About The Festival of Genomics & Biodata
When the Festival of Genomics & Biodata began, we set out to build an exciting and inclusive event, with an initial vision of ‘Woodstock for genomics’. We hoped to get people excited about genomics, and raise awareness of its potential impact for patients.
As the use of genomics technologies continues to mature, the scope of the Festival has expanded too. The Festival is now a truly global event – creating a stage for world-leading speakers, ideas, companies and networking opportunities, never forgetting our main goal - to benefit patients.
The Festival has three main goals: (1) To be free for most of the audience to attend, (2) To bring together people from different sectors and disciplines to break down silos, and (3) To deliver meaningful change by providing attendees with strong content and interesting speakers.
About Front Line Genomics
Front Line Genomics organises the Festival of Genomics & Biodata, and was set up in 2014, following the death of the founder’s father to a rare form of cancer. We are a dedicated team of genomics and science enthusiasts, many of us with our own personal stories of how genomics has influenced our lives.
We work towards our goal of delivering the benefits of genomics to patients faster by creating interesting content and practical resources via our website, and producing webinars, events and reports. We typically support people in healthcare, research, pharma, investment, technology, policy and government, charitable and patient organizations, as well as, from time-to-time, patients themselves.
At Front Line Genomics, our main focus is on creating meaningful change in the lives of patients, not profit. Where possible, everything we produce is free-to-access so that we have more impact.
When the Festival began, Front Line Genomics originally partnered with a large organisation in the events sector, organizing Festivals in the UK, California and Boston, and launching www.frontlinegenomics.com.
Since then, we’ve supported more than 500,000 people via the Festival, conferences, meet-ups, our website, reports and webinars.
In 2018 we became an independent, privately owned business, free from the shackles of the private equity world and – most importantly – free to prioritise our social mission, and we haven’t looked back.
We have successfully grown the UK Festival of Genomics to become the UK’s largest genomics event (and when the Festival was a digital event in 2021 and 2022, the world’s largest genomics event). We have since expanded to cover topics downstream of the genomics workflow (including the wider use of biodata), launching multiple digital events and webinars, and publishing several reports designed to support the genomics and biodata community.
Whether you’re new to the Festival of Genomics & Biodata, a past attendee or someone in-between, the below FAQs will provide you with more information about the Festival.
For those ready to register for the Festival, there is a separate list of Registration FAQs over on the registration page.
No. The Festival is taking place in-person ONLY. So, to participate in the Festival, you will need to travel to London and attend in-person.
Keeping the Festival free to attend, in the long run, is a priority. It’s important to the business model that supports free attendance of the Festival that we create a vibrant, dynamic, well-attended LIVE event. We want to ensure as many people attend the in-person Festival as possible, so that our sponsors and exhibitors (who ultimately pay for the event and subsidize free tickets) meet as many people as possible. This keeps this, and future Festivals, free to attend for more than 90% of our attendees. We are developing our digital offering for the future, particularly for those who cannot travel to the Festival in-person.
To present a poster, select a ‘poster ticket’ on the registration page on this website. Posters are free for anyone working exclusively for a university, registered charity, drug developer or hospital. Posters should be A0 size and portrait. You do not have to be presenting your work for the first time, but the research being presented should be relatively new, and your abstract will be assessed against how interesting we feel it will be for our audience.
We currently have a very small number of exhibition booths, presentation and branding opportunities available. To find out more, please contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always interested in hearing from interested future speakers, and/or new ideas for talks or other sessions. Please contact Diana at email@example.com.
The organizers of the Festival, Front Line Genomics, are a social business, with a mission to deliver the benefits of genomics to patients faster. We are not optimized for profit. We are optimized for social impact. We fundamentally believe that – where possible – ticket prices should not be a barrier to attendance. Particularly where the impact of ‘open’ attendance is designed to benefit patients. Therefore, we’ve developed a business model that means – thanks to the contributions of sponsors and exhibitors – the majority of Festival attendees can attend for free.
Just use your common sense and wear whatever you feel would be suitable. Most attendees dress casually. Some prefer smart. It’s up to you.
There are plenty of food and drink options at the Festival, but it is not free (as you would expect, because the vast majority of tickets are free). We do not provide coffee or lunch etc. However, there are water fountains at the Festival, and we encourage you to bring your own receptacle to fill up whenever you like.