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BOSC 2019: Bioinformatics Open Source Conference

An ISMB/ECCB Community of Special Interest (COSI)

BOSC 2019 Dates: July 24-25, 2019

Location: Basel, Switzerland

Website: (new, improved website coming soon!)

Email BOSC organizers:

BOSC announcements mailing list:

Twitter: @OBF_BOSC, #BOSC2019

Key Dates:

April 11, 2019: Deadline for submitting talk/poster abstracts

April 15: OBF travel fellowship application deadline

May 9: First-round authors notified about talk/poster acceptance

May 15: Late poster / late-breaking lightning talk abstract deadline

May 23: Late poster / late-breaking lightning talk authors notified

July 21-25, 2019: ISMB/ECCB 2019, Basel, Switzerland

July 24-25 (last two days of ISMB): BOSC 2019, Basel, Switzerland

July 26-28: CollaborationFest (CoFest) 2019, Basel

About BOSC

Since 2000, the yearly Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) has provided a forum for developers and users to interact and share research results and ideas in open source bioinformatics and open science. BOSC’s broad spectrum of topics includes practical techniques for solving bioinformatics problems; software development practices; standards and ontologies; approaches that promote open science and sharing of data, results and software; and ways to grow open source communities while promoting diversity within them.

In 2018, BOSC was held jointly with GCC as a combined GCCBOSC conference. In 2019, BOSC will be part of ISMB/ECCB in Basel. We hope to partner with GCC again in 2020 or 2021. Read more here about why we decided to hold BOSC with GCC in 2018 and ISMB in 2019.

ISMB now consists of multiple parallel tracks called COSIs (formerly SIGs). The BOSC COSI will take place the last two full days of ISMB (July 24-25). You can register for the full ISMB/ECCB meeting (July 21-25) or for just two days (there is no single-day registration option).

A limited number of partial travel fellowships will be granted to some accepted speakers who would not otherwise be able to attend BOSC--please see for more information. The travel fellowship application deadline is April 15.

Abstract submission

We encourage you to submit abstracts (due April 11) on any topic relevant to open source bioinformatics or open science. After review, some abstracts will be selected for lightning talks, longer talks and/or posters. (Only first-round abstracts are eligible for longer talks.)

Abstract submission instructions and a link to the EasyChair submission portal can be found on

BOSC session topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Open Science and Reproducible Research
  • Open Biomedical Data
  • Citizen/Participatory Science
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Data Science
  • Workflows
  • Open Approaches to Translational Bioinformatics
  • Developer Tools and Libraries
  • Inclusion, Outreach and Training
  • Bioinformatics Open Source Project Reports (about new or existing projects)

We look forward to receiving your abstract and meeting you at BOSC 2019!


BOSC 2019 Organizing Committee: Nomi Harris (chair), Heather Wiencko (co-chair), Peter Cock, Chris Fields, Bastian Greshake Tzovaras, Michael Heuer, Karsten Hokamp, Monica Munoz-Torres, Bastian Rieck, Yo Yehudi.

P.S. Don't forget to submit your BOSC abstract by April 11 at !

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