q SusanBello – ISB (Biocuration)

Call for Proposals to host the 2026 International Biocuration Conference.

Dear Colleagues,

The Executive Committee of the International Society for Biocuration (ISB) would like to once again invite tenders to host the 19th International Biocuration Conference in Europe during the Northern Spring or Summer of 2026.

Individuals and organizations interested in applying may do so by sending a proposal to the ISB Executive Committee (intsocbio@gmail.com) on or before July 31st, 2024

The successful bidder will be notified by October 1st, 2024. The ISB Executive Committee will publicly announce the selected organization or individuals during the 18th International Biocuration Conference, held in Kansas City, MO, USA in April, 2025.


Proposals should be short; length should not exceed one side of an A4 or US letter size sheet, using 11 point font. The proposal should contain:

  • The name and institution of the local organizer
  • Details of the proposed venue for at least 150 participants, if the venue has less space please provide plans for hybrid attendance. Typical numbers have not exceeded 350 participants.
  • The range of dates available for the conference. Previous conferences typically have 3-4 days of main conference agenda and 1-2 days of workshops. Dates should not overlap with local holidays.
  • A brief outline of a strategic plan to attract a broad range of participants from the Biocuration community
  • As fair gender representation is positively encouraged by the ISB; we would also like to know how the applicant intends to accomplish this.

In a continued effort to bring our meeting to curators in all geographic regions, we strongly encourage ISB members in Europe and Africa to put forward proposals to bring the ISB meeting to your region once again, or for the first time!


  • North and South America
  • Europe and Africa
  • Asia and Australasia

This Call for Applications is also available on the ISB website at https://www.biocuration.org/events-and-conferences. For more information about the ISB and our previous conferences, please visit http://www.biocuration.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Your colleagues at the ISB Executive Committee.