BOSC 2024 will take place July 15-16, 2024, as part of ISMB 2024, in Montréal, Canada and online. BOSC covers open source bioinformatics and open science. This year’s theme is Open Approaches to AI/ML; it will be reflected in a panel discussion and a talk session.

This will be the 25th annual BOSC! (BOSC 2023 was part of ISMB/ECCB 2023 in Lyon, France.)

Key Dates

  • March 21, 2024: Early Poster Acceptance submission deadline
  • April 19: Regular abstract submission deadline (talks and posters)
  • May 20: Late poster submission deadline
  • July 12-16, 2024: ISMB 2024 (Montréal, Canada and online)
  • July 15-16, 2024: BOSC 2024 (part of ISMB)
  • July 17-18: Post-BOSC CollaborationFest


  • Open Science and Reproducible Research
  • Open Biomedical Data
  • Citizen/Participatory Science
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Data Science
  • Workflows
  • Data Access and Visualization
  • Translational Bioinformatics
  • Developer Tools and Libraries
  • Inclusion, Outreach and Training
  • AI/ML: open approaches

Registration and Financial Assistance

To participate in BOSC 2024, you will need to register for ISMB 2024. Those who submit abstracts to BOSC can request a fee waiver on the submission form. You can also apply for an Open Bioinformatics Foundation Event Award (deadlines in April, August, and November).

Panelists Verena Ras, Sara El-Gebali, Bastian Greshake Tzovaras, and Monica Munoz-Torres


Sponsorships from companies and non-profit organizations help to defray some of our costs and support our diversity/inclusion efforts. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to grant free registration to 15 participants at BOSC 2023, offer honoraria to keynote speakers, and cover other expenses.

If you’re interested in sponsoring BOSC 2024, please see our sponsors page!

Platinum Sponsor:


Seqera makes complex data analysis accessible at any scale

Gold Sponsor:

NIH Data Science

Silver Sponsor:



BOSC 2024 Organizing Committee

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

  • Swapnil Sawant (Phoenix Bioinformatics)
  • Karsten Hokamp (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Deepak Unni (SIB, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
  • Hervé Ménager (Institut Pasteur)
  • Jessica Maia (BD)
  • Monica Munoz-Torres (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
  • Chris Fields (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana)
  • Jason Williams (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

BOSC 2024 Organizing Committee

About BOSC

The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) has been held annually since 2000. 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, 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…

Code of Conduct

As part of ISMB 2024, BOSC 2024 will be covered by the ISCB Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.