Dates: 8-12 October 2018
Location: Boston, MA USA

The COMBINE 2018 Meeting will take place in Boston, MA USA, from October 8th to October 12th at the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering at Boston 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 2018 will be a workshop-style event with oral presentations, 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, 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.


List of Attendees





Travel Information

Key Dates

Abstract submission priority deadline: 3 August 2018
NOTE: abstracts will continue to be accepted
for presentations till all slots are filled
Scholarship application deadline: 3 August 2018
Notification (abstracts and scholarships): 17 August 2018
Poster submission deadline: 5 October 2018
COMBINE Workshop: 8-12 October 2018

Abstract Submission

You can submit your abstract (no more than one page) to the Easychair COMBINE 2018 page.

Here is the Call for Abstracts.

Priority for presentations will be given to abstracts submitted before the deadline, but we will continue to consider abstracts for presentations as long as there is still space available in the program.


All meetings for this event will take place in the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering at Boston University. The venue is located along the southern bank of the Charles River and is easily accessible by both bus and subway.

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Registration includes breakfasts and lunches over the five days and the conference dinner on October 9th.

Travel Grants

US-based students may apply for NSF support to attend COMBINE 2018. Please apply via this form:

Priority will be given to applicants that submit their application before August 3rd, but we will continue to consider applications as long as funds are still available.


A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for COMBINE attendees at the Boston Hotel Buckminster. This hotel is located in Kenmore Square and is a five minute walk away from the conference venue. You need to book your room through their website or call the hotel at +1 617-236-7050 and provide group code 155266 for the discounted rate.

Note that this block of rooms is available until September 7th, 2018, so please book by then to ensure a place. Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Alternatively, usual options for accommodation can be found through the following websites:

Travel and Local Information

Traveling to Boston

By Air:

Boston Logan International Airport is located approximately three miles from downtown Boston. The Silver Line Bus (SL1) is free to ride from the airport and terminates at South Station. From South Station, transfer to the Red Line Inbound (to Alewife) and ride two stops to Park Street. From Park Street, transfer to the outbound Green B Line (to Boston College) and depart at either Kenmore for the Boston Hotel Buckminster or Blandford Street for the conference venue. Transfers at underground subway stations are free, so transportation from the airport using this method will not cost any money. Returning to the airport using this method will cost about $3.

Alternatively, taxis/Ubers/Lyfts are plentiful. A ride from the airport to the conference venue will take approximately 20-30 minutes in little to no traffic and cost between $15 and $40.

You can also rent a car, but we don't recommend this option as Boston has limited parking, lots of congestion, and aggressive drivers.

By Rail:

Amtrak trains stop at both North and South Station. These stations are connected to the subway system which can be used to get to the conference venue.

By Road:

Boston is easily accessible by road via:

  • I-93 - from points north
  • I-95 - from points south
  • I-90 - from points west

By Bus:

South Station is also serviced by Bolt Bus, Greyhound, Lucky Star, MegaBus, Peter Pan, and others.


Local Organizers

COMBINE Coordinators

Contact for scientific organization: Combine Coordination

Funding acknowledgements

Support for COMBINE 2018 is being provided by the following organizations:

US-based student travel support has been provided by the National Science Foundation.

Anti-Harrassment Policy

Please see our anti-harrassment policy here.

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