• IWBDA will be hosted at the Learning Planet Insitute (Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th of October 2022) and @iGEM (Wednesday the 26th of October 2022)
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  • IWBDA 2022: 14th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation, Paris

    14th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation

    About IWBDA

    The Fourteenth International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) will bring together researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities to discuss concepts, methodologies and software tools for the computational analysis and synthesis of biological systems.

    The field of synthetic biology, still in its early stages, has largely been driven by experimental expertise, and much of its success can be attributed to the skill of the researchers in specific domains of biology. There has been a concerted effort to assemble repositories of standardized components; however, creating and integrating synthetic components remains an ad hoc process. Inspired by these challenges, the field has seen a proliferation of efforts to create computer-aided design tools addressing synthetic biology's specific design needs, many drawing on prior expertise from the electronic design automation (EDA) community.

    The IWBDA offers a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion, with the aim of seeding and fostering collaboration between the biological and the design automation research communities.

    IWBDA is organized by the non-profit Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC). BDAC is an officially recognized 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

    Topics of interest include:

    • Design methodologies for synthetic biology.
    • Standardization of biological components.
    • Automated assembly techniques.
    • Computer-aided modeling and abstraction techniques.
    • Engineering methods inspired by biology.
    • Domain specific languages for synthetic biology.
    • Data exchange standards and models for synthetic biology.


    IWBDA 2022 will be held in Paris, France.

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    All ticket purchases for IWBDA go through the iGEM Jamboree Website. Select "IWBDA @ iGEM" in the Partner Events to complete your registration. 50% off price tickets are available for students with the code: IWBDASTUDENT.

    If you're an iGEM Judge, advisor, or team member, and you want to attend IWBDA you must register through this link. You will need your iGEM registration order number.

    To attend IWBDA you need an IWBDA ticket bought through the iGEM Jamboree Website or an iGEM ticket.

    Registration Deadline Sep 30, 2022

    Key Dates

    Submission Site Open on EasyChair8 June 2022
    Abstract Submission Deadline 29 July 1st August 2022
    Workshop Proposal Deadline 29 July 1st August 2022
    Decision Notifications12 Aug 17 Aug 2022
    Registration Site Open12 Aug 17 Aug 2022
    Registration DeadlineSep 30 2022
    Final submission deadlineOct 7 2022
    IWBDA 2022 in Paris, France24 Oct - 26 Oct 2022

    Call for Papers

    Abstract Submission
    Abstracts must be submitted via EasyChair using this link. The submission deadline is July 29th 1st August, 2022 (anywhere on Earth). All abstracts must use the IWBDA template and must not exceed two pages excluding the figures and tables. Overleaf, LaTeX source, or MS Word versions of the template are available for use. All abstracts will undergo a single-blind peer review process on EasyChair. The accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work as a poster or a talk at the conference.
    Workshop Proposals
    Applicants may propose to conduct workshops of interest to the IWBDA community. We are inviting workshops in any of the following formats:
    • Short Demo (30 minutes - 1 hour): this is ideal for anyone who would like to demo a tool, script, library, or new resource to the community. Please note that this can also include tools and software presented at previous IWBDA conferences or other venues.
    • Short Workshop (1 - 2 hours): for workshops that require engagement with the audience but do not require half a day or the entire day.
    • Half-day workshop (4 hours)
    • Full-day workshop
    To submit a workshop proposal, follow this EasyChair link to create a new submission to IWBDA 2022. Add all authors, a title, and a short summary of the workshop in the Abstract section. Upload a short 1-2 page description of the workshop as a pdf file. For any questions or concerns please contact either Ayush Pandey (apandey AT or Alexis Casas (a.casas AT
    All accepted abstracts will be posted with a DOI on a dedicated channel for IWBDA on bioRxiv. The full conference proceedings will be posted to the IWBDA website. We are currently in talks with ACS Synthetic Biology to create a special issue on Bio-Design Automation to publish extended versions of the conference abstracts.
    All questions about submissions should be emailed to Ayush Pandey (apandey AT

    Organizing Committee

    Contact us at: iwbda-exec AT

    • General Chair - Alexis Casas, Imperial College London
    • Program Committee Chair - Alejandro Vignoni, Universitat Politècnica de València
    • Publication Chair - Ayush Pandey, California Institute of Technology
    • Local Chair - Olivier Borkowski, INRAE, Université Paris-Saclay
    • Student Volunteer Chair - Zoé Pincemaille, UTC Compiègne
    • Co-Web Chair - Aaron Adler, BBN Technologies
    • Co-Web Chair - Prashant Vaidyanathan, Microsoft Research
    • Finance Chair - Traci Haddock-Angelli, Asimov

    • Past General Chair - Prashant Vaidyanathan, Oxford Biomedica
    • Past Program Committee Chair - Marilene Pavan, LanzaTech
    • Past Publication Chair - Jenhan Tao, Generate Biomedicines
    • Past Logistics Chair - Alexis Casas, Imperial College London
    • Past Co-Web Chair - Aaron Adler, BBN Technologies
    • Past Co-Web Chair - Prashant Vaidyanathan, Oxford Biomedica
    • Past Finance Chair - Traci Haddock-Angelli, Asimov

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    Anti-harassment Policy

    The International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation will not tolerate harassment of workshop participants. Examples of such prohibited practices would include gossiping, slurs, offensive or derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct. This includes sexual harassment as defined as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature" not only when the conduct is made as a condition of workshop participation ("quid pro quo" harassment), but when the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive workshop environment. IWBDA participants who feel they are being harassed by participants, organizers, or support staff should make it clear to the individual(s) that such behavior is offensive and unwelcome. Any participant who believes he or she has been subjected to harassing conduct can report the matter to the IWBDA organizing committee or the Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC) executive committee.

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