Attendees at the 2018 GCCBOSC CoFest

BOSC 2019

BOSC 2019 was a success! We look forward to BOSC 2020 (with GCC2020 as part of the Bioinformatics Community Conference) in Toronto, Canada, July 18-21, 2020.

The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) has been held annually since 2000. In 2019, BOSC was part of ISMB/ECCB in Basel. See the full schedule of talks, posters and Birds of a Feather meetups.


BOSC is organized by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF), a non-profit group dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of open source software development and open science within the biological research community.

Since its inception in 2000, 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.

BOSC is usually preceded or followed by what we now call CollaborationFest (CoFest for short), a two-day community development session. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in open science, biology and programming to meet, talk and work collaboratively. All are welcome to attend CoFest 2019 (whether or not you attend BOSC)!

More about BOSC…

Important Dates

Session Topics

BOSC covers all aspects of bioinformatics software and open science,  including (but not limited to) these topics:

  • Open Science and Reproducible Research
  • Open Biomedical Data
  • Citizen/Participatory Science
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Data Science
  • Workflows
  • Open Approaches to Translational Bioinformatics
  • Developer Tools and Libraries
  • Inclusion, Outreach and Training
  • Bioinformatics Open Source Project Reports (about new or existing projects)


BOSC 2019 will take place the last two full days of ISMB/ECCB 2019. You can register for the full ISMB/ECCB meeting (July 21-25) or just for the two days of BOSC (July 24-25).

When you register for ISMB, you will select a primary COSI (such as BOSC) but you will be able to move freely between all of the COSIs that take place as parallel tracks during the days for which you register.


Sponsorships from private companies and organizations help to defray some of our costs. Please see the Sponsors page for more information.

If you would like to be a sponsor of BOSC, please contact us at!

BOSC 2019 Sponsors

CoFest 2019 Sponsors

Members of the BOSC 2019 organizing committee

Organizing Committee

Chair: Nomi L. Harris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Co-Chair: Heather Wiencko (Hosted Graphite)

Review Committee

Kai Blin*, Christian Brueffer*, Brad Chapman, Anamaria Crisan, Arun Decano*, Gianluca Della Vedova*, Christopher Fields*, Konrad Förstner*, Bastian Greshake Tzovaras*, Nomi Harris*, Michael Heuer*, Karsten Hokamp*, Anisha Keshavan, Farah Z Khan, Radhika Khetani*, Aleix Lafita*, Jessica Maia, Hervé Ménager, Monica Munoz-Torres, Frank Nothaft, Kieran O’Neill, Konstantin Okonechnikov, Lorena Pantano*, Bastian Rieck, Surya Saha*, Malvika Sharan, Nicole Vasilevsky*, Heather Wiencko, Jason Williams, Yo Yehudi*
*: reviewed both rounds


Previous BOSCs

BOSC has been held yearly since 2000. See information about the first 19 BOSC conferences.

BOSC 2018 was held June 26-27, 2018 (with training days June 24-25 and a CollaborationFest June 28-29) at Reed College in Portland, Oregon as part of the GCCBOSC 2018 bioinformatics community conference co-hosted with the Galaxy Community Conference. Check out the complete schedule, or visit the BOSC 2018 page for links to conference reports.

A full room at BOSC 2017

Code of Conduct

As part of ISMB/ECCB 2019, BOSC 2019 will be covered by ISMB’s Code of Conduct.