Diversity, equality and inclusion at [BC]2 2021

The [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference is the key computational biology event in Switzerland: scientists working in a broad range of disciplines are coming together, physically and virtually, to share their latest activities, start new collaborations and friendships - freely and openly!

To provide an environment in which all attendees and presenters feel safe and respected, we thus remind all participants to: 

  • Treat each other with respect, regardless of nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, etc.; harassment or intimidation in any form (emails, social media, in person) as well as the use of potentially offensive images or language in presentations do not belong at [BC]2.

  • Pay attention when using social media! The use of Twitter (@bc2conference, #bc2basel) and other social media is allowed during the conference, however, presenters may ask during their presentation to not have their research project shared on social media. Please respect their decision and ask for sharing permission from the presenter if nothing has been indicated.

    For presenters: If you do not wish to have your talk or poster shared, please make this clear on your poster or during the presentation. Here is a handy symbol:

  • Quickly report any incident or inappropriate behaviour you are witnessing or are involved in that goes against this Code of Conduct. Reports should be addressed to the organizers (bc2@sib.swiss) who will loop-in relevant people such as SIB’s Diversity Working Group. 


By bringing together scientists in the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics, [BC]2 also allows promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion (see box). Several actions were undertaken to ensure that [BC]2 is open to all researchers independent of their nationality, career stage or gender and that equal opportunities are provided in our committees, among the speakers, and for participants at large:

  • Promoting diversity: The scientific committee strives to ensure a good balance of female and male scientists, career stage and origin among the keynote and invited speakers, session chairs - and presenters of oral and poster presentations (i.e. from submitted abstracts).

  • Facilitating exchanges: 
    • The possibility of participating virtually is provided to all participants outside of Europe, enabling scientists from low- and middle-income countries to join [BC]2 at reduced costs and organisational efforts (e.g. visa), and reducing the ecological impact associated with long distance flights. 
    • To specifically allow early career scientists to interact with and benefit from the senior expertise of invited speakers, dedicated networking activities will be organised.

  • Childcare support: Based on their needs, we will try our best to find a solution for participants with children. Rest rooms for expectant mothers and parents with infants are available at the conference centre. Please contact us for further information.

  • [BC]2 will publish post-meeting statistics on the gender and backgrounds of the attendees. 

Your feedback on the different aspects of the conference, including diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity, will be sought in the post-conference survey: let us know your thoughts to help us improve future meetings! 

Respecting and encouraging equality, diversity & inclusion: values we hold dear at SIB!

Both as the ambassador of the Swiss bioinformatics community and as an employer, SIB has a critical role to play in ensuring and fostering diversity and equal opportunities in the scientific ecosystem as well as in the workplace. Equality has many facets, including national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. The institute is committed to leverage the diversity of profiles and backgrounds among its members, employees and at all events it is organizing by creating a culture of equality and inclusion, and to enable everyone to develop their potential and skills. Respect being one of the core values of SIB, the institute has always strived to translate these commitments into its organization and endeavours.