In spring 2020, the spread of SARS CoV-2 caused the 8th Warren Workshop to be cancelled and the organizers decided to postpone this popular meeting by another year. However, this would have meant colliding with another popular meeting, the Beilstein GlycoBioinformatics Symposium.

Thus, the organisers of both conferences decided to make a virtue of necessity and merge their events to provide a common platform which will bring together glycochemists and glycobiologists with experts in bioinformatics and computer sciences to gather the recent advances in glycoconjugate analysis, structure and bioinformatics.