Attendees at BOSC 2019

BOSC 2020

BCC2020, the Bioinformatics Community Conference, will bring together the Galaxy Community Conference (GCC) and the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) to meet jointly at Victoria University in Toronto, Canada.

The main conference will take place July 19-21, 2020, with a training day July 18 and CoFest and CoFest Encore days July 22-25.

The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) has been held annually since 2000. BOSC 2019 was part of ISMB/ECCB in Basel.


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…

Important Dates

  • April 2020 (exact date TBA): Full talk/poster abstract submission deadline
  • May: Late poster/late-breaking lightning talk submission deadline
  • May 23: Late round authors notified
  • July 18: BCC2020 tutorials, Toronto
  • July 19-21, 2020: BOSC 2020, part of BCC2020
  • July 22-23: CoFest
  • July 24-25: CoFest Encore

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)


Registration for BCC2020 will open in early 2020. For one low price, attendees will be able to move freely between BOSC and Galaxy talks. You can do all BOSC, all Galaxy, or a mix!


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 BCC2020, 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 (Open Bioinformatics Foundation)

2019 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 2019 was part of ISMB/ECCB 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. See the full BOSC 2019 schedule of talks, posters and Birds of a Feather meetups.

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.

Code of Conduct

As part of BCC2020, BOSC 2020 will be covered by the BCC Code of Conduct.