Human Cell Atlas


The participants in the Human Cell Atlas will meet regularly to share information and to plan work for the initiative. These meetings are hosted by participant institutions throughout the world.

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    Past Meetings

    • HCA General Meeting - Cambridge, MA, 01 - 02 November 2018

      Hosted by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.


      This meeting will focus on the work of the networks to build atlases of key organs including lung, gut, brain, immune, heart, vasculature, kidney and liver. We will hear updates on progress in data collection and analysis, discuss plans for organ-wide mapping, provide updates on the activities of the HCA Working Groups and hear about the Data Coordination Platform.


      While participation in person in the HCA General Meetings is by invitation, all are welcome to register here to join remotely. They will be listed as formal attendees. We will also be live streaming all plenary sessions and breakout sessions.

      Any inquiries regarding this meeting should be sent to


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    • HCA General Meeting - Hinxton, 8-9 March 2018

      Hosted by the Wellcome Sanger Institute and supported by the Kavli Foundation and Wellcome.

      As we have now launched the generation of the first draft of the Atlas, this meeting will aim to report and discuss the progress of projects working towards this goal. 

      The meeting is now full. If you are unable to attend, you will be able to watch the plenary sessions live on our YouTube Channel.

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    • Workshop on Model Systems, Organoids and the Human Cell Atlas

      Hosted by the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC). Jointly organised by Nikolaus Rajewsky and Ido Amit. 

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    • HCA General Meeting - Rehovot, 18-19 October 2017

      Hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science

      This meeting will discuss the progress that the Human Cell Atlas has made in a year since the Launch Meeting and will make plans to ensure further success in the future.

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    • HCA Computational Methods - Stockholm, 1-2 June 2017

      Hosted by the Karolinska Institute and kindly supported by The Kavli Foundation, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Broad Institute, and an anonymous donor.

      Invitees will discuss the computational methods that will be crucial to the success of the Human Cell Atlas. The meeting will aim to strengthen links between the computational and experimental communities. It will define and prioritize biological questions and challenges whilst also optimizing experimental design for computational success.

      Due to venue restrictions, registration for this meeting is now closed. We will stream the plenary sessions to our YouTube Channel.

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    • Technology Development - Stanford, March 2017

      This Human Cell Atlas meeting was held at Stanford University on 23–24 February 2017, hosted by The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and Chan Zuckerberg Science.

      Invitees gathered in order to formulate recommendations to advance the Human Cell Atlas project. In particular, this meeting focused on addressing the technological challenges and opportunities presented by the Human Cell Atlas in areas including large-scale single-cell RNA sequencing, spatially-resolved methods, single-cell proteomics, epigenomics, and sample handling. The meeting also addressed quality controls, benchmarking and method comparison.

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    • Human Cell Atlas Launch Meeting. London, October 2016

      The International Human Cell Atlas Initiative was launched at a meeting at The Wellcome Trust in London on Oct 13-14 2016. Here, experts from around the world – convened by Wellcome, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard – met to discuss how to shape the Human Cell Atlas.

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