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UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 2020

The three-day conference will cover the breadth of biological data management, analysis and sharing. It will include talks on data standards, algorithm and tool development, and data curation.

Start date:

28 September 2020

End date:

30 September 2020


John Innes Conference Centre

Registration deadline:

Registration deadline: 31 July 2020


Standard: Early Bird £270, Late £350
Student: Early Bird £170, Late £220
Day Delegate: Early Bird £70 (per day), Late £100 (per day)

UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology logo

Notice to event attendees – COVID-19 (coronavirus)

**We remain committed to hosting the conference, but will review the situation regularly. Once we have clearer guidance and a better view of progression regarding the COVID-19 pandemic we will decide whether to proceed with the conference. At that point we will contact all those who have registered and invite payment**

About the conference.

UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology logo

The three-day conference will cover the breadth of biological data management, analysis and sharing. It will include talks on data standards, algorithm and tool development, and data curation.

The UK-CBCB conference is designed to bring together biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, software engineers and data scientists across the life sciences to share innovations, applications and best practice in their fields.

The conference will be applicable to bioinformatics researchers working on core services or in research teams as well as computer scientists or bioinformaticians developing tools or maintaining data resources.

Call for parallel sessions

If you are a researcher, software developer, or data manager, we would like to hear from you - please send your proposed session titles and a brief description to training@earlham.ac.uk for consideration by the organising committee, no later than 30 April.

We are delighted to have confirmed the following sessions:

Structural Bioinformatics - analysis and prediction of three-dimensional molecular structures
Metagenomics and Microbial Bioinformatics - the diversity and complexity of microbial genomes and identification in environmental samples
Single-Cell Genomics - using omics technologies to provide greater resolution at the cellular level and improve understanding of cell responses in their microenvironment
Data Management - approaches for validation, storage and protection of data under the FAIR principles
Bridging Genotype to Phenotype - computational approaches to deciphering the complex interactions between genotype and environment and how these affect phenotype
Computational Proteomics and Metabolomics - harnessing large-scale studies to determine protein and metabolite function for the discovery of biomarkers
Artificial Intelligence - exploring innovative applications of artificial intelligence for the exploration of complex biological data
ELIXIR-UK Services - an update on some of the bioinformatic services provided by the UK node of ELIXIR

About the ELIXIR-UK All Hands meeting.


During day 1 of the conference, we are also hosting the ELIXIR-UK All Hands meeting.

The annual ELIXIR-UK All Hands meeting brings together people working at ELIXIR-UK consortium member institutions to:

  • Share knowledge and experience from the previous year of ELIXIR activities
  • Network with other people working on life science data infrastructure across the UK
  • Work together to develop strategy for the future of ELIXIR-UK

All members of ELIXIR-UK consortium member institutions working on ELIXIR-related projects are welcome to join the two-hour meeting, which this year is hosted by the Earlham Institute in connection with the Inaugural UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (UK-CBCB).


**We remain committed to hosting the event at this time, but will review the situation regularly. To provide flexibility, our registration process does not require immediate payment. Nearer to the time, we will decide whether to proceed. As we confirm the event we will then contact registered delegates with a date for payment.**

Registration includes

  • Access to all talks
  • Access to poster sessions
  • Catering throughout the conference
  • Drinks Reception and Networking
  • Conference Dinner at NCFC Carrow Road
  • Transport to Conference Dinner

Please note: Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Limited accommodation is reserved at Holiday Inn, NCFC Carrow Road, and is available for delegates to book on a first-come, first-served basis during registration. The final deadline for accommodation will be 1 July 2020, and amends to accommodation bookings will not be permitted after this date. The cost of accommodation (£105 per double room including breakfast, per night) will be added to the registration fee, if selected.

Registration opens: 25 March 2020

Early Bird registration closes: 31 May 2020

Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2020

Late registration closes: 31 July 2020

Registration details

We have three registration categories: Standard, Student (undergraduates, postgraduates including PhD students) and a Day Delegate Rate.

Early Bird Registration (by 31 May 2020)Late Registration (1 June - 31 July 2020)
Standard Registration£250£330
Student Registration£150£200
Day Delegate (per day)£70£100

Please carefully review our standard online event booking terms and conditions prior to registering for this event. Completing an online registration and associated payment process will mean that you are bound by these terms and conditions. Any supplemental terms or changes to these conditions on a per event basis will be included on this page. If you have any queries regarding our events or in relation to your booking, please contact us at training@earlham.ac.uk


Abstract submission

Open until 31 May 2020

You may submit an abstract during early bird registration only. You will be permitted to submit your abstract for consideration for:

  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Oral and poster presentation

During submission, you will be required to identify the session that your abstract is best aligned to. The chairperson for that session will review your abstract. Successful applicants will be advised two weeks after the deadline.

Why submit?

  • Peer review of your work
  • A track record of your successes for your CV
  • Opens opportunities for networking
  • Can support manuscript preparation



Limited accommodation is reserved at Holiday Inn, NCFC Carrow Road, costing £105 per night/per double room, including breakfast. Accommodation can be booked as part of the registration basis, although will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, up until 1 July 2020. Amends to accommodation bookings will not be permitted after this date. Transport will be arranged for those who have booked accommodation through registration to and from the conference centre each day.

If booking independently, there are various options to choose from:

Broadview Lodge is on the nearby University of East Anglia (UEA) campus, offers reasonable rates and is around a 20 minute walk to the conference venue.

There are many Travelodge and Premier Inn hotels in and around Norwich, depending on your needs.

The Georgian Townhouse, Norwich is 2.9 miles from the conference venue, near the city centre.

Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett is 4 miles from the conference venue to the south of Norwich.

Maid’s Head Hotel, Norwich is 4.6 miles from the conference venue and is located in the centre of Norwich, next to the Cathedral.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday 29 September 2020 at the Norfolk Lounge, Carrow Road, home of Norwich City Football Club, also known as 'the canaries'.

All of Carrow Road’s menus are created from Delia Smith’s published recipes and her team of chefs work tirelessly in recreating these recipes to her exacting high standards. Everything is freshly prepared in-house to ensure that dining is truly a memorable experience. For entertainment we are delighted to be welcoming The JRB, playing hits from the 60s to today.

Coaches will take you from the conference venue to Carrow Road for the conference dinner.

About Norwich and Norfolk

Norwich as a city has a lot to offer with high street shops, two shopping centres, restaurants, bars, pubs, cinemas, bowling alleys, theatres and much more. The city is also known for Norwich Cathedral (Church of England) and the Cathedral of St John the Baptist (Catholic Church) as well as Norwich Castle which is now an art gallery and museum.

You can find more information about Norwich here.

Just a short journey out of the City and you can also enjoy the Norfolk coast which spans 93 miles with a variety of beaches and coastal landscapes.

You can find more information about what Norfolk has to offer here.

The Royal Arcade, in the heart of Norwich city centre.

Norwich Arcade

The venue.

Hosted by Earlham Institute on the Norwich Research Park, UK, enjoy world-class facilities at both EI and the John Innes Conference Centre. We also welcome you to Norwich, a city steeped in history and culture set in the middle of East Anglia.

Address and map.

John Innes Conference Centre
Norwich Research Park

Have any questions?

We'll be happy to support you however you need, just get in touch with our organising team.

EI Training & Events Team, training@earlham.ac.uk