Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium

Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium

Call for Posters


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 Papers). Poster presentations can be done with (extended peer-reviewed abstract necessary, please see below) or without a podium talk.


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 abstracts must report original research results, findings or advances within their own fields. Posters with focus on biological, biochemistry or biophysics discovery must concern research having an in silico component (such as the use of databases, software tools or novel technologies), and these concentrating on computational techniques, algorithms, models or enginnering solutions should report the results on biological data sets. 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 talks must be presented in a lucid manner accessible to such individuals.


Poster abstracts will be considered in two categories: short abstracts and extended abstracts.

Short abstracts must be of at most 2 pages, with no specific format requirements (they must be well organized, spell-checked and properly typeset, though), and they should be submitted by the short poster abstract deadline specified below. Short abstracts will not be peer reviewed, but at least one of the authors must be registered for the event before a short abstract can be accepted.

Extended abstracts should be submitted by authors interested in giving a podium talk. They must be 3 to 4 pages long, providing enough detail (including the summary and keywords) for the proper assignment of reviewers and the peer review itself. Submissions longer than 4 pages will be considered papers (please see the Call for Papers). Extended abstracts submitted for peer review can be written in a format of author's choosing, but they must be submitted as PDF documents through the automated submission system. Each extended abstract will be reviewed by at least 2 program committee members expert in the relevant area.


Final Version Submission for Extended Abstracts


If your extended abstract is accepted for a podium talk, 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. For manuscript preparation, please use the IEEE author style available at Final version of an extended abstract should be up to 6 pages in length. It must show the names of the authors, their mailing and electronic addresses, up to 3 keywords and a summary on the top page. You must submit a camera-ready version by the date specified below. The extended abstracts selected for talks will be printed in a special section of the Symposium proceedings. At least one of the authors must register for the event before the final submission can be accepted.  


Submission Procedure


Extended abstracts (in PDF format) are accepted through an automated submission system .

Short abstracts can be submitted either through the automated system, or by e-mail to . At least one of the authors must register for the event before a short abstract can be accepted, and only registered individuals will be allowed to present a poster at the conference.


Journal Publication


Poster abstracts (either short or extended) from BIOT-2008 will not be considered for journal publication. If you are interested in that opportunity, please consider submitting a full paper (see Call for Papers).


Important Dates


.          Submission deadline for extended abstracts: June 6, 2008

.          Talk acceptance decision for extended abstracts: July 7, 2008

.          Final version of extended abstracts due after revision: August 8, 2008

.          Short abstracts submission deadline: September 1, 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