Submit your abstracts now! Call open until 15 March 2024! 


The SIB days are a unique occasion for you to present your work to the SIB community and foster collaborations. Submissions are solicited in all areas of computational biology and bioinformatics, from research to applications, including on the development of methods and software. Submitters are invited to select their preferred submission category as well as a topic from the list below.


Submit an abstract

Submission categories

Submit your abstracts for the following formats:

  • Oral presentation: 12-minute presentation followed by a 3-minute Q&A session. The selected abstracts will be presented within the parallel sessions.
  • Poster* + poster pitch:  3-minute pitch to highlight your poster during the parallel sessions. No Q&A session. Instead, your audience will be encouraged to visit your poster.
  • Poster*: showcase your research on a poster displayed in the Congress Centre gallery.

* Screen availability for interactive poster presentation: limited screens are available for detailed demonstrations, including software run-throughs, animations, and 3D imaging. Indicate if your poster requires these interactive elements.

Best Presentation Course: A ‘best presentation’ course will be organized in May 2024. Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentations, poster pitches and posters only will be invited to join this course free of charge.

Important dates

  • 9 January 2024 - Call for abstracts opens
  • 15 March 2024 - Call for abstracts closes
  • End of April 2024 - Abstract acceptance notification

Topics

Talks and poster presentations are scheduled on 25 and 26 June 2024. Abstracts may be submitted in the following scientific topics:

Abstracts that do not fit into any of the above-mentioned topics can be submitted under the “Others” category.

Abstract structure

To make sure you put all the odds on your side when submitting, read the tips on abstract-writing below. All abstracts must be submitted, and work presented, in English. The abstract text should not exceed 2,500 characters (~ 400 words). The number of submitted abstracts per submitter/author is not limited.  

Abstracts must be submitted via the online submission system. You can find more information on how to create an account and submit your abstract in the box below. 

The scientific committee will take the following aspects (among others) into consideration in judging abstracts: 

  1. Real-word applicability and capacity for translation into action; 

  1. Leveraging of existing data and data sharing; 

  1. Contribution to overcoming current challenges and bottlenecks. 

 

1. A clear structure 

Keep the structure of your abstract clear and simple to make it easier for both reviewers and participants to understand your topic. Your abstract should contain: 

  • an opening (2-3 sentences) to introduce your topic and why it is interesting; 

  • your hypothesis (1-2 sentences); 

  • methods and results (4-6 sentences) describing how you addressed your hypothesis; 

  • conclusion (1-2 sentences) summarizing your discoveries and their impact. 

2. Less is more 

How often have you stumbled across an abstract that was too long and detailed to read? Don’t make the same mistake! Describe only one or two key results: there is no need to go into all the details and exhaust the word limit. 

3Bring out the impact (but don’t oversell) 

Put yourself in the shoes of a reviewer from another speciality: make them understand the importance of your findings for the community or society,  think of their end-users/beneficiaries, be specific (our results could largely improve the effectiveness of patient care in oncology in the future) – without overselling them (our results will have a tremendous impact for the well-being of all future generations). 

4Simplify. The. Syntax 

Simplify the sentence structure whenever possible: replace long words with shorter ones (methodology -> methods), simplify words and expressions whenever possible (employ -> use, or in order to -> to). 

5. Choose the right keywords 

Think carefully about the keywords you will use in your text, which should act as signposts for reviewers and participants to better understand your work: “next-generation sequencing technologies” is both more helpful than “new methods to sequence DNA.  

6. Get active 

Use the active voice to improve clarity and concisenessWe simulated the impact of temperature on protein folding rather than A simulation was conducted for analysis of the impact of temperature on protein folding was conducted”; Folding speed increased at higher temperatures rather than An increase in folding speed was observed for proteins at higher temperatures. 

7. Get feedback 

Share your abstract with colleagues and friends outside your scientific speciality (which will likely be the case for reviewers and participants). If the abstract is well structured and clearly written, they will understand the key message. 

 

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