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

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.


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


COVID-19: We anticipate that the vaccine situation may sufficiently improve to allow us to offer this meeting safely in-person.
All participants will be required to provide documentary proof of a prior FDA or EMA approved vaccine.  


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 most oral or poster presenters to attend in-person, we recognize that travel restrictions, vaccine rollouts 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
  • Functional Genomics
  • Single Cell Genomics
  • Epigenetics and Genome Structure
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

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

Hybrid Meeting Participation:

Presenters (talk or poster) Non-Presenters
US-Based Institution On-site participation essential,
exceptions for institutional travel restrictions/
extenuating circumstances
Optional on-site or virtual participation
*on-site participation encouraged
Institution Outside US On-site participation strongly encouraged,
pending government travel restrictions
Optional on-site or virtual participation

All on-site participants will be required to provide documentary proof of a prior FDA or EMA approved vaccine. If you are a presenter requesting exemption from on-site participation, please email Catie Carr .

Included with your participation: All on-site and virtual participants will have access to the electronic abstract book, digital poster platform, Slack discussion channels, and the Leading Strand vide archive. Virtual participants will have access to the oral sessions live via Zoom; on-site participants will have additional in-person poster sessions.

Academic Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,310 (Subject to availability.)
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: $775
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,625
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,250

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

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