20th Genomic Standards Consortium Meeting

Dates: May 2-4, 2018 (GSC board meeting May 1st, 2018)

Venue: Center for Microbiome Innovation, Atkinson Hall at University of California San Diego, USA

GSC Organizers: Rob Knight, Lynn Schriml, Folker Meyer, Pelin Yilmaz, Jim Cole




Local Organizers: Rob Knight, Sandrine Miller

Theme: Advances in Metabolome, Immunome & Taxonomy for Microbiome

GSC 20’s 3-day meeting will highlight the nexus of genomic standards, microbiomes and advances in metabolomics, immunome and taxonomy.


Registration will open in January 2018. Registration Fee: TBD

GSC20 Sessions:

May 2nd: Metabolomics

May 3rd: Immunome

May 4th: Taxonomy 


The workshop will be held at Atkinson Hall on the La Jolla campus of University of California, San Diego.  The address for campus is 9500 Gilman Driven, La Jolla, CA 92093. Buildings on campus do not have individual addresses, but if you use GoogleMaps and type in Atkinson Hall it will lead you directly to the building.


We recommend GSC20 attendees reserving their rooms before March 1st. There are many hotels within a few miles of the venue.

Air Travel, Ground Transportation, and Visas

Citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program do not need to apply for visas to attend the Workshop. You may enter the United States using just your passports and your Workshop Registration Notice. At the port of entry into the U.S, please request to be given a “Visa Waiver for Business” (WB) status. That will allow you to stay in the U.S. for the length of the Conference.
IMPORTANT: Effective January 12, 2009, all Visa Waiver travellers will be required to obtain an authorization via ESTA before traveling to the United States: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/.

The Visa Waiver countries are:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.

Citizens of countries not participating in the Visa Waiver Program will need to request a Business (B-1) visa at the nearest U.S. Consulate. Please present at the Consulate your Workshop Registration Notice, along with your valid passport. We urge you to do this EARLY, as there are often delays in this process. Official letters of invitation (without financial commitment) to help overcome administrative difficulties in some countries can be sent upon written request to the conference administrator.

Although Canada is not a Visa Waiver country, Canadian citizens do not need to apply for visas at the U.S. Consulate. Citizens of Canada may enter the country using just their passports, along with their Workshop Registration Notice. Please request at the port of entry status as a Visitor for Business (B-1).