COMBINE 2021: Registration open; Call for abstracts, breakouts and tutorials

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Chris Myers

Aug 20, 2021, 10:53:21 AM8/20/21
Hi all,

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 2021 will be a workshop-style online event with oral presentations, breakout sessions and tutorials. 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.

COMBINE 2021 will be an online (virtual) meeting from October 11th (Monday) to October 15th (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: 3rd Sept 2021
Abstract/breakout/tutorial submission deadline: 3rd Sept 2021
Notification of acceptance of abstracts/breakout/tutorial: 17th Sep 2021
COMBINE Workshop: 11-15 October 2021

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
- Standardization for modelling in personalized medicine (including Covid-19 modelling)
- Encoding and visualization of disease maps
- 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 Medicine Greifswald, Germany

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