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  • Date: July, 22-25, 2012
  • Location: Graz, Austria
  • Website: ICBO 2012


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.

Important 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


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

Organizing Committee

  • General Chairs
    • Ronald Cornet (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    • 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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