British Council
UK-Russia Researcher Links
Genomics Workshop

September 16-18, 2019

Nottingham, UK

Workshop Partner

European Society for Clinical Investigation

We are pleased to partner with the European Society for Clinical Investigation in our Genome Workshop.

The ESCI have agreed to generously sponsored the poster and oral presentation prizes for our workshop.

The following prizes will be available to ECR (<35 years age) presenters at our workshop:

- Two travel awards, each to value of  €500, to attend the 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation, in Bari, Italy, May 2020. 

- Three one year memberships of ESCI 

For more information please refer to the ESCI conference pages at:


Best Practices in Genomics Research: Sept 16-18, 2019



The Researcher Links programme provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop.

Workshop Goals


The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster/short oral presentation, and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Russia. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

Programme details:

The Best Practices in Genomics Research Workshop will focus on genomics and how genomic tools are revolutionsing our understanding of how genes are regulated. This fundamental topic underpins all aspects of biological research. We will share best practices in generation, interpretation, storage and dissemination of next generation sequencing genomic data. The workshop will address key thematic areas of Single Cell Genomics, Transcriptomics, Epigenetics and Epitranscriptomics, in the context of fundamental mechanisms of gene regulation. We will deepen understanding of our thematic areas by exploring the application of these genomic approaches in diverse areas of biological research, including stem cell biology, immunology, cell/molecular biology and oncology. These sessions will be facilitated by participants of the Nottingham Research Leaders Programme (NRLP) and other experts who will also share their experience in scientific leadership and mentorship. Our workshop will also draw on the Russian-English bilingual expertise of the University of Nottingham’s Centre for English Language Education in academic communication.  


- Professor Nigel Mongan, University of Nottingham

- Professor Albert Rizvanov, Kazan Federal University, Corresponding Member, Tatarstan Academy of Sciences

Expert mentors: 

- Dr. Oleg Gusev, Kazan Federal University & RIKEN-KFU Translational Genomics 

- Professor Andrei Kiassov, Kazan Federal University,  Vice-Rector for Biomedicine of KFU, Corresponding Member, Tatarstan Academy of Sciences

- Professor Richard Emes, University of Nottingham

- Professor Rupert Fray, University of Nottingham

Panel of experts:

- Professor Jamie Leigh: Microbial genomics

- Professor Kevin Gough: Environmental genomic applications

- Dr. Vicky James: Extracellular vesicles

- Dr. Cinzia Allegrucci: Stem cells

- Dr. Catrin Rutland: Anatomy

- Dr. Janet Daly: Virology

- Dr. Olga Burakov: Communication skills

Session Facilitators

Veronika Metzler

Daisy Haigh

Corinne Woodcock

Jennifer Lothion-Roy


The Researcher Links programme will provide bursaries to support visa, insurance and travel costs to attend the workshop at the University of Nottingham to a value of £770 for Russian delegates and £200 for UK delegates. Up to 17 bursaries are available to both UK and Russia-based applicants. The Researcher Links programme will cover the costs of meeting registration, accommodation and meals at the University of Nottingham. Participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur with travel or accommodation arrangements or any other issues participants might experience when the participants are away from their home. 

Application and Deadline

The full application form below. Please submit applications to both of the following email addresses: and and The deadline for Russia based applicants is June 21, 2019 to enable visa applications. The deadline for UK applicants is August 15, 2019. 

Download Application Form


University of Nottingham

Jubilee Campus Center

Nottingham, NG8 1BB 


Bursary Eligibility


Application process


- Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form.

- Please contact us for the application form or down load from this website

- Application must be submitted before the above deadline

- Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.

- Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc.) at a recognised research or medical institution either in the UK or in Russia.

- Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop. 

Application assessment criteria

- Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop

- Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop

- Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop 

- Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes.

Selection Procedure

- Eligibility check

- Quality assessment


Applicants will be notified by email 2 months prior to the workshop.

Equal opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions and are guiding principals for the University of Nottingham and Kazan Federal University.  

While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance and to promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, social status or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given. For this reason  all activities are consistent with our commitment to avoid bias on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation or disability. Particular care will be taken to ensure that members of under-represented groups as defined above are facilitated to attend this workshop.  

Genome Workshop Topics


Workshop Program

1. Single cell sequencing

2. Population genomics

3. Epigenetics

4. Epitranscriptomics

5. Precision Medicine

6. Genomics of extracellular vesicles

7. Microbial genomics applications

8. Genomics applications in environmental science

9, Genomics applications in stem cell biology and development

Workshop Format

1.  Keynote lecture addresses

2. Facilitated small group discussions

3. Oral presentations

4. Poster sessions

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Genome Workshop

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