9–12 September 2019

Congress Center Basel

Call for Workshop proposals

[BC]2 2019 - call for Workshop proposals

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

The purpose of workshops is to provide participants with an informal setting to discuss technical issues, exchange research ideas, and share practical experiences on some focused or emerging topics in bioinformatics. A workshop should provide an interesting perspective on the cutting edge of a research field. It may or may not cover a topic that is also addressed in the main conference — if it does, it should cover the topic more in depth than the main conference does. Workshops may include any form of presentation, such as talks or panel discussions. Previous sessions have covered, for instance, “Gene Ontologies”, “Education in Bioinformatics”, or “Logical modelling of biological regulatory networks”. Workshop organizer(s) will be fully responsible for the workshop’s scientific content: they may invite speakers, call for submissions, or combine the two options. [BC]2 workshops are organized on Monday 9 September 2019, from 9:00 to 16:00, with a lunch break and two coffee breaks. [BC]2 workshops are organized by the SIB Training Group.


Key Dates:


December 13, 2018

  Call for workshops opens

February 13, 2019

  Deadline: Workshops proposals submission

February 25, 2019

  Workshops acceptance notification

March 10, 2019

  Workshops programs due

April, 2019

  Registrations open (tbd)

July 10, 2019

  Workshops final and detailed schedule with speakers due

September 9, 2019
9:00 - 16:00

  Workshops presentations


Proposal Submission

Proposals should not exceed 2 pages and should include the workshop description (motivation, organisation, possible speakers, relevance to [BC]2, reference to similar initiatives if relevant, expected audience), specify the selection mode for contributions (invitation, call for submissions), and provide information regarding organizers.

The evaluation committee will consider the following criteria in assessing proposals: relevance to [BC]2 attendees, expertise and experience of the organizers and of the lecturers, effectiveness of the proposed organization, completeness, as well as clarity and quality of the proposal. The likely success of the proposed workshop will also be taken into account.

Please submit proposals in PDF format to <>.


[BC]2 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 workshop speakers or organizers. Workshop organizers are highly encouraged to seek independent funding for travel and accommodation, and to include any commitment they may have secured in the proposal. Each workshop will receive up to two free conference registrations for organizers or speakers.

Workshop organizers are invited to prepare abstracts or additional written material that will be presented online at the beginning of the meeting. Workshop organizers are also kindly asked to collect slides and reference material in PDF format from speakers, to be made available for download to meeting participants. Workshop organizers are responsible for ensuring that the material they submit may be legally used and that appropriate copyright permissions have been arranged.

Workshop organizers are expected to operate within the context of [BC]2 and Basel Life procedures, including finalizing the program and providing material by the deadlines, working within the budget, etc. [BC]2 and SIB Training Group reserve the right to cancel a scheduled workshop if registration one month before the conference is less than 15 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

For more information please contact <bc2[at]>.