About the Organizers


BGI was founded in 1999 with the vision of using genomics to benefit mankind and has since become the largest genomic organization in the world. With a focus on research and applications in the healthcare, agriculture, conservation, and environmental fields, BGI has a proven track record of innovative, high profile research, which has generated over 1,500 publications, many in top-tier journals such as Nature and Science.


BGI's distinguished achievements have made a significant contribution to the development of genomics throughout the world. BGI's goal is to make state-of-the-art genomics highly accessible to the global research community and clinical markets by integrating the industry's broadest array of leading technologies, including BGI's own BGISEQ sequencing platform, economies of scale, and expert bioinformatics resources.


BGI also offers a wide portfolio of transformative genetic testing products across major diseases, enabling medical providers and patients worldwide to realize the promise of genomics-based diagnostics and personalized healthcare. BGI’s services and solutions are available in more than 50 countries around the world.


The China National GeneBank

The China National GeneBank (CNGB) has built an integrated infrastructure of "Three banks and Two platforms". "Three Banks" represents the Biorepository, Bio-informatics Data Center and Living Biobank, while “Two Platforms” includes Digitalization Platform and Synthesis and Editing Platform.


Based on the goal to "Store, Read, and Write" genomics, the CNGB established a leading platform in public welfare to enable the exchange of data and genetic resources. The CNGB collaborates with major databases (NCBI, EMBL-EBI and DDBJ) and with biobanks (Svalbard Seed Vault, Heidelberg University, Smithsonian Institute, etc.) to build a global network system. This system facilitates the exploration of genetic resources and the industrial transformation of omics knowledge in the area of personalized medicine, agricultural breeding, marine development, microbial application, etc., by encouraging the innovation of new technologies, products, and models. With the goal of curing diseases and promoting a healthy life, the CNGB upholds the principle that "Genomic resources are owned by all, completed by all and shared by all".



GigaScience is an online open access, open data, open peer-review journal. Our focus covers ‘big data’ research from the life and biomedical sciences, including the growing range of work that uses difficult-to-access large-scale data, such as imaging, neuroscience, ecology, cohort, systems biology, and other new types of sharable data.  


We are unique in the publishing industry as we publish ALL research objects (data, software tools, and workflows) and do this within the context of a variety of article types, including Research, Data Notes, Technical Notes, Reviews and Commentaries. Our goal is to revolutionize publishing by improving research reproducibility and data dissemination, organization, understanding, and re-use. 


To achieve our goals, the journal has a novel publication format: one that links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data, providing both data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources. Coupled with this, we have also built a Galaxy-based data analysis platform to host computational methods and workflows, maximizing use of the data, tools and workflows in our articles in a more accessible and reproducible environment.