RECOMB – Comparative Genomics

Update March 13, 2020. For now, RECOMB-CG 2020 is scheduled to proceed as planned. However, the organizing committee realizes that there is a global uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its impacts on travel and events. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops and will communicate new information in a timely manner as we receive it. Duty of care and public health safety is our top priority.

Update May 1, 2020. RECOMB-CG 2020 was cancelled.

With the advent of high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies, more and more genome-related data are available, posing increasing challenges for the field of computational comparative genomics. The comparison of related genome sequences provides great inferential power for analyses of genome evolution, gene function, ancestral genome organization, cellular processes, mechanisms of evolution, and cancer genomics evolution. The RECOMB-CG satellite conference brings together leading researchers in bioinformatics and genomics to discuss cutting edge research in comparative genomics, with an emphasis on computational approaches and novel experimental results. The program of the RECOMB-CG includes both invited lectures, highlight talks, contributed talks and poster sessions. The conference has already made a lasting impact in the field of computational comparative genomics.

Contributions on any theoretical and/or empirical approach to genome-wide comparison are welcome. Topics of interest include:

  • genome rearrangements,
  • genomic variation,
  • diversity and dynamics,
  • gene identification and annotation,
  • methods for genome assembly,
  • cancer evolutionary genomics,
  • comparative epigenomics,
  • population genomics,
  • phylogenomics, paleogenomics, epidemiology and related areas.

We encourage submissions that offer new biological findings or otherwise highlight their relevance to biology.

The RECOMB-CG conference will hold its 18th edition in Singapore from 21–24 September 2020. (The 17th edition was held in Montpellier, France.)


Singapore is a city-state at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The city is also referred to as the Garden City for its tree-lined streets and greening efforts. English is the common language in Singapore.

In Singapore, biomedical sciences institutes drive research making advancements in basic science and ready-to-use technologies. The Genome Institute of Singapore, the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Bioinformatics Institute and other research entities are located at the Biopolis campus. Singapore has built strength in biomedical R&D activities in computational biology, genomics and other biomedical sciences. The National University of Singapore (NUS) is only a mile away from the Biopolis, which is among the top universities in the world.

As a young and vibrant city, Singapore changes every passing day. New attractions in Singapore include the Gardens by the Bay (above and right) and Jewel Changi Airport (below). 18.5 million foreigners visited Singapore in 2018, more than 3 times of Singapore’s total population.

Singapore Changi Airport is an aviation hub for Southeast Asia. It is also on the flying route between Australia and Europe. Changi Airport hosts a network of over 100 airlines connecting Singapore to some 300 cities in about 70 countries and territories worldwide.

The NUS U-Town

To get to the venue see the “Attending” page.

The workshop will be held at the University Town, designed for the entire NUS community. It is an educational hub complete with residential spaces, teaching facilities and study clusters. There are lots of facilities at UTown – 24/7 study clusters, discussion spaces, a learning cafe, sporting facilities and spaces for the performing arts.

Group Activity

The group activities to be organized will include hiking on the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir or the Southern Ridges Walk and a tour to the Botanic Gardens.
A conference dinner will also be held at a local Chinese restaurant.

Key Dates

Paper submission opens Mon., May 4, 2020 (Closed due to cancellation)
Paper submission deadline Mon., Jun. 8, 2020
Author notification for papers Tue., Jun. 30, 2020
Final paper version due Mon., Jul. 20, 2020

Poster submission deadline Mon., Aug. 10, 2020
Author notification for posters Fri., Aug. 14, 2020

Registration opens Sat., Jul. 10, 2020
Early registration ends Tue., Sept. 1, 2020
Conference starts Mon., Sept. 21, 2020 (evening)
Conference ends Fri., Sept. 24, 2020 (evening)

Keynote Speakers


Steering Committee

  • Marília Braga (Bielefeld University, Germany)
  • Dannie Durand (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Jens Lagergren (Stockholm University, Norway)
  • Aoife McLysaght (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Luay Nakhleh (Rice University, USA)
  • David Sankoff (University of Ottawa, Canada)

Organizing Committee

  • Rohan Williams (Chair)(SCELSE, Life Sciences Institute)
  • Swaine Chen (Genome Inst. of Singapore)
  • Kim Hie Lim (Nanyang Technological University)
  • Hon Wai Leong (National University of Singapore)
  • Vaibhav Rajan (National University of Singapore)
  • Jarkko T. Salojarvi (Nanyang Technological University)
  • Von Bing Yap (National University of Singapore)

Program Committee

Louxin Zhang

    (Chair) (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Max Alekseyev (George Washington University, USA)
  • Mukul S. Bansal (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Paola Bonizzoni (Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
  • Marília Braga (Bielefeld University, Germany)
  • Broňa Brejová (Comenius Univ. in Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • Cedric Chauve (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • Dannie Durand (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Mohammed El-Kebir (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,USA)
  • Nadia El-Mabrouk (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • Martin Frith (AIST & University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Pawel Gorecki (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Michael Hallett (Concordia University, Canada)
  • Wataru Iwasaki (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Katharina Jahn (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Hie Lim Kim (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Jaebum Kim (Konkuk University, South Korea)
  • Manuel Lafond (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada)
  • Shuaicheng Li (City University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Yu Lin (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Simone Linz (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Gerton Lunter (Oxford University, U.K.)
  • István Miklós (Rnyi Institute, Hungary)
  • Siavash Mirarab (University of California at San Diego, USA)
  • Burkhard Morgenstern (University of Goettingen, Germany)
  • Luay Nakhleh (Rice University, USA)
  • Kang Ning (Huazhong University of Sci. and Tech., China)
  • Aida Ouangraoua (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada)
  • Christian Nørgaard Storm Pedersen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Yann Ponty (CNRS/LIX, Polytechnique, France)
  • Aakrosh Ratan (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Marie-France Sagot (INRIA, France)
  • Sagi Snir (University of Haifa, Israel)
  • Giltae Song (Pusan National University, South Korea)
  • Jens Stoye (Bielefeld University, Germany)
  • Yanni Sun (City University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Wing-Kin Sung (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Krister Swenson (CNRS, Université de Montpellier, France)
  • Jijun Tang (University of South Carolina, USA)
  • Tamir Tuller (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Lusheng Wang (City University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Yong Wang (Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, China)
  • Rohan Williams (Life Sciences Institute, National University of Singapore)
  • Yufeng Wu (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Xiuwei Zhang (Georgia Tech, USA)


Please send all inquiries to Alternatively, send inquiries to

Rohan Williams (Life Sciences Institute, National University of Singapore):, or
Louxin Zhang (Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore):