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ECCB2020 open statement on COVID-19

The ECCB2020 Organising Committee is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) together with the ECCB Steering Committee and the health authorities, to evaluate its impact on ECCB2020, to be held from September 5th to 9th, 2020 in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.

Given the current situation, we are assessing multiple possibilities to ensure the safety of participants and high-level scientific discussions. Nevertheless, we are committed to continuing with one of the most appreciated traditions of ECCB: the publication of selected proceedings as a special issue of the OUP Bioinformatics journal, independently of the format of the conference. We encourage the bioinformatics and computational biology community to submit manuscripts
to the Call for Proceedings that will be reviewed and evaluated by a scientific committee from each topic.

To highlight specific contributions around COVID-19, we have opened a specific track for COVID-19 Related Proceedings. The ECCB2020 scientific committee will make a selection of the best submissions based on scientific quality. These proceedings will be part of the special issue on OUP Bioinformatics to be published in September.

The ECCB2020 Organising Committee knows that information is crucial in the current situation and we are committed to providing a situation update at your earliest convenience.

Thank you very much for your patience and above all, stay safe and healthy.

ECCB2020 Organising Committee

16th April 2020