BOSC Chair Nomi Harris speaking at BOSC 2017

BOSC Abstract Submission (2019)

In 2019, BOSC was part of ISMB/ECCB 2019, which set the submission dates and procedures. We will be updating this page soon for BOSC 2020!

Important Dates (2019)

  • April 11, 2019: Full talk/poster abstract submission deadline
  • May 15, 2019: Late poster / late-breaking lightning talk submission deadline
  • July 24-25, 2019: BOSC 2019, Basel, Switzerland (as part of ISMB/ECCB 2019)

What to Submit (BOSC/ISMB 2019)


Please describe how your work fits into the open source bioinformatics / open science ecosystem. We like to see examples of biological applications of your work, and a summary of the current and/or projected community aspect of your project.

200-word summary

ISMB requires all submissions to include a 200-word (or less) summary; this will be used for the ISMB website and app. (Confusingly, this 200-word summary is referred to in EasyChair as the “abstract”. )

Only want to do a poster? Just submit this short summary; the longer PDF is optional for poster-only submissions.

2-page Abstract (PDF)

Hoping for a full talk? Your submission must include a one or two page abstract (which can include figures or graphics) in PDF format. The PDF is optional for late-round submissions.

How to Submit (BOSC/ISMB 2019)

  1. Submissions are via EasyChair. If you don’t already have an EasyChair account, you will need to create one.
  2. Once you sign in, you will get to a screen that says “Please select the track relevant for your submission.” Select BOSC (4th line down). Note that later in the submission process, you will be able to list one or two other COSIs/tracks that your abstract might also fit into.
  3. The submission form refers to the 200-word summary of your work as an “abstract”, but if you are applying to give a full talk, you must also upload a longer abstract (1-2 pages) as a PDF.
  4. In the late round, the PDF is optional, but recommended if you are hoping to get a late-breaking lightning talk spot.

Acceptance Criteria

BOSC welcomes submissions about all aspects of open source bioinformatics, open science and open data, including but not limited to reproducible research, citizen/participatory science, standards and interoperability, open source tools for data science and visualization, and medical and translational bioinformatics. Work discussed in BOSC presentations must be open source, with a recognized open source license and a URL for accessing your code. We look for impact of the work in building or sustaining open source communities. We are happy to consider abstracts describing work that has already been published or presented elsewhere, but we ask you to mention that on the submission form. Work that has been presented at a recent BOSC will need to demonstrate significant progress in order to be eligible for a talk at BOSC 2019.

BOSC Open Source License Requirement

The Open Bioinformatics Foundation, which coordinates BOSC, is dedicated to promoting the practice and philosophy of Open Source Software Development within the biological research community. For this reason, if a submitted abstract concerns a specific software system for use by the research community, then that software must be licensed with a recognized Open Source License, and be available for download, including source code.

See the following websites for further information:

Presentation formats

Talks chosen from submitted abstracts are generally either “long” (17 minutes + 3 minutes for question) or short/”lightning” (5 minutes). Abstracts that are selected for talks can also be presented as posters.

In the late round (deadline May 15), abstracts are considered for “Late-Breaking Lightning Talks” or posters. The LBLTs are grouped together in a session, rather than being slotted into the themed sessions (which are already set in the first round).

Travel Fellowships

The OBF Travel Fellowship program is aimed at increasing diverse participation at events promoting open source bioinformatics software development and open science in the biological research community. The fellowship can be used to cover airfare, hotel and / or conference registration fees up to a value of USD 1,000. BOSC speakers are welcome to apply for a fellowship. We review applications three times a year. The next deadline for applying is December 1, 2019.