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Due to the reduced format of ECCB2020 virtual edition, Applications, will not be carried out.

Application Track chair: Javier de las Rivas – Cancer Research Center of Salamanca (CiC-IBMCC, USAL/CSIC)

We have invited the submission of abstracts for the Application Track to promote application of computational biology in industry and other fields beyond academia.

 

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE APPLICATIONS TRACK?

The aim of the track is to give a voice to those who apply computational biology in industry, clinics, governmental organizations, and other fields beyond academia. With advanced science and technology finding its way everywhere, many clinicians, analysts, data scientists have more and more to share with scientists in academia. A plethora of scientists currently work outside of academia, and may not be interested or are sometimes restricted to publish, thus making themselves and their work invisible to the academic community. This track is a platform for presenting such applications, some of which may well be untraditional or otherwise not often heard at academic conferences. 

EXAMPLES OF SUBMISSIONS

Examples of submissions that we envision include computational applications, software, services, infrastructure or combinations of these that are developed for beyond-academia applications e.g. for the pharmaceutical industry, biotech startups, clinics. Academic developments which do not have yet the beyond-academia component but have clearly outlined the potential for it, are also welcome. 

DON’T WE HAVE ALREADY APPLICATIONS PRESENTED AT ECCB AND OTHER COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY CONFERENCES?

Absolutely. Computational biology is by its nature about applying computational tools in biology. The difference of this track from many applied sessions at ECCB is that it bridge academia and other applications fields of computational biology and to cross-disseminate both sides. This is an open track including the ELIXIR Applications track which is mainly devoted to the participants of ELIXIR.

I’M IN ACADEMIA, CAN I SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT?

Yes, please do if you feel that A) your applications cross the boundaries of traditional academic science, or B) your developments are directly relevant beyond academia or have potential for it.

 

APPLICATION TRACK: REVIEW CRITERIA

A group of experts will select the abstract to be presented at the meeting considering the impact of the work on the field, the likelihood that the work will make a good presentation, and the relevance to the aims of the Applications Track (see above). Accepted presenters for the Applications Track are required to deliver the presentation themselves, and must register and pay to attend the conference.

All submissions will be evaluated by a dedicated section of the Scientific Committee and the submission will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to conference attendees.
  2. Impact and potential in bridging academia with other fields of applications.
  3. “Presentability” of the work to a large, diverse audience.
  4. Seniority of the presenting author.
  5. Submissions that permit the presentation of related interesting unpublished new results will be reviewed favourably,
  6. We aim to balance across the topics and may factor this into the acceptance decisions.

None of the criteria above are “hard”. The ultimate decision of acceptance for an Applications Talk lies with the Program Committee.

Accepted presenters for the Application Track are required to deliver the presentation themselves and must register and pay to attend the conference.

 

APPLICATION TRACK: TOPICS

ECCB2020 will organise the presentations according to five main topics:

Topic
Keywords
DATA
Organization, management, categorization, integration, analysis of data, knowledge discovery
GENOME
Sequence analysis, alignment, evolution, phylogeny, genetics, epigenetics, 3D conformation
GENES
Expression, function, regulation, transcription, translation, geno-phenotype
PROTEINS
Structure, function, alterations, assemblies, interactions, design, proteomics
SYSTEMS
Systems biology, pathways, molecular networks, dynamics, signaling, multi-scale modeling
ELIXIR

 

APPLICATION TRACK: SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The 1000-words full abstract, 150-words short abstract, a graphical abstract figure, and 200-word justification on why this abstract fits into the Applications Track must be submitted through the automated system. Submissions must be made to the EasyChair Applications Track submission site. 

For each presenting author, only one submission to the Applications Track will be considered. The same limitation applies to the senior author.

Submissions should include the following:

  1. Name/affiliation/email of presenting author (note that the presenter cannot be changed because the identity and ability to present of that person will be an essential selection criterion).
  2. Names/affiliations/email of all co-authors (note: any name appearing on a published paper has to be added here). Note that all co-authors have to agree to the submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter to guarantee that all co-author email addresses are correct (email notifications of the submission will be sent to all co-authors).
  3. Title.
  4. At least three keywords (also known as key phrases or key terms) to characterize your submission.
  5. Application domain, choose one:
    • Health
    • Agro-Food
    • Biotechnology
    • Biodiversity
    • Fundamental (Fundamental/basal research with no immediate application domain)
  6. Choose one of the following topics:
    • Data: Organization, management, categorization, integration, analysis of data, knowledge discovery.
    • Genome: Sequence analysis, alignment, evolution, phylogeny, genetics, epigenetics, 3D conformation.
    • Genes: Expression, function, regulation, transcription, translation, geno-phenotype.
    • Proteins: Structure, function, alterations, assemblies, interactions, design, proteomics.
    • Systems: Systems biology, pathways, molecular networks, dynamics, signaling, multi-scale modeling.
    • ELIXIR application
  7. 150-word description of the presentation for promotion on the conference website. A)
  8. 1000-word full abstract. A)
  9. A graphical abstract figure, note that only PDF files are acceptable. B)
  10. 200-word justification on why this abstract fits into the Application Track. A)

A) Please note there is no word count available on the EasyChair form, you can use a tool like e.g. https://wordcounter.net. Submissions that succeed the maximum number of words will not be admitted to the review procedure.

B) Please note that only PDF submissions are acceptable. It is the responsibility of the submitter to verify that the PDF is completely viewable/printable by all major operating systems (LINUX, MacOS, Windows).

Due to the extension of submission deadlines, the notification dates for the applications will shift as well. Acceptance notifications will be sent no later than June 16, 2020. As the acceptance/rejection will be based on a comparison and ranking of all submissions, we will not provide any review report with the acceptance notification. 

 

APPLICATION TRACK: CONTACT DETAILS

All questions pertaining to the Application Track should be directed to eccb2020@bcocongresos.com