World Congress on Genetic Counselling (Virtual Conference)

October 27th - 28th 2021

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Exploring the evidence that guides genetic counselling to improve patient care


Communicating the meaning and impact of genomic sequencing technology for people, is just as important as the technological advances themselves. Understanding how genomic information ‘makes sense’ for individuals, families and wider society will benefit from empirical genetic counselling research.

The third world congress on genetic counselling will provide a forum that facilitates active engagement between international researchers and practitioners to explore the evidence that guides genetic counselling and the communication of genetics in medicine.

The conference will bring together:
• Clinicians (genetic counsellors, genetic nurses, clinical/medical geneticists, and others using genetic technology in their practice)
• Academics (social scientists, psychologists and ethicists)

The programme will explore, empirically, what is at the heart of genetic counselling. We will focus on professional and leadership issues in genetic counselling, including cross-cultural counselling, reaching traditionally underserved populations, and ‘mainstreaming’ of genetic counselling the wider health service. We will discuss how counselling and sociological theory can influence genetic counselling practice and will involve genetic counsellors who are leading their own research.


The conference will run on Wednesday 27 October and Thursday 28 October 2021. We are aiming to hold sessions so that delegates can join two time within their timezone.  See the time where you are here.

Topics will include:

  • Genetic counselling when the patient is in conflict or crisis
  • Advanced counselling theory to guide practice
  • What genetic counsellors can learn from science communication disciplines
  • Genetic counselling outside traditional healthcare models
  • Stories from the global leaders in genetic counselling

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Jehannine Austin
The University of British Columbia, Canada

Charlotta Ingvoldstad Malmgren
Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden

Annie Qurratulain Hasan
Kamineni hospital, L.B Nagar, Hyderabad, India

Anna Middleton
Wellcome Connecting Science, UK

Confirmed speakers

A list of conference speakers will be announced soon

Conference organisers

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



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.

Virtual registration rate
Student/trainee £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Academic/Clinical £100
Commercial/For-profit organisation £150

Registration deadline: 20 October 2021

*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) If you are in need of financial support would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser. When applying for a bursary you will be asked to provide a letter stating financial need and a CV.

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







If you are in need of financial support would like to apply for a bursary, 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:

  • 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: 13 October 2021

Please note if you intend to submit an abstract and apply for a bursary you will need to submit documents for your bursary application before the abstract deadline (31 August 2021) to allow time to process your application.



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: 31 August 2021

How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

  1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
  2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
  3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
  4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.


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

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