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ISMB 2016 - Call for Applied Knowledge Exchange Sessions (AKES)

Chair: Michelle Brazas, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), Canada
Co-chair: Fran Lewitter, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, United States
Co-chair: Patricia M. Palagi, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland

**Call for AKES Submissions - Opens November 3, 2015

Submission Deadlines
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Call for Applies Knowledge Exchange Sessions (AKES) Opens

Monday, January 25, 2016
Deadline: AKES proposals

Friday, February 5, 2016 AKES acceptance notification

Friday, June 24, 2016 Deadline: Draft AKES materials

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Deadline: Final AKES materials
Saturday, July 9, 2016
AKES Presentations

This call is an open invitation to scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit high quality proposals for Applied Knowledge Exchange sessions (formerly called Tutorials and Workshops) at ISMB2016.

A list of AKES presented in 2015 is available here

The purpose of this program is to provide participants with information and instruction covering "cutting-edge" topics relevant to the bioinformatics field. For research-oriented topics, these sessions offer 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. These do not necessarily need to be primarily research oriented, but may also serve to bring together people with common interests to discuss, debate and problem-solve defined topics.  

Applied Knowledge Exchange sessions may include any form of presentation such as brief talks or panel discussions. They 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, unless balanced with other tools in the same realm. Sessions on broadly used bioinformatics tools (UCSC, Galaxy, Cytoscape, etc.) will be considered. Please note that if you wish to focus your talk on a specific software package less widely used, your proposal should be submitted to the Technology Track.

Sessions should be designed as half-day (four hour) or full-day (8 hours) sessions. (A 30-minute break is scheduled for 10:15 am and 3:30 pm). Only proposals providing either:

  • Direct practical, hands-on application of the subject matter; or
  • Bringing together people with common interest for discussion will be considered for acceptance.

Potential topic areas may include but are not limited to the following: (A list of AKES presented in 2015 is available here)

  • Unsolved problems: Debate on the future hot areas for bioinformatics
  • Powerful features in the UCSC Genome Browser
  • Practical exercises in GATK
  • Translational informatics: Opportunities for bioinformatics in the clinical realm
  • Galaxy: Toolshed development
  • Improving genomic assembly with PacBio
  • Assembly of genomes in metagenomics

Proposal submissions should be received by Monday, January 25, 2016. Proposals should not exceed a maximum of 4 pages, and must include a detailed description of the session content. You will be asked during the submission process to provide a description of the session that can be used to promote it to delegates. 

Proposals should contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Goals, objectives and motivation of the session
  • Schedule of the session including coffee breaks
  • Detailed outline of the session agenda
    • Please adhere to the page limit, but provide sufficient information for a thorough evaluation to be made.
  • Intended audience and level
    • It should be clearly and precisely indicated at whom the session 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.
    • Where appropriate, indicate whether the material is considered Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced or Broad Interest.
  • Organizers & Presenters (where appropriate)
    • Each session should have a minimum of two organizers and/or presenters. Based on feedback received from earlier years, please note that in general graduate students are not permitted to participate as instructors.
    • A brief description of the organizers indicating the relevant qualifications to the proposal.
    • Where appropriate, a brief description of the presenters indicating the relevant qualifications and teaching experience. Session attendees often consider the reputation and standing of the presenters as one of their criteria for choosing particular sessions.
  • Session history
    • Please indicate whether the session has been presented at ISMB (or another meeting) previously.
    • A brief reasoning for the value of this session to ISMB attendees at this time.

Proposals must be completed using the MS Word templates provided. The final proposal MUST be uploaded as a PDF file only. When using the MS Word template, please ensure you convert it to a PDF before uploading. Submissions should be completed through 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 proposal and materials including schedule of session
  • Expertise and experience of the presenters in the proposed topic
  • Expertise and experience of the organizers in delivering a successful educational experience
  • Effectiveness of the proposed presentation approach
  • If the session has been presented previously the participant evaluations will be considered

Session Materials

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

  • Copies of the slides in Powerpoint or PDF format for review and posting online.
  • Copies of relevant articles/book chapters published by the presenters may be provided as Supplementary Information. Presenters will have to obtain copyright permission from their publishers, as required.
  • Voice-over presentation recordings of AKES sessions: AKES programs will be recorded (using voice over presentatuion software) to serve as online learning tools following the conference. All presenters must agree to allow ISCB to post these recording of the AKES program as a requirement of acceptance. Examples of past recordings can be viewed here.


The authors will grant copyright to session materials to the ISCB for a period to extend from acceptance through August 1, 2016, and they agree that their materials may be made available for use in perpetuity through ISCB.


Each session team will be provided:

  • Free * AKES* registration for team members presenting the session (ISMB 2016 full conference registration is NOT included)
  • 1 x US$500 honorarium

Proposal Submission

Click here to complete a submission for AKES.
Proposal Template - MS Word

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