Genomics England Research Seminar series

The Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) team are restarting our seminar series which will be open for all aspects of Genomics England research. Our aim is to display the best research from across the GeCIP, Discovery Forum, COVID-19 analysis and Genomics England’s own research on other cohorts. We will be inviting two speakers to present at each seminar event and try to maintain a balance of speakers from each of these areas to represent the best of our community’s research on the 100,000 Genomes Project data and other resources.

These seminars will be free to attend and open to everyone. We hope to have a large audience including academic and commercial researchers as well as Genomics England staff, participants of the 100,000 Genomes Project and the general public. These will be online seminars hosted using Zoom and held once a month, on the last Tuesday of each month.

These events were previously hosted as a collaboration between Genomics England and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on the Charterhouse Square Queen Mary Campus. This year we intend to hold these events virtually so will not be using Queen Mary facilities for the time being.

Find out more about this series, including, schedules, how to register and videos of our previous seminars, on the GeCIP events page.

Genomic Medicine – Moving Beyond the Sequence

Please note that these events have currently been postponed due to COVID-19. Please check back for more information on rescheduling.

Genomics England is jointly hosting this event with the British Society for Genetic Medicine and the Scottish Genomes Partnership, where genome sequencing and genome-based testing will be discussed. The main meeting and its two satellites will present and discuss the state of the art in genomic medicine in reaching this landmark period in this field.

Meeting summary

Through advances in genome technology and informatics, partial and whole genome sequencing has become a central part of healthcare and health-related research. Genome-based information offers major opportunities for improved healthcare and preventive medicine. Sharing of sequence data has become the norm, through research consortia and genome databases. But questions and challenges remain. “Genomic Medicine – Moving beyond the Sequence” will aim to address the following questions:

  • How widely and at what age should genome sequencing be carried out, in patients and in healthy individuals, and how can this be applied for disease prevention?
  • What are the current aims of genome-based testing in cancer diagnostics, risk prediction, early detection and cancer stratification?
  • Has the knowledge derived from cancer genomes and liquid biopsy research progressed beyond the stage of clinical trials?
  • Are the analytical tools for sequence interpretation and the links between genome and clinical data sufficient for optimal healthcare delivery?
  • Is the clinical and scientific workforce prepared for genome-based testing across the medical specialties?

Keynote speakers

Professor Sir Mark Caulfield, Chief Scientist, Genomics England
Marc Williams, MD, Director, Geisinger Medicine Institute
Professor Paul Pharoah, University of Cambridge
Professor Clare Turnbull, Institute of Cancer Research
Professor Andrew Morris, Director, HDRUK, University of Edinburgh
Professor Jo Martin, President, Royal College of Pathologists

Meeting organisers: Sir Mark Caulfield, Genomics England; Anneke Lucassen, British Society of Genetic Medicine; Tim Aitman, Scottish Genomes Partnership.
Local organising committee: Tim Aitman, Mary Porteous, Simon Herrington


Registration fee: £20

Find out more information about these events here.

Satellite meetings

Monday 29 June – Genetics, Genomics and the Law

Wednesday 1 July – Genomic Medicine – Health Economics

External events

These are not run by Genomics England but may be of interest to healthcare professionals, scientists or participants in the Project.

Personal Genomes

28 – 30 April 2021
Virtual event

Over the past few years advances in sequencing technology, efforts to mainstream genomics in healthcare systems, increased sharing of genomic information, and direct-to-consumer genetic testing have brought us to the cusp of the long-promised ‘genomics revolution’.

The second Wellcome Genome Campus Personal Genomes conference aims to address these issues. It will bring together geneticists, bioinformaticians, and clinicians from academic and the commercial sector interested in learning the extent to which current genetic testing technologies can help people learn about their personal health and heritage. The meeting aims to democratise access to human genome technologies; facilitate and advocate best practice and governance of personal genomics data access; and promote openness and ethical sharing of personal genome data, while protecting privacy of the individuals.

Topics will include:

Promoting diverse reference genomes
Clinical implementation and interpretation
Infrastructure and innovation
Data sharing: trust and governance
Personal genomics and pandemics

Abstract deadline: 02 March 2021

Registration deadline: 19 April 2021

Find out more here.

Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology

05 – 07 May 2021
Virtual event

The 8th Wellcome Genome Campus Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology conference provides a multidisciplinary forum to demonstrate how advances in microbial and viral genomics, bioinformatics, data science, and sequencing technology are being used to meet the needs of public health.

The programme will focus on how advances in sequencing and informatics are helping us to understand microbial diversity and evolution, pathogenesis, virulence and host-pathogen interactions within the context of public health microbiology. This year’s meeting will focus on how these advances are transforming public health across the globe, including lessons learned from COVID. It will also focus on digital epidemiology and how genomics is transforming environmental public health.

The conference attracts international participants working in a range of settings, including diagnostic and reference microbiology and virology laboratories, research institutes, bioinformatics departments, surveillance centres and hospital settings. This conference will have strong representation from clinical microbiologists and virologists and clinical bioinformaticians, to ensure appropriate migration of these technologies to diagnostic and surveillance applications.

Topics will include:

  • Bioinformatics showcase
  • COVID: lessons learned and future pandemic preparedness
  • Digital epidemiology
  • Environmental genomics for public health
  • Global public health genomics

Abstract deadline 09 March  |  Registration deadline 28 April

Full details:

Nursing, Genomics and Healthcare

07 – 09 July 2021
Virtual event

Nurses comprise over 50% of the global healthcare workforce, and have an important role in bringing the benefits of genomics to patients. Despite this, genomics has not been systematically incorporated into nursing teaching curricula, and there have been no significant changes in nursing practice that bring genomics into day-to-day health care.

The inaugural Wellcome Connecting Science Nursing, Genomics and Healthcare conference aims to address these concerns by focusing on pathways and resources to integrate genomics into clinical practice and nursing education.

Overall the conference will focus on three strategic areas:

  • Methods of achieving genomic competency, implementation, and integration into the practice setting, academic preparation, regulatory guidance and policy
  • Mechanisms for international collaborative efforts on nursing genomic integration and evidence-based research
  • International genomic nursing competencies, genomic integration assessment tool (ASIGN), and the G2NA implementation roadmap

This conference will bring together nurses and educators interested in mainstreaming genomics in the areas of education, practice, policy, research and leadership.

Abstract deadline 11 May  |  Registration deadline 29 June

Full details:

Previous external events

Genomics of Rare Disease

22 – 24 March 2021
Virtual Event

Wellcome Genome Campus are pleased to announce the 15th in our series of meetings on rare diseases, which will present an exciting blend of genomic science and clinical medicine. This meeting will explore how cutting-edge genomic research translates into clinical care and informs our understanding of the biology of rare disease.

The programme features the latest findings related to the genomic basis of rare diseases, providing powerful insights into human biology, disease mechanisms and therapeutic approaches. As genomic sequencing becomes more available in the hospital setting, we also examine how this is changing clinical practice.

Topics included:

What’s new in rare disease?
Functional genomics
Developmental genetics
Non-coding variants in disease
Therapeutic approaches to rare disease
Mainstreaming genomics in healthcare

Find out more here.

Genomic Practice for Genetic Counsellors

02 – 04 February 2021
Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Wellcome Genome Campus are pleased to announce the seventh in their series of courses on genetic counselling. This course aims to meet the training needs of genetic counsellors and nurses providing genetic healthcare, as they upskill in response to the roll-out of genomic sequencing in the clinic. This year’s course will focus on the practical applications of genomics with several ‘hands-on’ workshop sessions.

The course is suitable for genetic counsellors practising in the UK or internationally. We also welcome applications from nurses or clinicians delivering genetic healthcare. Previous participants may wish to return to this course as the focus on practical application will enable them to develop their skills further. The course has been designed so that it is relevant for use by genetic counsellors in the UK and Ireland in their GCRB registration.

Find out more here.

The Festival of Genomics and Biodata

26 – 29 January 2021
Virtual event

The agenda covers topics such as genomic medicine, cancer genomics, single cell analysis, rare diseases, healthcare data and genome data analysis.

Hear from 200 speakers, including:

  • Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England
  • Eric Green, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute.
  • Eric Topol, Founder & Director, Scripps Research Translational Institute
  • Heidi Rehm, Chief Genomics Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Mark Effingham, Deputy CEO, UK Biobank
  • Baroness Nicola Blackwood, Chair, Genomics England
  • Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Jennifer Fogarty, Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Programme
  • Mark Effingham, Deputy CEO, UK Biobank
  • Ting Wu, Associate Faculty, Wyss Institute at Harvard University

As well as speakers from Genomics England:

  • Baroness Nicola Blackwood, Chair, Genomics England
  • Tom Fowler, Deputy Chief Scientist, Genomics England
  • Richard Scott, Clinical Director, Genomics England
  • Peter Sinden, CIO, Genomics England

Find out more here.

Talking Genomics with Patients

The Progress Education Trust in partnership with the Genomics Education Programme (Health Education England) hosted a panel discussion with patients to discuss the impact of genomic testing on their lives and their families’. The panel featured three participants of the 100,000 Genomes Project, and was facilitated by Dr Christine Patch, Clinical Lead for Genetic Counselling at Genomics England, on 5 March 2019 in Birmingham, UK.

You can read a write-up of the event.

The Festival of Genomics took place 23–24 January 2019 in London to showcase the latest developments and innovations in genomics.

There were a number of key speakers from Genomics England confirmed including our Chief Scientist, Professor Mark Caulfield and Head of Genome Analysis, Professor Tim Hubbard.
The agenda included topics such as pharma, data, genetic counselling, genome editing, single cell analysis, machine learning and technology.

An evening’s discussion event at Cheltenham Science Festival 2017 – please find a recording of the event on the linked page.

“The 100,000 Genomes Project is now in full swing, sequencing around 70,000 patients’ DNA codes. As genomics picks up speed, it raises a whole new set of ethical questions for Radio 4’s Inside the Ethics Committee regulars Deborah Bowman, Anneke Lucassen and Bobbie Farsides to consider. Join them and chair Vivienne Parry to decide what you’d do as a typically complex and tricky case is discussed.”


These panel debates hosted by the Administrative Data Research Centre for England are part of the UK-wide ‘Future Debates’ series by the British Science Association (BSA), supported by Genomics England.

The panel members examined the topic of science funding and who does it.

  • Does it matter if private companies fund science?
  • Does private funding create bias in the research?
  • How can we trust researchers?

Future Debates

PHG FoundationStorify | Write-up
28 November 2017, Clare College, Cambridge.


An international line-up of expert speakers explored how genomics and other emerging technologies are transforming the healthcare landscape, and consider some of the critical people, practical and policy issues that lie ahead; suitable for anyone with an interest in aspects of genomic medicine and personalised healthcare – practical, policy, or person-centred.

Event run by the PHG Foundation and sponsored by:

Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine Logo

Past Genomics England events

We have held a variety of events over the past two years. These include debates, public meetings and conferences. See below for details of some of our recent meetings.

View all the videos of our genomic medicine seminars.

Genomics England Research Conference

Genomics England’s inaugural Research Conference took place on 4 November 2019 at Central Hall Westminster in London, where world-leading research that is being done with 100,000 Genomes Project data was showcased.

The agenda can be downloaded here.

The Royal Society, NHS England and Genomics England jointly hosted this event on Wednesday 20 March 2019, to celebrate the 100,000 Genomes Project after reaching our goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes. The meeting involved reviewing progress to date and lessons learned, and considered what the future holds for genomics across the world.

You can download the programme of the day.

The GeCIP and QMUL Seminar Series started in October 2018, and are monthly, free-to-attend evenings of talks presented by GeCIP members on the latest research being performed using the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Find out more about past seminar series events here.

Watch the event on BioNews (YouTube – new window)

Read a summary of the event from BioNews

The Progress Educational Trust (PET) and Genomics England organised this free-to-attend event on Wednesday 10 October 2018 to explore questions about the use and ownership of data. The event was chaired by Genomics England’s then-CEO, Professor John Mattick. Speakers included:

  • Zosia Miedzybrodzka (Professor of Medical Genetics and Co-Director of the Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine, University of Aberdeen)
  • Dr Austin Diamond (Quality Manager, NHS Lothian)
  • Natalie Frankish (Policy and Engagement Manager, Genetic Alliance UK and Rare Disease UK)
  • Phil Booth (Coordinator, medConfidential)
  • Dr Sarah Chan (Principal Investigator, Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, University of Edinburgh)

This event formed part of the Genomics Conversation programme of activities led by us.

Watch the event on BioNews (YouTube – new window)

Read a summary of the event from BioNews

The Progress Educational Trust (PET) and Genomics England organised this free-to-attend event on Wednesday 5 September 2018, which took place during NHS England’s Health and Care Innovation Expo. The event was chaired by Genomics England’s then-CEO, Professor John Mattick. Speakers included:

  • Professor Dame Sue Hill (Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England)
  • Nalin Thakkar (Professor of Molecular Pathology and Genetics, University of Manchester)
  • Vivienne Parry (Head of Engagement, Genomics England)
  • Paul Matthews (Head of Strategic Partnerships, Global Gene Corp)

This event formed part of the Genomics Conversation programme of activities led by us.

Watch the event on BioNews (YouTube – new window)

Read a summary of the event from BioNews

The Progress Educational Trust (PET), in partnership with Genomics England, organised this free-to-attend event on Tuesday 26 June 2018 to discuss the responsibilities around genomic data. The event was chaired by Timandra Harkness. Speakers included:

  • Dr Natalie Banner (Policy Adviser, Understanding Patient Data)
  • Professor Anthony Brookes (Professor of Genetics, University of Leicester)
  • Professor Ann Dalton (Director of Sheffield Diagnostic Genetic Service, Sheffield Children’s Hospital)
  • Professor Tim Hubbard (Head of Genome Analysis, Genomics England).

This event formed part of the Genomics Conversation programme of activities led by us.

 Watch the event on BioNews (YouTube – new window)

 View our Storify collection of the evening’s Twitter conversations

Read a summary of the event from BioNews

Together with the Progress Educational Trust, we discussed genomic medicine and consent to the use of genomic data on the evening of Monday 11 September at this Public Event.

The event built on discussion of these issues in the recent Generation Genome report from the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, and formed part of the Genomics Conversation programme of activities led by us.

You can view a day’s talks and discussion around tissue handling in our video playlist – opens in a new tab.
This event was held here at Genomics England in partnership with NHS England and the Royal College of Pathologists on 19th July 2017.

⇒ Read more on our Cancer Pathology page.

We explored how genetics and lifestyle contribute to dementia at our event in London on 20 July 2017.

Experts discussed factors that affect our risk of developing dementia, how we make sense of what we hear in the media and the difficult decisions facing people who have a rare inherited form of Alzheimer’s.

Read more: 

“Providing Answers, Changing Lives, Transforming the NHS” – Tuesday 04 July 2017

A public event about the future of genomic medicine and the NHS, produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with Genomics England, which launched a new phase of the Genomics Conversation.

Speakers included:

View the BioNews Storify collection of tweets and links relating to the event.

Our rare disease meeting in May 2015 brought together researchers and clinicians to help inform the rare disease data models used in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Our GENE Consortium was launched at a two day event in London in March 2015. 10 companies came forward to create the GENE Consortium, to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments for patients. Read more about the launch on our News pages.

An evening event organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in November 2014 in partnership with Genomics England and City University London’s Science Journalism course. This event tackled head on many of the questions and concerns related to data security and commercial aspects of Genomics England’s mission and partnerships. It gave everyone an opportunity to put questions and comments to those involved in the project and to hear a range of contrasting views on the ethical and practical issues raised, with speakers: Professor Mark CaulfieldProfessor Tim HubbardDr Mark Sheehan and Dr Sarah Wynn.

At the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GECIP) launch meeting on 27 June 2014 clinical research colleagues were given an update on the status and plans for Genomics England together with an outline of GECIP and how researchers, clinicians and funders can engage with it to harness the potential of the 100,000 Genomes Project.
The Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London was the historic setting for Genomics England’s first engagement events on Thursday 3 October 2013.

There were two events – one for patients and the second for clinicians and other professionals. Each event included short presentations and questions and answers with the audience.

Genomics England held a suppliers event on 5 November 2013 in London. A document to accompany the event can be found here (opens PDF document): Annotation Supplier Presentation