Big Data in Biology and Health

25–27 September 2017

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


The second big data in biology and health meeting will explore the
opportunities and challenges of big data in biology, health and disease
and provide a forum for scientists and clinicians from academia and
industry to drive the future development of research in this area.

Individualised medicine based on patient genomes will have an enormous
impact on healthcare. With breakthroughs in DNA sequencing technology,
the number of sequenced genomes could reach >1 million within 5–10
years. The simultaneous generation and integration of this associated
molecular and clinical data will provide an unprecedentedly rich set of
‘big data’ for basic research and translation. Integration of these data
will provide new research opportunities, for example, through the
identification of novel biomarkers or by enabling the identification of
causal relationships in molecular biology through analysing complex
datasets, but will also come with significant technical and bioethical

This year’s meeting will focus on the theoretical foundations for the use
of large datasets in healthcare. It will address the opportunities and
challenges of ‘big data’ analytics and data mining, there will be
sessions on infrastructure, pipelines and data sharing.  We will
also explore the applications of big data in basic research and genomics,
and the translational opportunities in the clinical setting.

The meeting will bring together a wide group of researchers including
computational biologists, computer scientists, epidemiologists and
clinicians from academia and industry. Overall this interdisciplinary
meeting aims to enable the research community to participate in and help
drive the future development of “big data” research, as well as raise
further awareness for this new and relevant research direction in the
life sciences.


The conference will start at approximately 12.30 on Monday 25 September
and close at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Scientific sessions

  • Cohorts and biorepositories
  • Infrastructure and pipelines
  • Data commons and data sharing
  • Cloud computing
  • Analytics and data mining
  • Genomic and clinical applications
  • Bioethics and privacy

View the final programme here.

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
University of Chicago, USA
Jan Korbel
EMBL, Germany
Caroline Relton University of Bristol, UK

Keynote speaker
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Confirmed speakers
Ewan Birney
Precision Medicine Initiative, USA
University of Chicago, USA
Jan Korbel EMBL, Germany
Max Planck Institute, Germany
Caroline Relton University of Bristol, UK

Biogen Idec, USA
UK Biobank, UK
Mihaela van der
University of
Oxford, UK

National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA

Conference organiser
Lucy Criddle Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £300
Student On site twin accommodation £402
Student On site single accommodation £464
Academic No accommodation £400
Academic On site twin accommodation £502
Academic On site single accommodation £564
Commercial No accommodation £500
Commercial On site twin accommodation £602
Commercial On site single accommodation £664


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 25, 26, September 2017.
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:
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: Closed

Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

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