A Century of Genetics

Celebrating 100 years of Genetics in Edinburgh & the Genetics Society in the UK

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Celebrating 100 years of genetics in Edinburgh and the Genetics Society in the UK 13 November, 2019 - 15 November, 2019

Royal College of Physicians, Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ


Deadline: 31/10/2019

General Information

Download the full event programme.

Registration is now FULL.

If you are no longer able to attend or would like to join the waiting list please contact Ellie Oakley at events@rsb.org.uk

Abstract submission is now closed.  Delegates have been notified if their Abstracts have been accepted for oral or poster presentation.

2019 is coincidentally the centenary of both the Genetics Society and the origins of the Roslin Institute and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh. A joint scientific celebratory meeting will be held from 13-15th November 2019, Edinburgh. The scientific meeting will focus on the work of prominent scientists who have connections with Edinburgh.

The public outreach programme aims to engage those not necessarily involved with research or science with the contributions that genetic understanding has made to life as we now know it. A public lecture “Farm, Field and Family – 100 years of Genetics in Edinburgh” will take place in the evening of 13th November at The Royal College of Physicians, Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ. Priority places will be reserved for members of the public, but if you would like to attend please sign up.  An interactive afternoon following the end of the conference on the 15th November will involve sixth form pupils.

The social programme includes a Celebration dinner, sponsored by Cobb-Vantress, and a Science Ceilidh, where dances will have a genetic-related theme. We hope that everyone will join in the fun.

Please check back for more details as they are released, and also to submit abstracts and register.
Join the Genetics Society to take advantage of the membership registration fees:

  • Full Conference – Genetics Society Full Member: £150
  • Full Conference – Genetics Society Postgraduate/Undergraduate Member: £100
  • Full Conference – Non-Member: £250
  • Conference Dinner: £65

If you are interested in sponsoring any sections of the meeting or social activities, please contact the Genetics Society for more information.

Genetics Society Carer’s Award
In recognition of carer’s responsibilities, an award of (up to) £60/day will be made available to enable members and selected speakers to attend Genetics Society scientific meetings and events. Awardees can spend this money as they think will best support their attendance. Applications can be made through the mysociety portal.



Meeting organisers:

Kay Boulton, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Martin Taylor, HGU, University of Edinburgh
Helen Sang, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Josephine Pemberton, IEB, University of Edinburgh
Wendy Bickmore, HGU, University of Edinburgh
Brian Charlesworth, IEB, University of Edinburgh
Smaragda Tsairidou, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Douglas Vernimmen, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Helen Nickerson, HGU, University of Edinburgh
Albert Tenesa, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Nicola Stock, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Ines Crespo, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Cristina Fonseca, The Genetics Society
Bill Hill, IEB, University of Edinburgh
Alan Archibald, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Chris Haley, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Eileen Wall, SRUC


Session 1: Genome Stability and Instability
Steve Jackson (University of Cambridge)
Severine Chambeyron (Institute of Human Genetics, Montpelier)
Kim Nasmyth (University of Oxford)
Kirsten Bomblies (John Innes Centre)

Session 2: Genetics and Selection of Quantitative Traits
Trudy MacKay (NCSU/Clemson)
Felicity Jones (Tuebingen)
John Hickey (Roslin Institute)
Balfour Lecture, Susan Johnston (University of Edinburgh)
Greg Kudla (University of Edinburgh)
Mendel Medal William G Hill (University of Edinburgh)

Session 3: The Germline, Sex Determination & Sex Chromosomes
Genetics Society Medal, Deborah Charlesworth, (University of Edinburgh)
Doris Bachtrog (Berkeley)
Laura Ross (University of Edinburgh)
Stephen Wright (Toronto)

Session 4: Human Genetic Variation: from Molecules to Populations
Gil McVean (University of Oxford)
Evropi Theodoratou (University of Edinburgh)
Anna Gloyn (University of Oxford)
Joe Marsh (University of Edinburgh)
Madan Babu (University of Cambridge)

Session 5: Epigenetics and Non-coding RNA
Adrian Bird (University of Edinburgh)
David Baulcombe (University of Cambridge)
Beth Sullivan (Duke)
Anne Ferguson-Smith (University of Cambridge)