Bioinformatics Open Days 2017


Bioinformatics Open Days - Braga

Bioinformatics has experienced an outstanding growth over the past few years due to the exponential amount of data in a wide range of new formats currently emerging from the biological and medical fields. Bioinformatics Open Days is a student-led initiative first held at the Universidade do Minho, Braga in 2012. It aims to promote the exchange of knowledge between students, teachers and researchers from the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology fields. This symposium’s 6th edition is a joint collaboration with the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Master students of the University of Lisbon and will be held at University of Minho on 22nd to 24th of February 2017.

Call for Contributions

The Bioinformatics Open Days Committee invites authors willing to share their research in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Analysis and processing of Next Generation Sequencing data;
  • Sequence analysis methods and tools, including sequence alignment, homology searching, motif discovery, gene finding,etc;
  • Model/network optimization/inference algorithms and tools;
  • Proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics or other omics data analysis;
  • Metabolic/regulatory/signaling models or networks reconstruction and analysis;
  • Simulation methods for different types of biological models;
  • Biological data visualization;
  • Functional Genomics;
  • Evolutionary Computation and other metaheuristics applied to biological optimization problems;
  • Cellular Interactions;
  • Data mining/machine learning algorithms and tools for biological data analysis;
  • Phylogenetic analysis;
  • In silico drug discovery.


  • All abstracts must be submitted no later than 20th of January 2017
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English;
  • All abstracts are limited to 350 words;
  • All abstracts must be submitted in PDF format (a template can be found here);
  • All abstracts must include names and affiliations of all authors and full contact details (including e-mail address) of one selected corresponding author.
  • The submissions must be made to here.

A document containing detailed information can be accessed here .

Registration will be open after the 01st of December 2016.

For further question send an e-mail to bopendays17@gmail


For the first time, this years’ BOD edition will have its Proceedings published. Thus, we are accepting submissions of full-length novel research and application papers (minimum 5 pages) that were not previously published or concurrently submitted. With only being required to submit an abstract, we highly encourage this option as it increases the eligibility to present your work at BOD17.

Publication proceedings:

  • All papers must be submitted before 17th of March 2017;
  • All papers must be submitted in English;
  • All papers have a minimum of 5 pages;
  • All papers must be submitted in a PDF format (templates in LaTeX and Word are provided);
  • A non-exclusive publication permission must be signed and sent to bopendays17@gmail
  • Submissions must be uploaded here;

More detailed information can be accessed here.

Important Dates:

Author’s submissions notification date: 24th March 2017

Submission Oppening: 11th February 2017

Submission Deadline: 17th March 2017

Travel & Accommodation


How to reach the venue


From the Sá Carneiro Airport

The nearest airport is the Sá Carneiro Airport, located in Porto, about 50 km away.
From the airport, take the E metro line (violet): Aeroporto – Estádio do Dragão, to reach the Campanhã train station. Several trains to Braga depart from this station.
Alternatively, getBUS provides a direct bus service between the airport and the Braga coach station.


Sá Carneiro Airport
Phone: + 351 229 432 400

Porto Metro
Phone: +351 225 081 000

Phone: +351 253 262 371


By Coach

Phone: +351 213 581 460

Phone: +351 253 264 693

Phone: +351 259 340 710


By Train

Information on the available rail lines to get to Braga and train schedules may be found at
The train station in Braga is a 15 minute bus trip away from the Gualtar campus. Bus service is provided by Transportes Urbanos de Braga (TUB).


Public transport in Braga

If you choose to travel by plane, bus or train, your destination will either be the city's coach station or the train station. To reach the Gualtar campus, you can opt to travel by bus, using the services provided by Transportes Urbanos de Braga (TUB). These buses run about every 15 minutes.

Timetables and more information:
Phone: +351 253 606 890




Hotel Meliá *****
Situated just minutes from downtown Braga and the University of Minho.
Phone: +351 253 144 000

Hotel Lamaçães ***
Located near the University of Minho, the Iberian Nanotechnology Centre, and a 5 minute drive from Braga's historic center.
Phone: +351 253 603 680

Pousada da Juventude **
Roughly a 15 minute walk from the University, the Pousada da Juventude is a low cost alternative for participants who also wish to be closer to the historic city center.
Phone: +351 253 263 279 E-mail:


Click here to register

All packages includes access to the event and the two coffee-breaks.

After the early deadline all registration have an additional cost of 2€.

The social dinner happens on Thursday, 23th of February 2017, in Taberna do Migaitas.


Early Registration deadline: February 15th

Event Details

The sixth edition of the Bioinformatics Open Days will take place on the 22nd to 24th of February 2017

Conference Book

Click here to download the conference book summarizing all information relative to the Bioinformatics Open Days.


Workshops Details


Biomedical Text Mining

Text mining is the process of obtaining information from a free text. In a biomedical context, this process is used in biological entities (genes, proteins,…) identification in free text, as well as in obtained experimental results validation with recourse to the corresponding literature. In this workshop, text mining solutions will be approached in order to facilitate the biomedical context concepts’ search and annotation. This workshop will have three researchers from University of Lisbon as trainers.



Bionode is an open source community focused on leveraging the Node.js ecosystem for the field of Bioinformatics. It is ambitioned to build highly reusable code and respective tools, and scale-up in order to process high volumes of data on any computational architecture, integrated with modern web technologies. Participants on the workshop will learn how to use Node.js to query and fetch data from the web, how to process it in real-time and in a scalable way using Node.js Streams (similar to UNIX pipes). The focus will be on genomic data repositories.

Bioinformatics Open Days' Committee

General chairman:

  • Miguel Rocha

Organizing committee chairmen:

  • Andreia Campos (University of Minho)
  • António Dias (University of Minho)
  • Bruna Daniela Azevedo (University of Minho)
  • Bruna Mendes (University of Minho)
  • Catarina Santos (University of Minho)
  • Daniel Moreira (University of Minho)
  • Emanuel Lima (University of Minho)
  • Fernando Cruz (University of Minho)
  • Gonçalo Figueiro (University of Lisbon)
  • Hugo Magalhães (University of Minho)
  • Isabela Mott (University of Lisbon)
  • Joana Martins (University of Minho)
  • João Sequeira (University of Minho)
  • José Dias (University of Minho)
  • Pedro Raposo (University of Minho)
  • Raquel Simões (University of Minho)
  • Sara Cardoso (University of Minho)
  • Telma Afonso (University of Minho)
  • Tiago Barbosa (University of Minho)
  • Vera Manageiro (University of Lisbon)

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