[BC]2 2021 - call for Tutorial proposals

The [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference 2021 will feature a one-day tutorial session on 13 September. This call has been closed.

The purpose of the tutorial program is to provide participants with lectures or practical training covering topics relevant to the field of bioinformatics. It offers participants an opportunity to learn about new areas of bioinformatics research, to get an introduction to important established concepts, or to develop advanced skills in areas they are already familiar with.

This call is an invitation for scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit proposals for high-quality tutorials for the [BC]2 conference. Previous tutorials have covered, for instance, “Working with next-generation sequencing data”, “Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis”, “Methods and applications for regulatory sequence analysis”, and “Reproducible research using Docker”.  [BC]2 tutorials are scheduled on Monday, 13 September 2021, from 9:00 to 16:00, with a lunch break and one coffee break. [BC]2 tutorials are organized by the SIB Training Group.

 Key Dates

  • 1 February 2021 - Call for tutorials opens
  • 5 March 2021 - Deadline for tutorials proposals submission
  • 19 March 2021 - Tutorials acceptance notification
  • 26 March 2021 - Tutorials programs due 
  • 19 April 2021 - Registrations open
  • 28 June 2021 - Tutorials final and detailed schedule with speakers due 
  • 13 September 2021  - Tutorial presentations

Proposal Submission

Tutorial proposals should not exceed 2 pages and must include a detailed description of the tutorial (motivation, expected goals, learning objectives, level, schedule, target audience and possible prerequisites) and a brief CV of the instructor(s) with relevant qualifications and teaching experience. A maximum of two presenters is recommended.

The evaluation committee will consider the following criteria in assessing proposals: relevance to [BC]2 conference attendees, training experience of the lecturers, effectiveness of the proposed approach, as well as completeness, clarity, and quality of the proposal.

Please note that tutorial attendees often consider the presenters’ reputation and standing when choosing particular sessions. It is consequently expected that the presenters listed on the submitted proposal will present their tutorials in person. 

Please submit proposals in PDF format to bc2@sib.swiss.

Logistics

[BC]2 conference and SIB Training Group will help in the administrative aspects of assigning the rooms, announcements, and publication of the detailed schedule in the conference website, but cannot financially support the tutorial lecturers or organizers. Each tutorial will be provided with up to two free conference registrations for speakers.

The current uncertainties due to the quickly changing COVID-19 situation challenges planning [BC]2. On-site presentations and activities are coordinated within the Swiss and international regulations, aiming for maximal safety of our participants. Tutorials will move fully online if Swiss and international regulations require it.

Tutorial organizers should provide slides and possible reference material in PDF format, which will be made available to the meeting participants for download on the conference website. No photocopying of handouts will be managed by the conference. Copies of relevant articles and book chapters published by the tutors cannot replace the text material of the handout. They may be distributed as Supplementary Information provided copyright permission from publishers was granted.

Tutorial organizers are expected to operate within the context of [BC]2 conference procedures, including finalizing the program and providing materials by the deadlines, working within the budget, etc. [BC]2 conference and SIB Training Group reserve the right to cancel a scheduled tutorial if registration one month before the conference is less than 10 participants.

Open and FAIR

Note that organizers are responsible for ensuring that the tutorial materials are legally used, and that appropriate copyright permissions have been arranged. Lecturers will guarantee that tutorial materials are as much as possible open and FAIR. They agree that their material may be made available in any form by the conference to [BC]2 conference participants.

Evaluation Committee

  • Deepak Tanwar, PhD candidate, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Brain Research Institute, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Patricia Palagi, Team Leader, SIB Training Group, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
  • Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Chair SIB Training Advisory Committee, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and University of Lausanne, Switzerland

For more information please contact bc2@sib.swiss.

[BC]2 2021 - call for Workshop proposals

The [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference 2021 will feature a one-day workshop session on 13 September. This call has been closed.

The purpose of workshops is to provide participants with an informal setting to discuss technical issues, exchange research ideas, and share practical experiences on some focused or emerging topics in bioinformatics. A workshop should provide an interesting perspective on the cutting edge of a research field. It may or may not cover a topic that is also addressed in the main conference — if it does, it should cover the topic more in depth than the main conference does. Workshops may include any form of presentation, such as talks or panel discussions. Previous sessions have covered, for instance, “Gene Ontologies”, “Education in Bioinformatics”, or “Logical modelling of biological regulatory networks”. Workshop organizer(s) will be fully responsible for the workshop’s scientific content: they may invite speakers, call for submissions, or combine the two options. [BC]2 workshops are organized on Monday, 13 September 2021, from 9:00 to 16:00, with a lunch break and one coffee break. [BC]2 workshops are organized by the SIB Training Group.

Key Dates:

  • 1 February 2021 - Call for workshops opens
  • 5 March 2021 - Deadline for workshops proposals submission
  • 19 March 2021 - Workshops acceptance notification
  • 26 March 2021 - Workshops programs due 
  • 19 April 2021 - Registrations open
  • 28 June 2021 - Workshops final and detailed schedule with speakers due 
  • 13 September 2021 - Workshops presentations

Proposal Submission

Proposals should not exceed 2 pages and should include the workshop description (motivation, organisation, possible speakers, relevance to [BC]2, reference to similar initiatives if relevant, expected audience), specify the selection mode for contributions (invitation, call for submissions), and provide information regarding organizers.

The evaluation committee will consider the following criteria in assessing proposals: relevance to [BC]2 attendees, expertise and experience of the organizers and of the lecturers, effectiveness of the proposed organization, completeness, as well as clarity and quality of the proposal. The likely success of the proposed workshop will also be taken into account.

Please submit proposals in PDF format to bc2@sib.swiss.

Logistics

[BC]2 and SIB Training Group will help in the administrative aspects of assigning the rooms, announcements and publication of the detailed schedule in the conference website, but cannot financially support the workshop speakers or organizers. Workshop organizers are highly encouraged to seek independent funding for travel and accommodation, and to include any commitment they may have secured in the proposal. Each workshop will receive up to two free conference registrations for organizers or speakers.

The current uncertainties due to the quickly changing COVID-19 situation challenges planning [BC]2. On-site presentations and activities are coordinated within the Swiss and international regulations, aiming for maximal safety of our participants. Workshops will move fully online if Swiss and international regulations require it.

Workshop organizers are invited to prepare abstracts or additional written material that will be presented online at the beginning of the meeting. Workshop organizers are also kindly asked to collect slides and reference material in PDF format from speakers, to be made available for download to meeting participants. Workshop organizers are responsible for ensuring that the material they submit may be legally used and that appropriate copyright permissions have been arranged.

Workshop organizers are expected to operate within the context of [BC]2 procedures, including finalizing the program and providing material by the deadlines, working within the budget, etc. [BC]2 and SIB Training Group reserve the right to cancel a scheduled workshop if registration one month before the conference is less than 10 participants.

Open and FAIR

Note that organizers are responsible for ensuring that the tutorial materials are legally used, and that appropriate copyright permissions have been arranged. Lecturers will guarantee that tutorial materials are as much as possible open and FAIR. They agree that their material may be made available in any form by the conference to [BC]2 conference participants.

Evaluation Committee:

  • Deepak Tanwar, PhD candidate, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Brain Research Institute, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Patricia Palagi, Team Leader, SIB Training Group, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
  • Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Chair SIB Training Advisory Committee, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and University of Lausanne, Switzerland

For more information please contact bc2@sib.swiss.