Call for Proposals: Tutorials

The 5th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB ’06), which will take place September 10-13, 2006, will begin with a day of workshops and tutorials. Two full-day workshops and four half-day tutorials on a variety of topics in bioinformatics and computational biology will be held in parallel. Scientists are invited to submit proposals for sessions that they would like to organize. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Biomedicine, epidemiology, & agriculture

* Pathways, networks, and systems

* Computational genomics

* Proteomics

* Computer-aided drug design

* Sequence analysis

* Databases & database integration
* Simulation & system dynamics
* Evolution and phylogenetics
* Structural bioinformatics
* Metabolomics
* Text mining
* Ontologies
* Transcriptomics

Tutorials are lecture-based presentations of specific topics, at an introductory or advanced level. Participants can learn about topics that are new to them or expand their skills in areas with which they are already familiar. Lectures in a tutorial are typically presented by one or two speakers.

Tutorials are tentatively scheduled to be three and a half hours long, from either 10:00-14:00 or 15:00-19:00, with a half-hour coffee break. Morning and afternoon tutorials will be separated by a one-hour lunch break.

Tutorials should provide perspective on a general area of bioinformatics. They should not focus primarily on the lecturers’ own work; papers and software demonstrations are more appropriate for the latter purpose. The lecturers listed in the proposal are expected to be the actual lecturers, as attendees often consider the lecturer as a key criterion when signing up.

Organizers are expected to submit a detailed outline of the tutorial’s content, to assist attendees in following the presentations. They should also provide PowerPoint presentations and possibly reference material in PDF format for inclusion on a CD that will be given to each tutorial participant. In addition, the conference will prepare photocopied handouts of up to 50 pages for each tutorial participant.

Each tutorial will be provided with a $400 honorarium for lecturers (per tutorial, not per speaker), and lunch for up to two lecturers. The conference reserves the right to cancel a scheduled tutorial if registration a month before the conference is not at least 15 participants.

Lecturers will grant copyright to tutorial materials to ECCB ’06 through October 31, 2006, and they agree that their materials may be made available for sale by the conference to ECCB ’06 participants through October 31, 2006.

The conference will provide a PC and LCD projector for each workshop and tutorial. Speakers may load files onto the PC using CDs or disks-on-key (USB flash memory disks); they may also hook up their own PCs or Macs to the projector.

Organizers will be responsible for ensuring that the material they submit for CDs and photocopying may be legally used, and that appropriate copyright permissions have been arranged.

Workshop / tutorial proposal submission deadline

20 March 2006

Notification of workshop / tutorial acceptance

15 May 2006

Draft version of handouts due

26 June 2006

Workshop / tutorial day

10 September 2006

Proposal content
Proposals should be a maximum of four pages long and should include the following information. Reviewers will consider a variety of factors in evaluating proposals, including: relevance to ECCB attendees, expertise and experience of the organizers / lecturers, effectiveness of the proposed organization, and clarity and quality of the proposal.

Information about organizers / lecturers:
-        Full name, including title
-        Affiliation
-        Postal and e-mail addresses
-        Telephone numbers (work, fax, and cell, if available, including country and city codes)
-        URL of home page
-        Teaching experience in general and tutorial presentations in particular
(including details
         and feedback, if any). Also address backup lecturers in the event that
a scheduled
         lecturer has a last-minute emergency

Tutorial proposal:
-        Title (preferably something to pique one’s interest)
-        Short abstract (maximum of 100 words)
-        Tutorial outline and/or synopsis: For each section, include a brief description and the
approximate length of time to be spent on it.
-        Level (introductory / advanced), expected audience, and prior knowledge required
-        Why this tutorial is appropriate for ECCB attendees
-        Previous presentations of this tutorial
-        Samples of teaching materials (e.g., slides or handsouts)l

Submitting proposals
Please save proposals in Word (.doc) or Acrobat (.pdf) format. Name the file using the family name of the first organizer (i.e., John Doe’s proposal should be in a file named doe.doc or doe.pdf). Send proposals to the conference secretariat,