Dates: October 12-16, 2015
Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
Hosted by: University of Utah

The "Computational Modeling in Biology" Network (COMBINE) is an initiative to coordinate the development of the various community standards and formats in systems biology and related fields.

COMBINE is a workshop-style event with oral presentation, posters, and breakout sessions. The five meeting days will include talks about the COMBINE standards and associated or related standardization efforts, as well as presentations of tools using these standards. Oral presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts. In addition to oral presentations, poster sessions will allow people to inform each other about their software and other projects in a setting that fosters interaction and in-depth discussion.

The 2015 COMBINE meeting will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 12 to 16, 2015. This will follow the Whole Cell 2 event that will be held October 10th and 11th at the same location. More details on this event can be found here.

List of attendees

Agenda, Slides & Recordings



Thanks for a great meeting!

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All meetings for this event will take place in the Warnock Engineering Building at the University of Utah. This building is a 15 minute walk from the University Guest House where we have reserved a block of rooms for attendees of this meeting. Alternatively, there is a campus shuttle that can transport you between the guest house and the meeting venue. Information can be found here

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We have reserved a block of rooms at the University of Utah Guest House. There are both double occupancy queen bed rooms and single occupancy king bed rooms available at a rate of US$109 per night. Breakfast is included in the room rate. The deadline for booking has now passed, but there may still be availability. Please call the hotel to inquire.

Travel and Local Information

Attendees should fly into Salt Lake City International Airport. To reach the University of Utah Guest House from the airport, there is a convenient light rail system called UTA TRAX. It has three main lines – the Red, Green and Blue Line. The University of Utah Guest House is situated adjacent to the Fort Douglas stop on the Red Line, near the end of the route. To reach the Guest House from the Airport, take the Green Line to Court House and transfer to the Red Line to University. To reach the Airport from the Guest House, take the Red Line to Court House and transfer to the Green Line to Airport. The one way fare to and form the airport is $2.50. Detailed instructions can be found here.

There are a few restaurant options within walking distance located on 1300 East. Many more restaurant options are available by taking TRAX to one of the downtown stops. A list of some recommended dining options can be found here.


The meeting is planned to run from 8:30 to 5:30pm every day except the first, which starts at 8:15am. On the first day (October 12), there will be a symposium with presentations from the invited speakers listed below. There will also be a reception followed by a banquet from 6:30 to 9:30 on October 12. The remaining four days (October 13 to 16) will consist of contributed talk presentations in the morning, selected from the submitted abstracts, and breakout discussions in the afternoon organized by the individual standard communities. A detailed agenda is available here.

Invited Speakers

  • Fred Adler - Bottoms up! How pointy-headed mathematical biologists approach cell biology and what we could gain from computational biologists
  • Sharon Crook - Collaborative Development of Neural Models with NeuroML
  • Tara Deans - Experimental Synthetic Biology: from concept to application
  • Jonathan Karr - Toward methods, software, and standards for more comprehensive whole-cell models
  • Miriah Meyer - Why an (interactive) visualization is worth a thousand numbers
  • Huaiyu Mi - An update on Systems Biology Graphical Notation
  • Richard Normann - Big Data in Neuroscience, Neural Engineering and Restorative Technologies
  • Anil Wipat - The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) - recent developments in SBOL tools and repositories


Local Organiser

COMBINE Coordinators

Contact for scientific organization: Combine Coordination

Funding acknowledgements

Support for COMBINE 2015 is being provided by the following organizations:

National Science Foundation