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Applied Bioinformatics and Public Health Microbiology

15-17 May 2013
Møller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK.

This conference is oversubscribed - please see details below to join the waitlist

The aim of this conference is to provide a multidisciplinary forum showcasing recent advances in sequencing and bioinformatics relevant to microbiology and virology, illustrating how these advances are being translated to meet the needs of public health.  The sessions will therefore include presentations of research describing the use of ‘second’- and ‘third’-generation sequencing technologies to understand microbial diversity and evolution, pathogenesis, virulence and host-pathogen interactions.  The presenters will also discuss the latest practical applications of next gen sequencing and other genomic approaches to elucidate the spread of infection.  

The conference attracts international participants working in a range of settings including research institutes, diagnostic and reference microbiology laboratories, bioinformatics departments, and surveillance centres. This year we hope to have a strong representation of clinical microbiologists to ensure appropriate migration of these technologies to frontline diagnostic and surveillance applications.

Target Audience
• Clinicians, public health microbiologists, infectious disease bioinformaticians.
• Public health professionals and specialists, epidemiologists, informatics specialists
• Researchers in microbiology, virology and bioinformatics
• Laboratory technology providers, computer scientists

Scientific topics/sessions
• Making sense of high-throughput data
• High-throughput sequencing for tracking bacterial and viral disease
• New insights into pathogen biology
• Clinical and surveillance applications
• International and global strategies for public health microbiology

Scientific Organisers

Muna Anjum, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, UK
Jonathan Green, Health Protection Agency, UK

Nick Loman, University of Birmingham, UK
Martin Maiden, University of Oxford, UK
Philip Monk Health Protection Agency, UK
Daniel Palm, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden
Julian Parkhill, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Keynote Speakers
Eric Brown, The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, USA
Elizabeth Neuhaus, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, USA

Invited speakers include:
Aaron Darling, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Dag Harmsen, University of Münster, Germany
Jacqueline Keane, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Nick Loman, University of Birmingham, UK
Noel McCarthy, University of Oxford, UK
Daniel Palm, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden
Julian Parkhill, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Sharon Peacock, University of Cambridge, UK
Jørgen Schlundt, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Torsten Seemann, Monash University, Australia
Timothy Walker, University of Oxford, UK

Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as several talks will be selected from abstracts.

Conference Programme
The conference will start at approximately 14.00 on Wednesday, 15 May and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 17 May 2013.
Please click here to view the provisional programme.

Please note: Due to building work to expand the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre at Hinxton, this conference will be held at the Moller Centre, Churchill College - part of the historic University of Cambridge. 

Registration and Accommodation

Registration Fees
Student No Accommodation £311.00
Student Single Accommodation £505.00
Academic No Accommodation £411.00
Academic Single Accommodation £605.00
Commercial No Accommodation £511.00
Commercial Single Accommodation £705.00

Registration and Accommodation
The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 15 and 16th May 2013.
If you require additional nights this will be at an additional cost, please contact the Moller Centre directly for availability.
The no accommodation package includes registration and meals only.

Important – on-site accommodation has sold out.

I would suggest trying the following hotels:
Arundel House

The Varsity

Hotel Felix

Premier Inn

Alternatively please visit for information on hotels in Cambridge.

This conference is oversubscribed

Please note:

Applied Bioinformatics & Public Health Microbiology has reached full capacity. At this time we are accepting waitlist requests.
If you would like to join the waitlist please e-mail
Payment will not be requested at this time.

Abstracts and Posters

Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as a several presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Please ensure that you follow the abstract guidelines and upload your abstract during registration.
If you are not ready to up-load your abstract at the time of registration, please e-mail your abstract document to Laura on no later than 20 March 2013. Registration must be completed in order for your abstract to be considered.

Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference.

Abstract submission has now closed.

Travel Visas:
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail

Conference organiser contact details
Laura Hubbard
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495110
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495023


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