Sponsoring BOSC

BOSC 2021 Platinum Sponsors

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative                      Alzheimer’s Disease Data Initiative

BOSC 2021 Gold Sponsors

Amazon Web Services                      Broad Institute Logo

BOSC 2021 Silver Sponsors

      Genevia       Oxford University Press      

Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to offer free ISMB/ECCB 2021 registration to 20 participants from all over the world!

What is BOSC?

BOSC is an annual meeting organized by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF), a non-profit, volunteer-run group dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of Open Source software development and Open Science within the biological research community. Whether in-person or online, each BOSC ​includes ​talks,​ ​poster​ ​sessions,​ ​birds-of-a-feather gatherings, and ​lots​ ​of​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​networking. It is followed by​ ​collaborative​ ​working​ ​sessions​ ​at the CollaborationFest.​ ​These​ ​events​ ​bring​ ​together​ ​software​ ​engineers,​ ​bioinformaticians,​ ​and​ ​researchers​ ​to collaborate​ ​and​ ​extend​ ​open​ ​source​ ​bioinformatics​ ​tools.

Most years, BOSC has been part of the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology meeting (ISMB/ECCB). In 2018, BOSC partnered with the Galaxy Community Conference (GCC) in a very successful joint meeting in Portland, GCCBOSC 2018. In July 2020, BOSC again joined forces with GCC to form the new Bioinformatics Community Conference (BCC2020). Held online, BCC2020 attracted over 600 participants from 62 countries.

BOSC 2021 will be part of ISMB/ECCB 2021, and will take place July 29-30, 2021 (followed by a two-day CollaborationFest).

BOSC​ ​participants​ ​come​ ​from​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​research​ ​environments​ ​and​ ​backgrounds:

  • Biological​ ​researchers,​ ​students,​ ​and​ ​post-docs​ ​who​ ​​ ​are​ ​learning​ ​bioinformatics​ ​analysis tools and techniques
  • Power​ ​bioinformatics​ ​users
  • Bioinformatics​ ​tool​ ​and​ ​workflow​ ​developers
  • Bioinformatics​-focused​ ​principal​ ​investigators​ ​and​ ​researchers
  • Sequencing​ ​core​ ​facility​ ​staff
  • Industry​ ​scientists​ ​and​ ​bioinformaticians
  • Data​ ​producers

Previous Events

The​ ​OBF​ ​has​ ​organized​ ​BOSC​ ​every​ ​year​ ​since​ ​2000.​ From 2000 to 2017 and again in 2019,​ ​BOSC​ ​was ​run​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​large​ ​ISMB conference. In 2018 (and again in 2020) it partnered with the Galaxy Community Conference.​ ​The​ ​OBF​ ​CodeFest​s (now renamed CollaborationFest, or CoFest) have ​been​ ​held​ ​every​ ​year​ after BOSC ​since​ ​2010.

The table below shows the approximate number of participants in BOSC and the CoFest. Figures​ ​for​ ​the​ ​CoFest​ ​and​ ​BOSC​ ​are​ ​number​ ​of​ ​people​ ​registered​ ​for​ ​at​ ​least​ ​one​ ​day​ ​of​ ​the​ ​meeting.​ ​The​ ​BOSC figures​ ​do​ ​not​ ​include​ ​drop-in​ ​attendees​ ​from​ ​the​ ​parallel​ ​sessions​ ​organized​ ​by​ ​other​ ​groups.​ ​The​ ​figures​ ​for CoFest​ ​do​ ​not​ ​include​ ​remote​ ​participants.

YearLocation BOSC ParticipantsCoFest Participants
2020BCC2020 (BOSC + Galaxy): virtual~300~150
2019Basel, Switzerland10935
2018 Portland, OR, USA150100
2017 Prague, Czech Republic 23065
2016 Orlando, FL, USA9036
2015Dublin, Ireland12535
2014Boston, MA, USA10060
2013Berlin, Germany10037
2012Long Beach, CA, USA 10013
2011 Vienna, Austria 12035


We gratefully accept sponsorships from private companies and organizations. In the past these sponsorships have enabled us to

  • offer free registration to some BOSC speakers to lower the financial barrier of their attendance
  • support the Travel Fellowship program of the OBF, increasing participation from groups otherwise underrepresented in the community
  • provide child care at the event
  • underwrite the cost of conference events such as dinners or refreshments at poster sessions
  • help defray the cost of videography
  • provide space and catering at the CoFest

Sponsoring BOSC 2021

Sponsorships from private companies and organizations help to defray some of our costs and allow us to offer registration fee waivers to some attendees. If you are interested in becoming a BOSC sponsor, please contact us at bosc@open-bio.org!

BOSC/CoFest 2019 Sponsors

Benefits of Sponsorship

We acknowledge our sponsors before, during and after the event in multiple ways:

  • We list our sponsors on the BOSC website
  • Sponsors are thanked and named in the introduction/closing slides during the meeting
  • We show the sponsor logos on large BOSC posters displayed outside the meeting room and in the poster area
  • The sponsors are thanked in selected emails to our mailing list, tweets and blog posts (with your logo) that go out before, during and after the event
  • The sponsors are listed in our published reports after the meeting, e.g., https://f1000research.com/articles/7-1309/v1
  • We are open to discussing specific requests, such as distributing stickers or leaflets, or earmarking the sponsorship for a specific activity.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us at bosc@open-bio.org!