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BOSC 2021

BOSC 2021 will take place July 29-30, as part of ISMB/ECCB 2021 Online. Join us!

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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.

BOSC is returning to ISMB in 2021, after a successful partnership with Galaxy for the first Bioinformatics Community Conference last year (BCC2020 online). Originally slated to take place in Lyon, France, ISMB/ECCB 2021 will be held online, and features over a dozen tracks, including BOSC. As usual, BOSC will include keynote talks, longer and shorter (lightning) talks from submitted abstracts, posters, Birds of a Feather, and more!


BOSC 2021 will be the last two days of ISMB/ECCB: July 29-30. Our usual free collaborative work event, CoFest, will be held July 31 - August 1.

The complete ISMB/ECCB schedule is available here. The core hours for talks will be 11:00-15:30 UTC, with poster sessions and ISMB keynotes from 15:30-17:30 UTC. The core hours correspond to:

  • 13:00-17:30 CEST (Europe)
  • 12:00-16:30 BST (UK/Ireland)
  • 7:00-11:30am EDT (East coast of North America)
  • 4:00-8:30am PDT (West coast of North America)
  • 9:00pm-1:30am AEST (East coast of Australia)

Abstract submission

We encourage you to submit abstracts on any topic relevant to open source bioinformatics or open science. After review, some abstracts will be selected for lightning talks, longer talks, or posters. All accepted talks will need to be video-recorded and submitted several weeks before the conference. Please note: the deadline for Abstract Submission is May 6th!

Abstract submission is via ISMB’s EasyChair. Note that ISMB/ECCB requires a short (200-word) text-only abstract for all submissions (talk or poster), plus a “long abstract” (PDF, 2 pages max) if you want to be considered for a talk. Abstracts that are not chosen for talks will automatically be considered for posters.

A second, later round of submissions will end on June 3. Abstracts submitted in the late round will be considered for posters and a limited number of “late-breaking lightning talk” slots; these late round abstracts are not eligible for longer talks.

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
  • Open Science for Global Health
  • Developer Tools and Libraries
  • Inclusion, Outreach and Training
  • Bioinformatics Open Source Project Reports (about new or existing projects)

Requesting registration fee assistance

We realize that the cost of ISMB/ECCB may be prohibitive for some. If you are submitting an abstract to BOSC and would have difficulty covering the cost of registration, you can request registration fee assistance. To make it easy, this request can be made right on the abstract submission form. (Only the conference chairs will see these fee assistance requests — the abstract reviewers will not.) We regret that we will not be able to offer registration fee assistance for those who are not submitting abstracts. (But you should consider submitting an abstract! Even if your work is preliminary, it may qualify for a poster.)

Stay in touch!

We hope to see you online at BOSC 2021!

Sincerely, BOSC 2021 Organizing Committee: Nomi Harris (chair), Karsten Hokamp (co-chair), Peter Cock, Chris Fields, Jessica Maia, Monica Munoz-Torres, Malvika Sharan, Jason Williams

P.S. Please share this announcement with people or groups who might be interested. We are particularly interested in reaching out to diverse communities who may not yet be aware of BOSC!

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