Calls

Please note that resubmissions are also possible via EasyChair.

GCB 2016 invites the submission of papers on all aspects of bioinformatics. The conference language is English. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Call for papers
  • Methods for genomics and metagenomics
  • Methods for transcriptomics and metatranscriptomics
  • Methods for metabolomics
  • Poly-omics analyses
  • Personalized medicine
  • Network and pathway analysis
  • Bioimage informatics
  • Structural modeling
  • Visualization of large biological datasets
  • Computational biology
  • Physical modeling of molecular and cellular processes

GCB invites contributions of the following types:

Call for Posters

Deadline: 7. August 2016

Posters should present recent scientific work in any area of bioinformatics. Poster abstracts will be reviewed by the organizing committee for clarity and novelty. Accepted poster abstracts will be collected into one document "Poster Abstracts of GCB 2016" to be published.Accepted posters must be brought to and presented at the conference. The designated poster presenter must indicate upon acceptance whether she or he wants to give a flash presentation (1 slide, 1 minute). Poster abstracts must be submitted via EasyChair, can be at most a single page long and use the provided poster template.

  • LaTeX template for abstracts
  • Page limit including references: 1 page
  • EasyChair submission format is PDF only
  • Submit as "poster abstract" via EasyChair (existing EasyChair accounts should be used)

Accepted posters must be brought to and presented at the conference. Posters should be prepared in portrait mode, DIN A0 (84,1 cm x 118,9 cm / 33,11 in x 46,81 in).

Workshop proposals

Deadline: 1. June 2016

A whole day of GCB (Monday, 12. September 2016) is devoted to tutorials and workshops on current hot topics of bioinformatics. This is an excellent opportunity for new PhD students (or more experienced scientists entering a new research area) to get up to speed with new methods, techniques and tools. While tutorials provide an in-depth introduction to a particular method, technique or tool (e.g., a collection of R/BioConductor packages, or multiple testing in bioinformatics), workshops should provide a broad overview of a current hot topic, where the workshop organizers invite or call for contributions from experts in the field. Both workshop and tutorials can be half-day (3 hrs, morning or afternoon) or full-day (2x 3hrs). Please clearly indicate the duration in the proposal. Prospective workshop or tutorial organizers are encouraged to contact the GCB program chairs and submit a workshop proposal until 1. June 2016. Please submit your proposal electronically as a pdf file to gcb2016@inf.fu-berlin.de with the subject line "GCB workshop proposal: yourworkshoptitle". Workshop organizers will be responsible for advertising the workshop, inviting and selecting the contributions and guaranteeing a high quality worthy of the prestige and range of the conference. Workshop papers will not be published in the GCB conference proceedings, but may be published in other formats chosen by the workshop organizers. Both tutorial and workshop submissions must include name and affiliations of the organizers, a one-page description of the topic and its relevance and value to the GCB community,a brief description of the submitters' qualification/experience with the topic.Workshop submission must further include a draft time schedule for the workshop (CFP, deadlines, etc.),a list of potential members of the workshop’s program committee, an estimation of the number of attendees,a draft list of potential authors / presenters.Tutorial submissions must include proof of the submitters' pedagogical qualificationsImportant: Workshop organizers and speakers must pay their expenses, including GCB registration, to participate in the meeting. The GCB organizers will help in the administrative aspects of assigning the rooms, announcements and adding the detailed schedule to the conference program. Note that the GCB cannot financially support the speakers or the workshop organizers. (Exceptions due to unusual circumstances can be discussed with the program chairs.)

Call for Proceedings Papers (Extended Abstracts)

Deadline: 1. June 2016

Proceedings papers are like regular computer science conference papers. These submissions will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and judged by quality, originality and relevance. Accepted papers must be presented at the conference, and at least one author of each accepted paper must register before the early registration deadline. Proceedings papers must be submitted via EasyChair and should be 8-10 pages long using the provided template. They will be published with PeerJ as a special collection.

  • LaTeX template for paper submissions
  • Page limit including references: 10 pages
  • EasyChair submission format is PDF only.
  • Submit as "proceedings paper" via EasyChair (existing EasyChair accounts should be used).

Important: Accepted proceedings papers are published as a preprint collection. It will be visible that they were accepted to and presented at GCB2016. They can still be submitted to any journal (that allows existing preprints; most do!) for full publication. We do make it easy to submit them to PeerJ or PeerJ Computer Science (depending on the focus of the paper) by forwarding the GCB reviews for a fast-track evaluation if the authors so desire.

Call for Highlight Abstracts

Deadline: 6. July 2016

Highlight abstracts should refer to one or two of the authors' recent papers that report on work of high importance and were published during the present or past year. Typical topics might include biological findings with bioinformatics methods, new computational methods or new software tools. The general topics of interest correspond to those for proceedings papers. The abstracts should summarize the findings of the referenced paper(s), explain their importance and mention which areas of the paper(s) the talk will focus on, as opposed to presenting the whole paper(s). Highlight abstract submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and judged by the importance and novelty of the findings and by relevance to the conference audience. Accepted highlight abstracts will be collected into one document "Highlight Abstracts of GCB 2016". Accepted highlight abstracts must be presented at the conference, and at least one author of each accepted abstract must register before the early registration deadline. Highlight abstracts must be submitted via EasyChair, should be at most 4 pages long and use the provided template.

  • LaTeX template for abstracts
  • Page limit including references: 4 pages
  • EasyChair submission format is PDF only.
  • Submit as "highlight abstract" via EasyChair (existing EasyChair accounts should be used).

Call for Junior Research Group Presentations

Deadline: 6. July 2016

This tracks was introduced at the GCB2015 and has been received with very positive resonance. It holds the possibility for junior group leaders (definition: have their own (small) group, do not have a permanent position) to present their area of research and to highlight recent findings from their group. These abstracts should be similar to highlight abstracts, but may reference more of the group's papers, giving a good and complete picture of the group's research focus as a whole. Accepted highlight abstracts will be collected into one document "Junior Research Group Presentations of GCB 2016“. Accepted junior research group presentations must be given at the conference, and the group leader must register before the early registration deadline. Junior research group abstracts must be submitted via EasyChair, should be at most 4 pages long and use the provided template.

  • LaTeX template for abstracts
  • Page limit including references: 4 pages
  • EasyChair submission format is PDF only.
  • Submit as "JRG abstract" via EasyChair (existing EasyChair accounts should be used).

Women in Computational Biology

1. About the award

As excellence in translational research is furthered through gender equality, supporting the equal participation of women and men is an important objective in all of BIH undertakings.

The BIH Award for Young Women Scientists in Bioinformatics recognizes outstanding achievements of women scientists working in the field of bioinformatics and enhances their visibility. Laureates of the award are inspiring role models for subsequent generations of women working in the field of bioinformatics.

In 2016, the award will be bestowed for an outstanding dissertation that advanced translational research in the field of bioinformatics. An important criterion for awarding the prize is also the potential of the laureate for a promising career path in bioinformatics.

The prize fund amounts to 10.000 € and is intended to support future research of the laurate in the field of bioinformatics.

2. Selection

A commission consisting of members of the BIH bioinformatics steering committee and women professors from the field of bioinformatics will select the winner of the award.

In exceptional cases, the prize may be shared if there is more than one person meriting the award.

3. Award ceremony

The BIH Award for Young Women Scientists in Bioinformatics will be bestowed at the “German Conference on Bioinformatics” (12-15.09.2016) held in Berlin.

Actual travel costs as well as accommodation and participation fees will be covered for the awardee.

4. Eligibility

Women scientists who received their doctorate with distinction (summa cum laude or highest distinction according to the doctoral regulations) after 1 February 2014 (reference date is the date on the dissertation certificate) can apply directly for the award.

Publication of dissertation results (or parts thereof) in renowned scientific journals is a premise for the award.

5. Documents to be included in the application

The following documents must be included in the application (in German or English):

  • Detailed CV including a description of future career plans
  • Key findings of the dissertation (2 page maximum)
  • Electronic version of the dissertation
  • Copy of Dissertation certificate
  • Academic letter of recommendation

Please submit your application by 14 April 2016 using the BIH application portal.
If you have any questions, please contact Silke Mühlstedt (silke.muehlstedt@bihealth.de).