Genome Informatics

21–23 September 2022

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK and Virtual

Methods for analysis of large data sets


(This conference will be run at Hinxton again 13-15 November 2024, visit the Genome Informatics 2024 conference webpage

Genome Informatics 2022 will focus on large-scale approaches for understanding the structure and biology of genomes.

The explosion in biological data has spurred an increase in the scale and sophistication of technology to analyse this information.  This conference will showcase a range of methods for large genomic data set analysis, including approaches for genome assembly, sequence algorithms, variant discovery and functional genomics.  Pangenome, single cell and spatial omics, as well as microbial and metagenomics methodologies will be a further focus.

This conference will bring together computational biologists, human geneticists and others working on comparative and evolutionary genomics to discuss important recent advances.

The programme will include short oral presentations selected from abstracts, lightning talks, posters, discussion and networking opportunities for a highly interactive meeting.

Wellcome Connecting Science will be hosting this year’s conference, in a series that alternates between Cold Spring Harbor, USA and Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK. This is the 22nd meeting in the series!


The conference will start at approximately 12:30 BST on Wednesday 21 September and close at approximately 14:00 BST on Friday 23 September 2022.

Discussions will focus on a variety of exciting topics, including:

  • Pan genome analysis
  • Genome assembly
  • Variant discovery
  • Sequencing algorithms
  • Microbial and metagenomics
  • Single cell and spatial omics
  • Functional genomics

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Joanna Kelley
Washington State University, USA

Páll Melsted
University of Iceland, Iceland

Nicola Mulder
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Oliver Stegle
German Cancer Research Center, Germany

Keynote speakers

Peer Bork
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Cecilia Lindgren
Oxford Big Data Institute, UK

Confirmed speakers

Christina Boucher – University of Florida, USA
Bjarni Halldorsson – Reykjavik University, Iceland
Chirag Jain – Indian Institute of Science, India
Ryan Layer – University of Colorado, USA
Camille Marchet – Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France
Helder Nakaya – Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Brazil
Irene Papatheodorou – EMBL – European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Nicola Prezza – University of Venice, Italy
Heejung Shim – University of Melbourne Australia
Sarah Teichmann – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Daniel Wilson – University of Oxford, UK

Organisers –Wellcome Connecting Science

Amanda Fletcher – Conference Organiser
Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer

Registration and accommodation

Registration deadlines: 23 August (in-person) | 13 September (virtual)

Deadlines close at 23.59 British summer time.


In-person Registration
Student/trainee £350
Academic/non-profit organisation £450
Healthcare professional £450
Commercial/for-profit organisation £550
Onsite accommodation £180

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
Virtual Registration Fee
Delegates from LMICs* Free
Student/trainee £50
Academic/non-profit organisation £100
Healthcare professional £100
Commercial/for-profit organisation £150

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 21 and 22 Sept 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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Travel visas

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.

Financial assistance


Bursary deadline: 12 July 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: 12 July 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.


With thanks to our sponsors: 

Microbial Genome logo representing sponsorship from the Microbiology Society

This year the Microbiology Society has kindly sponsored a short talk award, as well as a student bursary.


If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.


Delegate feedback from Genome Informatics 2020

‘Breadth of subject matter is always the key point for me in Genome Informatics – nice to learn about things outside my immediate field’

The best thing was ‘getting a broad overview of what’s hot in informatics’

‘This was possibly one of the most useful poster experiences I’ve had since as a novice to computational biology I could listen to the overview talk and scan each and every poster’.

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