Genome Informatics
November 3 - 6, 2021
Abstract Deadline: August 13, 2021 (Midnight US Eastern Standard Time)


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

The next Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory conference on Genome Informatics will be held at Cold Spring Harbor, New York (this meeting has alternated with the Hinxton meeting started under the joint auspices of CSHL and the Wellcome Trust). The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, and finish with lunch on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Note: While we expect the majority of the audience including ALL oral or poster presenters to attend in-person, we recognize that travel restrictions and/or financial barriers may prevent some participants from attending. Based on our experience with virtual meetings during the COVID19 pandemic, we anticipate that some participants will be able to attend virtually, thus broadening access to the conference (see separate guidelines below for presenters and non-presenting participants). 

  • Microbial and Metagenomics
  • Sequencing Algorithms, Variant Discovery and Genome Assembly
  • Evolution, Complex Traits and Phylogenetics
  • Personal and Medical Genomics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Genome Structure and Function
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Discussion Leaders:


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 Catie Carr 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


Academic Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,310
Academic Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1,235
Academic Shared Room Package: $1,130
Academic No-Housing Package: $860
Student Package*: $1,045
Student No-Housing Package: $755
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,625
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,175

*Student Housing is default double occupancy. Please enquire about availability and fees to upgrade to private room.

Rules for Virtual Participation: Virtual participation will include access to the oral sessions via Zoom, access to the digital poster sessions and access to the Slack discussion channel, and the Leading Strand video archive.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Catie Carr .

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 
1. Additional members of individual laboratories (4th or more lab member) - PI must supply list of lab members via email to Catie Carr ; 
2. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 
3. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 
4. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 
5. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 
6. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 
For categories 5 & 6 above, please provide a justification via email to Catie Carr

Virtual Fees
Academic Virtual Package: $255
Student Virtual Package: $150
Corporate Virtual Package: $375