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Call for tutorials

New submission deadline 10th February, 2020 (Call access closed)


The ECCB2020 program committee invites proposals for half-a-day and one-day Tutorials, to be held on Saturday 5 or Sunday 6 September 2020, which will immediately precede the nineteenth European Conference on Computational Biology in Sitges.

Tutorials serve an educational function and are expected to provide a balanced perspective on a field of research. They should not focus on the organisers' own research and/or resources, unless balanced with other resources in the same domain. However, tutorials on broadly used  bioinformatics tools, resources and/or services will be considered.

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 ECCB2020. Some attractive topics include (but not limited to them):

  • Analysis of long read-sequencing data.
  • AI and machine learning for bioinformatics.
  • Reuse, Develop and Share Biological Visualisation techniques.
  • Single-cell RNA, DNA and/or protein analysis.
  • Translational informatics: Opportunities for bioinformatics in the clinical realm.
  • Assembly of genomes in metagenomics.
  • Scientific Workflows for Analysing, Integrating and Scaling Bioinformatics Data.
  • Protein Evolution Analysis: on the Use of Phylogenetic Trees.
  • How to make your software sustainable and reusable for open access or commercial usage.

Tutorials given in previous editions can be found here: ECCB2018 and ECCB2016.

Full-day tutorials are scheduled either on Saturday, September 5 or on Sunday, September 6, from 9:00 to 18:00, with two half-hour coffee breaks and a one-hour lunch break. Half-a-day tutorials are scheduled either from 9:00 to 13:00 or from 14:00 to 18:00, with one half-hour coffee break and a one-hour lunch break.

Fees for tutorials

Fees can be found here


Start of tutorial
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee/tea break
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch break
15:30 - 16:00
Coffe/tea break
End of tutorial

Key dates

9 December 2019
Call for tutorial proposals open
30 January 2020
Original submission deadline for tutorial proposals
10 February 2020
Extended submission deadline for tutorial proposals
21 February 2020
Acceptance notification for tutorials
1 June 2020
Detailed schedule with speakers online
1 July 2020
Complete tutorial program online
5 or 6 September 2020
Tutorials day(s) at ECCB2020

Proposal submission

Tutorial proposals should not exceed 4 pages, and must include:

  • Detailed description of the tutorial (title and abstract, giving the motivation, learning outcomes, and level taught)
  • Provisional schedule - include draft talk titles or draft content to be covered in each section.
  • Intended audience and possible prerequisites.
  • Maximum number of attendees participating.
  • Material or infrastructure required (if relevant).
  • A brief CV of the instructor(s) showing their affiliation, relevant qualifications and teaching experience.
  • Contact information for the organizer.

It is recommended two presenters per tutorial. Depending on the number of attendees, it might be possible to count in with one or two additional helpers.

An evaluation committee will consider the following criteria in assessing proposals: relevance to ECCB attendees, educational experience of the lecturers, effectiveness and completeness of the proposed approach, overlap with tutorials and workshops held in previous editions, as well as the overall clarity and quality of the proposal.

Please note that tutorial attendees often consider the presenters’ reputations 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 save proposals in PDF format and send them through the form:


Tutorials will take place on September 5 or 6, 2020 on the site of the main conference. ECCB will help in the administrative aspects of assigning rooms, making announcements, and publishing the detailed tutorial schedule in the conference program. Each tutorial will be provided with up to two free tutorial registrations for speakersand, if needed, up to two free tutorial registrations for helpers.

The tutorial registration fees can be found at the registration page and will be used to cover costs for the room, coffee breaks, lunch, a PC and projector. Organizers should provide slides and possible reference material in PDF format.

Slides and reference material for the tutorials should be made available for download from each tutorial web page. The organizers can edit their own web page with links to these documents. If they want the documents to be downloaded from the ECCB2020 website itself they should send a unique assembled pdf file to before July 31st, 2020, and indicate the place on their web page where the link for download should appear. 

Tutorial organizers are expected to operate within the context of ECCB procedures, including finalizing the program and providing materials by the deadlines. ECCB reserves the right to cancel a scheduled tutorial if by July 31st the number of registered participants to the tutorial is less than 15.


Note that organizers are responsible for ensuring that the material they submit for downloading and photocopying may be legally used, and that appropriate copyright permissions have been obtained. Lecturers will grant distribution and reproduction rights of tutorial materials to the ECCB2020 from proposal acceptance through December 2020, and they agree that their materials may be made available in any form by the conference to the participants of ECCB2020.

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