Screenshot from BOSC 2021

BOSC 2022

BOSC 2022 will take place July 13-14, 2022, as part of ISMB 2022. The meeting will be held both in person in Madison, Wisconsin, USA (following safety protocols), and simultaneously online.

This year, BOSC and Bio-Ontologies will join forces for part of a day! The joint session will include talks chosen from abstracts plus keynote speaker Melissa Haendel.

Keynote speaker Jason Williams‘s talk will be a joint BOSC/Education COSI keynote.

The BOSC 2022 program will also include a panel about Building and Sustaining Inclusive Open Science Communities.

Key Dates

  • April 21, 2022: Abstract submission deadline
  • May 12: Abstract acceptance notification
  • May 19: Late poster submission deadline
  • May 26: Late poster acceptance notification
  • June 10: Deadline for presenters to register for ISMB 2022
  • July 13-14, 2022: BOSC 2022, part of ISMB 2022 (July 10-14)
  • July 15-16: CollaborationFest (CoFest) 2022, Madison / online


BOSC covers all aspects of open source 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)
  • Open Ontologies and Tools (joint session with Bio-Ontologies)


Screenshot from BOSC 2021

Sponsorships from companies and organizations help to defray some of our costs and enable us to offer registration fee waivers for some presenters. Below are the sponsors from 2021. Thanks to their generous support, we were able to grant free registration to 20 participants at BOSC 2021, offer honoraria to keynote speakers, and cover other expenses.

If you’re interested in sponsoring BOSC 2022, please see our sponsors page!

BOSC 2022 Platinum Sponsors

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative                     Amazon Web Services

BOSC 2022 Gold Sponsors

Broad Institute Data Science Platform                    NIH Office of Data Science Strategy

BOSC 2022 Silver Sponsors

Arvados, supported by Curii

Last year’s sponsors are listed on the BOSC 2021 Sponsors page.


The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) has been held annually since 2000. BOSC 2021, which was part of ISMB/ECCB 2021 online, took place July 29-30, 2021. The BOSC 2021 talks and posters are listed here, and videos of all the talks are on our YouTube channel.

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, whether or not you attend BOSC!

More about BOSC…


To participate in BOSC 2022, you will need to register for ISMB 2022. If the registration fee is a barrier, those who submit abstracts can request a fee waiver on the submission form, and we will provide other ways for those who aren’t submitting abstracts to request fee assistance.

BOSC 2022 Organizing Committee members

BOSC 2022 Organizing Committee

Chair: Nomi L. Harris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

  • Karsten Hokamp (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Jason Williams (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
  • Nicole Vasilevsky (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
  • Hervé Ménager (Institut Pasteur)
  • Monica Munoz-Torres (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
  • Deepak Unni (European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
  • Peter Cock (ex officio, representing the OBF)
  • BOSC 2022 Review Committee

    Melissa Black*, Scott Cain*, Seth Carbon, J. Harry Caufield*, Tyrone Chen, Christopher Fields*, Bastian Greshake Tzovaras*, Karsten Hokamp, Aziz Khan*, Hilmar Lapp, Lara Mangravite, Hande McGinty, Hervé Ménager, Steffen Möller, Monica Munoz-Torres, Kieran O’Neill, Tazro Ohta, Konstantin Okonechnikov, Caralyn Reisle, Surya Saha*, Ian Simpson, Stian Soiland-Reyes, David Twesigomwe, Deepak Unni*, Jason Williams
    * = also reviewed Late Poster abstracts

    Previous BOSCs

    BOSC has been held yearly since 2000. BOSC 2021, which was part of ISMB/ECCB 2021 online, took place July 29-30, 2021. The BOSC 2021 talks and posters are listed here, and the talk videos are on our YouTube channel.

    BCC2020, the Bioinformatics Community Conference, brought together the Galaxy Community Conference (GCC) and BOSC 2020 in a joint online meeting. Participants from 62 countries joined us for sessions scheduled twice a day to accommodate both hemispheres.

    BOSC 2019 was part of ISMB/ECCB 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. See the full BOSC 2019 schedule.

    Screenshot from BOSC 2021 Happy Hour

    Code of Conduct

    As part of ISMB 2022, BOSC 2022 will be covered by the ISMB/ECCB Code of Conduct.