5-9 October: Biodiversity Genomics 2020

Join us online at Biodiversity Genomics 2020 from 5-9 October to celebrate success, explore challenges and look to the future of sequencing all life on Earth

The meeting is free to attend, thanks to generous support from the Tree of Life programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and other sponsors.

About the Conference

Bringing together researchers across the globe

Biodiversity Genomics 2020Biodiversity Genomics 2020 will bring together researchers across the world to celebrate our achievements in genome sequencing across the eukaryotic tree of life, explore current challenges and their likely solutions, and look forward to the coming decade of the application of genomics across the globe. With major projects starting to deliver data at scale, new tools for sequencing and assembling genomes becoming available, and increased awareness of the power of whole genome data in understanding organismal biology and ecosystem processes, Biodiversity Genomics 2020 promises to be a milestone in the effort to “sequence life for the future of life”.

Continuing the tradition of ambitious, collaborative science

Biodiversity Genomics 2020 continues the tradition of previous meetings of Genomes 10k, the Vertebrate Genomes Project, the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance, and the Earth BioGenome Project.

Exploring all areas of genomic biodiversity research

Biodiversity Genomics 2020 will highlight data and aspirations from projects with global and local focus, defined taxonomic and all-species goals, and innovations in technology and understanding. We explicitly aim for inclusivity and diversity in the meeting. We will hear from invited plenary speakers, inspiring us with discussion of the current state-of-the-art in genome science across biodiversity, while focussed parallel sessions will showcase specific projects, highlight new findings and current challenges, and look to the future.

Discover, share, inspire and collaborate

The meeting is free and open to all and we encourage everyone to exchange ideas and interests through virtual poster sessions, chat rooms and other social events. 

We invite you to register for the meeting.

Mark Blaxter (Tree of Life, Wellcome Sanger Institute UK) and Harris Lewin (EBP, UC Davis CA USA), Jose Victor Lopez (GIGA, Nova Southeastern FL USA), Erich D. Jarvis (VGP, Rockefeller NY USA)

Dates for your diary

Coming SoonMain meeting talks and parallel sessions: 16:00-19:00 BST, 5-9 October 2020

Pre-meeting and post-meeting poster sessions, social and community events: ± 1 hr either side of this

Time-zone-appropriate satellite Australian and Far East region events: 08:00-10:00 BST

  • Meeting registration open: NOW
  • Poster abstract submission open: NOW
  • Talk abstract submission close: CLOSED
  • Notification of speaker choices: ONGOING
  • Poster abstract submission close: CLOSED
  • Registration to attend closes: 2 October 2020
  • Meeting starts: 15:00 BST, 5 October 2020

Preliminary Programme Information

Programme overview

Each day of the meeting will have a similar flow. We will open an hour in advance (15:00 BST) with poster and social rooms. We will also organise discussion fora with panels discussing Diversity and Inclusion, EBP in Lower and Middle income Nations, Early Careers issues and Funding. The days’ formal activities will start at 16:00 BST with a 1 hr plenary session, broadcast to all. This will be followed by two sets of 1 hr themed workshop sessions. The meeting will finish each day with a social and poster session from 19:00 to 20:00 BST.

On Wednesday evening we plan to broadcast a biodiversity genomics concert, and invite you all to dance. Our musical entertainment will be provided by Cosmo Sheldrake.

Plenary topics

During the meeting there will be themed workshop sessions, running in parallel, as well as plenary presentations from international leaders in biodiversity genomics. The speaker list for the plenary talks can be found below:

Mon 5 17:00 Transforming Bioscience: From genes to genomes. Erich Jarvis, Rockefeller
Tue 6 16:00 Finishing the complete sequence of a human genome. Adam Phillippy, NIH
Wed 7 16:00 Title tbc (Genomics for new bioeconomies). Federica Di Palma, University of East Anglia
Thu 8 16:00 The fourth industrial revolution and the age of extinction. Carolyn Hogg, University of Sydney
Fri 9 17:00 Anopheles and the journey from a reference genome to a thousand genomes to spatiotemporal genomic observatories. Mara Lawniczak, Sanger Institute

Summary schedule

We will be sharing full details of all the talks very soon, but for now the summary schedule showing the times of sessions can be found here: Conference summary schedule

In addition to the organised schedule, the Bat1k group have arranged an offshoot meeting, which will be held on Tuesday 6th between 19:00-21:00 BST. Their schedule can be found here, and if you wish to join the meeting, please email bat1kconsortium@gmail.com or send a DM to @bat1kgenomes.

Workshop sessions

We have grouped the workshop sessions into Themes, grouped around “Regional, National and International Projects”, “Taxon-focussed Projects”, “Systems Approaches” and “Technology Advances”. Each will have a dedicated or shared workshop session, and a dedicated poster session and meeting room.

  • Regional, National and International Projects
    • EBP
    • Africa
    • Europe
    • Americas
    • Australia and New Zealand
    • Asia and Middle East
    • Darwin Tree of Life
    • Ethical, Legal, Social Issues
    • Genomic BioResource Archives
  • Taxon-focussed Projects
    • VGP
    • G10k
    • Bat1k
    • B10k
    • GIGA
    • Plant and Algal Genomics
    • Arthropod Genomics (I5k)
    • Fungal Genomics
    • Protist Genomics
  • Systems Approaches
    • Agricultural Genomics
    • Conservation Genomics
    • Ecosystem Genomics
    • Functional Genomics
    • Comparative Genomics
    • Bioeconomy and Biosecurity
  • Technology Advances
    • Sequencing Technologies and Techniques
    • Assembly Technologies
    • Annotation Innovation
    • Databases and Data Sharing

You are now able to get your conference T-shirt, tote bag or other branded items at the links below (both ship globally, but shipping charges will vary by location)