International Biocuration Conference

The International Biocuration Conference is a unique event for
curators and developers of biological databases to discuss their work, promote collaborations, and foster a sense of community in this very active and growing area of research.

Since 2012 DATABASE, the Journal of Biological Databases and
Curation, has been publishing a yearly Biocuration Virtual Issue with peer-reviewed works from our members attending the Biocuration conference. Find out more about submissions here. The deadline for submission to the 2020 virtual issue was October 31, 2019.

We aim to hold the ISB conference in North/South America, Australia/Asia or Europe on a rotating basis. A call for bids for the 2022 conference in Europe will be announced in 2020. For further inquires about hosting the ISB conference, please email us.

13th International Biocuration Conference

The 13th International Biocuration Conference will be held in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA from May 17-20, 2020. Registration is now open and key deadlines are on the website.

Key Dates

  • October 31, 2019 – Paper Submission Deadline
  • January 24, 2020 –  Abstract  and Workshop Submission Deadline
  • March 6, 2020 – Notification of Acceptance
  • April 6, 2020 – Early Bird Registration Ends
  • May 8, 2020 – Registration Deadline

More info about visiting Bar Habor is here.


Previous Biocuration Conferences

The 12th International Biocuration Conference was held at the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, UK from April 7-10, 2019.

Slides from the Annual General Meeting are here.


The 11th International Biocuration Conference was held at
the Crown Plaza Hotel, Fudan University, in Shangai, China on April 8-11, 2018.


The 10th International Biocuration Conference was held on March 26-29, 2017 at Stanford University, Palo Alto California, USA. See the 2017 Biocuration Virtual Issue from DATABASE.


The 9th International Biocuration Conference was held on April 10-14th, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. See the 2016 Biocuration Virtual Issue from DATABASE.


The 8th International Biocuration Conference was held on April 23-26th, 2015 in Beijing, China. See the 2015 Biocuration Virtual Issue from DATABASE.


The 7th International Biocuration Conference was held at OICR in Toronto, Canada on April 6-9th, 2014. The 2014 Biocuration Virtual Issue is available from DATABASE.


The 6th International Biocuration Conference was held at Churchill College in Cambridge, UK, April 7-10, 2013. See the 2013 Biocuration Virtual Issue at DATABASE.


The 5th International Biocuration Conference was held in Washington, DC, USA, April 2-4, 2012


The 4th International Biocuration Conference was held in Tokyo, Japan, October 11-14, 2010


The 3rd International Biocuration Conference was held in Berlin, Germany, April 1619, 2009


The 2nd International Biocuration Meeting was held in San Jose, CA, October 25-28, 2007


The 1st International Biocuration Meeting was held in Asilomar, CA, December 8-11, 2005

A rare photo of attendees at the first Biocuration Conference

Photo of attendees at the 1st biocuration conference, 2005, Asilomar, CA, USA
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