Festival of Genomics and Biodata

The 8th annual Festival of Genomics took place in London at the end of January. With 160+ speakers, 8 theatres of content plus 2,000 attendees, it is one of the largest genomics events in the UK and Europe. From our institute Franziska Haarich gave a talk on "CRISPRoff as potential treatment strategy for Collagen VI congenital muscular dystrophy" and Marlon Märtens presented a poster on "The role of the common variant rs7696877 and the nearest gene MYOZ2 on sex differences in cardiovascular disease".

After a long Corona break it was a great experience for us to finally participate in an in person event again. To start the conference full of energy we arrived one day earlier, which even gave us time to visit the beautiful city of London with its interesting places like the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and St Paul's Cathedral. 

The festival was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington. On the day of the opening, there were so many visitors on site that a queue felt like it stretched through the entire borough. However, good organization ensured that the queue quickly dissipated and all visitors were able to attend the interesting presentations. In addition to panel discussions on the future of data storage in the scientific field, as well as presentations on topics such as Genomics of Reproductive Ageing, there was also a large area where companies could present their new products in the field of sequencing, data analysis and liquid handling.

For us it was an exciting event and we are looking forward to participate again next year.