9–12 September 2019

Congress Center Basel

Call for Tutorial proposals

[BC]2 2019 - call for Tutorial proposals

The [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference 2019 will feature a one-day tutorial session on 9 September. The [BC]2 conference and tutorials are organised by SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as part of the Basel Life conference.

The purpose of the tutorial program is to provide participants with lectures or practical training covering topics relevant to the field of bioinformatics. It offers participants an opportunity to learn about new areas of bioinformatics research, to get an introduction to important established concepts, or to develop advanced skills in areas they are already familiar with.

This call is an invitation for scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit proposals for high-quality tutorials for the [BC]2 conference. Previous tutorials have covered, for instance, “Working with next-generation sequencing data”, “Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis”, “Methods and applications for regulatory sequence analysis”, and “Reproducible research using Docker”.  [BC]2 tutorials are scheduled on Monday, September 9, from 9:00 to 16:00, with a lunch break and two coffee breaks. [BC]2 tutorials are organized by the SIB Training Group.

Key Dates

December 13, 2018Call for tutorials opens
February 13, 2019Deadline: Tutorials proposals submission
February 25, 2019Tutorials acceptance notification
March 10, 2019Tutorials programs due
April, 2019Registrations open (tbd)
July 10, 2019Tutorials final and detailed schedule due
September 9, 2019
9:00 - 16:00
Tutorial presentations

Proposal Submission

Tutorial proposals should not exceed 2 pages and must include a detailed description of the tutorial (motivation, expected goals, learning objectives, level, schedule, target audience and possible prerequisites) and a brief CV of the instructor(s) with relevant qualifications and teaching experience. A maximum of two presenters is recommended.

The evaluation committee will consider the following criteria in assessing proposals: relevance to [BC]2 conference attendees, training experience of the lecturers, effectiveness of the proposed approach, as well as completeness, clarity, and quality of the proposal.

Please note that tutorial attendees often consider the presenters’ reputation and standing when choosing particular sessions. It is consequently expected that the presenters listed on the submitted proposal will present their tutorials in person.

Please submit proposals in PDF format to <bc2[at]>.



[BC]2 conference and SIB Training Group will help in the administrative aspects of assigning the rooms, announcements, and publication of the detailed schedule in the conference website, but cannot financially support the tutorial lecturers or organizers. Each tutorial will be provided with up to two free conference registrations for speakers.

Tutorial organizers should provide slides and possible reference material in PDF format, which will be made available to the meeting participants for download on the conference website. No photocopying of handouts will be managed by the conference. Copies of relevant articles and book chapters published by the tutors cannot replace the text material of the handout. They may be distributed as Supplementary Information provided copyright permission from publishers was granted.

Tutorial organizers are expected to operate within the context of [BC]2 conference and Basel Life procedures, including finalizing the program and providing materials by the deadlines, working within the budget, etc. [BC]2 conference and SIB Training Group reserve the right to cancel a scheduled tutorial if registration one month before the conference is less than 10 participants.


Note that organizers are responsible for ensuring that the material they submit for download and photocopying may be legally used, and that appropriate copyright permissions have been arranged. Lecturers will grant copyright to tutorial materials to the [BC]2 conference for a period to extend from acceptance through December 2019, and they agree that their material may be made available in any form by the conference to [BC]2 conference participants.

Evaluation Committee

Alexandre Botzki, Head of VIB Bioinformatics Core, Training Coordinator ELIXIR-BE, Belgium
Patricia Palagi, Team Leader, SIB Training Group, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Chair SIB Training Advisory Committee, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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