Whether it's a viral pandemic, reducing our carbon footprint, or family responsibilities, our ability to meet in person is changing. Thankfully, technology has made it easier than ever to connect and collaborate online.

As an organisation, AGTA is here to keep our genomics community together. With the cancellation of our Annual Conference in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running a series of online symposiums on current topics in genomics.

We are excited to announce our next AGTA Live event. 

Date: 4 November 2021
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm ADST (WA: 8:00am to 12:00pm AWST, NZ: 1:00pm to 5:00pm NZST).

The second AGTA Live meeting on COVID-19, “COVID-19 Genomics 2.0” is a timely and highly anticipated peek behind the curtain, sharing world-class research and insider stories from Australia and New Zealand’s COVID-19 scientific community. With so many developments and events occurring since the symposium in May 2020, we are enthusiastic for a second session on genomics and genomic technology science and the stories behind it all.

This is a free event. The event is generously sponsored by Tecan, Perkin Elmer and ThermoFisher Scientific.

The full Event Program is now available. Here’s a taste of what to expect:

  • Short talks from leaders across Australia and New Zealand in the genomics and biology of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.
  • Panel discussion on public engagement in science of COVID-19

Confirmed speakers:

  • Rebecca Rockett (University of Sydney)
  • Josh Warburton (Decode Science)
  • Torsten Seemann (Doherty Institute)
  • Robert Lanfear (ANU)
  • Nikki Freed (University of Auckland, NZ)
  • Charles Foster (UNSW / Prince of Wales Hospital)
  • Rowena Bull (UNSW / Kirby Institute)
  • Freya Shearer (University of Melbourne)
  • Dan Suan (Westmead Hospital)
  • Siouxsie Wiles (University of Auckland, NZ)


  • James Ferguson (Garvan Institute of Medical Research) and Katherine Pillman (University of South Australia)

Registrations are limited – REGISTER NOW.

Previous AGTA Live Events

Future of Conservation Genomics: Preserving biodiversity of our planet. The biodiversity crisis is a significant issue which has far reaching impacts on the environment, food security and human health. It is essential to maintain diversity across ecosystems, diversity across species and diversity across genes. Join us in a discussion on how genomics is being used in the Australasian region in species recovery and conservation management; what the future holds and what our social and environmental responsibilities are. The event was generously sponsored by Illumina and convened by Carolyn Hogg.

Startup 2021! Commercialisation, Entrepreneurship and Genomics. Focus in genomics commercialisation has generally been overseas. However, there has been an emergence of genomics strartups downunder, including some spectacular success stories. The special AGTA Live event brought together Australia and New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and mentors in the genomics commercial world. Over the past decade, the applications of genomics have evolved in many dimensions and has crossed over in many exciting ways from the academic and research world to real-world innovations that are transforming health, environment and society. The program featured panel discussions with investors, pitching practice from new startups, and success stories from Australasian genomics entrepreneurs and business leaders. The event was generously sponsored by Illumina and co-convened by Alan Robertson, Andrew Lim and Marcel Dinger.

Liquid Biopsy and Genomics: The Power and the Passion. Our third AGTA Live event took place in partnership with the Thomas Ashworth Symposium (TAS) on the 15th of October 2020. Together we hosted an outstanding cast of international and Australasian leaders in the field showcasing their liquid biopsy research. Topics included early detection, methylated ctDNA, integration of ctDNA based liquid biopsy into clinical trials and precision oncology, along with circulating tumour cell analysis. Many thanks to our organisers, speakers and sponsors (ThermoFisher Scientific, Illumina, BioRad and GeneTarget Solutions). The event was co-convened by Kevin Spring, Mark Cowley and Craig Gedye . Recordings of select presentations are available on the AGTA YouTube channel.

Cancer Genomic Technologies. Our second AGTA Live event took place on the 1st of September 2020. Bringing together a star-studded cast of scientists and genomics-enabled clinicians and patients, we learned about the the successes, opportunities and challenges of cancer genomics for a patients, oncologists, researchers and lab technologists. The event attracted more than 450 registrants. We thank the organisers, presenters and sponsors (Illumina and Nanostring) for this highly informative and engaging event. The event was co-convened by Cris Print, Mark Cowley and Nic Waddell. Recordings of speaker presentations are available on YouTube.

COVID-19 Special Meeting: Genomics, Science and the Coronavirus. Our inaugural AGTA Live event  took place on the 15th of May 2020. With over 330 registrants, it was a highly attended and engaged event, where our participants enjoyed online presentations and discussion on genomics and genomics technologies associated with COVID-19.  Many thanks to our organisers, speakers and sponsors (Qiagen, ThermoFisher Scientific and Decode) for making this a event a success. The event was co-convened by Marcel Dinger, Ruby Lin and Helen Speirs. Recordings of all speaker presentations are available on YouTube.

We look forward to hosting further AGTA Live events in the future. If you have ideas for themes or would like to sponsor an AGTA Live event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at