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Attending the event is free of charge, click here for registration.

Important dates

  • 10/04/2014 - Registration open
  • 30/07/2014 - Deadline for sponsors and exhibitors
  • 14/07/2014 - Abstract for poster presentation submission deadline
  • 01/09/2014 - Registration closed

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The seventh in a series of plenary meetings of the Global Microbial Identifier initiative is organised by The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), UK, on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), UK.

GMI is an informal global, visionary taskforce of approximately 200 scientists and other stakeholders from more than 30 countries who share an aim of making novel genomic technologies and informatics tools available for improved global infectious disease diagnostics, surveillance and research, by developing needs and end-user based data exchange and analysis tools for characterisation of all microbial organisms and microbial communities. GMI organises regular plenary meetings to review progress against the objectives, refresh the strategy, exchange knowledge and extend network of experts.

The event

The two-day event will include continuing business of the five GMI working groups, presentations by international experts, posters and an exhibition, and aims to examine the state-of-the art of next-generation genomics, data storage, ring trials, pilot projects and associated political challenges; review GMI objectives and strategy, catalyse integration across international borders and harmonise the amalgamation of scientific efforts of academia, government and industry.

The meeting provides a unique opportunity to join the GMI initiative and drive its strategy to develop a global system of DNA genome databases for microbial and infectious disease identification and diagnostics. The meeting will benefit those tackling individual problems at the frontline (clinicians, food microbiologists, veterinarians, etc.) as well as other stakeholders, i.e. policy-makers, regulators, industry, etc. International participants from academia, government and industry will have ample opportunities to network with exhibitors and sponsors throughout the meeting.

Satellite meeting: Applications for Plant Pathogens

Wednesday 10th September

Sponsored by Defra

Exploring the GMI concept in relation to plant pathogenic bacteria and potentially other areas such as bee diseases.

More information


The following pages give all the information you need to know about attending the 7th GMI meeting:


Over 150 delegates have already registered to attend the 7th GMI meeting: