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The Festival of Genomics and Biodata 2022

Get your funky sunglasses, UV paint and flower headbands ready because we are back! Join us for the Festival of Genomics and Biodata 2022, a spectacular three-day event – that is not only digital, not only on-demand, but is also back LIVE and in-person.

These unusual times have been difficult to say the least, but the genomics community has continued to innovate and facilitate significant developments in the field. As well as being critical in the pandemic, genomics has further driven advancements in our understanding of health and disease. This year’s Festival of Genomics and Biodata will include presentations about ground-breaking research and discuss both accomplishments and future goals within the genomics and biodata space. With over 7,000 global attendees the Festival will enable you to meet face-to-face and make valuable connections (something we’ve all missed so much!) as well as hearing from leaders in the field.

As always, the Festival is free to attend for over 95% of our audience. And if that isn’t enough to win you over, check out some of the exciting speakers and events going on below!

What have we got in store for you?

  • This year’s agenda has an extended focus on some of the areas you love, including clinical genomics, cancer genomics, single cell & spatial analysis, liquid biopsy, biodata, multi-omics and other advanced sequencing approaches.
  • Attend from anywhere – This year the entire Festival agenda will be available in-person, digitally and also on-demand for two weeks following the event.
  • Alongside the agenda, we also have interactive workshops, chill-out zones, meeting spaces and a re-charge zone.
  • We have everyone’s favourite – a drinks reception with free alcoholic and soft drinks for everyone!
  • We’re bringing it back! Yes, Talkaoke is back, but this time it’s in-person. With themed discussions and engaging, free-flowing conversations in a comfortable environment, you won’t want to leave!
  • We also have themed speed networking sessions so you can network with other people who are also working in or are interested in the same area as you! Somewhere you can talk to real-life human beings – yes, we have all missed this!
  • Explore some of the latest genomics research at the Poster Zone. Here, you will have the opportunity to speak with researchers about their research and breakthroughs.
  • Feeling peckish? Well, stop off at the Tree of Life Café where you will be able to grab a snack or lunch as well as relax around the communal tables with your fellow attendees.
  • Hear more about some of the latest innovations and technology from the companies taking them to market by attending the Live Lounge Over Lunch or Lightning Talk presentations. Or visit the Festival’s vibrant exhibition floor and chat with representatives from over 60 companies and organisations from around the world where you’ll be able to watch exciting demonstrations, try out some of the latest technologies and participate in prize giveaways!

The talk of the town

Below are just some of the amazing speakers who are joining us this year:

  • On our digital only day, we kick off with some incredible keynotes from Sarah Teichmann (Head of Cellular Genetics, Wellcome Sanger Institute) and Said Ismail (Director, Qatar Foundation).
  • Some of our Festival favourites are also returning, including Professor Dame Sue Hill (Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England), Heidi Rehm (Chief Genomics Officer, Mass General), Eric Green (Director, NHGRI), Caroline Cake (CEO, HDRUK) and Mark Effingham (Deputy CEO, UK Biobank).
  • Klaus Pantel (Chairman, University Hamburg-Eppendorf) will be providing us with his expertise on liquid biopsy, taking us through the journey from discovery to clinical implementation.
  • Broadcaster, author and Principal Investigator at the University of Cambridge, Giles Yeo, who will be discussing the genetics of appetite control.
  • Stephanie Devaney (Chief Operating Officer, All of Us Programme, NIH) who will bring us up to speed with where the All of Us Programme is and what their next plans are.
  • There are also lots more sessions this year for you biodata lovers with a new Biodata Stage! We have talks on data storage, novel informatic approaches for analysing medical data and data integration.
  • What’s a Festival without drug discovery?! We have insightful sessions on using AI to optimise data-driven drug discovery, moving beyond proofs of concept for biomedical AI and advances in RNAi therapeutics.
  • You can’t have the word genomics without omics! For this year’s Festival, we have several talks exploring the power of omics technologies to provide insights into health and disease.
  • This year’s Festival will also have a larger than ever before focus on single cell and spatial genomics, and how these technologies are enabling us to explore cellular heterogeneity at unprecedented resolution. 
  • We also have sessions dedicated to important topics, such as polygenic risk scores, rare diseases, COVID-19, genomics education and increasing diversity within genomic medicine.
  • Can we improve the gender balance in STEM? Hear Dame Janet Thornton (Senior Scientist, EMBL-EBI), Angela Douglas’ (Deputy CSO, NHS England) and others share their thoughts on this important issue.

I could continue to list all the exciting talks and speakers, but why don’t you just come and check it out yourself?! The Festival is taking place on 26th, 27th and 28th of January 2022. We have a virtual only pre-day on Wednesday 26th of January, with Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of January being both in-person and virtual. Whether you join us at the Business Design Centre in London or whether you are online at your home, make sure you don’t miss what is going to be a truly global and memorable event!

For more information and to see if you’re eligible for a free ticket, please visit the Festival website here.

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