BioGenomics2017 - Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference
February 21-23, 2017
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History | Washington, D.C.

The inaugural Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., February 21-23, 2017, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. (see BioGenomics2017, which will be the first meeting to address the move from a focus on human genomics to global biodiversity genomics, aims to bring together thought leaders, researchers, and academic investigators. It is also the first conference to focus on the interactions and synergies among biodiversity researchers, technologists, software developers, and bioinformatics computing specialists.

Online Program - Final Printed Program (PDF)

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Starting with a Keynote Address by Harvard University Emeritus Professor E. O. Wilson, Day One will include invited Plenary Talks addressing the broad scope of biodiversity, including Diversity Genomics, Evolutionary Genomics, Ecological Genomics, and Conservation Genomics. Confirmed speakers include Pamela Soltis, Gene Robinson, Byrappa Venkatesh, Nancy Moran, Thomas Gilbert, Harris Lewin, May Berenbaum, Christina Richards, Oliver Ryder, Robert Wayne, and Andrew Clark.

Days Two and Three are devoted to several parallel sessions with invited and contributed papers on specific topics in biodiversity genomics including Bioinformatics, Computational Genomics, Evolutionary Genomics, Ecological Genomics, Technological Innovations and Evaluations, Conservation Genomics, Population Genomics, Comparative Genomics, Genome Annotation and Visualization, and Genomics and Society.

The Conference will conclude on Day Three in a final Plenary Session with a combination of overview talks, wrap up talks, and reports from various committees and initiatives. Confirmed speakers include Erich Jarvis, Harris Lewin, and Guojie Zhang.

Letter of Invitation for visa etc.: Click here.

Hotel Reservations & Discounts:
For those who would like to make their hotel reservations earlier, please use:
Online reservation link for the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC
If you have difficulties booking a room online, please call 800-393-2503 (US/CA) and mention the Global Biodiversity Genomics Conference.

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Bioinformatics workshops before the main conference (offered back to back, sponsored by
- Introduction to Genomic Data Analysis with Galaxy
- Metagenomic Data Analysis using PathoScope and PathoStat packages
Monday Feb 20, 12:30 - 6:30 pm , J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC
Cost for both workshops $40.00; includes instruction, refreshments, coffee; limited to 40 participants. Sign up/pay at

Corporate Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities
For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jaap Otte ( or +1-202-633-0423
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We acknowledge the generous support from the National Institute of Food & Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration, The University of California –Davis, and Intel Corporation.