Due to safety concerns and general uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret that GMI13 (originally scheduled to take place in Vancouver this June) will be postponed until 2021.

Registration for GMI13 will open in early 2021. Updates will be provided when further details are known.

We thank you for your patience in these difficult times, and hope that you will be able to join us in Vancouver next year. Stay safe!


GMI13 will be held June 10-11th in Vancouver, at UBC Robson Square (800 Robson St). GMI13 will also feature a Strategic Planning Work Group Day (June 9th), as well as a workshop on genomic epidemiology for members from low-to-middle-income countries wishing to gain more theoretical and practical experience in WGS wet lab and analytical techniques (June 8-9th). We are pleased to offer these events free of charge to all participants. Please see the GMI13 overview below for registration and further details.

For specific inquiries, please contact Dr. Emma Griffiths (info@gmi13.org).

We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver, and to a great conference!





GMI13 Overview of Events


GMI Conference – June 10/11, UBC Robson Square

GMI13 will focus on the critical importance of equity and interoperability (semantic, process, systems) in developing a global microbial genomics data sharing ecosystem. The conference will feature sessions that highlight other global genomics initiatives tackling similar challenges; international partnerships between high income and low-to-middle-income countries focusing on lessons learned for equitable data sharing; updates from public sequence repositories and surveillance networks; and work group breakout sessions focusing on the development of priority actions.

Strategic Planning Work Group Day – June 9, UBC Robson Square

To accomplish GMI’s vision and objectives, members are organized into four work groups; WG1 – Policy and networks, WG2 – Metadata standards and repositories, WG3 – Pipelines and analytical approaches, WG4 – Proficiency testing and ring trials. This dedicated WG day will focus on strategic planning of WG priorities, milestones and funding opportunities, and members will participate in WG activities. Active WG members with previous experience are strongly encouraged to attend. New members that have not participated previously will have opportunities to learn more about the WGs, and join, later during the conference.

To register for one or both of these events at UBC Robson Square, please click here for further instructions.

Genomic Epidemiology Workshop – June 8/9, University of British Columbia

This workshop will provide participants with introductory theory and principles of applying microbial genomics to infectious disease outbreak investigation and surveillance, as well as hands-on experience with various wet lab techniques and bioinformatics tools and analyses. Priority will be given to participants from low-to-middle income countries. Further details regarding the curriculum, will be available soon. To apply to attend the workshop, please click here for further instructions.




Conference location:
Room C300, UBC Robson Square
800 Robson St
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 3B7