Biological Data Science
November 4 - 7, 2020
Abstract Deadline (consideration for a talk): August 14, 2020

Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted until October 1, 2020


Barbara Engelhardt, Princeton University
Michael Schatz, Johns Hopkins University
Catalina Vallejos, MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh & The Alan Turing Institute

We are pleased to announce the fourth meeting on Biological Data Science, which will begin on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. and conclude with lunch on Saturday, November 7, 2020. The scope of this meeting will be the infrastructure, software, and algorithms needed to analyze large data sets in biological research. We welcome abstracts from researchers in both academia and industry who work on technical aspects of the discussion topics in all areas of biology, from genomics to imaging. We also welcome abstracts from translational and clinical researchers who regularly mine large data sets as part of their projects. The goal is to assemble a multidisciplinary audience that will discuss best practices, identify challenges, and highlight successes in the analysis of large biological data sets.

Discussion Themes:
  • Single Cell
  • Personalized Medicine and Biomarkers
  • Imaging
  • Machine Learning
  • Algorithmics
  • Tools, Infrastructure, and Visualization

Confirmed Discussion Leaders:
Richard Bonneau, NYU
Christina Boucher, University of Florida
Kieran Campbell, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Canada
Mark Gerstein, Yale University
Katherine Heller, Duke University
Stephanie Hicks, Johns Hopkins University
Ian Holmes, UC Berkeley
Anna Kreshuk, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Heng Li, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Maria Nattestad, Google Health
Sandra Safo, University of Minnesota
Oliver Stegle, EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, United Kingdom

Abstracts are welcome for consideration as poster and platform presentations and should contain new and unpublished material. Status of abstracts (talk versus poster) will be posted on our Web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters should be directed to Catie Carr at

We are eager to have as many young scientists as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We will be applying for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please apply in writing to Catie Carr at stating your need for financial support. Preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

Partial Support for this meeting is provided by: 

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in November.


Academic Package: $1,255
Graduate/PhD Student Package:
Corporate Package: $1,610
Academic/Student No-Housing Package: $860
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,085

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese party, cocktail reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.