The International Conference on Genome Informatics (formerly known as Genome Informatics Workshop or GIW) is the longest running international bioinformatics conference.

The ABACBS Annual Conference is the national bioinformatics conference in Australia and now in its fifth year.

This year these two conferences will join forces to bring together members from all over Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world to enjoy the opportunity to interact and hear fantastic stories about genomics, bioinformatics and computational biology research with an emphasis on how advances in computational and statistical techniques are applied to solve important biological and biomedical problems.

The joint conference will feature international and national keynote speakers, oral presentations selected from full-length paper submissions and abstract, and posters selected from abstract.

We look forward to seeing you at GIW/ABACBS-2019!

Key Themes:

  • Genomics and integrative analytics

  • Precision medicine

  • Single cell analytics

  • Non-human, agricultural, environmental and microbial genomics

  • Proteomics and metabolomics

  • Methods development and reproducibility research


Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


Draft program now available

International Keynote Speakers


Prof. Mona Singh

Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Princeton University


Dr. John Marioni

Research Group Leader, Computational and Evolutionary Genomics, EMBL-EBI


Prof. Elaine Holmes

Professor of Chemical Biology, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial Colledge London & Department of Surgery & Cancer, WA Premier’s Fellow in Phenomics, Murdoch University


Prof. Rafael Irizarry

Professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute


Prof. Pei Wang

Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn Medical School at Mount Sinai, New York


Group Leader, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry


A/Prof. Elana Fertig

Associate Professor of Oncology, Assitant Director of the Research Program in Quantitative Sciences at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC), Johns Hopkins,


A/Prof. Jason Wong

Group Leader, Hong Kong University, Faculty of Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences

National Keynote Speakers


Gold Sponsors

Conference Dinner Sponsor

Conference Sponsors

Conference supporters


Dr. Denis Bauer

Team Leader, Transformational Bioinformatics Team, CSIRO


Computational RNA Biology Group, ANU College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University


Prof. Claire Wade

Chair of Computational Biology and Animal Genetics, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney

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Prof. David Lynn

Director, Computational & Systems Biology Program. South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI); EMBL Australia Group Leader; Professor, College of Medicine & Public Health, Flinders University


Important Dates and Information:

EOI for Childcare

We are currently seeking EOI to gauge the extent that childcare services will be needed for the duration of the conference. If interested, please answer a few questions on this form. Please spread the word.

Paper Submission Dates

Deadline for full paper submission: ~~14 June 2019 ~~ 28 June 2019

Initial notification of full paper acceptance: 9 August 2019 16 August 2019

Final notification of full paper acceptance: 20 September 2019

Abstract Submission Dates

Talk & Poster abstract submission deadline: Midnight 1 September Midnight 8 September

Call for abstracts for late-breaking posters: Midnight 1 September Midnight 8 September - 22 November

Talk and posters presenters to be notified: Week of 21 October. Update posted on 22 October: Presenters of accepted talks and posters will be notified within the next few days.

Late-breaking poster abstract submission closes: 22 November

Late-breaking poster presenters to be notified: 29 November

Conference Registration Dates

Early bird deadline: Friday 25 October

Registrations close: Friday 29 November

Conference Dates: 9 - 11 December 2019

ABACBS-members-only Travel Bursary Dates

ABACBS-members-only travel bursary deadline: Friday 20 September

* Due to popular demand, authors who are keen to submit a full paper can still submit by the 6 July 2019. All manuscripts are subjected to the same peer review process. However, manuscripts submitted by 28 June 2019 will be given priority in case there are more good quality papers than we can accept.