Call for Submissions – International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2012)

co-located with the 7th International Conference on Formal Ontologies in Information Systems (FOIS 2012)
22-25 July 2012; Graz, Austria.
Conference Web site:

Relevant dates

31 December 2011: Workshop and tutorial proposal submission deadline
25 January 2012: Notification of acceptance of workshops and tutorials
31 January 2012: Paper submission deadline
28 February 2012: Notification of paper acceptance
15 March 2012: Poster, early career symposium, software demonstrations and workshop papers submission deadline
15 April 2012: Notification of poster, early career symposium, software demonstrations and workshop paper acceptance
30 June 2012: Deadline for all camera-ready copies for the proceedings


Ontologies are increasingly used in the semantic description of biological and medical data from creation to publication and consumption by semantically enabled applications. To be effective, such ontologies must be of high quality and work well together. Therefore, issues like techniques for ontology use, good ontology design, ontology maintenance, and ontology coordination need to be addressed. The International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) series is designed to meet this need. ICBO 2012, the third event in the highly successful series, will bring together representatives of all major communities involved in ontology use and development in biomedical research, health care, and related areas.

Call for Papers

ICBO 2012 is soliciting submissions of novel (not previously published nor concurrently submitted) research papers in the areas of the application of ontologies to biomedical problems, ontology design and ontology interoperability, at any stage in the process of data creation to its use in applications. Submissions will be welcome from a broad range of approaches to ontology building and use. In particular, we would like to invite contributions on these aspects of biomedical ontologies, as well as on the use of such ontologies in knowledge management, knowledge discovery and next-generation publishing. We will accept full-length papers (5 pages), poster submissions (1 page abstracts), software demonstrations (2 page abstracts or 5 page full application papers), and early career researcher symposium submissions (2 page abstracts). We are also looking for submissions of half-day or full-day workshops and tutorials. Workshops should be working sessions with a specific outcome that can be subsequently presented at the main conference. Tutorials are educational events and may involve hands-on practicals.

Submission is via EasyChair (, according to the templates provided on the conference web site.


For more information or to offer sponsorship, please send us a note at

Organizing Committee

General Chairs: Ronald Cornet (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Robert Stevens (Manchester, UK)
Workshops and Tutorials Chair: Melanie Courtot (Vancouver, Canada)
Early Career Consortium Chair: Ludger Jansen (Rostock, Germany)
Software Demonstration Chair: Trish Whetzel (Stanford, USA)
Proceedings Chair: Janna Hastings (Geneva, Switzerland)
Local Chair: Stefan Schulz (Graz, Austria)

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