Infectious Disease Genomics

14–16 October 2015

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


We are pleased to announce the seventh in our series of meetings on
infectious disease genomics. This year’s conference will bring together
scientists from the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, virology,
parasitology and bacteriology to discuss how high throughput genomic
technologies are improving our understanding of pathogens.

Infectious diseases continue to be a major burden on public health,
particularly in developing countries. Together with the world-wide rise
of antimicrobial resistance, this further emphasises the importance of an
integrated universal approach to understand and combat the transmission
and evolution of infectious disease agents.

The meeting will also explore the impact of advances in sequencing and
functional genomics tools on infectious diseases. The developments have
led to improvements in the identification of markers of transmission,
virulence and drug resistance, all vital for assessing pathogenicity and
the selection of an effective treatment. These technologies promote
cross-fertilisation amongst previously disparate fields, and the scope of
this meeting is deliberately broad to encourage the exchange and
development of ideas across traditional subject boundaries.


The conference will start at approximately 12.00 on Wednesday, 14 October
and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 16 October 2015.

Scientific sessions

  • Population genomics
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Technology and big data
  • Parasitology
  • Vectors
  • Metagenomics and infectious diseases
  • Viruses and zoonotic infections
  • Antimicrobial resistance

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Matt Berriman Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
Jane Carlton New York University, USA
Nicky Mulder University of Cape Town, South Africa
Julian Parkhill Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
George Weinstock The Jackson Laboratory, USA

Keynote speaker
Jean-Michel Claverie CNRS, Aix-Marseille
University, France

Confirmed speakers
David Aanensen Imperial College London, UK
Cesar Arias
University of Texas Medical School at Houston,
Holly Bik
University of Birmingham, UK
Zbynek Bozdech
Nanyang Technological University,
Paul J. Brindley
George Washington University, USA
Caroline Buckee
Harvard University, USA
Caroline Colijn Imperial College London,
Martin Donnelly
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine,
Betsy Foxman
University of Michigan, USA
Christophe Fraser
Imperial College London, UK
Roy Kishony
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Harvard
Medical School, USA
Annette MacLeod
University of Glasgow, UK
Gilean McVean
University of Oxford, UK
Daniel Neafsey
Broad Institute, USA
James Wood
University of Cambridge, UK

Conference organiser
Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply


Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £284.00
Student On site twin accommodation £381.00
Student On site single accommodation £441.00
Academic No accommodation £384.00
Academic On site twin accommodation £481.00
Academic On site single accommodation £541.00
Commercial No accommodation £484.00
Commercial On site twin accommodation £581.00
Commercial On site single accommodation £641.00


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 14 and 15 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 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


Presentations selected from submitted abstracts will be a significant
component of the programme; therefore, we encourage the submission of
abstracts relevant to the main themes of the meeting.

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 will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0, portrait)
of printed material.

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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