Wellcome Strategic Support: Science award (WSSS)

Scientific Hybrid Meeting
Wednesday 14 September 2022

We are delighted to announce that our final WSSS scientific meeting, will take place in-person on Wednesday 14 September in the auditorium, Genome Campus, Hinxton.  This meeting will be a hybrid meeting, however, we very much hope that you will be able to attend in person.



Draft - schedule for the event

10:00-10:30 – Welcome and Introduction – Sarah T

10:30-12:00 – Session: Consortium reflection Chair to be confirmed.

10:30-10:45 Infrastructure for a successful consortium – Paul G

To cover: Operations (Project Management, Research Admin, CellGen Wet Lab, CellGen Informatics, and Data portals)

10:45-11:00 – Enabling the consortium – Krishnaa

To cover: CBTM – how it benefitted from funding, how it has evolved to support HCA broadly, what does the future look like?

11:00-11:45 – Panel discussion – 11:00-11:45 – Lead PIs

Panel discussion – each lead PI on stage (Sarah, Muzz, Menna, Kourosh, David R, Magnus, Paul K, John M (tbc)) presents 1-2 slides on what each institute gained from being part of the WSSS consortium.

Discussion to cover:

  • What we felt went well as a consortium?
  • What lessons have we learned for the next consortium project?
  • What does the future look like?

12:00-13:00 Lunch/Posters

13:00-14:30 Scientific presentations – Chair to be confirmed

To highlight key scientific insights from the project. Representation from all groups sought. 15 mins each.

  • Gut – Oxford – IBD focus – Paul K
  • Lung – Sanger – Immune niche identification + SARS-CoV-2 highlights – Kerstin
  • Kidney/Bladder – Cambridge – Menna
  • Skin – Newcastle – V1 atlas in Science – Muzz
  • Computational – EBI – Milo – Emma Dann
  • Leveraging WSSS data on foetal tissue & tumours – Sam Behjati

14:30-15:00 Tea/Coffee break

15:00-16:30 Careers and Culture – Individual Scientist perspective – Chair: Paul Klenerman

Talks from researchers – what did they gain from the consortium? How has this shaped their ways of thinking and doing things? How did this directly impact their science? 15 mins each

  • Kenny Roberts (Sanger) – Spatial technology development
  • Clarisse Garnier (KCL) – Research group experience
  • Nicholas Provine (Oxford) – Tech development and Clinical Genomics – Leveraging the consortium to branch out to new technologies and the impact on the clinic
  • Ben Stewart (Cambridge) – Impact of consortium on Clinical studies
  • Rasa Elmentaite (Sanger) – Insights to translational PoV
  • Simone Webb (Newcastle) – PhD to Postdoc progression – leveraging foetal immune studies

16:30-16:45 Close – Sarah

Poster Session

We invite you to present a poster during the event to highlight the work you and your teams have contributed to the WSSS project.

Poster Board dimensions:  AO (841mm X 1189mm)

Please indicate you intent to present a poster on the registration form.  A title will be required to secure your poster board which will be allocated on a first come first serve.

Who can attend?

Please ensure you share the registration link with all members of your WSSS team who wish to attend the event.

Virtual Attendance

A zoom link will be sent, to those who have registered for virtual attendance.