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Call for Tutorials - ISMB/ECCB 2019

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

Opens: November 5, 2018.

Tutorial Submissions

Submission Deadlines
Monday, November 5, 2018 Call for Tutorials Opens
Monday, December 17, 2018 Deadline: Tutorial proposals
Thursday, January 31, 2019 Tutorial Acceptance Notification
Friday, July 5, 2019 Deadline: Draft Tutorial materials due for review
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Deadline: Final Tutorial materials due for posting
Sunday, July 21, 2019 Tutorial 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 Tutorials at ISMB/ECCB 2019.

Tutorial Program at ISMB/ECCB

The purpose of the Tutorials program is to build knowledge and provide hands-on training in "cutting-edge" topics relevant to the bioinformatics field and the COSI communities. Tutorials 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. Tutorials may also serve to bring together people and COSI communities with common interests to discuss, debate and problem-solve defined topics.

Tutorials may include any form of presentation such as brief talks or hands-on exercises or panel discussions. 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, unless balanced with other tools in the same realm. However, tutorials on broadly used bioinformatics tools will be considered. Please note that if you wish to focus your talk on a demo of a specific software package, your proposal should be submitted to the Technology Track.

Tutorials should be designed as half-day (4 hours) or full-day (8 hours) sessions with a 1 hour lunch. (A 15-minute break is scheduled for 11:00 am and 4:00 pm and should be listed in your agenda).

Potential topic areas (a list of Tutorials presented in 2018 is available here) may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Analysis tools for long read sequencing
  • AI and machine learning for bioinformatics
  • GA4GH tools for sequence sharing
  • Single-cell RNA or DNA analysis
  • Translational informatics: Opportunities for bioinformatics in the clinical realm
  • Making your software production ready
  • Assembly of genomes in metagenomics
  • Data sharing back to the public
  • Others?


The conference organizers are able to offer full conference complimentary passes for up to 3 tutorial presenters. Tutorial organizers may choose to share the value of the complimentary passes if the tutorial has additional presenters.

Submitting a Tutorial Proposal

Tutorial proposals should contain the following information in a maximum of 4 pages:

  • Title of Tutorial
  • Abstract for Tutorial
  • Learning Objectives for Tutorial
  • Draft Schedule of the tutorial including coffee breaks (half-day or full-day schedule) - Include draft talk titles or draft content to be covered in each section
  • Draft List of Tutorial Speakers with titles and affiliations
  • Intended audience and level - Describe the audience for which the Tutorial is aimed, and at which level it would be taught (e.g. beginner, past experience, advanced knowledge).

The final proposal must be uploaded as a PDF file only.

Deadline for Tutorial Proposals: Monday December 17, 2018

Click here to complete a submission for Tutorials. You will also be asked during the submission process to provide a brief description of the tutorial that will be used on the website to promote it to delegates.

Review of Tutorial Proposals

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

  • Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to ISMB/ECCB attendees and COSI communities
  • Completeness, clarity, and quality of the proposal and materials including schedule of tutorial
  • Educational value and effectiveness of the proposed presentation approach
  • Overlap with tutorials held in 2018

Successful tutorial proposals will be notified by Thursday January 31, 2019.

Tutorial Materials

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

  • Copies of the slides in Powerpoint or PDF format for posting online.
  • Copies of relevant articles/book chapters published by the presenters provided as Supplementary Information. Presenters will have to obtain copyright permission from their publishers, as required.
  • Recordings of Tutorials sessions: Tutorials programs will be recorded to serve as online learning tools following the conference. All presenters must agree to allow ISCB to post these recording of the Tutorials program as a requirement of acceptance.


The authors will grant copyright to tutorial materials to the ISCB for a period to extend from acceptance through August 1, 2019, and they agree that their materials may be made available for use in perpetuity through ISCB.

Tutorial Contact Information

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