COMBINE 2019 Meeting

Dates: 15 - 19 July 2019 (TBC)

Location: Heidelberg, Germany


List of Attendees





Travel Information

Hosted by:




University Medicine Greifswald

The "Computational Modeling in Biology" Network (COMBINE) is an initiative to coordinate the development of the various community standards and formats in systems biology, synthetic biology and related fields. COMBINE 2019 will be a workshop-style event with invited lectures, oral presentations and posters, but also reserving enough time for afternoon breakout sessions. The five meeting days will include talks about the COMBINE standards and associated or related standardization efforts, as well as presentations of tools using these standards and similar topics. Some oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts submitted by the attendees. In addition, poster sessions will allow people to inform each other about their software and other projects in a setting that fosters interaction and in-depth discussion. The first day (Monday July 15th) will be a colloquium day celebrating the 10th anniversary of the COMBINE network.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Niklas Blomberg, Director ELIXIR network, Hinxton (UK) - tentatively confirmed
  • Akira Funahashi, Keio University, Yokohama (Japan)
  • Michael Hucka, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (USA)
  • Sarah Keating, University of Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Matthias König, Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)
  • Caroline Mendonça Costa, King's College London (UK)
  • Manuel Porcar Miralles, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I²SysBio), València (Spain)
  • Chris Myers, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)
  • David Nickerson, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Herbert Sauro, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (USA)
  • Melanie Stefan, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, (UK)
  • Judith Wodke, Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)


A tentative agenda can be found on the Agenda page.

Please note that all timings, sessions and especially the scheduled talks are still preliminary and need further confirmation.

Happy 10th COMBINE Anniversary Reception

On Monday July 15th we plan to have a reception at 17:00 PM in the venue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of COMBINE.


COMBINE 2019 will be held at the conference facilities of Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. The address is Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany.

Visit the HITS directions page for detailed information about how to reach the venue.


Opening April 29

Please note: Your registration only becomes valid after paying the conference fee.

Rest assured that you will get your money's worth out of the registration fee:

  • Five full hot lunches (Monday to Friday)
  • Welcome get-together on Monday at the venue
  • Conference dinner on Wednesday
  • Coffee, refreshments and snacks during meeting hours, and coffee breaks all five days

Reduced price tickets will be available for students. Also day tickets (excluding dinner) will be available for participants that only would like to attend one or two days.

Information provided via the online registration form will be used for: producing a list of participants, a book of abstracts or schedule of the conference or for a similar on-/offline medium. Photographs and videos may be taken during the conference and hosted on the conference website, the HITS website or social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Registration implies agreement with the above points.

Abstract Submission

Opening April 29

Call for abstracts:

  • Break-out sessions
  • Posters (incl. a lightning talk)
  • Presentations (defined sessions or open topic)

Presentations will be selected by the COMBINE coordination board. Some selected presentations will be invited to submit a full paper manuscript for the special issue on Specifications of Standards in Systems and Synthetic Biology of the Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics (JIB).

Additional notes

Poster dimensions

The maximum poster size is DIN/ISO A0, which is 841mm (width) x 1189mm (height), or approximately 33 1/8 x 46 1/4 inches, in a portrait orientation.

Electrical supply

If you are traveling from abroad, be sure to bring an appropriate power plug converter for your laptop and all other electrical devices you're bringing. The domestic electric system in Germany uses 230 V at 50 Hz. The plug type (Type F) is depicted here.

It might be hard to find an appropriate converter in Heidelberg, so you better bring your own from your home country.

Internet access

The meeting room will have wireless internet access. We will provide the necessary access information on-site.

About Heidelberg

Public Transport

Schematic map of the public transport system within the city of Heidelberg

Detailed map of the public transport system

Interactive time table information


Taxi Zentrale: Phone + 49 (0) 6221 - 302030
Taxi HDirekt: Phone + 49 (0) 6221 - 739090


Heidelberg's most interesting sights (and there are many!) include the Old Town (Interactive map of the old town of Heidelberg) with the world-famous castle, Germany’s oldest university.

Please visit the official Heidelberg Tourism page for more information.

Funding acknowledgments

Support for COMBINE 2019 is being provided by the following organizations:



European Union Horizon2020 framework programme of the European Commission under Grant Agreement #825843


Local Organizers

COMBINE Coordinators

Contact for scientific organization: Combine Coordination

For local organisational issues and detailed inquiries please contact:

Martin Golebiewski
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 35
69118 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 533 - 281
Fax: +49 (0)6221 - 533 - 298

For practical information on the setting and organisation please contact:

Christina Blach
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 35
69118 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 533 - 262
Fax: +49 (0)6221 - 533 - 298