Hello all,

This is a reminder that the main ISMB/ECCB 2017 abstract submission deadline is this Thursday 13 April - this is one of the biggest and broadest commutational biology conferences and there will I'm sure be a strong Galaxy presence.


This deadline also applies to talks at all the former satellite or special interest group (SIG) meetings, which are now called Communities of Special Intererst (COSIs), and will this year run though the main meeting.

In particular, please hurry up and get your open source/open science abstracts finished and submitted to BOSC, the annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference [*].


Also, BOSC's patent organisation the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) [**] has a travel fellowship available to help improve diversity at Bioinformatics meetings including but not limited to BOSC. The next call for this closes 15 April 2017.


Thanks for reading to the end.

[*] I'm on the BOSC committee and used to co-chair it, so clearly biased.

[**] I'm on the OBF board as treasurer.

On Wed, 8 Mar 2017 at 18:05, Peter Cock <p.j.a.cock@googlemail.com> wrote:
Dear all,

Recent BOSC meetings have had a strong Galaxy presence, so please do
consider submitting an abstract and/or attending BOSC 2017 in Prague.

Thank you,


Dr. Peter Cock,
Bioinformatician at The James Hutton Institute;
Open Bioinformatics Foundation, board of directors, treasurer;
BOSC 2017 organising committee member.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nomi Harris <nlharris@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 6:50 PM
Subject: [Bosc] BOSC 2017: Call for Abstracts
To: bosc-announce@mailman.open-bio.org, bosc-reviewers@open-bio.org
Cc: Nomi Harris <nlharris@gmail.com>, BOSC 2017 Organizing Committee <bosc@open-bio.org>

Call for Abstracts for the 18th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2017)
An ISMB/ECCB Community of Special Interest (COSI)

Dates: July 22-23, 2017
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Twitter: @OBF_BOSC

Important Dates
About BOSC
Since 2000, the yearly Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (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.

In the past, BOSC has taken place the two days before ISMB as a Special Interest Group (SIG). This year, ISMB is trying a new structure: the SIGs (now called COSIs) are integrated into the main ISMB meeting. BOSC will take place the first two full days of ISMB (July 22-23). Attendees will have the option to register for the full ISMB/ECCB meeting (July 21-25) or for just two days (there is no single-day registration option this year). A limited number of partial travel fellowships will be granted to some accepted speakers who would not otherwise be able to attend BOSC--please see https://github.com/OBF/obf-docs/blob/master/Travel_fellowships.md for more information.

We encourage you to submit one-page abstracts on any topic of relevance to open source bioinformatics and open science. After review, some abstracts will be selected for lightning talks, longer talks, and/or posters. Abstract submission instructions and a link to the EasyChair portal can be found on https://www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_Abstract_Submission

Session topics include:
  • Open Science and Reproducible Research
  • Open Biomedical Data
  • Citizen/Participatory Science
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Data Science
  • Workflows
  • Visualization
  • Medical and Translational Bioinformatics
  • Developer Tools and Libraries
  • Bioinformatics Open Source Project Progress Reports
We gratefully accept sponsorships from relevant private companies. These sponsorships enable us to offer free registration to some BOSC speakers to help increase diversity at our meeting. Sponsors in 2016 included Curoverse, the company behind the open source platform Arvados. Please contact us if you are interested in being a sponsor of BOSC 2017!

Thank you,
      BOSC 2017 Organizing Committee:   Nomi Harris (chair), Brad Chapman, Peter Cock, Christopher Fields, Bastian Greshake, Karsten Hokamp, Hilmar Lapp, Mónica Muñoz-Torres, Heather Wiencko

P.S. Don't forget to submit your BOSC abstract by April 13 at https://www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_Abstract_Submission!

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