Call for Tutorials

Tutorial Chair: Janet Kelso, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Click here to complete a submission for an ISMB 2009 Tutorial.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Call for Tutorials Opens
Friday, November 28, 2008
Deadline: Tutorial proposal
Thursday, December 11, 2008 Tutorial acceptance notification
Monday, February 9, 2009 Deadline: Draft tutorial materials
Monday, March 23, 2009 Deadline: Final tutorial materials

This call is an invitation to scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit high quality tutorials for presentation at ISMB/ECCB 2009.

Tutorials should be designed as half-day (four hour) sessions, including a 30 minute break. Only tutorials covering a range of topics reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of our field will be considered for acceptance.

Tutorials take the form of presentations that may include computer demonstrations where appropriate. Practical sessions are not included as participants are not provided with computers at the venue.

The purpose of the tutorial program is to provide participants with lectures and instruction covering either well-established or new "cutting-edge" topics, relevant to the bioinformatics field. It offers participants an opportunity to get an introduction to important established topics in bioinformatics, to learn about new areas of bioinformatics research, or to develop advanced skills in areas about which they are already knowledgeable. Tutorials serve an educational function and are expected to provide a balanced perspective on a field of research. They should not focus on the presenters' own research or software. Please note that if you wish to focus your talk on a specific software package, your proposal should be submitted to the Technology Track. These presentations do not fall into the Tutorial format.

They should not focus on the presenters' own research or software.

Tutorial submissions should be received by Tuesday, November 11, 2008. Proposals should not exceed a maximum of 4 pages, and must include a detailed description of what will be taught.

Proposals should contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Goals, objectives and motivation of the tutorial
  • Instructors
    • A brief description of the instructor(s) indicating the relevant qualifications and teaching experience. Each tutorial should have a maximum of two presenters and based on feedback received from   earlier years, please note that in general graduate students are not permitted to participate as instructors.
  • Tutorial level
    • Indicate whether the material is considered Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced.
  • Intended audience
    • It should be clearly and precisely indicated at whom the tutorial   is aimed and at which level it would be taught with respect to the different underlying scientific fields. In particular if any background (biology, algorithmics, statistics, etc) is expected, this should be very precisely described.
  • Previously presented
    • Please indicate whether tutorial has been presented at ISMB (or another meeting) previously
  • Detailed outline of the presentation.
    • Please adhere to the page limit, but provide sufficient information for a thorough evaluation to be possible.

Proposals must be completed using the MS Word or PDF templates provided. The final proposal MUST be uploaded as a PDF file only. If using the MS Word template please ensure you convert it to a PDF before uploading. Submissions should be completed by using this link.

All submissions will be evaluated by a committee, which will consider the following criteria:

  • Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to ISMB attendees
  • Completeness, clarity, and quality of the tutorial proposal and materials
  • Expertise and experience of the presenters in the proposed topic
  • Expertise and experience of the presenters in delivering a successful educational experience
  • Effectiveness of the proposed presentation approach.
  • If the tutorial has been presented previously the participant evaluations will be considered

Tutorial attendees often consider the reputation and standing of the presenters as one of their criteria for choosing particular sessions. It is therefore expected that the presenters listed on the submitted proposal will attend the conference to present their tutorials.

Submitters of successful tutorial proposals will be notified of their acceptance by Thursday, December 11, 2008. ISMB tutorial presenters may also be invited to develop tutorials for publication in the journal PLoS Computational Biology.

Final materials for reproduction must be received by Monday, March 23, 2009. The slides may be submitted as PowerPoint or PDF files, and the accompanying notes should be PDF files.

Tutorial Materials

The tutorial presenters agree to provide participants with teaching materials that include:

  • Tutorial notes which are a detailed outline of the presentation and explanatory text. This is a document equivalent to the oral component of the tutorial, in a standard template.
  • Copies of the slides, in Powerpoint or PDF format.
  • Copies of relevant articles/book chapters published by the tutors may be provided as Supplementary Information but cannot replace the text material of the handout. Presenters will have to obtain copyright permission from their publishers, as required.

The authors will grant copyright to tutorial materials to the ISCB for a period to extend from acceptance through August 1, 2010, and they agree that their materials may be made available for sale in perpetuity through ISCB.


Each tutorial team will be provided:

  • Free *tutorial* registration for team members presenting the tutorial (ISMB/ECCB 2009 *full conference registration is NOT included* and must be registered and paid for separately by team members planning to attend the main conference)
  • 1 x US$500 honorarium
  • Click here to complete a submission for an ISMB/ECCB 2009 Tutorial.
  • Tutorial Proposal Template - MS Word
  • Tutorial Proposal Template - PDF

Correspondence from prospective tutorial instructors should be sent to:

The list and descriptions of the final tutorials will be available after February 16, 2009. Tutorial registration fees will be announced in early 2009.