians working in this area to exhibit the innovative tools that they have developed. If you are interested in this, please let us know when submitting your abstract.

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: 9 April 2019

Keynote lecture video from previous meeting

Sources, Consequences and Uses of Antigenic Diversity in Streptococcus Pneumoniae

Keynote lecture by Marc Lipsitch, Harvard School of Public Health, USA, at Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology 2015.

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