Conservation Genomics at the Population Level
30 November–02 December 2022
Wellcome Genome Campus, UK and Virtual
Genomic techniques and analytical approaches for species preservation
Population level analysis of complete genomes is becoming a reality for many species. This new conference will address the different challenges and applications of population-level conservation genomics. Sessions will focus on detecting adaptation and deleterious variation in populations, and linking genetic variation to phenotypic variation. New technologies for data collection and application of genomic insights for biodiversity conservation will be explored. The likely impact of genomic approaches on conservation efforts over the next decade will be discussed.
This meeting will bring together scientists addressing the challenges and opportunities arising from the rapid development of population-level conservation genomics. As the methods discussed will be cutting-edge, those interested in population and evolutionary genomics in other communities may benefit learning and applying similar techniques to their own research.
The programme will also include short oral presentations selected from abstracts, lightning talks, posters, discussion sessions and networking opportunities for a highly interactive meeting.
This conference will be a hybrid meeting – with onsite or virtual attendance.
The conference will run from Wednesday 30 November 2022 until Friday 2 December 2022.
Discussions will focus on a variety of exciting topics, including:
- Detecting adaptation in populations
- Detecting and understanding the effects of deleterious variation
- Linking genotypes to phenotypes for conservation
- New tools for applying genomics to biodiversity conservation
- Application of eDNA
- Translating research into conservation efforts (panel discussion)
Organisers and speakers
Scientific programme committee
Federica Di Palma
Genome British Columbia, Canada & Univeristy of East Anglia, UK
Smithsonian's National Zoo, USA
University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Dario Riccardo Valenzano
Leibniz Institute on Aging, Germany
Allie Byrne – University of California Berkeley, USA
Hernán Burbano – University College London, UK
Marta de Barba – University of Ljubljana, Solvenia
Kirsty Deiner – ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Laura Epp – Universität Konstanz, Germany
Laurent Excoffier – University of Bern, Switzerland
Lukas Keller – University of Zurich, Switzerland
Klaus-Peter Koepfli – Smithsonian’s National Zoo, USA
Kirk Lohmueller – University of California Los Angeles, USA
Josephine Pemberton – University of Edinburgh, UK
Beth Shapiro – University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Bruce Whitelaw – University of Edinburgh, UK
Organisers - Wellcome Connecting Science
Jemma Hume – Conference Organiser
Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer
Registration and accommodation
Registration deadline: 1 November (in person) | 22 November 2022 (virtual)
Deadlines close at 23.59 GMT.
The in-person registration fee includes:
- Full access to scientific programme: oral and poster presentations, and networking on campus
- Access to the online conference portal to network with online participants
- Meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have booked onsite accommodation.
- Recordings of the live-stream sessions, which will be available ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event ends
|Delegates from LMICs*||Free|
Virtual registration fee includes:
- Access to the virtual event portal (Log in details will be emailed a few days before the event starts)
- Live-stream sessions, including posters and online networking channels
- Recordings of the live-stream sessions, available ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event ends.
* To promote more inclusive scientific discussions with international colleagues at our conferences, delegates based in Lower and Middle-Income Countries can register for free (see list of countries here).
Booked accommodation is for the nights of 30 Nov and 1 Dec 2022.
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 campus accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre directly.
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Citizens of many countries can travel to the UK for a course without needing a visa.
Please check the UK government website for visitor information
Confirmed attendees requiring a letter to support a visa application should contact the conference organiser.
Bursary deadline: 13 September 2022
A limited number of registration bursaries are available to attend this conference in person (up to 50% of the registration fee). Priority will be given to PhD students submitting abstracts who are facing financial barriers.
To apply, please complete your event registration and bursary application before the bursary deadline. The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:
- Abstract (to be submitted during the registration process)
- A short CV
- A justification letter explaining how you will benefit from attending the conference and indicating financial need.
If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.
Additional funding opportunities
Visit our support page for information on financial support, including carer grants to help delegates with the costs of caring for children or dependent family members while attending a course or a conference.
Abstract deadline: 13 September 2022
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. Those giving oral presentations are expected to be onsite, whereas those presenting posters can do so in person or virtually.
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 have already completed your registration and subsequently wish to submit an abstract, or wish to submit a second abstract, please follow these instructions.
The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected to present 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; poster board numbers will be allocated at the conference.