Single Cell Biology

6–8 June 2022

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

A forum for biologists, methods developers and computational modellers interested in understanding biology at single cell resolution


We are pleased to announce the fourth Single Cell Biology conference. This meeting will provide a forum for biologists, methods developers and computational modellers interested in understanding biology at single cell resolution.

The cell represents one of the fundamental units of biology, yet only recently has it become possible to carry out comprehensive molecular profiling at single cell resolution. Coupled with appropriate functional experiments, this technological revolution heralds a new era of biology and is generating major advances in our understanding of normal tissue development and homeostasis, immunity and infection as well as tissue pathologies including cancer.

This year’s meeting will discuss how imaging, single cell genomics and computational approaches are advancing our understanding of cell dynamics, evolution, cell identity and morphology. We will also focus on how cells are influenced by their microenvironment and the mechanisms of molecular memory. Understanding these processes is crucial to advance knowledge of immunology, neurobiology, development and disease.

This conference will be a hybrid meeting – with onsite or virtual attendance.



The conference will start at approximately 12.45  on Monday 6 June and close at approximately 12.45 on Wednesday 8 June 2022. All times are in BST. See the time where you are here.

Topics will include:

  • How is a cell’s state influenced by its microenvironment?
  • How does a cell’s lineage influence its fate?
  • How does cell identity create morphology?
  • How is cell identity regulated?
  • What are the mechanisms of molecular memory?
  • What are the dynamics of cell transitions?

Committee and speakers

Programme committee

Ellen Rothenberg
California Institute of Technology, USA

Roser Vento
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Fabian Theis
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Itai Yanai
NYU Langone Health, USA

Keynote speaker

Aviv Regev
Genentech, USA

Confirmed speakers

Stein Aerts – KU Leuven, Belgium
Detlev Arendt – EMBL,  Germany
Maria Colomé-Tatché – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany
Leeat Keren – Weizmann Institute, Israel
Gioele La Manno – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,  Switzerland
Prisca Liberali – The Friedrich Miescher Institute,  Switzerland
Evan Macosko – Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  USA
Musa Mhlanga – University of Cape Town, South Africa
Leila Perie – Institut Curie,  France
Ellen Rothenburg – Caltech, USA
Ben Simons – University of Cambridge,  UK
Cole Trapnell – University of Washington, USA
Zemin Zhang – Peking University, China

Organisers – Wellcome Connecting Science

Amanda Fletcher – Conference & Events Organiser
Treasa Creavin – Scientific Programme Manager


Registration and accommodation

 In-person registration: closed

Virtual registration deadline:  30 May

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 om 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 campus 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).


Campus accommodation is provided for the nights of 6 and 7 June 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 to attend a course or conference 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 event organiser.


Financial assistance


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: 5 April 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. You are welcome to submit a second abstract, please follow the instruction below.

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.

If you have already completed your registration and subsequently wish to submit an abstract, please follow these instructions.

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