Welcome to [BC]2

Switzerland's key computational biology event

9 - 12 September 2019, Basel, Switzerland
[BC]2 @ Basel Life - Bringing bioinformatics closer to the lab

[BC]2 is one of the major bioinformatics and computational biology events in Europe. Initiated in 2003, it is since 2008 the annual scientific meeting of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics uniting scientists across a broad range of disciplines, including computational, evolutionary, structural and systems biology. In 2019, [BC]2 is organised in the context of Basel Life - Europe’s leading congress in the Life Sciences - to foster the scientific exchange between experimental and computational disciplines! Thanks to this integration, [BC]2 attendants will thus not only have access to [BC]2, but to all of Basel Life’s activities including the EMBO conference and Innovation Forums. 

Be part of this venture and join us in Basel!

Big Data in Molecular Medicine


This year’s scientific programme will focus on the use of “Big Data in Molecular Medicine” with plenary sessions on single-cell biology, evolutionary medicine, clinical population genomics, systems biology of disease and multi-level data integration. As in previous years, [BC]2 is preceded by a set of tutorials and workshops.
  • 09.09: Workshops and tutorials
  • 10.09: Main [BC]2 conference
  • 11.09: Main [BC]2 conference
  • 12.09: Joint [BC]2 and EMBO sessions
For more information, have a look at the preliminary scientific programme. 2019's scientific committee chairs are SIB Group Leaders Erik van Nimwegen and Niko Beerenwinkel.


Abstract submissions and registration


Abstract submissions - now open
Abstracts can be submitted in the following three categories:
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster flash talk + poster
  • Poster only
The scientific committee will select three abstracts per plenary session. Poster flash talks take two minutes each and should encourage the audience to visit the presenter's poster. A dedicated poster session takes place on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. More information

Online registration - now open
With one single registration fee, participants will have access to all five pillars of the congress: the [BC]2 conference, the EMBO conference, the Innovation Forums, the European Job Fair and the MipTec Industry Exhibition.

Early bird registration fees
  • Full congress: 190 CHF for Students (incl. PhD), 300 CHF for all other academic participants
  • Tutorials and workshops: 120 CHF

SIB Bioinformatics Awards - extended application deadline!

To promote excellence and innovation in the field of bioinformatics, SIB created the international SIB Bioinformatics Awards ten years ago to acknowledge early career bioinformaticians and ground-breaking resources of national and international standing. All Awards carry a cash prize and winners will be invited to give a plenary talk during the [BC]2 conference. The application deadline has now been extended to 14 April 2019, 23:59 CET.

For more information and guidelines:
Follow the hashtag #SIBawards on Twitter, to learn more about the previous laureates in the SIB Awards interview series and to receive the latest announcements!


[BC]2 is a non-profit scientific event. If you would like to support the conference or if you can help us reach out to interested companies, please contact us at

By being exposed to about 2'500 participants from the national and international life science community, sponsors will profit from a great visibility throughout the full Basel Life congress!