The Bio-Ontologies SIG provides a forum for discussion of the latest and most innovative research in the application of ontologies and more generally the organisation, presentation and dissemination of knowledge in biomedicine and the life sciences. Bio-Ontologies has existed as a SIG at ISMB for 17 years, making it one of the longest running. 

The 2014 meeting will be a two day meeting (July 11 and July 12) co-located with ISMB 2014 in Boston, with July 12th being the “Phenotype Day” ( which will be a joint session with the Bio-Link SIG focused on the systematic description of phenotypic variation. Phenotype Day will bring together researchers across many disciplines to discuss phenotype-related issues and resources, and to share their experience with defining, representing, processing and using phenotype data.



F1000 is sponsoring 3 prizes for the selected outstanding posters/presentations at this year’s Bio-Ontologies SIG. Each of the 3 winners will receive a certificate, a free article submission to F1000Research ( worth $1000, and also a free personal subscription to F1000Prime ( for a year.

The JBMS supplement from the 2013 meeting is now published.

Key Dates

April 11th, 2014 Submissions Due
May 9th, 2014 Notifications
May 16th, 2014 Final Version Due
June 6th, 2014       Early bird registration deadline (register at: