We’ve just completed our 5th Annual Festival of Genomics, which was an incredible experience. Almost 2,000 people came through the doors to see 120 speakers, 50+ exhibitors, 5 theatres of talks and so much more.

Thank you to all who attended and made this festival the success it was. We hope you all had a fantastic time and are looking forward to next year.

The Festival was launched with a social mission to deliver the benefits of genomics to patients faster. While it’s impossible to measure the ultimate impact of the Festival for patients, we really hope we helped people to make progress with their research, development and clinical programs. Certainly the feedback was the best we’ve ever received.

This is what you had to say about our Festival this year:

From the excitement before –

Dr Ghazala Begun: “On my way to my first conference of the year! Excited to see what’s going on in genomics #FoG2020 #genomicsfest #Genomics”

Promega UK: “Look out for the Digivan in London letting people know Promega are at the @FoGenomicsin the @TheBDCtoday and tomorrow, on Stand One.
Photograph the DigiVan and Tweet it to us to be in with a chance of winning chocolate #FOG #FestivalOfGenomics #FoG2020 #genomicsfest”

To our sessions –

JIllian Hastings Ward: “Dear @FoGenomics, *thank you* for putting Patient Power in your keynote session this morning at #FoG2020. Got loads more people thinking about #PatientExperience and the power of collaboration. Who knows what stories we’ll be telling this time next year..?!”

Claire Nicholson: “Patients need new medicines but just as important – new medicines need patients… #FOG2020 #genomics”

Lee Grimsley: “Engaging with parents and patients is key to delivering R&D that makes a difference. Suspect that there is a need for many more champions like @HastingsJ123 and Fiona Copeland to help co-ordinate with research groups #FoG2020

Mitra S. Sato: “Inspired by Arianne Shahvisi’s talk @FoGenomics on Gender, Genealogy and Justice in Genomics. #FoG2020

The #FOMO

Hywel Williams: “I feel like I’m the only genomics researcher in the UK currently not at #FoG2020 ☹ From what I’ve seen so far it looks like there’s been plenty of great talks and more on the way.

If there, say hello to my colleagues from @WalesGene Park @GenomicsWales”

The continuing excitement –

Michaela John: “Looking forward to the second day here #FoG2020

Through to our other activities –

Stephen Jones: “Talkaoke at #FoG2020 interesting and challenging conversations about #genomics ethics…”

Dr Jade Forster: “But had a Fab day at @FoGenomics, great talks and stands and even did a bot of tai chi (I think…) Ps loved the mobile charging unit, much needed! #FoG2020

Thea Seiler Vellame: “Just tried VR pipetting on the moon #notthateasy #FoG2020

And you are already looking forward to next year –

Sathya Darmalinggam: “Thank you Festival of Genomics for 2 days of amazing, inspiring ideas. Looking forward to the next one! #FoG2020”

Labtech International Limited: “Thank you to everyone for an enjoyable and informative event. Looking forward to FoG2021 already. #fog2020 #genomicsfest”

And we are already busy planning for next year! The Festival is taking place on January 28th and 29th 2021, in the same venue – the BDC in London, but moving in the bigger hall (pictured above).  

The move to a bigger space opens up all sorts of new possibilities, and we’ll keep you posted on progress from time-to-time.

In the meantime, – again – a massive THANK YOU for attending, talking, and sharing. This Festival is only possible and only works because of the people who take time out to get involved.