Since its inauguration in 2006, ICG has established itself as a premier conference featuring cutting-edge 'omics' technologies and idea sharing. The annual meeting will take place in the final week of October, uniting 1,000+ attendees and offering a platform where they can share with the best minds in 'omics' and its application from institutions all over the world.

About the Organizers

BGI was founded in 1999 with the vision of using genomics to benefit mankind and has since become the largest genomic organization in the world. With a focus on research and applications in the fields of healthcare, agriculture, conservation and environment, BGI has a proven track record of innovative and high profile research, which has generated over 1,500 publications, many in top-tier journals such as Nature and Science.

BGI’s distinguished achievements have made a significant contribution to the development of genomics throughout the world. BGI’s goal is to make state-of-the-art genomics highly accessible to the global research community and clinical markets by integrating the industry’s broadest array of leading technologies, including BGI's own BGISEQ sequencing platform, economies of scale, and expert bioinformatics resources.

The China National GeneBank (CNGB) has built an integrated infrastructure of ‘Three banks’ and ‘Two platforms.’ ‘Three Banks’ represents Biorepository, Bio-informatics Data Center and Living Biobank, while ‘Two Platforms’ includes Digitalization Platform and Synthesis and Editing Platform.

Based on the system of ‘Store, Read, and Write’ with profound genomics resource, CNGB establishes a public welfare, open, supportive and leading platform as well as principles and guidelines to enable exchange and share of data and genetic resource with the major databases such as NCBI, EMBL-EBI and DDBJ, and with biobanks including the Svalbard Seed Vault, Heidelberg University, Smithsonian Institute, etc., to build a global network system, which facilitates genetic resource exploration and industrial transformation of omics knowledge in the area of personalized medicine, agricultural breeding, marine development and microbial application, etc., innovates new technologies, products and models, helps curing diseases, leads a healthy life and achieves the mission of ‘Genomic resources are owned by all, completed by all and shared by all.’

GigaScience is an online journal platform with open access, open data and open peer-review. Our focus covers big data research from Life and Biomedical sciences, including the growing range of work that uses difficult-to-access large-scale data, such as imaging, neuroscience, ecology, cohort, systems biology, and other new types of sharable data.

We are unique in the publishing industry as we publish ALL research objects (data, software tools, and workflows) and do this within the context of a variety of article types, including Research, Data Notes, Technical Notes, Reviews and Commentaries. Our goal is to revolutionize publishing by improving research reproducibility as well as data dissemination, organization, understanding and re-use.

To achieve our goals, the journal has a novel publication format: one that links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data, provides data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources. Coupled with this, we have also built a Galaxy-based data analysis platform to host computational methods and workflows, maximizing use of the data, tools and workflows in our articles in a more accessible and reproducible environment.

Advisory Board Members

Harris A. LEWIN

Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, Davis, USA

Aristides A.N. PATRINOS

Chief Scientist and Research Director of NOVIM, Programs and Policy Adviser for Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), USA


Chairman, The Carlsberg Group and the Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark


Senior Adviser, United States Secretary of Energy, USA

Frederick Charles DUBEE

Fellow, World Academy of Arts and Sciences Former Senior Officer, Executive Office of the UN Secretary General Former Senior Advisor, UN Global Compact Office, USA 

Shouyi CHEN

Professor, Institute of Genetic and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


Professor, Harvard, MIT, USA


Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA


President of Broadland Advisors, USA

Roland EILS

Division Head, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany


Editor-in-Chief for the new international open-access open-data journal GigaScience, co-published by BGI and Oxford University Press, USA


Former Chairman, Volkswagen AG & Continental AG, Germany

Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, China


Founder and Partner, HM NanoMed, USA

Michael J. MORGAN

Formerly Chief Executive, The Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK

Stephen J. O'BRIEN

Chief Scientific Officer of Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State University, USA


Academician, Secretary of the Division of Biochemistry, Physiology and Molecular Biology of the National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine


Smithsonian Institution, Distinguished Scientist and Curator of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, USA


Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization

Peng LI

Academician, Tsinghua University, China

Manyuan LONG

Edna K. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor, the University of Chicago, USA


Associate Professor of Human Genetics, Emeritus, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Ole Petter Fraas CLAUSEN

Professor emeritus of Pathology, University of Oslo, Consultant of pathology, Oslo University Hospital, Norway


Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, China

Edward RUBIN

Chief Science Officer, Metabiota, San Francisco, CA, USA


Emeritus Professor and Founder, the Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University, UK

Kwok-Fai SO

Chair Professor,The University of Hong Kong, China


Emeritus Professor, Ghent University, Belgium


Chief Technology Officer of Mass Spectrometry at BGI Genomics, China

Annie WU

Standing Committee Member, the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Honorary Chairman, Beijing Air Catering Company Limited World Trade Centers Association Lifetime Honorary Board Member, China

Tadataka YAMADA

Venture Partner, Frazier Healthcare Partners

Tilahun YILMA

Distinguished Professor of Virology, International Laboratory for Molecular Biology, School of Medicine & School of Veterinary Medicine University of California, USA


Professor and Director of Center for Healthy Aging and Development Study, Peking University, China

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