The Wellcome Genome Campus is a unique home for genomics and biodata science to flourish from initial idea through to world-changing innovations, technology, tools and ideas.
One of the largest concentrations of genomics and biodata in the world
The Campus is one of the largest concentrations of genomics and biodata in the world, bringing together over 2,600 people including the employees, PhD students and visiting workers of two Institutes as well as people working in specialist and innovative genomics and bioinformatics companies.
Home to academic excellence
There are 92 faculty staff across EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Sanger Institute and over 100 PhD students. Amongst its staff and alumni, EMBL-EBI has two Fellows of the Royal Society, and three EMBOs. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has five EMBOs, 5 Fellows of the Royal Society and a Nobel prize winner amongst its employees and alumni.
Over the last five years, the two Institutes have produced a combined total of ca. 4,500 research papers. many of these are amongst the world’s most cited papers.
The Campus brings together leading talent and supports its scientists and bioinformaticians with the best facilities, best services and fantastic learning and collaboration opportunities. The range of knowledge, facilities and scientific operations on Campus allow scientists at the Campus to utilise different avenues of investigation, from computational models, to cell models, organoids, genome sequencing, imaging and model organisms, all on one site.
Over 40,000 billion letters of DNA are sequenced at the Wellcome Genome Campus every day, generating huge volumes of new data
40,000bn bases of DNA are sequenced per day at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The huge volumes of data generated at the Campus and aggregated internationally by EMBL-EBI is essential for greater learning and understanding in genomics. As Europe’s provider of biological data curation, analysis and data tools, EMBL-EBI processes tens of millions of data requests to its websites and databases every day. There are 84 petabytes of storage at the Sanger Institute’s onsite data storage facility. EMBL-EBI has another several hundred petabytes of storage offsite.
At the Wellcome Genome Campus, we are leading on vital training and development in genomics and bioinformatics
Skills in biodata and genomics are likely to become an increasing bottleneck to the pace and potential development of the industry that technology now permits.
Over 500,000 people undertake EMBL-EBI online training annually. Our Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences team organise 50 events a year attended by over 3,500 scientists and clinicians.
There are also over 10,000 visits to our Conference Centre each year. We are also developing Masters degrees for the NHS in partnership with Cambridge University. We also offer a rich variety of continuous learning and sharing of ideas on Campus. On average, we have over 355 scientific lectures and seminars per year given by a combination of Campus staff and external academic leaders that were open to all employees on Campus.
As genomes and genomic variation start to have increasing impact on us all, and relevance to our healthcare and treatment, the Wellcome Genome Campus aims to play an important role in enabling the public to understand and engage with their genomes.
We facilitate discourse and generate debate around some of the challenging ethical questions that genomic science generates
Our learning resource for schools, Yourgenome.org has received over 2 million visits. Over 17,000 individuals have actively participated in our Society and Ethics Research debates and the Campus hosts around 3,500 visits per annum. We aim to make the Campus more permeable and better able to host visitors and training, and as we continue to make it the best place for learning and engagement with the science of genomes.
For the latest list of our events and exhibitions that enable you to get closer to the science of genomics and its role in our history, society, and culture, visit these pages.
DNA bases are read by the Sequencing Centre every day
genomes are read by the Sanger Sequencing Facility every week (equivalent to gold standard, 30x human genomes)
scientific articles and preprints are available on EMBL-EBI’s free biomedical literature resource, Europe PMC
every 3,2 mins
we read the equivalent of a single gold-standard (30x) human genome