World Congress on Genetic Counselling (Virtual Conference)

27–28 October 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 sessions within their timezone.  See the time where you are here. The conference will also be available on demand for 4 weeks after the event.

Topics will include:

  • Evolution of the genetic counselling profession around the world
  • Researching the boundaries of genetic counselling
  • What genetic counsellors can learn from science communication disciplines
  • Genetic counselling outside traditional healthcare models
  • Genetic counselling in a patriarchal society
  • Leaders in genetic counselling: case studies and stories of leadership

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

Keynote speaker

Christine Patch
Wellcome Connecting Science, UK

Confirmed speakers

Barbara Biesecker – RTI international, USA
Clara Gaff – Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, Australia
Charlotta Ingvoldstad Malmgren – Karolinska University Hospital,  Sweden
Juliana Lee – Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia
Rachel Mills – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Milena Paneque – University of Porto. Portugal
Sonika-Sachanandani Phulwani –  Mediclinic Middle East, UAE
Jonathan Roberts – Wellcome Connecting Science, UK
Ma’n Zawati – McGill University, Canada

Conference organisers

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

Registration and bursaries


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

Registration 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 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 and would like to apply for a bursary, please follow the instructions below.


A limited number of bursaries are available to cover up to 100% of the registration fee.

To apply, please complete your event registration and bursary application via this unique link before the bursary deadline. For your application to be considered and your place reserved, you must also submit the following supporting documents:

  • letter stating financial need and explaining how you will benefit from attending the event
  • brief CV

We will be contact with the result of your application shortly after the bursary deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organiser.


We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for oral presentations and short lightning talks. 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 presentation or lightning talk.

Abstract deadline: 7 September 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.


With thanks to our sponsors: 

University of British Columbia, Graduate Certificate in Genomic Counselling and Variant Interpretation – Sponsors


Genome Diagnostics – Sponsor

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

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