Learn about upcoming GA4GH events and access meeting reports from past events.

Past Events

14 November 2022 | Virtual
GA4GH Virtual Connect 2022

Members of the GA4GH community are invited to participate in the 2022 GA4GH Virtual Connect. The virtual four-day meeting will be from 14 to 16 and 30 November 2022.

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22 September 2022 | Barcelona, Spain
GA4GH 10th Plenary

The GA4GH 10th Plenary Meeting will be held from 22 to 23 September 2022 at the CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, Spain!

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20 April 2022 | Montreal, Canada • Virtual
April Connect 2022

At GA4GH Connect, our biannual meeting held on April 20-22, 2022, active GA4GH contributors gathered to advance the standards development and gather feedback on current needs.

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5 April 2022 | Virtual
GHIF Newborn Sequencing Workshop

The Genomics in Health Implementation Forum (GHIF) will be hosting a virtual Newborn Sequencing Workshop on April 5, 2022 at 20:00 UTC.

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16 November 2021 | Virtual
GHIF 2021

The Genomics in Health Implementation Forum (GHIF) aims to support accurate data interpretation, diagnosis, and innovative solutions through global cooperation in data sharing and clinical implementation of genomics. The GHIF held its annual open meeting as a two-day virtual session on November 16 & 17, 2021.

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12 October 2021 | Virtual
October Connect 2021

The GA4GH October Connect meeting occurred from October 12–14, 2021 to provide opportunities for collaboration across the GA4GH Work Streams, Driver Projects, and the broader community and to support contributors in advancing work on the GA4GH Roadmap.

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28 September 2021 | Virtual
GA4GH 9th Plenary Meeting

The GA4GH 9th Plenary event was held virtually on September 28–29, 2021. The meeting brought together 511 participants across 57 countries, featuring 25 sessions on topics including real-world implementations of GA4GH standards, engaging with underrepresented communities, responsible data, COVID data sharing, and more.

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29 September 2020 | Online
GA4GH 8th Plenary Meeting

The GA4GH 8th Plenary Meeting was held on September 29 – 30, 2020 UTC as a completely virtual experience. The meeting brought together global organizations and stakeholders from the genomics and health community for two days of keynotes, talks, updates, and workshops that focused on advancing development work for the immediate data sharing needs of the community. View Meeting Materials here.

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21 October 2019 | Boston, USA
GA4GH 7th Plenary Meeting
The GA4GH 7th Plenary Meeting was held on October 21-23, 2019 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, USA. The meeting brought together more than 450 individuals from more than 250 organizations across 27 countries, and focused on advancing development work for the immediate data sharing needs of the community.
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3 October 2018 | Basel, Switzerland
GA4GH 6th Plenary Meeting

The GA4GH 6th Plenary Meeting was held at the Congress Center Basel in Basel, Switzerland and presented the first set of deliverables developed under GA4GH Connect — our 5-year strategic plan to enable real-world genomic data sharing by 2022. We are grateful for the support of our local meeting sponsors, the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and ELIXIR, who will co-host the meeting. Please visit our event website to register, book accommodations, and learn more.

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15 October 2017 | ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA
GA4GH 5th Plenary Meeting

The GA4GH 5th Plenary Meeting brought together more than 350 individuals for the launch of GA4GH Connect, a new phase of the organization focused on connecting GA4GH development work to the immediate data sharing needs of the genomics and health communities. An additional 100+ individuals joined the meeting by live stream on Day 3 (see full Day 3 video here). Days 1 and 2 included internal working meetings while Day 3 was focused on launching GA4GH Connect to the broader community.

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24 May 2017 | LONDON, UK
National Initiatives Meeting

Three years after the launch of GA4GH and six months after the first GA4GH-hosted convention of national genomics initiatives Australian Genomics and Genomics England hosted representatives from 13 National Initiatives in genomic data collection to discuss areas of potential collaboration.

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21 May 2017 | HINXTON, UK
GA4GH Strategic Planning Meeting

GA4GH held a 5-year strategic roadmapping effort in early 2017, proposing the way forward for efficient, responsible, and secure genomic and clinical data sharing. The process culminated at a two-day Strategic Planning Meeting focused on roadmap review, discussion, and implementation planning, including cross-cutting workshops for best working practices.

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18 February 2017 | Boston, MA, USA
GA4GH at AAAS 2017

GA4GH hosted a symposium in the Medical Sciences and Public Health track of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The session, “Genomic and Health Data: Global Sharing and Local Governance,” considered how funding agencies, journals, regulators, health payers, and patient groups are moving to influence data-sharing policy, while simultaneously calibrating the notion of who “owns” genomic data.

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16 October 2016 | Vancouver, BC, Canada
GA4GH 4th Plenary Meeting

The GA4GH 4th Plenary Meeting brought together 355 individuals from 204 organizations and 26 countries. The focus of the meeting was on facilitating rapid uptake of GA4GH tools and solutions in real-world settings – translating the last two years of work into action. The meeting also highlighted progress made on key projects, provided updates on GA4GH as an organization, and invited input on future goals and next steps.

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3 April 2016 | Kyoto, Japan
GA4GH Global Engagement Workshop at ICHG 2016

GA4GH held a one-day Global Engagement Workshop to coincide with ICHG 2016. This workshop highlighted progress and provided updates on GA4GH as an organization, invited insight from the Japanese and global perspectives, and explored opportunities for GA4GH to collaborate and engage with international initiatives.

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6 October 2015 | Baltimore, MD, USA
GA4GH at ASHG 2015

This outreach session presented several examples of ongoing work in Latin America that align with GA4GH initiatives. This will be followed by an informal discussion around the challenges and opportunities for Latin American stakeholders and GA4GH to work more closely together both now and over the long-term.

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9 June 2015 | Leiden, The Netherlands
GA4GH 3rd Plenary Meeting

The GA4GH 3rd plenary meeting focused on a push for implementation of tools and approaches, a need to integrate with other data sharing efforts, and the importance of global and sector diversity among GA4GH membership. More than 230 individuals attended the meeting, representing 152 organizations active in 24 countries.

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15 April 2015 | New Orleans, USA
GA4GH Somatic Cancer Data Sharing Workshop

A working meeting of the world’s leading cancer researchers and funders focused on how a culture of data sharing can help enable increased learning about the underlying drivers of cancer through the application of next generation sequencing (NGS) to clinical cancer care around the world.

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17 October 2014 | San Diego, CA, USA
GA4GH 2nd Plenary Meeting

GA4GH held its second major meeting on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in San Diego, California. The purpose of the plenary session was to convene the diverse community of GA4GH members and stakeholders, share important progress made by the four Working Groups and projects being accelerated, and collectively discuss next steps for GA4GH to advance and scale up current efforts in genomic data sharing to improve human health.

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4 March 2014 | London, UK
GA4GH 1st Partner Meeting

The first GA4GH Partner Meeting was hosted by the Wellcome Trust and provided an opportunity for GA4GH partners to reflect on progress and set concrete goals and deliverables to accomplish in the near term. Over 180 individuals participated in the plenary meeting, representing 100 organizations active in 30 countries. In addition, each of the four initial Working Groups convened a full-day meeting immediately before or after the plenary session, providing in-depth discussion of specific topics. All of the meetings were highly interactive and played a critical role in informing the next steps of GA4GH.

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