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Call for Abstract

Submissions are invited for poster and oral contributions to the annual meeting of the Bioinformatics Italian Society (BITS), which will be held at the Aula Magna of the Cavallerizza Reale, University of Turin, on June 27-29, 2018.

The following topics are covered during the conference (but are not limited to):

• Algorithms for Bioinformatics • Biological Databases • Gene regulation, transcriptomics and epigenomics • Protein structure and function • Systems Biology • Molecular Evolution analysis • Biological Networks • Pharmacogenomics • Sequencing and genotyping technologies • Bioimaging • Industry track

Industry track is the new topic dedicates to the spin-off and small medium companies that would like to present their activities to the BITS community.

In addition to the traditional panels, this year the Call includes topics for one Special Sessions proposed by members of the Society on the Bioinformatic challenge in microbiome research

Complex microbial communities composed by bacteria, archaea, viruses and micro-eukaryotes - called microbiomes - play key roles for the environment and for our health. The field of microbiome research has been enabled by the biotechnological revolution of next generation sequencing that permitted the study of microbiomes by avoiding any cultivation step. Although several challenges connected with sampling, DNA extraction, and sequencing are still open, the current main limitations in the field are all on the computational side. In this special session we will consider cutting-edge computational methods to tackle the current needs of microbiome research, and carefully performed analysis of real microbiome data that are answering to open questions in the field. Examples for such computational methods include (but are not limited to) tools for profiling amplicon sequencing data (16S rRNA, 18S rRNA, and ITS sequencing), tools for assembly-based or assembly-free shotgun metagenomics, and tools for comparative metagenomics.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and accepted for oral communication or poster presentation or rejected in case they do not match the scientific standards of the conference. Two or three anonymous referees will evaluate each abstract. We encourage the authors to use the maximum space available in the submission form in order to describe at the best their work and results. Accepted abstracts will be collected in the conference proceedings.

Abstract submission requires early registration to the conference of the presenting author after the acceptance notification. Participants may submit up to a maximum of one oral communication and one poster, or two posters.


Abstract submission for oral presentations and posters opens March 5, 2018

Abstract submission for oral presentations and posters deadline April 25, 2018


Call for Travel Grant

The Bioinformatics Italian Society provides young researchers with travel grants for attending its Annual Meeting.


Researchers without a permanent position and submitting an abstract to the conference as first or last author may apply to the BITS2018 Travel Grant program.


Travel Grants will be awarded according to the scores assigned by the Scientific Committee to the submitted abstracts, and only for abstracts with at least 3 as mean score (max=5). Only the best scoring attendee per each research group may be assigned with a travel grant. As a first round of assignment, applications by researchers under 35 years and BITS members will be considered. In case of unassigned grants, a second round will consider all other applications by BITS members. Finally, if grants are still unassigned, a last round will consider applications from non - BITS members having asked to become member. Within each round, in case of same score, priority will be given to researchers that participated in previous BITS meetings and did not receive any BITS Travel Grants.


Each Travel Grant will be credited to the bank account of selected candidates after the conference, provided that they effectively attended the meeting and presented their scientific contribution, and under presentation of a declaration of sustained costs, with the specific statement that these are not reimbursed by other sources. The winners will receive a grant amounting to € 300.00 for researchers working in Italy, € 400.00 for researchers working in European countries, € 500.00 for researchers working in extra-European countries. The registration fee to the meeting will be applied according to the rules reported into the registration form. For winners living into Regione Piemonte, the grant will cover registration fee only.

Information and contacts

For any information request, please contact the BITS Secretary by email:


The travel grant must be sumbitted by the following link


Travel Grants application opens March 15, 2018  

Travel Grants application deadline April 25, 2018  

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