Single Cell Biology (Virtual Conference)

9–12 November 2020

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

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


Owing to the ongoing situation with covid-19, this event will be organised as a virtual conference.

We are pleased to announce the third 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, which is widely expected to generate 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 the biological insights gained from imaging and single cell genomics, particularly in immunology, neurobiology, development and disease. A further focus will be on methods, including computational approaches



The conference sessions will be held each afternoon starting from ~1pm (GMT) from 9 November to 12 November 2020.

Topics will include:

  • Dissecting development
  • Mapping and modelling development
  • Live cell dynamics
  • Spatial technology
  • Computational approaches
  • Disease

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Ellen Rothenberg
California Institute of Technology, USA

Sarah Teichmann
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Fabian Theis
Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

Itai Yanai
New York University, USA

Confirmed speakers

Kathy Cheah – The University of Hong Kong, China
Polly Fordyce – Stanford University, USA
Eileen Furlong – EMBL, Germany
Arianne Richard – University of Cambridge, UK
Guoji Guo – Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China
Muzz Haniffa – Newcastle University, UK
Joakim Lundeberg – KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Samantha Morris – Washington University, USA
Mats Nilsson – Stockholm University, Sweden
Rahul Satija – New York University, USA
Timm Schroeder – ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Fabian Theis – Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Barbara Treutlein – ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Ludovic Vallier –  University of Cambridge UK
Roser Vento – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Itai Yanai – New York University, USA


Conference organiser

Laura Wyatt – Conference & Events Organiser
Treasa Creavin – Scientific Programme Manager



Standard rate
Student £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Academic £100
Commercial £150

The virtual registration package includes: Access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.

*To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here).

Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Thursday before the event.




A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this conference (up to 50% of the standard 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.

Abstract deadline: Closed

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