Future COMBINE meeting or tutorial proposal
The COmputational Modeling in BIology NEtwork (COMBINE) is an initiative to coordinate the development of the various community standards and formats used to exchange models, initially in Systems Biology and related fields. By doing so, the federated projects will develop a set of interoperable and non-overlapping standards covering all the aspects of computational modelling, at every scale, in every field of biology, in a similar way as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops standards for the Web. COMBINE organises common meetings, will design common Standard Operating Procedures and provide support for development and implementation of the technical specifications. COMBINE will present a unique voice to interact with funders, other standardisation bodies, corporate stakeholders and end users.
The two main meetings of COMBINE are:
* The annual COMBINE forum, a scientific event where the whole community gathers to present results and tools, discuss ongoing and future development etc.
* The HAckathon on Resources for MOdeliNg in biologY (HARMONY), a more technical gathering, is devoted to developing software support, discussing technical points of the standard specifications etc.
We also encourage community driven tutorials, usually associated with relevant conferences, which act to help train scientists in the use of COMBINE standards and tools to encourage reproducible and reusable computational modelling.
The first COMBINE forum took place in October 2010, lasting 4 days, and involving 81 participants. The first HARMONY hackathon took place in April 2011, lasting 5 days, and gathering 59 enthusiasts. Following these resounding successes, several entities offered to host future meetings. However, the scale of the event also shed light on a few logistical problems. We can no longer organise these meeting as friendly informal gatherings between collaborators. The purpose of the current form is to start discussions about possible meeting organisation. It must be emphasized that many factors are taken into account in the organisation of those meetings, such as location of relevant conferences, previous meetings, continental rotation etc. Therefore, this is not a simple competition for the “highest bidder”.
If you would like to provide the information in a different format than filling out this form, please feel free to do so. This form illustrates the kind of information we would like to know.
Primary organiser - name
This person will act as the main point of contact between the organisers and the COMBINE coordinators. Please include include
Which meeting or tutorial are you interested in hosting
e.g. HARMONY 2020, COMBINE 2019, any HARMONY in the next five years, a COMBINE tutorial at ICSB 2019, etc. (multiple replies possible)
Proposed meeting dates
Please provide details about possible periods, constraints and restrictions.
Please provide any other information about other people that will help organise this meeting or tutorial.
Please provide any information about the proposed venue, if known. This includes things like number of available rooms and their capacity (with seating), electrical power and networking availability, breakout meeting rooms, poster space, etc.
Access to the venue
Airports close by and their international connectivity, reachability of the venue by public transport, parking facilities, etc.
What can the host provide in terms of support (catering, accommodation, etc.)?
Do you already have funding for the meeting secured or anticipated? If yes, please specify and compare with the roughly expected costs. If no, please give an expected timeframe until when the funding situation might be clarified.
What are the options for accommodations in the vicinity of the meeting venue?
If the accommodations are not within walking distance, what can be arranged for transportation?
If you envisage attendance fees, please give an estimate about the fee per person.
Do you plan to provide or have funding for financial assistance for students travel expenses and attendance?
Please feel free to provide any other information you would like.
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