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ISMB 2020
ISMB 2020 to be Held as a Virtual Conference, July 13-16

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020



The ISMB 2020 Steering Committee and ISCB Leadership have been closely monitoring the growing global COVID-19 outbreak. Because of increasing concerns with travel along with guidance to minimize group gatherings, ISMB 2020 will be held as a 100% virtual conference, July 13-16.

The health and safety of our participants, sponsors, exhibitors, invited speakers and the local community in Montreal are paramount.

Here is what you need to know:

  • ISMB 2020 will be 100% virtual.
  • The entire conference will be streamed online with sessions that are both live and “as live” with the ability for questioning and answering in real time. To benefit those in different time zones, all content will also be available on demand. This includes poster presentations within the virtual poster hall.
  • Existing registrations will automatically be converted into online registrations. Login details will be sent to you before the conference.
  • For those who are a part of the scientific program, instructions for remote presentations will be sent.
  • If you already arranged air travel, cancel your flights ASAP.
  • If you have made hotel reservations through the ISCB and onPeak, those reservations will be automatically cancelled and the applicable hotel cancellation policy will apply. If you made reservations elsewhere, you should cancel those reservations yourself.


Registration refunds
Existing registrations will automatically convert into online registrations. Participants that do not wish to attend the meeting virtually can cancel their registration and receive a full refund.

The differences between the original registration fee for physical attendance and the virtual online registration fee will be refunded at your request at the completion of ISMB 2020. To support the Society in this difficult time, participants have the option of contributing their partial registration refund to ISCB to assist with the substantial cost associated with the cancellation of the physical meeting. If you wish to receive your partial refund, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 30, 2020.

Controlled access to meeting content
Only registered participants will have online access to the conference. Presenters concerned about unpublished data can request that specific slides not be shown. In exceptional cases, the presenter can request that none of their slides be provided online.

Certificates of attendance/recognition of presentation
You will receive a certificate of presentation as well as participation for the conference. Certificates of participation will be delivered after the conference once your attendance (log on once daily) is confirmed. Poster presenters will also receive a certificate for their uploaded presentation.

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Submit your research and become an integral part of ISMB 2020!

Abstract Deadline: April 16, 11:59 PM ET

CAMDA Extended Deadline:
May 25

The ISMB 2020 scientific program is comprised of abstract submissions and organized thematically in partnership with the ISCB Communities of Special Interest (COSIs). Plan to submit your unpublished or published research to these tracks:

3DSIGBio-OntologiesBIOINFO-COREBioVis
BOSC: Bioinformatics Open Source ConferenceCAMDA
CompMSEducationEvolutionComparative Genomics
FunctionHitSeqMLCSBMICROBIOMENetBio
RegSysiRNASysModTextMiningTransMed
VarIGeneral Computational Biology

Can’t find your home COSI? Simply submit to the general computational biology track above for consideration.

Why You should be a part of ISMB 2020

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