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.

More information about the next GeCIP Seminar Series will be listed here in due course.

Find out more about this series, including how to register, 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.

CRISPR and Beyond: Perturbations at Scale to Understand Genomes 

22 – 25 September 2020
Virtual event

Wellcome Genome Campus are holding their second conference on genetic perturbations at scale virtually.

The development of CRISPR/Cas-based technologies and DNA synthesis make it possible to modulate genomes with relative ease. These tools can help us understand how genetic variation influences phenotype and thereby answer long-standing questions in biology that impact human health, laying the foundations for precision medicine for heritable diseases and cancer treatment.

This rapid advancement in gene-editing technology enables us to begin to understand the functional implications of natural and disease-related human genetic variation. This year’s programme will cover approaches that modulate the genome and its context at scale, from single nucleotides and genes to hundreds of growth environments.

The conference will bring together biomedical researchers working on high throughput screening, genome engineering, and/or variant effect interpretation. They welcome abstracts on all major themes of this meeting to oral or poster presentations.

Abstract deadline: 21 July 2020

Registration deadline: 14 September 2020

Find our more here.

GA4GH 8th Plenary Meeting

29–30 September 2020
Virtual event

This year, the GA4GH 8th Plenary Meeting will be held entirely virtually in September. The meeting is free and open to the public. 8th Plenary brings together organisations and stakeholders from the genomics and health community for two days of keynotes, talks, updates, and workshops that will focus on advancing development work for the immediate data sharing needs of the community. The meeting will consist of four session blocks convenient to different time zones, and all talks will be available online after the meeting.

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.

Deadline: 10 November 2020

Find out more here.

Previous external events

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:

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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.

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