Functional Genomics and Systems Biology: From Model Organisms to Human Health

28–30 October 2015

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


This long-running conference will bring together leading scientists from
the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and cellular networks
to discuss the latest developments and challenges in systems biology.

Advances in DNA sequencing and other high throughput technologies over
the past decade have resulted in a wealth of data describing the
functions and interactions of various components within the cell.
High-resolution maps of genome-wide transcription factors are shedding
light on the mechanisms that regulate gene expression. Large-scale
interaction networks are improving our understanding of biological
systems. To improve our understanding of complex biological systems
relevant to health and disease, these data, generated from disparate
sources, need to be integrated in a biologically meaningful way.

This conference is an ideal forum to discuss the integration,
interpretation and analysis of complex biological data from experimental
and computational sources.


The conference will open with registration from 09:00 on Wednesday 28
October 2015, with presentations starting at ~11:00. It will close at
~14:30 on Friday 30 October 2015.

Scientific sessions

  • Genomic control of gene expression
  • Life at the cellular level
  • Genome and transcriptome editing
  • Transcriptome variation
  • Regulatory networks and pathways
  • Genomic variation and its effect on function
  • Regulatory responses to environment and development

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Alvis Brazma
Tom Freeman
University of Edinburgh, UK
Gavin EMBL, Germany
Tuuli Lappalainen
New York Genome Center, USA
Nicholas Luscombe
University College London, UK

Confirmed speakers
Ruedi Aebersold ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Ines Fonfara
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research,
Peter Fraser
Babraham Institute, UK
Marc Friedlander
Stockholm University, Sweden
Eileen Furlong
EMBL, Germany
Suzanne Gaudet
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical
School, USA
Roderic Guigo
Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Tim Hughes
University of Toronto, Canada
Jan Korbel
EMBL, Germany
Laura Landweber
Princeton University, USA
Ben Lehner
Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Leopold Parts
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
James Sharpe
Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Sarah Teichmann
Marian Walhout
University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Michael Yaffe
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Judith Zaugg
EMBL, Germany

Conference organiser
Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:


Student No accommodation £285.00
Student On site twin accommodation £378.00
Student On site single accommodation £442.00
Academic No accommodation £385.00
Academic On site twin accommodation £478.00
Academic On site single accommodation £542.00
Commercial No accommodation £485.00
Commercial On site twin accommodation £578.00
Commercial On site single accommodation £642.00


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 28 and 29 October 2015.
Please note there is limited on-site 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. Note that letters will 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.

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.
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