Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium

Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium

Call for Papers


The 5th Annual Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium (BIOT-2008) will be held in Arlington, Texas, on October 17 and 18, 2008.




The symposium started in Colorado Springs in 2004 and was held at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2004, 2005 and 2007. In 2006 it took place at the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Started as a regional event, the symposium now attracts paper and poster contributions from all over the United States and several foreign countries, from authors of diverse scientific backgrounds. Selected papers from the Symposium have been published in special issues of the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications. Because of its true multidisciplinary orientation and the high quality of the presented work, the interest in this symposium and its reputation have been steadily growing over the years.




The symposium's objective is to showcase research and development activities in bioinformatics and computational biology, and biotechnology, and to promote future interdisciplinary activity and research in these areas. Like previous years, BIOT-2008 will bring together scientists, engineers and other practitioners from biotechnology, bioinformatics and the medical research community.


Each field that BIOT attracts has its own tradition. For example, in computer science, it is customary to require the submission of full papers for review several months prior to a conference or symposium. Conferences in other disciplines generally require that an abstract or extended abstract be submitted for review. The organizing committee of BIOT understands these differences, and the speakers will be invited from both accepted papers and posters, although for posters it will be only the abstract printed in the appendix to the conference proceedings (for more details, please see the Call for Posters). Paper submissions are invited as either short or full papers.


Major themes, areas and suggested topics


We invite contributions in any area of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, theoretical as well as practical. The topics of interest include: Analysis of complex biological systems, Bioenergetics, Biomedical research, Biotechnology, Cellular function, Comparative genomics, Data mining in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Databases in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Drug delivery systems, Evolution models, Functional genomics, Genetics, Gene identification, Genomics, High performance computing in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Mathematical and computational models of cellular systems, Mathematical models of biophysical processes, Mathematical physiology, Microarray analysis, Molecular function, Molecular sequence and structure, Neural circuits modeling, Ontologies for Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Pathways, Pattern recognition, Phylogenetics, Physiology, Population biology, Promoter analysis and discovery, Protein structure and analysis, RNAi analysis, Sequence alignments, SNPs, Systems biology, Theoretical and mathematical biology. Additional topics include Commercial applications of biotechnology and bioinformatics, Industrial applications of biotechnology and bioinformatics, Legal impacts of biotechnology and bioinformatics, Social impacts of bioinformatics and biotechnology, Technology transfer and Venture capital for biotechnology and bioinformatics industry,.




Submitted papers must report significant research results, findings or advances within their own fields. Papers with focus on biological, biochemistry or biophysics discovery must concern research having a significant in silico component (such as the use of databases, software tools or novel technologies), and full papers concentrating on computational techniques, algorithms, models or enginnering solutions must have them validated on real biological data sets. However, short papers may report significant work in progress, for which full validation has not yet been performed. Since the symposium is geared toward a diverse audience of biologists, physicians, computer scientists, chemists, engineers, technology transfer professionals, graduate students, professors and researchers from the industry, the papers or abstracts must be presented in a lucid manner accessible to such individuals.


Manuscripts will be considered in two categories: short papers and full papers. Short papers must be 5 or 6 pages in length, single-spaced, and in 2-column format. Full papers must be 7 to 10 pages in length, single-spaced, and in 2-column format. Manuscripts shorter than 5 pages will be considered as poster abstracts, and submissions longer than 10 pages will be rejected without review. For manuscript preparation, please use the IEEE author style available at All submitted manuscripts must show the names of the authors, their mailing and electronic addresses, and up to 3 keywords. All papers must contain an abstract or summary followed by other sections. Each submission will be reviewed by at least 2 program committee members expert in the relevant area, so it is essential that the abstract and keywords provide enough information for the assignment of the most appropriate reviewers.


Final Version Submission


If your manuscript is accepted, you will be asked to revise it in accordance with the reviewer's comments and submit in the IEEE Transactions author style, single-spaced, 2-column format. Final version of a short paper should be up to 6 pages in length, although it can be extended to 8 (however, if you would need that extension you should have it approved by the Conference Chair prior to the submission). Final version of a full paper should be up to 10 pages in length, although it can be extended to 12 (however, if you would need that extension you should have it approved by the Conference Chair prior to the submission). The final version must show the names of the authors, their mailing and electronic addresses, and up to 3 keywords on the top page. Each paper must contain an abstract or summary followed by other sections. You must submit a camera-ready paper by the date specified below. The papers will be printed in the Symposium proceedings. At least one of the authors must register for the event before the final submission can be accepted.  


Submission Procedure


PDF submissions are accepted through an automated submission system .


Journal Publication


Extended versions of the best full papers from BIOT-2008 will be published in the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications (IJBRA). Please note that short papers will not be considered for journal publication.


Important Dates


.          Submission deadline: June 6, 2008

.          Acceptance decision: July 7, 2008

.          Final papers due after revision: August 8, 2008

.          Symposium date: October 17 and 18, 2008




Hosted by: University of Texas at Arlington

Contact: Nikola Stojanovic ,

Location: University of Texas at Arlington

This page last updated on: February 17, 2008