European Bioconductor Meeting 2017


The 2017 edition of the European Bioconductor meeting will be held in the Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, at the University of Cambridge, UK.

The meeting is aimed at biologists, bioinformaticians, programmers and software engineers who use or contribute to the Bioconductor project, or are interested in using Bioconductor. The goals are to:

  • foster the exchange of technical expertise
  • keep contributors up to speed with the latest developments
  • coordinate any related efforts.

This will be a 3-day event. The main conference will be on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December 2017. The conference will feature invited talks as well as contributed flashlight sessions. We will also have special interest group (SIG) sessions on Monday 4th December, in the afternoon (see details below).


Registation for the conference is free.

  • Registration opens: 1 September 2017 - registration page
  • Registration closes: 1 November 2017
  • Confirmation emails: 6 November 2017

A confirmation email will be sent indicating if your registration was successful. In the case of over-registration, the organisers will select participants. Priority will given to applicants who offer to present flashlight talks or are active members in the Bioconductor community.


This is a tentative schedule that is subject to changes.

Mon 4 Dec
13:00 - 17:00 SIG sessions
18:00 Informal get-together in a pub
Tue 5 Dec
09:00 - 09:15 Registration
09:15 - 09:30 Welcome and introduction
09:30 - 12:30 Conference
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 17:30 Conference
19:30 Dinner in Robinson College
Wed 6 Dec
09:00 - 12:30 Conference
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Conference
15:30 - 16:00 Wrap-up and closing

Confirmed speakers

Special Interest Groups

We invite participants to form groups dedicated to discuss or work on topics of interest on Monday afternoon. We have booked rooms for the respective groups. The topics are set by one group leader, and are advertised in advance of the event on the conference page.

To create a special interest group, open an issue describing the topic. The issue title should start with SIG: followed by a short but descriptive title. Describe the topic in the main body of the issue in as much detail as necessary, including the name of the topic leader, a chair and a scribe (to report, see below), possible or desired outputs (could be code, a piece of documentation, or general discussion), and possible outcomes. Any interested participants are invited to use the issue to ask questions and/or express their interest in participating.

Reporting: At the end of the SIG session, we ask that each group prepares a short summary of their session, which will be coordinated by a chair (who may or may not be the person that suggested the topic) and a scribe. These outputs will be presented and discussed during the conference.

Flashlight talks

Flashlights are intended to be short presentations covering a single topic e.g. a new package or a particular technical problem you have encountered. You may submit a title for a flashlight talk during the registration process. If your talk is selected, you will be notified in a confirmation email. Selected talks will be advertised in advance of the event on the conference page.

Each talk has been allotted 10 minutes and presenters should aim for approximately 6 slides. The following rules will apply in these sessions in order to keep things flowing:

  • There will be a warning at 9 minutes.
  • Flashlight talks will be interrupted (possibly mid-syllable) at the 10 minute mark regardless of how many slides the speaker has left.
  • At this point the next talk will be set up on the computer, allowing the next speaker to get going immediately that their time begins. This means that the computer will not be available during question(s).
  • Time has been allowed for one question per talk. If the first question is exceedingly brief it is at the chair’s discretion as to whether a second question will be taken.

Social activities

The SIG sessions on Monday (4th December) will be followed by an informal get-together in a pub. Participants are encouraged to attend, though you will have to buy your own drinks.

There will also be a conference dinner on Tuesday evening (5th December), held in Robinson College. This will be provided for free for conference participants.

Code of conduct

Bioconductor is built on the free and open exchange of scientific ideas, and the contributions of our diverse user community. In this spirit, EuroBioc 2017 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Harassment of any form (verbal, physical, sexual, or other) will not be tolerated in talks, workshops, poster sessions, social activities, or online.

Meeting locations

Information on how to get to Cambridge can be found here.

The meeting itself is taking place in the Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, at the University of Cambridge, UK., the full address of which is:

Betty and Gordon Moore library,
Wilberforce Road,

The conference dinner will be in Robinson College, which is a short walk from the conference venue.

Robinson College,
Grange Road,

These two locations are shown on the map below.


A number of rooms have been reserved in Robinson College, which is a few minutes walk from the conference venue. Details on how to reserve a room (including a discount code for this conference) will be sent in a confirmation email.

Otherwise, there are a number of hotels to the north of the city that are both fairly cheap should be relatively easy to travel to the venue from. These include:

Another alternative is the Cambridge Central Travel Lodge, which is close to the Uni 4 bus route that stops outside the conference venue

Previous meetings

If you have not previously attended any European Bioconductor meetings, you can get an idea about the topics and talks by looking at the programmes from the 2016 and 2015 editions.

Organising committee

  • Mark Dunning <>
  • Laurent Gatto <>
  • Aaron Lun <>