BioC 2017: Where Software and Biology Connect

July 27-28, 2017 (Developer Day: July 26)
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

This conference highlights current developments within and beyond Bioconductor. Morning scientific talks and afternoon workshops provide conference participants with insights and tools required for the analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data. ‘Developer Day’ precedes the main conference on July 26, providing developers and would-be developers an opportunity to gain insights into project direction and software development best practices.


Registration open

Before July 1:

After July 1:


Call for proposals


Developer Day, Wednesday, July 26

The schedule for developer day includes updates from the project, developer ‘lightning talks’ highlighting recent contributions, package development-oriented work shops, and additional activities.

Main Conference, Thursday - Friday, July 27 - 28.

Morning Talks consist of 3 45-minute ‘invited speaker’ and 3 15-minute ‘community speaker’ presentations per day. Confirmed speakers include:

Afternoon workshops consist of four 1.5 hour tutorial workshops per day. Workshop topics are under development, and will be announced approximately one month before the conference.

Call for proposals


Due June 1

New this year! Bioconductor builds and maintains communities with interests in analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data. To that end, we introduce Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions to provide an informal, non-commercial venue for attendees to discuss current topics of mutual interest within the Bioconductor community. BOF sessions place a strong emphasis on audience-driven discussion, professional networking and grassroots participation. BOF sessions are informal, and will be scheduled during lunch and other social periods.

BOF applications that include ideas for development or education, or address scientific questions at a community level are strongly encouraged. We encourage BOF leaders to aim at synthesizing results in a way that contributes to long-term community development (e.g., an F1000Research review or Bioconductor workflow; a working group focusing on development and use of relevant software, etc.)

After the session, BOF leader willl submit a brief (<1 page) summary of the BOF session, together with a roster of attendees.

Apply to lead a BOF session.


Due: June 1

Workshops provide participants with excellent hands-on opportunities to learn how to use Bioconductor packages for rigorous statistical analysis of genomic data. Workshops last for 1.5 hours and target beginning and intermediate R users. Workshop leaders will have prepared course material in advance, typically as an R / Bioconductor package containing a vignette with activities and exercises to guide users through the material. Bioconductor makes the package and supporting material available on Amazon machine instances during the conference. Participants connect to the AMI to work through the material during the workshop.

Apply to lead a workshop.


Roswell Park Cancer Institute Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Genentech