Dates: September 19-24, 2016
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Hosted by: Newcastle University

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 2016 COMBINE meeting will be held in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK from September 19 to 24, 2016: the main Workshop will run 19-23 September and an SBGN Workshop will be held on September 24.



List of attendees



Travel Information


Thank you!

(full version)


19 Sep: Agenda and abstracts in pdf format; and welcome slides

16 Sep: Final agenda available

24 Aug: A draft agenda and the list of attendees are now available

25 Jul: New event: SBGN Workshop @ COMBINE 2016!!

25 Jul: Poster submission open until 19 August!

Key Dates

Poster submission deadline: 19 August 2016
Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2016 (8 July 2016)
Scholarship application deadline: 15 July 2016 (8 July 2016)
Notification (abstracts and scholarships): 22 July 2016 (15 July 2016)
COMBINE Workshop: 19-23 September 2016
SBGN Workshop: 24 September 2016

Invited Speakers

SBGN Workshop @ COMBINE 2016

This year's COMBINE will be co-located with a workshop/hackathon on Standardised Visualisation of Networks. The Systems Biology Graphical Notation, SBGN, is the standard format to represent biological networks visually. The workshop features introductory talks to the SBGN family of standards, and to software tools that offer SBGN support. We will also have a competition for the best SBGN map!

This workshop takes place right after COMBINE, on the 24th of September, 2016. The workshop is free of charge, but requires registration. You will find further information and a link to the registration on this website:

Please consider the workshop in your travel bookings.

Abstract Submission

Both talk and poster submission are now CLOSED.

Here are the Call for Abstracts and the flyer (1.2MB, pdf).


All meetings for this event will take place in the Crowne Plaza Newcastle. The venue is in the Newcastle city centre, a 5 minute walk from both the railway and the metro stations.

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Registration is now open!


  • Delegate registration fee: £195
  • Discounted rate for students: £145

Registration includes lunches, snacks, coffee and tea over the five days and the conference dinner on the 19th.

Travel grants

  • The Biochemical Society offers a number of grants for attending conferences. More information is available on their website.


The COMBINE 2016 venue, Crowne Plaza Newcastle, offers a discounted rate (£105 per room, includes breakfast) to COMBINE delegates. To book this rate please click here.

We have also negotiated with a number of hotels to provide a discounted rate for COMBINE 2016. Please make a reservation via this link.

Additional accommodation options including traditional B&B or self-catering options can be found here.

Travel and Local Information

Travelling to Newcastle

By Air:

It may be possible to fly direct to Newcastle International Airport from locations across Europe. Indirect flights typically change in London, Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris. Connecting flights from London to Newcastle fly from Heathrow airport. (Another option is flying to Edinburgh and then taking the train to Newcastle - the service is frequent and fast, 1h30').

For those travelling from the Far East and Australasia, please note that Newcastle has daily direct flights to/from Dubai.

Transport links from the airport:

  • The airport is about seven miles north west of Newcastle city centre.
  • Official airport taxis pick-up and drop-off outside the terminal. You can book a taxi in advance or from inside the airport terminal.
  • The airport Metro station is connected to the terminal. The journey to Central Station (5-min walk to the venue) takes about 30 minutes.
  • Buses run to Newcastle city centre from the airport entrance. To plan a bus journey from the airport see the Traveline website.

By Rail:

Newcastle Central Station is on the east coast main line linking England and Scotland. It is a direct route from London King's Cross, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The journey from London King's Cross takes about three hours.

Central Station has its own Metro stop, and they are both a 5-min walk from the venue. Taxis are available directly outside the station.

Trains from London:

  • If you need to change at London, all trains to Newcastle leave from King's Cross station. This is next door to the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras.

By Road:

Newcastle is easily accessible by road via:

  • the A1 - running north/south
  • the A69 - running west/east

By Bus:

The main coach station for long distance journeys is on St James Boulevard in the centre of the city. Most inter-city coaches stop here. The coach station is about 10 minutes walk from the venue.

By Sea:

The International Ferry Terminal at North Shields is approximately seven miles east of Newcastle. Ferries travel daily to and from Amsterdam, operated by DFDS Seaways.

The nearest Metro station is Percy Main, about a 20 minute walk from the terminal building. The Metro journey into the city centre takes 20 minutes.


Local Organisers

COMBINE Coordinators

Contact for scientific organization: Combine Coordination

Funding acknowledgements

Support for COMBINE 2016 is being provided by the following organisations: