The Human Cell Atlas (HCA) General Meeting will be held virtually on June 28-30, 2021. The meeting aims to provide a platform for HCA participants to share best practices and discuss recent scientific updates. You can still register here.
The HCA includes 18 Biological Networks, each focusing on researching one tissue, organ, or organ system. ESPACE contributes to the Pancreas Biological Network, coordinated by ESPACE’s coordinator Prof Roland Eils of Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. The Pancreas Biological Network will have a digital booth at the HCA conference.
The HCA General Meeting will provide an overview of each HCA Biological Network and the HCA Biological Network Seminar Series. A list of past and future seminars can be found here.
3 days of knowledge sharing and cross-project collaboration
Monday – June 28
The opening day of the 2021 HCA General Meeting will spotlight the most significant milestones the collaborative community reached in 2020-2021. In addition, many coordinators of the 18 HCA Biological Networks will hold interactive “Bionetwork Social Hours,” where they present their work, and attendees can ask questions.
One member of the ESPACE consortium who will enter the virtual stage is one of the project’s Principal Investigators, Prof Emma Lundberg of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Prof Lundberg will give a presentation about the applications of machine learning in spatial proteomics and cell biology.
Tuesday – June 29
How efficient roadmaps can be developed and implemented for HCA’s 18 Biological Networks will be explored in a plenary session and interactive breakout sessions on the second day of the event.
The 90-minutes breakout session of the Bionetwork Pancreas will be split into three parts, each 30 minutes: Technical Platforms, Sample Procurement Islets and Tissues, Pancreas Development. Each part will be introduced by two speakers – each one expert from ESPACE and one from Vanderbilt/Pancreatlas – who will highlight recent findings, ideas, challenges in their field of expertise. Afterwards we are aiming for a fruitful discussion with the community.
Two poster viewings will be held on the Tuesday with Dr Luca Tosti of Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin presenting data from ESPACE.
Wednesday – June 30
On the penultimate day of the event, the opening session will overview how HCA has impacted science. Thereafter, the leaders of the HCA Working Groups invite attendees to a discussion about how HCA can work to move science forward.
For more information about the event, view the full schedule here.