BOSC 2022 dates: July 13-14, as part of ISMB 2022

Location: Madison, WI, USA, and virtual


BOSC announcements mailing list:!forum/bosc-announce

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Twitter: @OBF_BOSC, #BOSC2022

Key Dates

  • April 21, 2022: Deadline for submitting talk/poster abstracts

  • May 12: Talk/poster acceptance notifications

  • May 19: Late poster (and Late-Breaking Lightning Talk) submission deadline

  • May 26: Late poster / LBLT acceptance notifications

  • July 13-14: BOSC 2022

  • July 15-16: CollaborationFest (CoFest)

About BOSC

The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference promotes and facilitates the open source development of bioinformatics tools and open science. Since 2000, BOSC has provided a forum for developers and users to interact and share research results and ideas in open source bioinformatics and open science. 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.

As usual, BOSC will include keynote talks, longer and shorter (lightning) talks from submitted abstracts, posters, Birds of a Feather, and more!

New this year: Joint session with Bio-Ontologies!

We are excited to announce that BOSC and Bio-Ontologies will join forces for part of a day at ISMB 2022. The joint session will feature keynote speaker Melissa Haendel as well as talks chosen from abstracts submitted to BOSC or Bio-Ontologies.

Keynote Speakers

Melissa Haendel is the Chief Research Informatics Officer at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Director of the Center for Data to Health (CD2H). With expertise in molecular genetics and developmental biology as well as translational informatics, Dr. Haendel focuses on open science and data integration to improve rare-disease diagnosis and mechanism discovery. She is a leader in ontologies and standards for data sharing.

Lior Pachter is the Bren professor of computational biology at Caltech. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Computational Biology and has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Sloan Research Fellowship His research interests span the mathematical and biological sciences, including algorithms, combinatorics, comparative genomics, algebraic statistics, molecular biology and evolution. Dr. Pachter is known as a vociferous advocate of open and accountable science.

A third keynote speaker will be announced soon!

Abstract submission

We encourage you to submit abstracts (due April 21 – sorry, no extensions) on any topic relevant to open source bioinformatics or open science. After review, some abstracts will be selected for lightning talks, longer talks, or posters. Abstracts that are not chosen for talks will automatically be considered for posters.

Abstract submission will be via ISMB’s EasyChair. Note that ISMB/ECCB requires a short (200-word) text-only abstract for all submissions (talk or poster), plus a “long abstract” (PDF, 2 pages max) if you want to be considered for a talk. A second, later round of submissions will end May 19. Abstracts submitted in the late round will be considered only for posters and a limited number of “late-breaking lightning talk” slots; they are not eligible for longer talks.

Registration fee assistance

We realize that the cost of ISMB may be prohibitive for some. If you are submitting an abstract to BOSC and would have difficulty covering the cost of registration, you can request a registration fee waiver right on the abstract submission form (which will not be seen by reviewers). Those who are not submitting abstracts can apply for an OBF Event Fellowship (deadline April 1, 2022).

BOSC topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Ontologies: Open Source Tools and Approaches (new this year – joint session with Bio-Ontologies COSI)

  • Open Science and Reproducible Research

  • Open Biomedical Data

  • Citizen/Participatory Science

  • Standards and Interoperability

  • Data Science

  • Workflows

  • Open Approaches to Translational Bioinformatics

  • Open Science for Global Health

  • Developer Tools and Libraries

  • Inclusion, Outreach and Training

  • Bioinformatics Open Source Project Reports (about new or existing projects)

  • Open and interoperable ontologies (joint session with Bio-Ontologies)

We look forward to reading your abstract and seeing you (in person or virtually) at BOSC 2022!


BOSC 2022 Organizing Committee: Nomi Harris, Karsten Hokamp, Hervé Ménager, Monica Munoz-Torres, Deepak Unni, Nicole Vasilevsky, Jason Williams