Genome Informatics

17–20 September 2018

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Large-scale approaches to understanding the structure and biology of genomes.


Genome Informatics 2018 will focus on large-scale approaches to understanding the structure and biology of genomes. This conference will once again bring together computational biologists, human geneticists and others working on comparative and evolutionary genomics to discuss recent advances in this fast moving field.

The recent ‘explosion’ in new data requires biologists to increase the scale and sophistication of the information technology used in their research. The conference will encompass  a wide range of methods for the analysis of these data, including a focus on approaches such as variant-calling, transcriptomic analysis, and variant interpretation, applied to large genomic data sets.

The Genome Informatics conference alternates between the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK and Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA. This is the 18th meeting in the series.

F1000 – Open Research Publishing Platform 

We have teamed up with F1000 Research to enable Genome Informatics delegates to share their posters and presentations more widely. Check out the Genome Informatics Collection here.


The conference will start at approximately 1pm on Monday 17 September and close at approximately 2pm Thursday 20 September 2018.

Scientific sessions:

  • Data curation, integration and visualization
  • Comparative, evolutionary, metagenomics
  • Personal and medical genomics
  • Transcriptomics, alternative splicing and gene predictions
  • Epigenetics and non-coding genome
  • Variant discovery and genome assembly


A draft programme is available.

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Alicia Oshlack
Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia

Aaron Quinlan
University of Utah, USA

Melissa Wilson Sayres
Arizona State University, USA

Keynote speakers

Rafael Irizarry
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Katie Pollard
Gladstone Institute of Data Science & Biotechnology / UCSF, USA

Confirmed speakers

Jordana Bell – King’s College London, UK
Mario Caccamo – NIAB, UK
Barbara Engelhardt – Princeton University, USA
Casey Greene – University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jeff Kidd – University of Michigan, USA
Sri Kosuri – UCLA, USA
Ellen Leffler – University of Oxford, UK
Mark Robinson – University of Zurich, Switzerland
Kaitlin Samocha – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Alexander Suh – Uppsala University, Sweden
Sarah Teichmann – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Melissa Wilson Sayres – Arizona State University, USA

Conference organiser

Laura Hubbard – Wellcome Genome Campus, UK


How to apply

Registration Fees:

 Early Bird*
Until 26 June
From 27 June
Student No accommodation £220 £320
Student On site twin accommodation £377 £477
Student On site single accommodation £475 £575
Student Single accommodation – Holiday Inn Express £575
Academic No accommodation £320 £420
Academic On site twin accommodation £477 £577
Academic On site single accommodation £575 £675
Academic Single accommodation – Holiday Inn Express £675
Commercial No accommodation £420 £520
Commercial On site twin accommodation £577 £677
Commercial On site single accommodation £675 £775
Commercial Single accommodation – Holiday Inn Express £775

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 deadlines:
Standard registration: 21 August 2018

Accommodation is provided for the nights of 17, 18, 19 September 2018.
On site – SOLD OUT

Please try: Holiday Inn Express, Duxford
Transfers to and from the Conference Centre will be provided.

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.

To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

  • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
  • CV
  • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
  • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

Bursary deadline: closed

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.

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: closed

 F1000Research – Open Research publishing platform

We have teamed up with F1000 Research to enable Genome Informatics delegates to share their posters and presentations more widely. Check out the Genome Informatics Collection here.

If you would like to submit your poster and/or slides, click “Submit to this collection” or go straight to – then simply choose whether you are submitting a poster or a slide set. The F1000 submission form will automatically assign the content to the Genome Informatics Conference collection. Please note that a DOI cannot be issued for posters or slide sets with identifying images until you include a statement that permission to use these images has been granted.

Posters and slides can be uploaded at any time before, during or even after the conference.

We hope you can avail of this opportunity to share the excellent research presented at Genome Informatics more widely with the community.

If you have any further questions about uploading your materials, please contact

Keynote lecture videos from 2016 meeting

Translating the Cancer Genome: Computational tools inform therapeutic decisions

Keynote lecture by Elaine Mardis (Washington University School of Medicine, USA) at Genome Informatics 2016.

New Genome Reference Structures

Keynote lecture by Richard Durbin (Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK) at Genome Informatics 2016.

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