The Bioinformatics Virtual Coordination Network presents:

Holistic Bioinformatic Approaches used in Microbiome Research

A step-by-step open access conference showcasing state-of-the-art bioinformatics pipelines for microbiome research

The Bioinformatics Virtual Coordination Network (BVCN) is committed to reducing entry barriers into bioinformatics for researchers. For the first time in June 2021, this online conference will bring together early career researchers (ECRs) from across the globe who are equally committed to reducing such entry barriers, and who would like to exchange and share their research and bioinformatics experiences in a step-by-step format with a global and interdisciplinary audience.

Background The BVCN was established to facilitate entry of researchers in environmental and biomedical sciences into computational biology. To further this goal, this upcoming conference is designed to provide a platform for showcasing bioinformatic projects from inception to publication. The holistic analysis of data intensive projects may contain many steps that are not covered in the tutorials or documented in the methods section of publications - our speakers will try and capture these elements in their presentations.

We will send the final conference schedule on 1 June 2021 3 June 2021. If you have any questions about information in this email or other questions about the BVCN conference, please reach out to conference chair Dr. Ben Tully (

Before we continue, we would like to emphasize that the BVCN conference is intended to be inclusive and accessible for all attendees. As such, we will not allow any violations of the BVCN Code of Conduct.

Conference dates - 7-11 June 2021

Pre-conference survey - CLOSED

Conference schedule

A finalized schedule will be available before the start of the conference (3 June 2021). To help you plan your conference, here are some tentative times for various events. Start times are planned to allow attendees from both hemispheres to attend most events.

Day 1 Featured presentations (West) - 7 June 14:00 UTC

Day 1 Featured presentations (East) - 8 June 00:00 UTC

Day 2 Featured presentations (West) - 8 June 14:00 UTC

Day 2 Featured presentations (East) - 9 June 00:00 UTC

Day 3 Featured presentations (West) - 9 June 14:00 UTC

Day 3 Featured presentations (East) - 10 June 00:00 UTC

Day 3 Fireside chat (East) - 10 June 02:00 UTC

Day 4 Q&A (West/East) - 10 June 13:00 UTC

Day 4 Fireside chat (West) - 10 June 14:30 UTC

Day 5 Virtual Poster Hall (West) - 11 June 14:00-16:00 UTC

Day 5 Virtual Poster Hall (East) - 12 June 00:00-02:00 UTC

Each day, two presentations will premiere as part of a Zoom webinar

After the Western Hemisphere premiere, the presentations will be available for access through our YouTube channel

Technology: Zoom Webinar, YouTube, Slack

Day 1: Biomedical Microbiology

Day 2: Environmental Microbiology

Day 3: Microbial Biotechnology

LIVE Q&A Session

Start time: TBD

Technology: Zoom Webinar, Google Docs, Slack

Fireside chats

The fireside chats are events where attendees can gather in a virtual space to converse with other conference attendees. Registration will be required, but will be open to all. Suggested chat topics will be provided to help get the conversation rolling.

10 June 2021 - Eastern Hemisphere

Start time: After completion of Featured Speaker webinar - 02:00 UTC

10 June 2021 - Western Hemisphere

Start time: TBD (proceeding or following Q&A Session as time allows)

Technology: Zoom breakout rooms


Virtual posters must be submitted by 2 June 2021 16:00 UTC - submission “portal” opens 25 May 2021

Posters include:

Poster awards: Graduate students and ECRs will be eligible for 1 of 3 poster prizes awarded to commemorate work that exemplifies open science approaches to bioinformatics.

Conference software


Primary conference language: English (our conference platforms allow for attendees to self-aggregate into channels for language options driven by the attendee community)

Recorded presentations will premiere with edited and cleaned closed captioning. Presentations will also be provided in Powerpoint format with alternative text provided for figures.

The Q&A Session will have Zoom provided live captioning and all questions and speaker answers will be recorded (and formalized) in a shared document format, providing a lasting resource for reference.

Attendees will be guided with instructions to make accessible versions of their posters. Poster formats that allow for screen reading software and alternative text will be required, along with (optional) attendee voice-overs introducing/describing their posters.


This event was funded in full by a grant from Code for Science & Society, made possible by grant number GBMF8449 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation