Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings for Conference on Informatics for Phylogenetics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (iEvoBio)

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Hilmar Lapp

Jun 14, 2010, 4:48:57 PM6/14/10
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In anticipation of the inaugural conference on Informatics for
Phylogenetics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (iEvoBio), we solicit all
attendees to propose and discuss Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings. See
below for details.

Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings (BoFs) are informal, ad-hoc, focused
face-to-face discussion groups that form around a shared interest.
BoFs have a leader (usually, but not necessarily, the proposer) who
initiates or moderates the discussion, but typically not a preset
agenda. The topics of BoFs can range widely, including general
cultural or computational infrastructure issues, or narrower questions
such as how to make the best use of a particular software tool or how
to solve a particular computational challenge.

Anyone willing to lead such a group can propose a BoF. iEvoBio will
provide space that can accommodate up to 8-10 BoFs. Sign-up sheets
will be provided on-site on the first day of the conference where
attendees can propose a BoF or sign up for one proposed by someone
else. BoFs will be about 1 hr in duration and take place in the
afternoon of the second day of the conference.

In line with their informal nature, there is no official prior call
for or submission of BoFs. However, we encourage those intending to
propose one to sound out or rally potential attendees ahead of time.
We suggest to employ Twitter ( for this, using the
#ievobioBof tag to mark BoF proposals and comments.

Birds-of-a-Feather gatherings are only 1 of 5 kinds of contributed
content that iEvoBio will feature. The other 4 are: 1) Full talks
(closed), 2) Lightning talks (waiting list only), 3) Challenge
entries, and 4) Software Bazaar entries. The Calls for Challenge
entries ( and Software Bazaar
entries ( remain open.

More details about the program and guidelines for contributing content
are available at You can also find continuous
updates on the conference's Twitter feed at

iEvoBio is sponsored by the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
(NESCent) in partnership with the Society of Systematic Biologists
(SSB). Additional support has been provided by the Encyclopedia of
Life (EOL).

The iEvoBio 2010 Organizing Committee:
Rod Page (University of Glasgow)
Cecile Ane (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
Rob Guralnick (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Hilmar Lapp (NESCent)
Cynthia Parr (Encyclopedia of Life)
Michael Sanderson (University of Arizona)

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