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The Biennial ELSI Congress

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Since its creation in 1990, NHGRI’s Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program has supported a large body of empirical, analytical and conceptual research to anticipate and address the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics. ELSI research addresses the new and sometimes unexpected ways that genomics interacts with many aspects of daily life, from how healthcare is designed and delivered to the ways individuals, families and communities understand such basic concepts as belonging and what it means to be human.

The ELSI Research Program has fostered a large, diverse, multi-disciplinary community of researchers addressing a wide range of topics; however, there is no single society or conference that encompasses the field. To address this need, the NHGRI currently sponsors a biennial meeting to bring together those with an interest in the ELSI of genomic research, known as the ELSI Congress. Typically, these meetings accommodate 300 to 400 attendees and involve a mix of plenary presentations and concurrent peer reviewed platform, panel and poster presentations. Recent ELSI Congresses have been in a virtual or hybrid format. Researchers, scholars, practitioners, trainees, policymakers, journalists, and the general public are invited to share and explore the latest ELSI research.


Upcoming Meeting

6th ELSI Congress (2024)
ELSIcon2024: Reimagining the Benefits of Genomic Sciences
June 10-12, 2024
New York, NY / Hybrid|
Columbia University and Stanford University

The 6th ELSI Congress will focus on innovative, integrative research and scholarship on the potential benefits of genomics research while embracing a wide range of ELSI topics from across the broadening genomic landscape. 

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Past Meetings

5th ELSI Congress (2022)

ELSIcon2022: Innovating for a Just and Equitable Future 
May 31 - June 3, 2022

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ELSI Virtual Forum (2020)

The ELSI Virtual Forum, held online in June 2020, presented eight of the talks planned for the 2020 ELSI Congress, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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4th ELSI Congress (2017)

ELSIcon2017: Genomics and Society - Expanding the ELSI Universe 
June 5-7, 2017 
Farmington, CT

UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

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3rd ELSI Congress (2011)

ELSIcon2011: Expanding the ELSI Universe
April 12–14, 2011
Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

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2nd ELSI Congress (2008)

ELSIcon2008: Translating ELSI 
Cleveland, OH
Case Western University

1st ELSI Congress (2001)

ELSIcon2001: A Decade of ELSI Research
January 16-18, 2001
Bethesda, MD
National Institutes of Health

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Last updated: May 20, 2024