Thursday 20 April - Friday 21 April 2023

European Mathematical Genetics Meeting 2023

The 51st European Mathematical Genetics Meeting (EMGM) 2023 will take place online and in person at the University of Surrey.

  • Start date: 19th April is pre-conference course, 20th of April - the conference
  • Conference dates: 20th and 21st April 2023
  • Time commitment: 2 days plus pre-conference course ½ day
  • Venue: Rik Medlik Building (Auditorium 03MS01, entrance through Main Flyer)  in Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Abstract submission deadline: late breaking 20 March 2023 (midday 11:59 GMT)
  • Registration fee: in person - £150, online - £60 Registration is open. We expect the oral presentations and posters to be delivered in person.
  • Conference dinner: £55 (20 April, 2023, The White House Guildford, 8 High St, Guildford GU2 4AJ)
  • Pre-conference course "Machine Learning with Python for Geneticists": attendance fee - £100 (19 April, 2023; in person event; start at 11.30am, end at 17.00 local time)
  • Accommodation: information below.


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Registration opens on 06 February 2023 and closes on 31 March 2023.

About EMGM 2023

The 51st European Mathematical Genetics Meeting 2023 will take place at the University of Surrey on 20-21 April 2023. This annual meeting offers an informal environment to exchange ideas on the use of mathematical techniques in the field of genetics. The 2023 edition will put an emphasis on the use of Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Big data approaches for multi-omic data from humans and other species with the highlighted theme “Bringing ML/AI into genomics and multi-omics”

EMGM focuses on methods and applications in a broad range of topics in mathematical and statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology: population genetics, complex trait genetics, causal inference, trait prediction and personalised health, integrative omics, imputation / fine-mapping / rare variants, gene-, tissue- and pathway-enrichment, family-based data, multi-trait methods, ML/AI approaches for omics etc. You can see details of recent meetings at and The meeting offers a friendly and informal environment, a great place to showcase your latest work, hear what’s happening in the field, and meet other mathematical and statistical genetics folks.

The meeting will take place in person with the opportunity to attend online as well.

Click here to subscribe to the StatGen mailing list (conferences and courses, position openings, job postings and other relevant information in the fields of Statistical Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology, Population Genetics and Forensic Statistics).


Prof Michael Weedon, Medical School, University of Exeter, UK

Prof Krista Fischer, Professor of Statistics, Estonian Genome Centre, University of Tartu, Estonia “Using Population Biobank data for health – from an individual to country-wide solutions”

Invited speakers

Nabila Bouatia-Naji, DR2 Inserm, Paris Cardiovascular Research Center, PARCC@HEGP, France

Alex Lewin, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Ayse Demirkan, University of Surrey, UK


Registration fee: in person - £150; online - £60 Registration is open. We expect the oral presentations and posters to be delivered in person.

Registration for the EMGM2023 meeting is mandatory.  

  • Registration opens: 06 February 2023
  • Registration closes: 31 March 2023


Abstract submission - Late breaking deadline until 20 March 2023 (midday, 11:59 GMT)

  • Abstract submission opens: 1 February 2023 (23.59 UK time)
  • Early abstract submission deadline: 14 February 2023 (23.59 UK time) - enables faster response about the outcome for UK visa applications
  • Abstract submission closes: 20 March 2023 (11.59 UK time)

Please, email your abstract (250 words maximum) to the conference email using the Preformatted Word document by copy/pasting your text into the form. Please do not enter references in the abstract text.

Download preformatted abstract document (docx)


Please see the EMGM2023 Programme on the link below


Pre-conference Course Programme

Please see the EMGM2023 Pre-conference Course Programme on the link below:

Pre-conference Course Programme

Abstract Book

Please see the EMGM2023 Abstract Book on the link below:

EMGM2023 Abstract Book

Oral Presentation Guidelines 

Please see the EMGM2023 Oral Presentation Guidelines on the link below:

Oral Presentation Guidelines

Poster Presentation Guidelines 

Please see the EMGM2023 Poster Presentation Guidelines on the link below:

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Conference awards

A prize will be awarded to the best long talk in a subject related to the highlighted theme “Bringing ML/AI into genomics and multi-omics”. An award will be also given to the best in person presented poster.

Pre-conference Course

Course attendance fee: attendance fee £100 (19 April, 2023; in person event; start at 11.30am, end at 17.00 local time).

The registration is open.

Pre-conference course "Machine Learning with Python for Geneticists": The course will be led by Surrey’s Pan-University People-Centred AI Institute academics and fellows: Dr Ayşe Demirkan, Dr Adam Mahdi, Dr Samaneh Kouchaki, Dr Muhammad Awais.

Machine learning and AI are revolutionising data science as we speak. This course aims to share the knowledge and promises of AI with geneticists, whom we believe will benefit from it the most. During the course, we first go over the traditionally-used machine learning methods, followed by advanced machine learning and its challenges regarding interpretability and explainability. We next learn about deep neural networks and their applications on GWAS data. We finally talk about natural language processing, and it promises for analysing DNA sequences. The lectures are followed up with hands-on exercises written in Python.

The target audience of this course is (applied) statistical geneticists, genetic epidemiologists and researchers working with -omics. No Python coding knowledge is needed, but a basic understanding or experience with statistics is expected. The exercises will be performed on participants' laptops using google Colab via an internet connection.

After finishing this course, we expect the participants to feel encouraged to read and understand articles using machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing and be able to define scientific questions that can be answered by machine learning. The participants will also get a basic understanding of python coding and be encouraged to use machine learning on their own data.

Pre-conference Course Fellowships

We welcome applications for the People-Centred AI institute Fellowships covering the Attendance Fees of the Pre-Conference course. 

Deadline for applications - 20 March, 2023 

To apply, the applicant should submit an abstract to EMGM 2023 and tweet about EMGM2023 using both the conference's and AI institute's Twitter handles @emgm2023 and @PeopleCentredAI. The web-link to respective tweet should be sent with the Pre-conference course application form.

Download Pre-conference Fellowship Application Form (docx)

EMGM2023 GUIDED WALK on Surrey Hills  

Experience the beautiful Surrey Hills with a walk to the iconic St Martha-on-the-Hill. On 19th April after the pre-conference course, you will have an opportunity for a guided walk (weather permitting) to the St Martha’s hill to admire the views and the 12th century church ( This is about 1-1.5 hours’ walk with a leisurely pace in each direction, total 2-3 hours.

Take good walking shoes, a bottle of water and a sense of exploration with you!

The organisers will provide biscuits at the top, and you may organise your own dinner in the town on your return.

Registration is advised for organising purposes.


Mandolay Hotel Guildford

To book the room at Mandolay Hotel Guildford, please send an email to with the preferred room, guest name, surname and email address before booking the room. The Mandolay Hotel Guildford Reception team will get back to you with the reservation confirmation email and further instructions.

Below are Mandolay Hotel Guildford room rates for EMGM2023 attendees:

  • DOUBLE COSY, £114.00 per night, Bed & Breakfast
  • DOUBLE MEDIUM £114.00 per night, Bed & Breakfast
  • EXECUTIVE DOUBLE £150.00 per night, Bed & Breakfast

Check rooms at Mandolay Hotel Guildford via this link: and email with your preferred room, guest name, surname and email address.

Holiday Inn Guildford

To book the room at Holiday Inn Guildford, please book your room with special EMGM rates via this link: 

Harbour Spa Hotel Guildford

To book the room at Harbour Spa Hotel Guildford, please enter coupon: FUN15 to get a 15% discount. Check room rates and book your room at Harbour Spa Hotel Guildford website via this link:

Travelodge Hotel Guildford – information will be published on our website soon.


Contact us

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Terms and conditions


1.1         When the following words with capital letters are used in these terms, this is what they will mean:


Your registration for a EMGM 2023 conference is submitted online via SURREY STORE


European Mathematical Genetics Meeting 2023

Event outside our Control

Defined in Clause 8.

Confirmed Place

Your place on the conference in respect of which you have received a confirmation of booking from us.

University of Surrey (or We, Us)

University of Surrey, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7XH, UK.

Place Offer

Our offer to you of a place on the conference which will be confirmed only when you have paid the registration fee within the deadlines we have given.


The terms and conditions set out in this document.

Registration Fee

The Registration fee for the conference only, payment of which will be one of the conditions for receiving a confirmed place.

1.2         When We use the words “writing” or “written” in these Terms, this will include email unless We say otherwise.

2. Our contract with you

2.1         These are the terms and conditions on which University of Surrey shall deliver the conference to you.

2.2         Please ensure that you read carefully these Terms, and check that the details on the Registration form are complete and accurate, before you submit the Registration.

2.3         You acknowledge that you are also subject to University of Surrey’s Regulations. In the event of any conflict between University of Surrey’s Regulations and these Terms, University of Surrey’s Regulations shall prevail.

2.4         After submitting an Abstract Document, you will receive an email from Us acknowledging receipt of your Abstract Document and (either at the same time or separately) confirming whether you have a Place Offer or we have rejected your Application.

2.5         If We make you a Place Offer, it will include an invoice which you will have to pay within fourteen days of receiving the invoice (invoices are deemed to have been received by you on the next business day after sending); details of how to pay will be included in the invoice. If you receive the invoice within 14 days of the start of the conference you should pay at the latest at the start of the conference.

2.6         Receipt of a Place Offer does not in itself indicate the existence of a contract between you and University of Surrey.

2.7         The contract between you and University of Surrey shall only come into being when you have accepted the Place Offer and paid the relevant Fees within the deadlines set out in clause 2.5 above. If you do not, your Place Offer will lapse.

2.8         The contract will shall be deemed terminated at the end of the conference, unless your Confirmed Place is cancelled under Clauses 4 or 5 in which case the contract shall be deemed terminated at that point.

3. Fees and payment

3.1         All payments must be made in GB Pounds Sterling. Any currency conversion costs or other charges incurred in making the payment or in processing a refund shall be borne by you, and shall not be deductible from the Registration Fee due to University of Surrey.

4. Your rights to cancel and applicable refund

4.1         Your right to cancel within fourteen days: You have the right to cancel your Confirmed Place for no reason within fourteen days of the day you received notification of a Confirmed Place, provided that We receive your cancellation before the start of the conference.

4.2         Your general right to cancel: You have the right to cancel your Confirmed Place at any time if We are affected by an Event Outside Our Control or if We change these Terms under Clause 9 to your material disadvantage.

4.3         Applicable Refund: Other than in cases where clauses 4.1 or 4.2 apply, you will not qualify for a refund of all or any part of the Registration Fee or Accommodation Fee unless there is evidence of exceptional mitigating circumstances. Any refund will be at the sole discretion of University of Surrey.

4.4         To cancel your Confirmed Place please inform us in writing, by emailing the conference administrator at

5. Our rights to cancel and applicable refund

5.1         We reserve the right to cancel the conference (and therefore your Confirmed Place):

(a)          Due to an Event Outside Our Control; or

(b)          If the conference fails to meet the minimum recruitment level by four weeks preceding commencement of the conference. We will contact you promptly if this happens.

5.2         If We have to cancel a conference under Clause 5.1 and you have a Confirmed conference Place, We will refund the Registration Fee to you. We will not accept liability for any costs or losses incurred by you which are claimed to have arisen through cancellation of the conference and you are strongly advised to take out insurance against cancellation of the conference if your travel costs are likely to be substantial.

5.3         Where We have already started a conference by the time We have to cancel under Clause 5.1(a), We will refund you a pro-rata amount of the Tuition Fee.

5.4         We may cancel this contract at any time with immediate effect by giving you written notice if you breach the contract in any material way and you do not correct or fix the situation within the deadline we give you for doing so.

6. Attendance and conduct

6.1         You shall conduct yourself appropriately at all times during delivery of the conference, and in particular in accordance with University of Surrey’s Regulations. We reserve the right to exclude you from the conference or take such other action as We deem appropriate if you behave in what We deem to be an unacceptable manner. In such case you will not be entitled to a refund of all or any part of the Registration Fee.

7. Liability and insurance

7.1         The liability of University of Surrey in connection with the conference, whether arising in contract, tort, negligence, breach of statutory duty or otherwise, will, in all circumstances, be limited to the amount of the Registration Fee paid by you (except in cases of liability for death or personal injury caused by University of Surrey’s negligence, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation and any other liability which, by law, cannot be limited).

7.2         University of Surrey shall not be in breach of this agreement nor liable in the event that it has to postpone or cancel the conference as a result of Events outside its Control.

7.3         University of Surrey does not provide insurance for the conference participants. Consequently, University of Surrey recommends that you investigate personal insurance coverage, particularly in respect of your personal possessions and medical expenses. Find out how to access NHS services in England if you are visiting from abroad.

7.4         You will be responsible for any damage you cause (including but not limited to furniture, fixtures, fittings and equipment).

7.5         You will indemnify University of Surrey against all claims, losses, damages, actions, proceedings and costs in respect of accident, loss and damage, including personal injuries, however caused, in any part of the building in which the conference is taking place or on campus, and for any items you might bring into such building.

8. Events outside our control

8.1         We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any or any part, of Our obligations under these Terms that is caused by an Event Outside Our Control.

8.2         An Event Outside Our Control means any act or event beyond Our Reasonable control, including without limitation, strikes, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat or terrorist attack, war, fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster, or failure of public or private telecommunication networks.

9. Changes to the terms

 9.1        We may revise these Terms, from time to time, where such variation is necessary in order to comply with relevant laws and regulatory requirements.

9.2         If we have to revise these Terms under Clause 9.1, We will give you at least one month’s written notice of any changes to these Terms before they take effect. You can choose to cancel your Place accordance with clause 4.2.

9.3         All reasonable efforts will be made to deliver the conference as outlined on the website, however University of Surrey reserves the right to make reasonable changes to content listed in respect of the conference, including but not limited to the conference structure, content, academic or other staff delivering, organising or assessing the conference, and the keynote speakers.

10. Visual and/or audio recordings               

10.1       Unauthorised visual and/or audio recordings of lectures and other learning and teaching activities by conference participants are prohibited and may be destroyed.

11. How we may use your personal information

11.1       We will use the personal information you provide to Us

(a)          For standard administrative processes. More information about these administrative purposes can be found on the student privacy notice .

(b)          To process your Registration Fee payment; and

(c)           To inform you about similar products or services that We provide, but you may stop receiving these at any time by contacting Us.

11.2       Any processing of personal data by Us will be made in accordance with the principles laid down in the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation, and with Our Data Protection Policy. Sensitive personal data as defined under the Data Protection Act 1998 will only be processed by Us with your consent or if the processing is necessary under the Act. Read the University's Data Protection Policy (PDF).

11.3       Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have a right to access a copy of the data held about you by Us by making a written application to The Data Protection Officer Find out more information about how to go about submitting such an application, via the University's Data Protection Policy (PDF) and related Codes of Practice and Guidance.

11.4       Our registration with the Information Commissioner's Office (our notification number is Z6346945) and we are committed to ensuring that the personal data we process is handled in accordance with data protection legislation.

12. Intellectual property

 12.1      All intellectual property rights in works or materials provided by University of Surrey to you as part of the conference shall remain the property of University of Surrey or its licensors as appropriate. You are only permitted to use such Materials for your own personal use and are not permitted to copy, circulate or make them available to anyone without our consent.

13. Governing law and dispute resolution

13.1       This agreement and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

13.2       You and University of Surrey irrevocably agree, for the sole benefit of University of Surrey, that, subject as provided below, the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with this agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims). Nothing in this clause shall limit the right of University of Surrey to take proceedings against you in any other court of competent jurisdiction, nor shall the taking of proceedings in any one or more jurisdictions preclude the taking of proceedings in any other jurisdictions, whether concurrently or not, to the extent permitted by the law of such other jurisdiction.

14. Complaints

14.1       If you have any complaint, please contact Us. You can contact Us by telephoning or emailing the conference administrator via .


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