With just under two weeks till the festival, it’s time to start thinking logistics: nobody wants to arrive at the airport and realise they’ve left their passport at home – likewise, you don’t want to make a major mistake when arriving at the Festival of Genomics this year!

The more scatter-brained of our readers needn’t worry, however: we’ve got everything you need covered in this handy guide, whether it’s things to remember before you arrive at the festival, the best things to do once there and the last couple of things to remember when it’s all done.

Pre-Festival

Register!

The most important thing to do is register! With tickets going fast now’s as good a time as ever to get your tickets secured and ready. It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes. Find the relevant ticket for you on our website and sign up. You’ll spend longer regretting it if you miss your chance this year!

Check out the Agenda

With more than 60 talks taking place over four theatres and our live lounge, you’ll really get the most out of the festival if you already know what it is you’re wanting to see most. The full agenda is already up on the Festival of Genomics website: if you haven’t yet had a look, scroll over there and start getting excited.

The talks are listed by timing, so you can easily make sure you haven’t double-booked some of your favourite talks this year: all you need to do is note down the theatre they’re taking place in and the length of the talk. Get that down, and you’ll be all set to make the most of this year’s festival.

Getting There

CLICK TO ENLARGE. London Tube Map.

This year we’ve made it easier than ever for our attendees to come to the festival: our big event is taking place in the Business Design Centre in Angel, London, an easy tube ride from almost anywhere you’re coming in from.

The easiest way to get to the station is by coming through Angel tube station, on the Northern line: this will put you a five minute walk from the Centre.

If you can’t do that for whatever reason, the light blue Victoria line on the map will bring you into the two other stations nearest the event: King’s Cross Saint Pancras and Highbury & Islington. The festival’s proximity to King’s Cross also gives it access to a number of other tube stations: The Piccadilly, Northern, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines all come in within a short walk from the Centre.

This means that no matter which direction you’re coming in from, you’ll be able to ride the trains to within only a few minutes of the festival, ensuring your legs are still nice and strong for exploring as much of the event as you can.

Workshops

This year we have a special treat for attendees really looking to learn new skills: our workshops, taking place on the 22nd, are focused sessions which teach key skills and give expert advice on things you might well need to know.

Our two current workshops are:

•  The Future of Data in Healthcare, run by Kathy Farndon, Partner at the IT Health Partnership.

•  Exploring and Manipulating Mutation Datasets using the R Programming Language, run by Dr. Mark Dunning, Bioinformatics Core Director, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience.

You can register for the workshops on our website. Register for both now to secure a discount on the full price of the two talks together: for what you’ll learn while attending, you won’t find better value anywhere. 

Onsite

Networking Drinks

Our networking drinks this year are bigger and better than ever: Sponsored by QIAGEN and running on 23 January from 17:00 – 18:20 in theatre 2, registrants can turn up and enjoy some beverages while discussing and digesting everything learnt from the day. The reception is being held on the exhibition floor, so you’ll really be unlucky to miss it!

We’re sure you’ll agree that this year is going to be a better year than ever before, with more to do, see and learn than you can find anywhere else. Register now to make sure you get a ticket, and start counting down the days! 

The Exhibition

As always we’ve got the very best speakers and exhibitors to give even better talks on science and innovation this year: beyond our regular talks on need-to-know clinical, pharma and data science we have a number of panels comprising the smartest and most experienced individuals in their field. Our panels are a great way to hear what top experts really think on the latest news, developments or problems in the field, and a fantastic way to keep up-to-date on what’s going on in your sector.

We have gathered together some of the most influential people within the field to talk to you about just these, whether it be Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer at NHS England, or Prof. John Overington, Chief Information Officer, Catapult Medicines Discovery, or Dr. Victor Neduva, Group Leader at GSK, you’ll definitely learn something new to take away with you.

Other Features

Our Tree of Life returns this year, giving you the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the festival floor. Likewise, if you want to take in some science knowledge but in a relaxed way, you need to get yourself to the Live Lounge. It’s here you’ll be able to hear bite sized insights into some of the latest innovative technologies and providers from range of leading solution providers. Another returning feature is our poster zone, where individuals can display their research and get feedback from experts.

Festival Event Guide

We’ve gone all out this year with the fantastic content in our event guide: beyond the essential festival knowledge, such as a full agenda and site map, the guide includes exclusive and informative articles including a “State of Genomics Today” talk with Angela Douglas M.B.E., discussions on data integration and multi-omics from leading experts, and an interview with Nick Sireau, founder of the AKU Society. Why not have a relaxed sit-down at the Tree of Life and have a browse?

Innovation Showcase

One of the best things in the Live Lounge this year is our Innovation Showcase: a chance to look at bite-sized lectures from avant garde companies and individuals demonstrating the newest technology and techniques. With talks from Genomes.io, Cambridge Epigenetix and the Wellcome Sanger Institute among others, this is definitely one to look out for.