Join us at BOSC 2021!

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

Key Dates

  • May 6, 2021 (11:59pm EDT): Deadline for submitting one-page talk/poster abstracts
  • May 27: Talk/poster acceptance notifications
  • June 3: Late poster (and Late-Breaking Lightning Talk) submission deadline
  • June 10: Late poster / LBLT acceptance notifications
  • July 29-30: BOSC 2021 Online (part of ISMB/ECCB 2021 Online)
  • July 31-Aug 1: CollaborationFest (CoFest)
  • About BOSC 2021

    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 take place 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. The deadline for abstract submission is May 6th (11:59pm EDT / 03:59 (May 7th) UTC)!

    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!

  • Learn more about BOSC:
  • Join our BOSC announcements mailing list:!forum/bosc-announce
  • Chat with us on Slack:
  • Find us on Twitter at @OBF_BOSC and use #BOSC2021 for this year’s conference.
  • We hope to see you online at BOSC 2021! 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!

    3 thoughts on “Join us at BOSC 2021!”

    1. Tim Thompson says:

      looking forward to 2021 with Galaxy

    2. Nomi Harris says:

      We are part of ISMB in 2021.

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