COG-UK News and Events

The latest news, blogs, events and videos across the COG-UK consortium


30 Mar 2022

“It was unlike anything we had seen before”: How genomic sequencing can help us to prepare for future variants

Professor Emma Thomson, OBE, is one of the COG-UK researchers leading the sequencing and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 as it circulates in the UK. We spoke to Emma about her response...

Images of the delta and omicron variants of SARS-Cov-2


24 Mar 2022

Exploring the mutational world of SARS-CoV-2

A recent publication from the consortium describes the creation of the COG-UK-Mutation Explorer, a tool that researchers have used to explore mutations in the UK’s SARS-CoV-2 genomic data and to...

Blog / Events / Videos / Women in COG

14 Mar 2022

International Women’s Day panel discussion: on building support networks, mentorship and enabling change

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, COG-UK hosted a panel discussion with Colby Benari, CEO of In2scienceUK, and Phoebe Reynolds – an alumnus, and now trustee, of their...

Laboratory with scientists wearing a white lab coat

Blog / COG Train

8 Mar 2022

How global collaboration and genomics training will better prepare us to tackle COVID-19 variants and future pandemics

The global response to COVID-19 variants during the current pandemic has highlighted the need for open scientific collaboration. Providing training tools to help countries establish or expand their own SARS-CoV-2...

COG Train / News

17 Feb 2022

First-of-its-Kind Global COVID-19 Genomics Training Programme Launched

The first course in our new global training programme on SARS-CoV-2 genomics and biodata was launched on the 7th February, 2022.


15 Feb 2022

RAND Europe evaluation of the progress and impact of COG-UK

Over the past year, RAND Europe has been undertaking an evaluation of COG-UK to learn about the consortium's progress, evolution and impact. Read more for the press release and report


14 Feb 2022

61% of female COG-UK members say that COVID-19 has positively impacted their career – COG-UK celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science

61% of female COG-UK members say that COVID-19 has positively impacted their career. We ran a COG-UK membership survey to understand the impact that the pandemic has had on the...

Blog / Events / Videos / Women in COG

9 Feb 2022

“People say to me all the time ‘you don’t look like a typical scientist’…” – in conversation with Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

To kick off Women in COG in 2022, we speak to Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead at the World Health Organization (WHO), about the inspiration that led her...


8 Feb 2022

“Epidemiology and genomics go hand-in-hand”: How genomics is helping us to understand transmission of COVID-19 in universities.

Dr Dinesh Aggarwal spoke to us about his most recent publication, "Genomic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in a UK university identifies dynamics of transmission".


7 Feb 2022

Chronicling COG-UK’s COVID-19 Contributions

The scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium has played an important part, marks a period in history that will be reflected upon...

Blog / Events / Videos / Women in COG

22 Dec 2021

“COVID must not distract us from the fight for equality” – in conversation with Sir Jeremy Farrar

In the final instalment of our Women in COG series for 2021,  Professor Sharon Peacock, Executive Director and Chair of COG-UK, and Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust,...


16 Dec 2021

Reflections on 2021 for COG-UK

Last year’s festive period feels like light years ago, such is the impact of COVID-19 where much can change in what feels like the blink of an eye.