ISMB 2018: Call for microbiome papers and abstracts

Microbiome COSI


Call for Microbiome Papers & Abstracts

Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) 2018

July 8, 2018

Chicago, IL U.S.A.


We are soliciting submissions for the Microbiome session as part of the program of Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) 2018, to be held July 6-10, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL. Deadline for Proceedings Submission is January 29th. Deadline for Abstract Submissions is April 5th. This is the first  time ISMB is specifically soliciting contributed work in the area of computational microbiome research and method development. Accepted work will be presented as part of a one and a half day track at the ISMB meeting, run under the auspices of the ISMB Microbiome Community of Special Interest (COSI). The Microbiome track will be open to all ISMB attendees and run on a parallel schedule to other ISMB tracks. Contributions are solicited for proceedings papers with associated platform talks as well as short abstracts for consideration for talks or posters. These will appear in addition to invited talks on topics of community interest.  


Proceedings papers, abstract talks and posters should be submitted through the general ISMB proceedings submission system. See the following for formatting requirements and submission instructions:


Manuscripts on computational methods and algorithms for studying microbial organisms, viruses, and their communities from omics and marker data should be designated as part of the “Bioinformatics of Microbes and Microbiomes” area during the submission process. Proceedings submissions will be managed by the ISMB program committee and will be reviews by external experts. Accepted papers will appear in the ISMB Proceedings special issue of Bioinformatics.


Short abstracts (one-page maximum) and posters will be considered separately for the Microbiome track:


Papers and abstracts are solicited in all areas of computational microbiome research and method development. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Computational methods and algorithms for basic analyses of metaomics data (e.g. assembly, binning, profiling)

  • benchmarking studies of metaomic analysis software

  • Computational methods and algorithms for innovative methods linking microbiome research to other fields (e.g. phylogenetics, microbial genomics, clinical & biotechnological applications, population genetics, systems biology)

  • Computational methods for innovative new data types in microbiome research (e.g. very long-reads, Hi-C, single-cell)


Invited Speakers

  • Murat Eren, University of Chicago

  • Curtis Huttenhower, Harvard School of Public Health

  • Adam Philippy, National Human Genome Research Institute


Organizing Committee

  • Aaron Darling (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

  • Alice McHardy (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany)

  • Alexander Sczyrba (University of Bielefeld, Germany)

  • Thomas Rattei (University of Vienna, Austria)


Key Dates


Proceeding talks

  • Monday January 29, 2018: Deadline for Proceedings Submission

  • Wednesday February 28, 2018: Conditional Acceptance Notification for Proceedings

  • Thursday March 22, 2018: Deadline for Revisions of Proceedings Papers

  • Monday April 2, 2018: Final Acceptance Notification for Proceedings


Abstract talks and Posters

  • Thursday Feb 21, 2018: Abstract Submission Opens

  • Thursday April 5, 2018: Deadline for Abstract Submissions

  • Thursday April 26, 2018: Acceptance Notification for Talk and Poster Abstracts

  • Friday April 6, 2018: Late Poster Submission Opens

  • Tuesday May 1, 2018: Late Poster Submission Deadline

  • Friday May 18, 2018: Acceptance Notification for Late Posters


Meeting Registration

  • Thursday March 15, 2018: Meeting Registration Opens

  • Thursday June 7, 2018: Early Registration Deadline

  • Thursday June 21, 2018: Online Registration Closes

  • Thursday July 5, 2018: Onsite Registration Opens

  • Friday July 6-Tuesday July 10, 2018: ISMB Conference

  • Monday-Tuesday, July 9-10, 2018: Microbiome Track Sessions