Call for Workshop Proposals

ECCB’12 will feature one-day workshop sessions on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

*** This call is closed ***


The purpose of workshops is to provide participants with an informal setting to discuss technical issues, exchange research ideas, and share practical experiences on some focused or emerging topics in bioinformatics.


A workshop should provide an interesting perspective on the cutting edge of a research field. It may or may not cover a topic that is also addressed in the main conference — if it does, it should cover the topic more extensively than the main conference does. Workshops may include any form of presentation such as talks or panel discussions. Previous sessions have covered for instance “Genomics for Non-Model Organisms”, “Education in Bioinformatics” or “Annotation and interpretation of mutations”.


Organiser(s) of a workshop will be fully responsible for the workshop’s scientific content: they may invite speakers or call for submissions or combine the two options. Workshops are scheduled in general on Sunday, September 9, from 9:00 to 17:00, with two half-hour coffee breaks and a one-hour lunch break. In exceptional and well justified cases, two-day workshops or SIG meetings can be scheduled from Saturday (September 8) to Sunday (September 9).


Key Dates:


September 2011   Call for Workshop Proposals
15. January 2012   Proposal Submission Deadline
21. January 2012   Extended Proposal Submission Deadline
22. January 2012   Call is closed now. Proposals under review.
15. February 2012   Workshop Acceptance Notification
1. June 2012   Detailed Schedule with Speakers Due
1. July 2012   Complete Workshop Programme Due
9. September 2012   Workshop and Tutorial Day at ECCB’12.


Proposal Submission


Proposals should not exceed 4 pages and should include the workshop description (motivation, organisation, possible speakers, relevance to ECCB, possible references to similar initiatives, expected audience), specify the selection mode for contributions (invitation, call for submissions) and provide information regarding organisers.


An evaluation committee will consider the following criteria in assessing proposals: relevance to ECCB attendees, expertise and experience of the organisers / lecturers, effectiveness of the proposed organisation, completeness as well as clarity and quality of the proposal. The likely success of the proposed workshop will also be taken into account.


Please save proposals in PDF format and send to:




ECCB will help in the administrative aspects of assigning the rooms, announcements and publication of the detailed schedule in the conference programme, but cannot financially support the workshop speakers or organisers. ECCB highly encourages workshop organisers to seek independent funding for travel and accommodation, and to include any commitment that they may have secured in the proposal.


The workshop registration fee will be of CHF 125 to cover costs for the room, coffee breaks, lunch, a PC and projector, copying handouts, and CD. Each workshop will receive up to two free workshop registrations for organisers or speakers.


Organisers of workshops are invited to prepare abstracts or additional written material that will be presented online at the beginning of the meeting. Organisers are also kindly asked to collect slides and reference material in PDF format from speakers, for inclusion on a CD that will be given to each workshop participant. Note that organisers are responsible for ensuring that the material they submit for CDs and photocopying may be legally used, and that appropriate copyright permissions have been arranged.


Workshop organisers are expected to operate within the context of ECCB procedures, including finalising the programme and providing materials by the deadlines, working within the budget, etc. ECCB reserves the right to cancel a scheduled workshop if registration a month before the conference is not at least 15 participants.


For more information please contact: