Call for Applications

Please note that the submissions deadline has passed. The call for Applications is closed

Application track chair: Javier De Las Rivas

The ECCB2022 Applications Committee invites the submission of abstracts for the Application Track to promote the application of computational biology in industry and other fields beyond academia.

What is the aim of the applications track?

The aim of the track is to give a voice to those who apply computational biology in industry, clinics, governmental organisations and other fields beyond academia. With advanced science and technology finding their way everywhere, many clinicians, analysts and data scientists have more and more to share with scientists in academia. A plethora of scientists currently work outside of academia, and may not be interested or are sometimes restricted to publish, thus making themselves and their work invisible to the academic community. This track is a platform for presenting such applications, some of which may well be untraditional or otherwise not often heard at academic conferences. 

Examples of submissions

Examples of submissions that we envision include computational applications, software, services, infrastructure or combinations of these that are developed for beyond-academia applications, e.g. for the pharmaceutical industry, biotech startups or clinics. Academic developments which do not have yet the beyond-academia component but have clearly outlined the potential for it are also welcome.

Don’t we have already applications presented at ECCB and other computational biology conferences?

Absolutely. Computational biology is, by its nature, about applying computational tools in biology. The difference of this track from the rest of the sessions of ECCB2022 is that it bridges academia and other applications fields of computational biology to cross-disseminate both sides.

I’m in academia, can I submit an abstract?

Yes, please do if you feel that A) your applications cross the boundaries of traditional academic science, or B) your developments are directly relevant beyond academia or have the potential for it.

Application track: topics

ECCB2022 will organise the presentations according to five main topics:

DataOrganisation, management, categorisation, integration, analysis of data, knowledge discovery
GenomesSequence analysis, alignment, evolution, phylogeny, genetics, epigenetics, 3D conformation
GenesExpression, function, regulation, transcription, translation, geno-phenotype
ProteinsStructure, function, alterations, assemblies, interactions, design, proteomics
SystemsSystems biology, pathways, molecular networks, dynamics, signalling, multi-scale modelling
Climate crisis and healthAir quality, heat stress, infectious diseases

Application track: review criteria

The ECCB2022 Applications Committee will select the abstracts 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 the aims of the Applications track (see above). All submissions will be evaluated by the Applications Committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to conference attendees.
  2. Impact and potential in bridging academia with other fields of applications.
  3. “Presentability” of the work to a large, diverse audience.
  4. Seniority of the presenting author.
  5. Submissions that permit the presentation of related interesting unpublished new results will be reviewed favourably,
  6. We aim to balance across topics and may factor this into the acceptance decisions.

None of the criteria above are “hard”, and the ultimate decision of acceptance for an Applications talk lies with the Applications Committee. 

The acceptance/rejection of proposals will be based on a comparison and ranking of all submissions and we will not provide any review report to the authors.

Application track: submission guidelines

Accepted presenters for the Application track are required to deliver the presentation in person and must register and pay to attend the conference. The presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes and will be followed by discussions limited to 3 minutes.

For each presenting author, only one submission to the Applications Track will be considered. The same limitation applies to the senior author.

The submissions must be sent through EasyChair via the Applications track submission site ( including the following:

  1. Name, affiliation and email of the presenting author (note that the presenter cannot be changed because the identity and ability to present of that person will be an essential selection criterion).
  2. Names, affiliations and emails of all co-authors. 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).
  3. Title.
  4. At least three keywords (also known as key phrases or key terms) to characterise your submission.
  5. Application domain (choose one):
    • Health
    • Agro-Food
    • Biotechnology
    • Biodiversity
    • Fundamental (Fundamental/basic research with no immediate application domain)
  6. Topic (choose one):
    • Data: Organisation, management, categorisation, integration, analysis of data, knowledge discovery.
    • Genomes: Sequence analysis, alignment, evolution, phylogeny, genetics, epigenetics, 3D conformation.
    • Genes: Expression, function, regulation, transcription, translation, geno-phenotype.
    • Proteins: Structure, function, alterations, assemblies, interactions, design, proteomics.
    • Systems: Systems biology, pathways, molecular networks, dynamics, signalling, multi-scale modelling.
    • Climate Crisis and Health: Air quality, heat stress, infectious diseases.
  1. 150-word description of the presentation for promotion on the conference website. A)
  2. 1000-word full abstract. A)
  3. A graphical abstract figure. Note that only PDF files are acceptable. B)
  4. 200-word justification on why this abstract fits into the Application Track. A)

A) Please note there is no word count available on the EasyChair form, but you can check the number of words using a tool like e.g. Submissions that exceed the maximum number of words will not be admitted to the review procedure.

B) Please note that only PDF submissions are acceptable. It is the responsibility of the submitter to verify that the PDF is completely viewable/printable by all major operating systems (LINUX, MacOS, Windows).

Application track: contact details

For any questions regarding the applications submissions please contact the technical secretariat: