[Biopython-dev] Call for Abstracts for the 18th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2017)

Peter Cock p.j.a.cock at googlemail.com
Tue Mar 7 14:09:27 UTC 2017

Hello all,

The abstract call is open for the annual BOSC meeting. If any of you
are releasing your scientific software as open source this might be a
good venue to present your work.

Disclosure: I am on the BOSC committee, and the board of the parent
organisation the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) which Biopython
is a member project of.




Call for Abstracts for the 18th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source
Conference (BOSC 2017)

An ISMB/ECCB Community of Special Interest (COSI)

Dates: July 22-23, 2017

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Web site: http://www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_2017

Email: bosc at open-bio.org

BOSC announcements mailing list:

Twitter: @OBF_BOSC

Important Dates

Call for one-page abstracts opens: March 6, 2017
Abstract submission deadline: April 13, 2017
Travel fellowship application deadline: April 15, 2017
Authors notified: May 10, 2017
Codefest 2017: July 21-22, Prague
BOSC 2017: July 22-23, Prague  (days 1 and 2 of ISMB/ECCB)
ISMB/ECCB 2017: July 21-25, Prague

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. 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 the past, BOSC has taken place the two days before ISMB as a
Special Interest Group (SIG). This year, ISMB is trying a new
structure: the SIGs (now called COSIs) are integrated into the main
ISMB meeting. BOSC will take place the first two full days of ISMB
(July 22-23). Attendees will have the option to register for the full
ISMB/ECCB meeting (July 21-25) or for just two days (there is no
single-day registration option this year). 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
https://github.com/OBF/obf-docs/blob/master/Travel_fellowships.md for
more information.

We encourage you to submit one-page abstracts on any topic of
relevance to open source bioinformatics and open science. After
review, some abstracts will be selected for lightning talks, longer
talks, and/or posters. Abstract submission instructions and a link to
the EasyChair portal can be found on

Session topics include:

Open Science and Reproducible Research
Open Biomedical Data
Citizen/Participatory Science
Standards and Interoperability
Data Science
Medical and Translational Bioinformatics
Developer Tools and Libraries
Bioinformatics Open Source Project Progress Reports


We gratefully accept sponsorships from relevant private companies.
These sponsorships enable us to offer free registration to some BOSC
speakers to help increase diversity at our meeting. Sponsors in 2016
included Curoverse, the company behind the open source platform
Arvados. Please contact us if you are interested in being a sponsor of
BOSC 2017!

Thank you,

      BOSC 2017 Organizing Committee:   Nomi Harris (chair), Brad
Chapman, Peter Cock, Christopher Fields, Bastian Greshake, Karsten
Hokamp, Hilmar Lapp, Mónica Muñoz-Torres, Heather Wiencko

P.S. Don't forget to submit your BOSC abstract by April 13 at

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