BOSC 2023

BOSC 2023, the 24th annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference, took place July 24-25 as part of ISMB/ECCB 2023 in Lyon, France and online. The program included presentations by 45 speakers; keynotes by Sara El-Gebali and Joseph M. Yracheta; a joint session with Bio-Ontologies, and a panel discussion about Open and Ethical Data Sharing.

  • BOSC 2023 report
  • BOSC/ISMB 2023 report from one of our sponsors, GigaScience
  • How BOSC supports diversity, inclusion, and accessibility

    BOSC has been held annually since 2000. The 25th annual conference, BOSC 2024, will be part of ISMB 2024 in Montréal, Canada (and online).

  • BOSC 2022 panelists with chair Nomi Harris

    Key Dates for 2023

    • March 31: Early Poster Acceptance submission deadline
    • April 20: Regular abstract submission deadline (talks and posters)
    • May 11: Notification to authors
    • May 18: Late poster submission deadline
    • May 25: Late poster acceptance notification
    • July 22-23: Pre-BOSC CollaborationFest
    • July 23-27, 2023: ISMB/ECCB 2023 (Lyon, France and online)
    • July 24-25, 2023: BOSC 2023 (part of ISMB/ECCB)


    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
    • Data Access and Visualization
    • Open Approaches to Translational Bioinformatics
    • Developer Tools and Libraries
    • Inclusion, Outreach and Training


    Photo from BOSC 2022

    Sponsorships from companies and organizations help to defray some of our costs and enable us to offer registration fee waivers for some presenters. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to grant free registration to 19 participants at BOSC 2022, offer honoraria to keynote speakers, and cover other expenses.

    If you’re interested in sponsoring BOSC 2023, please see our sponsors page!

    BOSC 2023 Platinum Sponsor: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


    BOSC 2023 Silver Sponsors

    GigaScience            Genevia            SSI logo<


    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 2023 Organizing Committee members

    BOSC 2023 Organizing Committee

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

  • Karsten Hokamp (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Jason Williams (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
  • Hervé Ménager (Institut Pasteur)
  • Jessica Maia (BD)
  • Deepak Unni (SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
  • Radhika Khetani (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
  • Chris Fields (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana)
  • Monica Munoz-Torres (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
  • Review Committee

    Arpita Joshi, Aziz Khan, Chris Fields, David Twesigomwe , Deepak Unni*, Gianluca Della Vedova, Harsh Sharma, Hervé Ménager, Hilmar Lapp, Ian Simpson, J. Harry Caufield, Jenea Adams, Kai Blin, Karsten Hokamp*, Konstantin Okonechnikov, Luis Pedro Coelho, Milen Nikolov, Monica Munoz-Torres, Rachel Torchet, Radhika Khetani, Seth Carbon, Surya Saha*, Swapnil Sawant, Tazro Ohta, Tyrone Chen, Varsha Khodiyar
    * Also reviewed Late Poster abstracts

    Previous BOSCs

    BOSC has been held yearly since 2000. BOSC 2022 was held July 13-14, 2022, as part of the hybrid ISMB 2022 (in person in Madison, Wisconsin, USA and online).

    BOSC 2022 summaries:

  • Report at F1000Research
  • GigaScience blog post
  • Geraldine Van der Auwera’s blog post
  • Talk and poster videos

    BOSC 2021, which was part of ISMB/ECCB 2021 online, took place July 29-30, 2021. In 2020, BCC2020, the Bioinformatics Community Conference, brought together the Galaxy Community Conference (GCC) and BOSC 2020 in a joint online meeting.

  • Photo from BOSC 2022

    Code of Conduct

    As part of ISMB/ECCB 2023, BOSC 2023 will be covered by the ISMB/ECCB Code of Conduct.