Call for Papers

The German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB) is an annual, international conference devoted to all areas of bioinformatics. Its tradition reaches back to 1985, recent meetings attracted around 250 participants from all over the world.

The GCB 2013 is organised by the bioinformatics groups of Göttingen in cooperation with the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA), the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) and the Special Interest Group on Informatics in Biology of the German Society of Computer Science (GI).

GCB 2013 invites the submission of papers on all aspects of bioinformatics.

Areas of interest include

  • Sequence Analysis and Comparative Genomics
  • Transcriptomics, Metabolomics, and Proteomics
  • Metabolic and Regulatory Networks
  • Systems Biology
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • RNA Bioinformatics
  • Metagenomics
  • Phylogeny
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Interactions and Drug Design
  • Textmining and Ontologies
  • Visualisation and Image Analysis

The focus is not restricted to specific computational techniques or biological applications.

GCB invites submissions of the following types

Regular papers

should have 8–10 pages and will be published in the conference proceedings (Open Access Series in Informatics of Schloss Dagstuhl). Paper submissions will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and judged by quality, originality and relevance. Submissions may cover any area of bioinformatics.

Highlight papers

(short papers) should report on recent work, preferably published during the last year. Topics include biological findings, new computational methods or new software tools. Highlight papers should be submitted as an abstract of at most 4 pages (including references). Submissions will be judged by the importance and novelty of the findings and relevance to the conference audience. Highlight abstracts will be made available via the conference website.


should present recent scientific work in any area of bioinformatics. Poster abstracts should not exceed 300 words including references. Abstracts of accepted posters will be made available via the conference website.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically starting in April 2013.

Keynote Speakers

  • Manfred Eigen, Nobel Laureate 1967, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
  • Eugene Myers, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
  • Erwin Neher, Nobel Laureate 1991, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
  • Terry Speed, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia
  • Sarah Teichmann, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK

Key dates

Deadline for paper submission 15 June 2013
Notification of acceptance 14 July 2013
Final version due 31 July 2013
Poster abstract submission 10 August 2013
Early registration deadline 10 August 2013

Satellite Workshops

Four satellite workshops will be held on 10 September 2013 on Göttingen’s North Campus:

  • Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics (T. Beißbarth)
  • Computational Methods for Metagenomics and Meta-Omics (P. Meinicke and T. Lingner)
  • Alignment-Free Sequence Comparison (B. Morgenstern and S. Vinga)
  • Methods for Integrated Analysis of Multi-Level Datasets (E. Wingender)


The main conference will take place from 11 to 13 September 2013 on the North Campus of the University of Göttingen.

Local Organisers

  • Tim Beißbarth (University Medical Center Göttingen)
  • Martin Kollmar (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen)
  • Burkhard Morgenstern (University of Göttingen)
  • Stephan Waack (University of Göttingen)
  • Edgar Wingender (University Medical Center Göttingen)

Program Chairs

  • Burkhard Morgenstern (University of Göttingen)
  • Edgar Wingender (University Medical Center Göttingen)

Contact Details and Further Information

Anne-Kathrin Schultz

University of Göttingen
Department of Bioinformatics (IMG)

Phone: +49 551 39-13884
Fax: +49 551 39-14929