Single Cell Biology

8–10 March 2016

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


We are pleased to announce this new Single Cell Biology conference. This
meeting will provide a forum for biologists, methods developers and
computational modellers interested in understanding biological variation
at the single cell level.

Understanding heterogeneity is central to modern biology, as new high
resolution methods are revealing the previously underappreciated role for
biological variability in many areas of biomedical importance.
Cell-to-cell variation plays a role in many key areas of biology,
including differentiation and development, and cancer. There is pervasive
heterogeneity emerging in many immune cells, in the pathogens, and in
host-pathogen interactions. Furthermore, understanding ‘stemness’ or
pluripotency is hampered by a lack of homogeneity in the relevant cell

This year’s meeting will discuss the biological insights gained from
imaging and single cell genomics, particularly in the areas of immunology
and haematology. We will also focus on methods, including computational


The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Tuesday 8
March and close at approximately 14.00 on Thursday 10 March 2016.

Scientific sessions

  • Cellular decision-making at single cell resolution
  • Advancing biology through single cell imaging
  • Single cell genomics
  • Single cell approaches in immunology
  • Tissue and tumour heterogeneity
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Computational approaches: bioinformatics and modelling

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Sarah Teichmann EBI/WTSI, UK
Bertie Goettgens University of Cambridge, UK
Timm Schroeder ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Ellen Rothenberg CalTech, USA

Keynote speaker
Alexander van Oudenaarden Hubrecht Institute, The

Confirmed speakers
Ido Amit Weizmann Institute, Israel
Lacramioara Bintu California Institute of Technology,
Bernd Bodenmiller University of Zurich, Switzerland
Dirk Busch Technical University Munich, Germany
Amy Herr University of California Berkeley, USA
John Marioni EMBL-EBI, UK
Inke Näthke University of Dundee, UK
Leila Perie Institut Curie, France
Hans-Reimer Rodewald German Cancer Research Center
(DKFZ) Heidelberg, Germany
Ellen Rothenberg California Institute of Technology,
Timm Schroeder ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Benjamin Simons University of Cambridge, UK
Shankar Srinivas University of Oxford, UK
Oliver Stegle EMBL-EBI, UK
Fabian Theis German Research Centre for Environmental
Health, Germany
Shosei Yoshida National Institute for Basic Biology,

Conference organiser
Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £274.00
Student On site twin accommodation £374.00
Student On site single accommodation £436.00
Academic No accommodation £374.00
Academic On site twin accommodation £474.00
Academic On site single accommodation £536.00
Commercial No accommodation £474.00
Commercial On site twin accommodation £574.00
Commercial On site single accommodation £636.00


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 8 and 9 March 2016. Please
note there is limited on-site accommodation and this will be allocated on
a first-come first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is
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

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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