Bioinformatics Open Days 2019

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Braga, 20th (Workshops), 21st and 22nd February 2019


Bioinformatics Open Days - Braga

Bioinformatics Open Days is a student-led initiative, first held at 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 event will occur at Universidade do Minho (Campus Gualtar) on the 20th (Workshops), 21st and 22nd of February 2019.

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.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Papers must be submitted in English;
  • The manuscript must follow the following formatting rules:
    • Title: Times New Roman, size 16, centered alignment;
    • Authors: Times New Roman, size 14, centered alignment;
    • Body and Authors Affiliation: Times New Roman, size 12, justified alignment and a maximum of 350 words;
    • Document margins: top and bottom - 2,5cm, left and right - 3,0cm;
  • The “Oral” option includes a short 20 minutes presentation (in English or Portuguese), with a 5 minutes discussion; 
  • The “Poster” option allows the submitter to present a poster, from the abstract submitted, at the poster exhibition;
  • The submissions must be done via email to

  • The submission must include the PDF and Word (or equivalent) files;
  • The submission and registration  in the event has a cost of 60 euros and includes:
    • Two lunches (21st and 22nd);
    • One dinner (21st)
    • Attendance to all the event days.

For more explicit information follow the template that may be accessed  here.


Important Dates:

  • Author’s submissions notification date: 4th January 2019
  • Submission Opening: 9th November 2018
  • Submission Deadline: 20th January 2019
  • Event Duration: 20th, 21st and 22nd February 2019


For further questioning contact us via the same email:

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 minutes 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 minutes drive from Braga's historic center.
Phone: +351 253 603 680


Registrations for Bioinformatics Open Days 2019 are now closed!





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Lecture 1


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Lecture 2


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Francis Crick Institute

University College London Genetics Institute

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology

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