GeCIP and QMUL Seminar Series

The Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Seminar Series is a free evening of talks presented by GeCIP members on the latest research being performed using data from the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The next event in this series is taking place on Thursday 7 March 2019 from 5:30pm in London, featuring the following speakers:

  • Dr Gavin Arno, University College London, from the Hearing and Sight GeCIP domain.
  • Professor Henry Houlden, University College London Hospital, from the Neurology GeCIP domain.

Find out more about this series, including how to register, on the GeCIP events page.

Celebrating the 100,000 Genomes Project – a review and look ahead

09:00–17:30, Wednesday 20 March 2019
The Royal Society, 6–9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

This free event, jointly organised by The Royal Society, NHS England and Genomics England, will be celebrating the 100,000 Genomes Project as we recently reached our goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from around 85,000 participants. The meeting will involve reviewing progress to date and lessons learned, and will consider what the future holds for genomics across the world. It will bring together global leaders in genomics, researchers and participants of the project. There will also be workshops on transforming healthcare, data sharing, analytics and AI, and ethics, trust and participants.


Download the programme here.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at this event. If you would like to apply to present a poster, please submit the following:

  • Poster title
  • Proposed abstract (no more than 200 words, third person)
  • Author list
  • Name of proposed presenter
  • Authors’ institution(s)

To the Royal Society’s Scientific Programmes team, including ‘Poster abstract submission’ and the meeting title in the subject line. The deadline for poster submissions is Tuesday 26 February 2019.

Please note that places are limited and are selected at the organisers’ discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.


Attendance is free, but places are limited so advanced registration is essential. Register for this event on the Royal Society’s website now.

External events

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

Talking Genomics with Patients

The Progress Education Trust in partnership with the Genomics Education Programme (Health Education England) are hosting a panel discussion with patients to discuss the impact of genomic testing on their lives and their families’. The panel features three participants of the 100,000 Genomes Project, and will be facilitated by Dr Christine Patch, Clinical Lead for Genetic Counselling at Genomics England.

This free-to-attend event will be taking place on 5 March 2019 in Birmingham, UK. Attendance is free, but advanced booking is required – book your place by emailing

Find out more about this event here.

Genomics of Rare Disease

This event is the 13th in the Wellcome Genome Campus’ series of meetings on rare diseases, and will be exploring how genomic research translates into clinical care and informs our understanding of the biology of rare disease. The meeting will be taking place 27–29 March 2019 at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK.

View the programme and speakers, register, or submit an abstract here.

Personal Genomes: Accessing, Sharing and Interpretation

This conference at the Wellcome Genome Campus will be promoting openness and ethical sharing of personal genome data while protecting the privacy of individuals, bringing together geneticists, bioinformaticians, and clinicians from academic and the commercial sector. This conference will be taking place 11–12 April 2019 at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK. Chief Commercial Officer Joanne Hackett will be speaking at this event.

Abstracts are accepted on the main themes in the conference – find out more and register here. Registration ends 12 March.

Previous external events

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 will examine 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:

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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.

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