Main research track submissions due:  May 25, 2020 (strict)


 11th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO)

 10th Workshop on Ontologies and Data in Life Sciences (ODLS)

 held jointly as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK 2020)

September 16-19, 2020       Bolzano, Italy


== Key Updates ==

  • Event updates w.r.t. coronavirus crisis
    • Virtual event: In Sep 2020, ICBO 2020 highlight presentations and keynotes will be presented in a compact virtual format
    • Face-to-face event postponed, will be combined with ICBO 2021, to be held with new co-locations as part of BOSK 2021
  • Submission benefits
    • Accepted papers will be published in 2020
    • Option of short virtual presentation in Sep 2020
    • Option of full presentation at ICBO 2021
    • Expanded versions of accepted papers will be invited for a special issue of the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBMS)

== Coronavirus Update ==

In keeping with some other events within the overall Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK), the decision has been made to publish ICBO papers, but hold no face-to-face event in 2020, instead following a dual mitigation strategy.

First, authors of accepted ICBO 2020 papers will be warmly invited to join and present their work at ICBO 2021 – with fresh hope for a physical meeting. The latter may be co-located with a number of further events, similar in spirit as originally planned for BOSK in 2020.

Secondly, for Sep 2020 a light-weight virtual format is being devised currently. It is meant to bring the community virtually together to enjoy highlight presentations and provide the opportunity to advertise accepted papers already in 2020.

The organizers are committed to publishing the ICBO 2020 proceedings within 2020, and the Journal of Biomedical Semantics will invite authors of accepted papers to submit expanded versions to the journal.

The formerly extended submission deadline applies strictly and remains at May 25, 2020. We look forward to your submissions!

== Call for Papers == 

The International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO) is a premier annual conference series that brings together researchers, students and professionals involved in the development and application of ontologies in all areas of biology, medicine, diseases, human health, genome biology, environment, biomes, nutrition, food, plants, agriculture and others. This year, ICBO will be held jointly with Ontologies and Data for the Life Sciences (ODLS), an annual workshop series that focuses on ontologies, data management and data processing in the life sciences and in health care. It covers the overall spectrum of biomedical information management, from experimental data acquisition and preprocessing across analysis, structuring and interpretation of data, up to developing structured representations of knowledge, in particular in the form of ontologies, with their various applications.

== Important Dates [all dates in 2020] ==

Main research paper track:
* Submission deadline (extended)May 25 (Mon)
* Notification  June 22 (Mon)
* Camera-ready versionsJuly 15 (Wed)
All other tracks:TBA (submission not before June)
Conference dates:September 16-19 (Wed-Sat)

All submission deadlines refer to 23:59:59 anywhere on earth (UTC-12).

== Types of Papers ==

ICBO|ODLS 2020 is soliciting submissions of novel (not previously published nor concurrently submitted) research papers in the areas of the application of ontologies to biomedical problems, ontology-based methods, ontology design and ontology interoperability, at any stage in the process from data creation to use in applications or scientific analyses. Submissions will be welcome from a broad range of approaches to ontology building and use.

In addition, we would like to invite contributions showcasing methods for ontology-based research, including statistical methods, and papers addressing the challenges associated with working with multiple ontologies at the same time, including ontology development, visualization, annotation of data, analysis, and applications.

Accordingly, there are several categories of submissions, corresponding to distinct tracks of the conference:

  • full-length research papers (8-10 pages*) 
  • full-length tools and applications papers (8-10 pages*)
  • poster abstracts (2 pages)
  • early career researcher symposium abstracts (5 pages)

* not including references; up to 2 pages of references can be added

A selection of successful poster abstracts will be invited to give flash presentations during the conference. 

Contributions must be delivered non-anonymously and as a single PDF file. They must be formatted using the IOS Press template (one-column format, available for Microsoft Word and LaTeX) according to the guidelines for book authors. The same template is required for submissions to FOIS as well as to ICBO and other workshops held in the context of BOSK.

== Submission and Proceedings ==

Contributions will need to be submitted via EasyChair at:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icbo2020.

A Best Paper Award, Best Poster Award, Best Tool and Application Award, and Best Early Career Contribution Award will be awarded at the conference.

All accepted papers and abstracts will be published open access in an issue of the IAOA series of CEUR-WS. Moreover, accepted papers will be invited to submit an expanded version to a special issue collection in the Journal of Biomedical Semantics (JBMS).

== Contact ==

For more information please email us at icbo2020@unibz.it.