Genome Informatics
November 3 - 5, 2021 (Virtual)
Abstract Deadline: August 13, 2021 
Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on October 28, 2021 are subject to late fees (see below for rates)

The James P. Taylor Foundation for Open Science will award scholarships covering full conference registration to ten outstanding graduate students. Application deadline is August 1st. Apply here.

NCBI Workshops at CSHL Genome Informatics 2021

NLM's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has significantly improved access to biological sequence and metadata by reimagining our web and programmatic interfaces for data on NCBI servers and in the cloud. For CSHL Genomic Informatics conference attendees, the NCBI is offering two independent workshops on November 2, 2021 with hands-on experience in how to efficiently find and retrieve data for incorporation into your bioinformatics workflows. The morning workshop (9am-12noon ET) will focus on data access via NCBI Datasets, and the afternoon workshop (1pm-4pm ET) session will provide an introduction for biologists on how to search for SRA data and perform some preliminary sequence analysis in the cloud. Applications are now closed.


Joanna Kelley, Washington State University
Páll Melsted, University of Iceland
Oliver Stegle, German Cancer Research Center


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


The next Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory conference on Genome Informatics will be held virtually (this meeting has alternated with the Hinxton meeting started under the joint auspices of CSHL and the Wellcome Trust). The meeting will begin late morning Eastern Time, Wednesday, November 3, ending late afternoon Eastern Time on Friday, November 5. 

Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm         1 Sequencing Algorithms, Variant Discovery and Genome Assembly
Wednesday        1:00 pm - 2:00 pm                Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2 Epigenetics and Genome Structure
Thursday 9:30 am - 11:30 pm 3 Functional Genomics
Thursday 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Mark Blaxter
Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Thursday 2:30 pm- 5:30 pm 4 Evolution, Complex Traits and Phylogenetics
Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 Microbial and Metagenomics
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Friday 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Keynote Speaker: Barbara Engelhardt
Friday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 6 Single Cell Genomics
Discussion Zone
30-minutes following each oral session (open Zoom format)

                                Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting

Keynote Speakers:

Mark Blaxter, Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom
Barbara Engelhardt, Princeton University

Discussion Leaders:

Maria Colomé-Tatché, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Josefa Gonzalez, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Spain
Edward Holmes, University of Sydney, Australia
Zamin Iqbal, EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute, United Kingdom
Christina Leslie, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Jennifer Listgarten, University of California, Berkeley
Tobias Marschall, Heinrich-Heine University, Germany
Adam Phillippy, National Human Genome Research Institute
Leena Salmela, University of Helsinki, Finland
Hagen Tilgner, Weill Cornell Medicine

Daily Schedule

City "Morning" Oral Session Poster Session "Afternoon" Oral Session
Los Angeles 6:30 am - 9:30 am 10:00 am - 11:00 am 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
New York 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
London 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Berlin 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tokyo 10:30 pm - 1:30 am 2:00 am - 3:00 am 3:30 am - 6:30 am

Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the meeting.

All abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline. Late registrations may be accepted after the abstract deadline if the meeting is not oversubscribed. In the event of over-subscription, every effort will be made to ensure that all groups who wish to participate will be represented. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Please apply in writing via email to Valerie Pakaluk and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #gi2021. Due to the open culture of the Genome Informatics community, we have established an opt-out policy on the live-tweeting or discussing of talks, posters, or research results on social media.

This meeting is sponsored in part by: National Human Genome Research Institute

Late Fees submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on  Thursday, October 28, 2021)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $355
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $250
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $475

Virtual 3 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~talks /  sessions
(late am/early pm)
~24 total hours with interactive Q&A
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posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events~
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format