COMBINE 2020: Registration open; Call for abstracts, breakouts and tutorials

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Dagmar Waltemath

Aug 4, 2020, 5:31:48 PM8/4/20
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Dear COMBINE community,


The "Computational Modeling in Biology" Network (COMBINE) is an initiative to coordinate the development of the various community standards and formats in systems biology and related fields. COMBINE 2020 will be a workshop-style online event with oral presentations and breakout sessions. The five meeting days will include talks about the COMBINE standards and associated or related standardization efforts, presentations of tools using these standards, breakout sessions for detailed discussions as well as tutorials.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the on-site meeting in Connecticut (USA) had to be cancelled. Therefore, COMBINE 2020 will be an online (virtual) meeting from October 5th (Monday) to October 9th (Friday). It will provide a schedule which takes into account all time zones around the world, a real 24 hour conference. The meeting will be free of charge. 





Registration deadline:                                                                        1st Sept 2020

Abstract/breakout/tutorial submission deadline:                               1st Sept 2020

Notification of acceptance of abstracts/breakout/tutorial:                14th Sept 2020

COMBINE Workshop:                                                                        5th-9th Oct 2020





Registration for the meeting is open and is free. Please register at the link below as soon as possible. This will help us plan the schedule and match your interests to the timing of the breakouts, etc.







We solicit high-quality abstracts, to be refereed by the COMBINE Coordinators, for online presentation at the Workshop. Abstracts will appear on the COMBINE website only, there will be no formal publication.


Abstract submissions:






All attendees can suggest breakout sessions for detailed discussions of certain aspects of one or several of the COMBINE standard(s), discussions on metadata and semantic annotations (format-specific or overarching), discussions on the application and implementations of the COMBINE standards, or any other topic relevant for the COMBINE community. The topics for those breakout sessions, and the time slots which would suit their communities can be submitted at the link below.


Breakout suggestions:





If there are tutorials on tools, standards or resources (or any other topic) which would be relevant for the COMBINE community (see Topics of Interest below), these can be proposed at the link below (same link as for breakout sessions).


Tutorial suggestions:





Topics of interest for the meeting include, but are not limited to:

- Data exchange, pipelines and model standards for systems and synthetic biology

- Visualization and graphical notation standards for systems and synthetic biology

- Standards for sharing and analysing biological pathway data

- Standards for computational biological models and modelling support

- Metadata description and model annotation in COMBINE standard formats

- Implementation of COMBINE standards in tools, databases and other resources

- Integrated model and data management for systems and synthetic biology

- Standardization of Artificial Intelligence approaches in biological modelling

- Emerging standardization needs and multicellular modeling

- Community aspects of COMBINE


More on the COMBINE standards at 


Best regards,

The COMBINE Coordinators


Gary Bader, University of Toronto, Canada

Padraig Gleeson, University College London, UK

Martin Golebiewski, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), Germany

Thomas Gorochowski, University of Bristol, UK

Sarah Keating, University College London, UK

Matthias König, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Chris J. Myers, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

David Nickerson, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Falk Schreiber, University of Konstanz, Germany

Dagmar Waltemath, University of Greifswald, Germany
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