21 June 
09:00 Registration
09:30 - 12:30 Workshop “Advanced machine-learning approaches for the analysis of microbiome data”
13:00 Registration and Poster Session 1 hang-up
13:00 - 14:00 Welcome cocktail
14:00 - 14:10 Opening remarks by Conference Chairs
- Graziano Pesole, UniBA, CNR-IBIOM
- Domenica D’Elia, CNR-ITB
- Flavio Licciulli, CNR-ITB
Session 1
chair(s) Raffaele Calogero
14:10 - 14:50 Silvio Tosatto PREPARATA LECTURE CAID 2: Lessons from the Second Critical Assessment of Protein Intrinsic Disorder Prediction
14:50 Pasquale Miglionico Using AlphaFold to delve into signal transduction mechanisms
15:10 Giacomo Janson Direct generation of protein structural ensembles via deep generative modeling
15:30 Fabrizio Pucci New computational insights on enzyme stability-activity trade-off
15:50 Bernardina Scafuri The importance of data standardization for the analysis of structural files: a case report
16:20 - 16:40 Coffee Break – Poster Session 1
16:40 - 20:00 BITS members meeting
22 June 
Session 2
chair(s) Domenica D’Elia, Flavio Licciulli
09:00 - 09:10 Greetings and Welcome by Cinzia Giannini (President CNR-AdR Bari)
09:10 - 09:50 Chris Evelo KEYNOTE LECTURE For a nutritionist the proof of the pudding comes after the eating
09:50 Simone Pernice Development of a risk class classifier using longitudinal data.
10:10 Giulia Cesaro CClens: effective and efficient differential cellular communication analysis of large-scale single-cell RNA sequencing data
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break – Poster Session 1
Session 3
chair(s) Graziano Pesole
11:00 - 11:20 Anna De Grassi INVITED TALK Genome-Wide Identification and Validation of Gene Expression Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of Ovarian Serous Cystadenocarcinoma
11:20 Emma Busarello Harmonizing the annotation of single cells in normal and aberrant hematopoiesis with the Cell Marker Accordion
11:40 Silvia Giulia Galfrè COTAN v2: a Comprehensive and Versatile Framework for Single-Cell Gene Co-Expression Studies and Cell Type Identification
12:00 Francesco Gazzo Unraveling the Effect of Proliferative Stress in Vivo in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy
12:20 Carlo Cipriani RAAVioli: a bioinformatic tool for the characterization of AAV integration and recombination processes
12:40 Claudia Mengoni Rediscovering pangenomic content of metagenomic assembled genomes with PanDelos-frags
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch - Poster Session 1
Session 4
chair(s) Alessandro Cestaro, Arianna Consiglio
14:00 - 14:40 Erik Bongcam-Rudloff KEYNOTE LECTURE Revolutionising Farming: How Bioinformatics is Changing the Face of Precision Agriculture
14:40 Michael Landi Reference genome assembly and annotation of an African reference cassava genome for identification of epigenetics variations
15:00 Simone Bonora Bioinformatics study for the structural and functional characterization of lipoxygenases from diatoms
15:20 Alessandro Rondina Targeting Potential Binding Pockets in HIV-1 Matrix Protein for Novel Anticancer Agents
15:40 - 16:00 Elisabetta Sbisà ELIXIRxNextGenIT: Consolidation of the Italian Infrastructure for Omics Data and Bioinformatics
16:00 - 16:10 Coffee Break – Poster Session 2 hang-up
16:10 - 16:30 Coffee Break – Poster Session 2
16:30 - 16:50 Gabriella Casalino INVITED TALK Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Biomedicine for trustworthy decision
16:50 Veronica Guerrini BFQzip: lossy compression of FASTQ through extended BWT
17:10 Pietro Luca Mazzacuva Detecting A-to-I RNA editing by Convolutional Neural Network
17:30 - 17:40 BITS2024 Presentation
18:00 - 20:00 Sightseeing tour
20:15 Social Dinner at “La Cecchina” restaurant
23 June 
Session 5
chair(s) Ernesto Picardi, Bruno Fosso
09:00 - 09:40 Pavel Baranov KEYNOTE LECTURE Junk translation, translation of junk and translation that does not make proteins
09:40 Stefania Mattevi ASTRA enables allele specific expression and/or chromatin accessibility analysis from sequencing data.
10:00 Federica Chiappori Innovative pipeline for lncRNA detection from small RNA-seq data
10:20 Samuele Cancellieri Resolving complex transcription models with a new complementary sequencing and bioinformatics pipeline
10:40 Ermes Filomena IsoPrimer: a primer-designing pipeline for amplicon-based validation of genes and splicing variants expression.
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break – Poster Session 2
Session 6
chair(s) Raffaele Calogero, Francesca Cordero
11:30 - 12:10 Mario Cannataro BITS LECTURE High Performance Analysis of Omics Data: 20 Years Experiences at University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro
12:10 Pietro Hiram Guzzi A Nonparametric graphical approach for estimating differential networks between sex and age related chronic diseases.
12:30 Arnaud Ceol Alleanza Contro Il Cancro: secure data management for multicentric clinical trials in the HBD-DataCloud.
12:50 - 13:00 Anna Marabotti An overview of bioinformatics courses delivered at the academic level in Italy: Reflections and recommendations from BITS
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch - Poster Session 2
14:00 - 14:10 Closing Remarks and Best Poster Prize
14:10 - 14:45 Anna Marabotti Round Table - Teaching Bioinformatics in Italy: a road map
chair(s) Arianna Consiglio, Bruno Fosso
15:00 - 17:00 YOUNG BITS, RSG-Italy & CINI Young InfoLife Symposium
17:00 - 18:00 Meeting CINI