Dates: 5-9 October 2020
Location: Online (virtual) meeting

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 2020 takes place online (virtually). Due to the current worldwide situation with COVID-19 we have had to cancel in-person ICSB 2020 and COMBINE 2020.

The COMBINE 2020 Meeting will be a online (virtual) meeting from October 5th (Monday) to October 9th (Friday). It will provide a schedule which takes into account all time zone around the world. Details about the video conferencing system will be announced soon.


The COMBINE 2020 interactive schedule is available from The sched password will be sent by email to registered participants.

The static program in is available as simple version (COMBINE2020-program-UTC.pdf) or with abstracts (COMBINE2020-program-abstracts-UTC.pdf). Note that these schedules are given in the UTC time zone. Please make use of to see the schedule in your own time zone.

The first two days will be talks and presentations including keynote speakers. We will record each talk on Monday and present the video again on Tuesday, together with a live question and answer session with the speaker, at a different time shifted for a different time zone. Wednesday to Friday will be for breakout sessions and tutorials.

Communication via the meeting will be via the slack workspace Information on joining the slack workspace will be sent by email to registered participants.

NEW: Videos from the talks at COMBINE 2020 can be found at

Important dates

Registration deadline: 8th Sept 2020 (extended)

Late registration: opens 9th Sept 2020

Abstract/breakout/tutorial submission deadline: 8th Sept 2020 (extended)

Notification of acceptance of abstracts/breakout/tutorial: 14th Sep 2020

COMBINE Workshop: 5th-9th Oct 2020


Registration for the meeting is open and is free. Please register at the link below as soon as possible. This will help us plan the schedule and match your interests to the timing of the breakouts, etc.

Late registration is open:

Call for Abstracts

We solicit high-quality abstracts, to be refereed by the COMBINE Coordinators, for online presentation at the Workshop. Abstracts will appear on the COMBINE website only, there will be no formal publication.

Abstract submissions is closed.

Call for Breakout Sessions

All attendees can suggest breakout sessions for detailed discussions of certain aspects of one or several of the COMBINE standard(s), discussions on metadata and semantic annotations (format-specific or overarching), discussions on the application and implementations of the COMBINE standards, or any other topic relevant for the COMBINE community. The topics for those breakout sessions, and the time slots which would suit their communities can be submitted at the link below.

Breakout suggestions are closed.

Call for Tutorials

If there are tutorials on tools, standards or resources (or any other topic) which would be relevant for the COMBINE community (see Topics of Interest below), these can be proposed at the link below (same link as for breakout sessions).

Tutorial suggestions are closed.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest for the meeting include, but are not limited to:

  • Data exchange, pipelines and model standards for systems and synthetic biology
  • Visualization and graphical notation standards for systems and synthetic biology
  • Standards for sharing and analysing biological pathway data
  • Standards for computational biological models and modelling support
  • Metadata description and model annotation in COMBINE standard formats
  • Implementation of COMBINE standards in tools, databases and other resources
  • Integrated model and data management for systems and synthetic biology
  • Standardization of Artificial Intelligence approaches in biological modelling
  • Emerging standardization needs and multicellular modeling
  • Community aspects of COMBINE


The COMBINE 2020 virtual meeting is organised by the COMBINE coordinators (see the list).

COMBINE Coordinators

Contact for scientific organization: Combine Coordinators.

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