COMBINE 2019 & EU-STANDS4PM Workshop

COMBINE 2019 Meeting July 15-19, 2019

Hosted by:




University Medicine Greifswald

----> Abstract submission deadline extended to JUNE 15th: Abstract Submission <----

Dates: 15 - 19 July 2019

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

----> Registration closes on June 15th <----


Talk abstracts

Poster abstracts


Abstract Submission


Travel Information


List of Attendees

Code of conduct

EU-STANDS4PM Workshop July 18, 2019

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COMBINE 2019 Meeting July 15-19, 2019

The "Computational Modeling in Biology Network" (COMBINE) is an initiative to coordinate the development of the various community standards and formats in systems biology, synthetic biology and related fields. COMBINE 2019 will be a workshop-style event with invited lectures, oral presentations and posters, but also reserving enough time for afternoon breakout sessions. The five meeting days will include talks about the COMBINE standards and associated or related standardization efforts, as well as presentations of tools using these standards and similar topics. Some oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts submitted by the attendees. In addition, poster sessions will allow people to inform each other about their software and other projects in a setting that fosters interaction and in-depth discussion. The first day (Monday July 15th) will be a colloquium day celebrating the 10th anniversary of the COMBINE network.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Michael Blinov, Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling, UConn School of Medicine, Farmington, CT (USA)
  • Niklas Blomberg, Director ELIXIR network, Hinxton (UK)
  • Søren Brunak, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Akira Funahashi, Keio University, Yokohama (Japan)
  • Padraig Gleeson, University College London (UK)
  • Adriano Henney, Avicenna Alliance for Predictive Medicine (UK)
  • Michael Hucka, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (USA)
  • Petr Holub, BBMRI-ERIC (Austria) and Masaryk University, Brno (CZ)
  • Sarah Keating, University of Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Matthias König, Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)
  • Caroline Mendonça Costa, King's College London (UK)
  • Huaiyu Mi, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA (USA)
  • Manuel Porcar Miralles, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I²SysBio), València (Spain)
  • Chris Myers, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)
  • David Nickerson, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Katharina Eva Ó Cathaoir, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (DK)
  • Herbert Sauro, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (USA)
  • Heidi Seibold, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)
  • Melanie Stefan, University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • Judith Wodke, Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)
  • Olaf Wolkenhauer, Department of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Rostock (Germany)


A tentative agenda can be found on the Agenda page.

Please note that all timings, sessions and especially the scheduled talks are still preliminary and need further confirmation.

Happy 10th COMBINE Anniversary Reception

On Monday July 15th we plan to have a reception at 17:30 PM in the venue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of COMBINE.


COMBINE 2019 will be held at the conference facilities of Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. The address is Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany.

The venue is connected via public transport (bus stop 'Villa Bosch' directly in front). Take bus line 30 in direction HITS.
You can find the bus timetable (in German) here: Time table bus line 30.

Visit the HITS directions page for detailed information about how to reach the venue.


Please register here then proceed with the payment below:

Register HERE ----> REGISTRATION FORM (closes June 15th) <---- Register HERE

Please note: Your registration only becomes valid after paying the conference fee, unless you are an invited speaker or only will attend on Thursday for the EU-STANDS4PM workshop. For a successful registration the conference fee has to be paid within 14 days after registration.

Information provided via the online registration form will be used for: producing a list of participants, a book of abstracts or schedule of the conference or for a similar on-/offline medium. Photographs and videos may be taken during the conference and hosted on the conference website, the HITS website or social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Registration implies agreement with the above points.

Registration Fees:

  • 250 Euro for all participants that are not students
  • 190 Euro for students

Please first register using the link above then proceed with the payment.
There is no fee, if you only will attend the EU-STANDS4PM workshop on Thursday July 18th and not any other meeting day, or if you are invited speaker.


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This includes:

  • Attendance in all sessions, workshops and breakouts
  • Five full hot lunches (Monday to Friday)
  • Welcome get-together on Monday at the venue (with drinks and small snacks)
  • Conference dinner on Wednesday at the restaurant S'Kastanie
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and refreshments (unlimited), as well as snacks all five days
  • Guided tour through the old town of Heidelberg on Tuesday evening (optional)

Cancellation policy:
For cancellations before 24 June 2019 the registration fee will be reimbursed upon request, however, expenses for bank transfer and other costs will be deducted. After 24 June 2019 we will not reimburse any registration fee.

Travel Grants for Students:
Only for US-based students: US-based students may apply for funds from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to help support travel, lodging, and registration fees. To be considered for this support, please fill out the application form. Applications will be considered as they are received until funds are exhausted. Therefore, please submit your application as soon as possible.

Abstract Submission

Call for abstracts:

  • Contributed talks in the scientific sessions (for a defined session Tuesday to Friday morning, or open topic)
  • Lightning talks (to be presented Monday afternoon, 3 min & 1-2 slides for each talk)
  • Posters (to be presented throughout the meeting during the poster sessions)
  • Break-out sessions (Tuesday to Friday afternoon)

Abstracts can be submitted for talks / posters / lightning talks (or combinations of these) and for breakout sessions that you would like to run via the

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM (extended to June 15th !!!)

Contributed talks, lightning talks and posters will be selected by the COMBINE coordination board. Break-out sessions will be selected in consultation with the addressed communities and editorial boards of the corresponding standards. Some selected presentations will be invited to submit a full paper manuscript for the special issue on Specifications of Standards in Systems and Synthetic Biology of the Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics (JIB).

Additional notes

Poster dimensions

The maximum poster size is DIN/ISO A0, which is 841mm (width) x 1189mm (height), or approximately 33 1/8 x 46 1/4 inches, in a portrait orientation.

Electrical supply

If you are traveling from abroad, be sure to bring an appropriate power plug converter for your laptop and all other electrical devices you're bringing. The domestic electric system in Germany uses 230 V at 50 Hz. The plug type (Type F) is depicted here.

It might be hard to find an appropriate converter in Heidelberg, so you better bring your own from your home country.

Internet access

The meeting room will have wireless internet access. We will provide the necessary access information on-site.

About Heidelberg

Public Transport

Schematic map of the public transport system within the city of Heidelberg

Detailed map of the public transport system

Interactive time table information


Taxi Zentrale: Phone + 49 (0) 6221 - 302030
Taxi HDirekt: Phone + 49 (0) 6221 - 739090


Heidelberg's most interesting sights (and there are many!) include the Old Town (Interactive map of the old town of Heidelberg) with the world-famous castle, Germany’s oldest university.

Please visit the official Heidelberg Tourism page for more information.

Funding acknowledgments

Support for COMBINE 2019 is being provided by the following organizations:





The EU-STANDS4PM workshop on Thursday is sponsored by:


European Union Horizon2020 framework programme of the European Commission under Grant Agreement #825843


Local Organizers

COMBINE Coordinators

Contact for scientific organization: Combine Coordination

For local organisational issues and detailed inquiries please contact:

Martin Golebiewski
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 35
69118 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 533 - 281
Fax: +49 (0)6221 - 533 - 298

For practical information on the setting and organisation please contact:

Christina Blach
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 35
69118 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 533 - 262
Fax: +49 (0)6221 - 533 - 298