15th Annual biocuration conference (virtual)

The 15th Annual Biocuration Conference (ISB2022) will be virtual in 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Similarly to ISB2021, the conference will feature virtual sessions with talks and workshops that will take place starting April 2022. All sessions are open to all and free to attend although registration is mandatory.

Info on the conference sessions will be available soon at this page.



Please fill out this form to register to the ISB2022 virtual conference. Registrations can be submitted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Register once to be notified about all the events.

Abstracts and Workshops Submissions

Please fill out this form to submit your abstracts and workshops for consideration for the ISB2022 virtual conference.

Abstracts can be submitted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Both of the March and June slots are for a talk. The October slot is for the poster session.

Workshops will be held separately from the main conference sessions and the date should be arranged by the workshop organizer and the ISB2022 organizing committee.

8 – 10.30 am PT / 11 – 1.30 pm ET / 4 – 6.30 pm BST / 5 – 7.30 pm CET (see time zone conversions here)

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Session 1: April 7th, 2022

Panel Discussion

Discussion on “Promotion and dissemination of biocuration efforts” was lead by Philippe Le Mercier (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland) featuring the following panelists:

  • Sandra Orchard – EMBL-EBI, UK
  • Cecilia Arighi – University of Delaware, DE, USA
  • Peter Karp – SRI International, Menlo Park, CA, USA
  • Rezarta Islamaj – NIH-NCBI, USA

Invited Speakers Talks

Oral presentations were moderated by Sushma Naithani (Oregon State University, USA) and featured the following speakers:

  • Bastian Fromm – “Toward the renaissance of microRNA research through curation“, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
  • Edoardo Salladini – “PED in 2022 – the Protein Ensemble Database for intrinsically disordered proteins“, University of Padova, Italy
  • Chuck Cook – “The Global Biodata Coalition and the Global Core Biodata Resources“, Global Biodata Coalition
  • Jasmine Young – “The Life and Times of the PDB Format – Looking Towards the Future with mmCIF“, RCSB Protein Data Bank, USA

Session 2: June 7th, 2022

Panel Discussion

Discussion on “Sustainability and longevity of biocuration projects” was lead by Charles Tapley Hoyt (Harvard Medical School) featuring the following panelists:

  • Nettie Lagace – NISO, USA
  • Melissa Haendel – University of Colorado Anschutz, CO, USA
  • Nicolas Matentzoglu – Monarch Initiative, UK
  • Saurabh Raghuvanshi – Indian Biological Data Center, IN

Invited Speakers Talks

Oral presentations were moderated by Nicholas Miliaras (NIH-NLM, USA) and featured the following speakers:

  • Lauren Wishnie, University at Buffalo, USA – “An Ontological Approach to the Standardization and Analysis of Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Data”
  • Montana Smith, Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA – “Metadata curation to ensure cross lab interoperability and data discovery of multi-omics data in the National Microbiome Data Collaborative”
  • Rhiannon Cameron, Simon Fraser University, Canada – “FAIR public health pathogen genomics contextual data sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Suliman Sharif, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy, USA – “Global-Chem: A Chemical Knowledge Graph of common small molecules and their IUPAC/SMILES/SMARTS for selection of compounds relevant to diverse chemical community”
  • Daniela Raciti, California Institute of Technology, USA – “Facilitating author curation pre-publication through microPublication Biology”

Session 3: October 4th, 2022

The session will feature the Annual General Meeting of the society, Biocuration Awards talks, and a Poster Session.

Careers in Biocuration Workshop: September 21st, 2022

9 – 10 am PT / 11 – 12 pm ET / 5 – 6 pm BST / 6 – 7 pm CET (see time zone conversions here)

Workshop chairs:

  • Nicole Vasilevsky, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Mohammad Hosseini, Northwestern University
  • Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University
  • Mary Ann Tuli, GigaScience
  • Randi Vita, La Jolla Institute

Workshop overview: Based on the results from the 2020-2021 ISB survey, Biocurators contribute to a wide range of scholarly outputs other than traditional ones such as manuscripts, presentations, and grant funding. Furthermore, biocurators play leadership roles in various capacities that enhance the research process. However, only half of the survey respondents reported that they have been promoted during their careers. The objective of this workshop is to determine ways the ISB can assist Biocurators in our community with career progression. 

At this workshop:

  1. We will collaboratively draft a document to recommend titles for Biocurators at different career levels (e.g. Biocurator/Scientific Data Curator, Lead Biocurator, etc.). We will ask participants to register in advance and send an anonymized current job description before the workshop, which may be used as case studies in the workshop. 
  2. We will provide an overview of various ways to track metrics and scholarly products to obtain better recognition of contributions.
  3. We will provide examples of how scholarly outputs could be represented on CVs for use in academic promotion and tenure packets.


ISB2022 Organizing Committee

All speakers, panelists and attendees are expected to agree to the ISB Code of Conduct.


The 15th Annual Biocuration Conference (ISB2022) is sponsored by Gather.



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