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Call for workshops / SIGs

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


The ECCB2020 program committee invites proposals for one or two day workshops or special interest group meetings (SIGs), to be held on Saturday 5 or Sunday 6 September 2020, which will immediately precede the nineteenth European Conference on Computational Biology in Sitges.

The workshops/SIGs are expected to provide participants with an informal setting to discuss scientific and technical issues, exchange research ideas, and to share practical experiences on a range of focused or emerging topics in bioinformatics.

Each workshop/SIG should provide an interesting perspective on the cutting edge of a selected research field. Workshops may include any form of presentation such as talks or panel discussions. Some attractive topics include (but not limited to them):

  • Interpretable machine learning
  • Bioinformatics and climate change
  • Imaging-based bioinformatics
  • Sensitive data bioinformatics
  • Single-cell -omics
  • Plant -omics
  • Recent advances in metagenomics
  • The other omics: metabolomics, lipidomics, nutrigenomics
  • Making scientific research reproducible: software containers and workflows
  • Relevance of the data and software management

The organizer(s) of a workshop will be fully responsible for the workshop’s scientific content: they may invite speakers or call for submissions, or combine the two options.

Fees for workshops/SIGs

Fees can be found here


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

Key dates

18 December 2019
Call for workshops/SIG proposals open
30 January 2020
Submission deadline for workshops/SIG proposals
10 February 2020
Extended submission deadline for workshops/SIG proposals
21 February 2020
Acceptance notification for workshops/SIGs
1 June 2020
Detailed schedule with speakers online
1 July 2020
Complete workshops/SIG program online
5 or 6 September 2020
Workshops/SIG day(s) at ECCB2020

Proposal submission

Each workshop proposal should not exceed 4 pages and should include the following information:

  • Title (up to 12 words, preferably worded to pique delegates' interest).
  • Topic: Describe the field to be covered by the session(s).
  • Abstract: Including topic and its relevance for conference participants as well as session goals, motivation, and scope of the workshop.
  • Description of the target audience and expected audience numbers.
  • List of tentative speakers and / or attendees (this is not required, but may add weight to the proposal - indicate speakers who have already agreed to participate).
  • History of the workshop with attendance statistics if this is not the first instance.
  • Selection mode for contributions (invitation, call for submissions).
  • Relevant experience of the organizing committee.
  • Tentative organizing committee members (at least 2 to 3 members).
  • Potential sources of sponsorship for the session.
  • Contact information for the organizer/s: full name, affiliation, e-­mail, telephone numbers (work and mobile, if available, including country and city codes), URL of the homepage.

An evaluation committee will consider the following criteria in assessing proposals: relevance to ECCB attendees, the expertise and experience of the organizers and lecturers, the feasibility of their proposal, along with the clarity and quality of the proposal.

Please save your proposals in PDF format and send them through the form:


All workshops will take place on September 5 or 6, 2020 at the site of the main conference. ECCB will help with the administrative aspects of assigning rooms, making announcements, and with the publication of the detailed schedule in the conference program, but it cannot financially support the workshop speakers or organizers in their travel and accommodation costs. ECCB strongly encourages workshop organizers to seek independent funding for travel and accommodation and to include any commitment that they may have secured in the proposal.

The workshop 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. Workshop registration is free for its organisers (up to two persons) and for invited speakers (up to four persons).

Workshop organizers are invited to prepare abstracts and any additional written material. Organizers are also kindly asked to collect slides and reference material in PDF format from speakers.

Slides and reference material for the workshop should be made available for download from each workshop web page. The organizers can edit their own web page with links to the documents corresponding to the presentations. 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.

Workshop organizers are expected to operate within the context of ECCB procedures, including finalizing the program, providing materials by the deadlines, working within the budget, etc. ECCB reserves the right to cancel a scheduled workshop if by July 31st the number of registered participants to the workshop 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. Speakers will grant distribution and reproduction rights of workshop/SIGs 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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