Call for Highlight Presentations


*** This call is closed ***



Highlight presentations were introduced at ISMB/ECCB 2007 in Vienna, and immediately became one of the most popular features of the conference. We invite the submission of full papers that have been published, or accepted for publication, between 1 January 2011 and the submission deadline, 1 July 2012. Early submission is strongly encouraged, there will be no extension of the deadline.

[Highlight presentations submission system]


A group of experts will select the papers to be presented at the meeting considering the impact of the work on the field, the likelihood that the work will make a good presentation, and the relevance to life science research in general. Accepted presenters for a Highlight Talk are required to make the presentation themselves, and must register to attend the conference.

Call for Highlights - Details


All papers published in peer-review journals (no book chapters) between 1 January 2011 and the submission deadline, 1 July 2012 are eligible to be presented as Highlight Talk. Papers in press are acceptable only if already available through the journal web site. Up to 2 papers can be submitted as one single PDF if the authors intend to present the results of multiple qualifying papers.


The editors will notify authors of the acceptance no later than 20 July 2012.


The selected Highlights will be presented within the regular program of ECCB, 9-12 September 2012. All presentations will have to be completed within 20 minutes. While presenters will focus on the chosen paper(s), presentations of more recent results are strongly encouraged. In fact, closed stories that conclude with a particular publication not bearing follow up perspectives might not constitute the best Highlight presentations.


Selection criteria


All submissions will be evaluated by a group of editors, and judged according to the following criteria:


  • Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to conference attendees,
  • Impact of the paper(s) on biology/medicine,
  • "Presentability" of the work to a large, diverse audience,
  • Quality of oral presentations by the submitter (if known),
  • Submissions that permit the presentation of related interesting unpublished new results will be viewed favorably


These "soft" criteria attempt to capture the underlying goal of the Highlights Track, namely the presentation of exciting and thought-provoking seminars that will both contribute to the success of the conference and to the impact the meeting has on advancing computational biology and bioinformatics.


Submission Guideleines


PDF files containing the papers, and a scientific justification must be submitted latest by 1 July 2012 (midnight GMT). Submissions must be made to the online Highlights Track Submission Site. Please note that there will be no extension of the deadline.

[Highlight presentations submission system]

Submissions should include the following information:

  • Name/affiliation/email of submitter (assumed to be the presenter; note that the presenter cannot be changed because the identity and ability to present of that person will be an essential selection criterion).
  • Names/affiliations/email of ALL co-authors (note: any name appearing on a published paper has to be added here). Note that all co-authors have to agree to the submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter to guarantee that all co-author email addresses are correct (email notifications of the submission will be sent to all co-authors).
  • A support abstract with two sections:  a) 150  word description of the presentation for promotion on conference website, and b) short abstract-like argument that explains the impact and importance of this work.
  • PDF reprint(s) of the proposed paper(s) for review.


Note: all documents should be merged into one single PDF; all reviews will be based on the content of this PDF. It is the responsibility of the submitter to verify that the PDF is completely viewable/printable by all major operating systems. This PDF only serves for review of the submissions and will not be made available outside the program committee.