21st Genomic Standards Consortium Meeting

Dates: May 20-23, 2019
GSC board meeting May 20, 2019

GSC 21st 3-day meeting will highlight the nexus of genomic standards and innovative methods in genomics. The meeting in charming Vienna will bring together people from many fields, including microbiology, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, medicine and system biology.


Campus of the University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna [Google maps]

Directions: Public transport: subway lines U6 (Alser Strasse) or U2 (Schottentor) and tram lines 1, 5, 33, 43, 44 (Lange Gasse). Note: campus parking is very limited.






May 20 – Room “Alte Kapelle”
GSC Compliance and Interoperability working group session
GSC board meeting

May 21-23 –  Room “Aula”
Main GSC21 Meeting


Sequence and function, species interactions, personal genomes/microbiomes, model communities, taxonomy, viruses, symbioses and holobiont genomes, unicellular eukaryotes, large microbial/viral pangenomes, and more …

GSC21 Local Organizers: Craig Herbold, Thomas Rattei

GSC21  Organizers: Lynn Schriml, Folker Meyer

GSC21 Sponsors:

       GOLD Sponsor                                            TITANIUM Sponsor                                              BRONZE Sponsor

QIAGEN      Phase Genomics    ISME



GSC21 Satellite Meetings

May 24, 2019:  Cyanobacteria Nomenclature and Taxonomy Satellite Meeting
Organizers: Phil Hugenholtz, Rochelle Soo
In this satellite meeting we will discuss the current issues of the nomenclature in the Cyanobacteria, propose a phylogenetic framework and try to determine nomenclature rules for populating the structure. The meeting will consist of speakers, a discussion and an annotation jamboree.

May 23-24, 2019: GOs/GLOMICON satellite meeting
The Global Omics Observatory Network (GLOMICON) – combining Microbial. Essential Ocean Variable (EOV) ontologies.

Organizers: Neil Davies, Pier Luigi Buttigieg, John Deck, Chris Meyer, Ramona Walls
This satellite meeting will take place on afternoon of Thursday (23 May) and through Friday (noon or 5pm) 24 May. The agenda will address future directions of GOs Network and GLOMICON.



May 20th

9:00 -13:00 GSC Compliance and Interoperability working group session
(open meeting to all GSC21 attendees)

13:00-17:00 GSC Board meeting (GSC Board members)

16:00-18:00  Doors Open, GSC21

18:00-18:45  Keynote: Mining sequence data — GTDB taxonomy
                          Phil Hugenholtz – University of Queensland

18:45-22:00 Welcome Reception

May 21st

9:00-10:30 GSC21 Day 1 Opening Session
Welcome to GSC21 – University of Vienna
Thomas Rattei and Craig Herbold – University of Vienna

The Genomic Standards Consortium : Expanding MIxS Genomic Minimal
Information Standards and The National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC)
Lynn Schriml – President, Genomic Standards Consortium
Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Toward unrestricted use of public genomic data.
Nikos Kyrpides – DOE Joint Genome Institute

Evolving standards for 4D omic observation: The Global Omics Observatory Network and the Microbial Essential Ocean Variable
Pier Buttigieg – MPI-Bremen

10:30-11:15 Coffee break and Posters

11:15  Qiagen – GSC21 Gold Sponsor
Insights from integrating Omics Data across Research Projects
Frank Schacherer –  VP Products and Solutions

11:30-13:00  Towards Addressing The Reproducibility Crisis Session
Folker Meyer, Session Chair  – Argonne National Laboratory

11:30-11:50 “Reproducible Research: how Research Objects help”
Carol Goble – Manchester, UK

EBI’s use of CWL workflows
Rob Finn – EMBL-EBI

12:10-12:30 Discussion

13:00 GSC21 Group Photo

13:15-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Afternoon Workshops & Working Group Sessions

  • Benchmarking
  • Reproducibility
  • GOs : Genomic Observatories
  • GSCs role in developing MIGO – Minimum Information for Genomics Observatory

16:30-17:00 Coffee and Posters

17:00-18:00   University of Vienna historic main building tour

18:00-18:45  Keynote:  Biobanking BBMRI-ERIC
                          Kurt Zatloukal – Medical University of Graz

May 22nd

9:00 Opening, GSC21 Day 2

9:10-10:30 Standards and Bioinformatics For Emerging Fields Of Genomics Session
Nikos Kyrpides – Session Chair – DOE Joint Genome Institute
Scott Tighe – Session Chair – University of Vermont

Standards for Biosynthetic gene clusters
Michelle Schorn – Wageningen University, Netherlands

GBOL – an ontology  enforcing consistent genome annotation using ShEx definitions
Jasper Jan Koehorst – Wageningen University, Netherlands

MIGO – Minimum Information for Genomics Observatory – role of GSC
in developing these standards
Neil Davies – Moorea, French Polynesia

Characterizing Genomes of Rare and Novel Originals
Scott Tighe – University of Vermont

10:30-11:15 Coffee break

11:15 Phase Genomics – GSC21 Titanum Sponsor
Ivan Liachko – CEO Phase Genomics

11:30-13:00 Metabolomics – Genomics Session
Claire O’Donovan – Session Chair – Head of Metabolomics, EMBL-EBI

Integrating UniProt with the other ‘omics
Maria Jesus Martin – Protein Function Development Team Leader, EMBL-EBI

The metabolomics use case for the Enzyme portal
Keeva Cochrane – Metabolomics team, EMBL-EBI

The challenges facing the integration of metabolomics with the other omics and discussion
Claire O’Donovan – Head of Metabolomics, EMBL-EBI

The Mosaic Challenge
Scott Jackson – National Institute of Standards and Technology

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Afternoon Workshops & Working Group Sessions
             Virus taxonomy and standards
Simon Roux – DOE Joint Genome Institute

          14:30 – 15:00 Longitudinal virome dynamics in infants – Jelle Matthijnssens – KU Leuven
          15:00 – 15:30 The long and the short of it: Cryptic and abundant viral  populations
                                   revealed by long-read metagenomics – Joanna Warwick – University of Exeter
          15:30   Roundtable: Measures and criteria for the definition of taxonomic ranks
                       (across all domains of life + viruses)

           Compliance and Interoperability Workshop
            Ramona Walls – CyVerse

18:00-18:45  Keynote: Is predicting function from meta-omics data possible?
                          Michael Wagner  – University of Vienna

                         GSC21 Conference Dinner

May 23rd

9:00 Opening, GSC21 Day 3

9:15-10:30 Standards In Medical Genomics Session
Christoph Bock – Session Chair 
Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

9:15-9:35 Christoph Bock

Clinical Interpretation of Human Sequence Variants: Standard Guidelines vs Real World Practice
Manop Pithukipakorn – Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital

10:00-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:00 Functional Annotation – From Sequence to Function Session
Michael Wagner – Session Chair – University of Vienna

Illuminating the functional dark side of genomics and metagenomics
Antonio Fernandez – Max Planck Institute

Function without sequence – Cyanate and urea as substrates for marine Thaumarchaeota
Katharina Kitzinger – University of Vienna

12:00 GSC22 Hand Off

12:30 Close GSC21 – Lunch


Registration is closed.   

Early registration open through April 1st.
Students $200 USD, Academia $400 USD, Industry $600

Late registration open April 2-19th.

Hotels: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to the conference venue and are easily reachable by public transport. 


Hotel Bellevue, Arthotel Ana Katharina Hotel, Strudlhof Hotel, Hotel Mania, Hotel Atlanta, Hotel Boltzmann