Conference Date

1-5, September 2024

Conference Location

Stuttgart, Germany

Important Dates

Breakouts, talks and tutorials submission deadline
July 15, 2024

Lightning talk and poster submission deadline
July 29, 2024

Notification of acceptance of breakouts and tutorials
August 2, 2024

Registration deadline
August 7, 2024

Important Links


The “Computational Modeling in Biology” Network (COMBINE) is an initiative to coordinate the development of the various community standards and formats in systems biology and related fields. COMBINE 2024 will be a workshop-style event hosted at the University of Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany with support of the German Research Foundation (DFG) through the International scientific events program, the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science (SimTech) and the Stuttgart Research Center Systems Biology (SRCSB). The meeting will be held in September 2024, closely aligned with the dates of the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH)2024 Conference September 04-06 Stuttgart, Germany.

The official programm takes place from Sunday 01st to Tuesday 3rd September. On Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th September, there will be rooms provided for personal meetings only. The meeting days will include talks about the COMBINE standards and associated or related standardization efforts, presentations of tools using these standards, breakout sessions for detailed discussions as well as tutorials. There will be also a dedicated poster session, participants are encouraged to bring posters - poster boards will be provided next to meeting places. Some time each day will be left for community discussion and wrap-ups of breakouts and advertisements for following breakouts. It will be primarily an in-person meeting, with individual breakout sessions responsible for enabling remote participation as needed.

Local organizers are Nicole Radde ( and Sebastian Höpfl (

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Session Chairs

  1. Irina Balaur, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  2. Dirk Drasdo, Director of Research INRIA (French National Institut(ion) for Research in Computer Science and Control), Rocquencourt, France
  3. Fabian Fröhlich, Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom
  4. Marc-Thorsten Hütt, Constructor University Bremen, Germany
  5. Matthias König, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  6. Heinz Köppl, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  7. Göksel Misirli, Keele University, United Kingdom
  8. David Nickerson, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  9. Timothy Rudge, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  10. Herbert Sauro, University of Washington, USA
  11. Lucian Smith, University of Washington, USA
  12. Judith Wodke, University of Greifswald, Germany

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A tentative schedule

schedule.pngNote that many events are scheduled somewhat spontaneously at these events; keep an eye out here or on the COMBINE slack for last-minute changes and additions.

Workshop Location

COMBINE 2024 takes place at the University of Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany. COMBINE 2024 will take place in the former Campus Guest building, at Universitätsstrasse 34, 70569 Stuttgart. If you do not find the venue, email or, or ping us on the COMBINE slack channel.

Arrival and Transportation

The closest airport is the Stuttgart Airport (STR). However, overseas the International Airport of Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is probably the better choice. There are ICEs and ICs going from the Frankfurt Airport to Stuttgart every one to two hours. You can book the train tickets via the Deutsche Bahn website. The Campus in Stuttgart, where we will host the Combine2024 is a 10 minute drive from the city center of Stuttgart. You can take the S-Bahn lines 1, 2 and 3 to the station “University”. Alternatively, if you come by car, set your destination at “Universitätsstrasse 34. 70569 Stuttgart (Campus Vaihingen)”.


There are no hotels at the workshop venue. However, you can find accommodations along the S-Bahn route, such as near the stations “Hauptbahnhof”, “Stadtmitte”, “Feuersee” or „Schwabstraße" (e.g. Studierendenhotel Stuttgart, Römerhof Vaihingen). From these stations you will need approximately 15-20 minutes to the campus.

Breakout sessions

Beakout session title host name


Name of Tutorial author


Talk title1 author

Lightning talks

L-talk 1 Authors
3-4 Lines of abstract


Poster Title Author


Registration for the meeting is free. Please register at the link above as soon as possible. This will help us plan the schedule and match your interests to the timing of the breakouts, etc. Note, only registered attendees will be sent information related to the meeting.

Call for Breakout Sessions and Tutorials

All attendees can suggest breakout sessions for hacking and/or detailed discussions of certain aspects of one or several of the COMBINE standard(s), metadata and semantic annotations (format-specific or overarching), application and implementations of the COMBINE standards, or any other topic relevant for the COMBINE community. The topics for those breakout sessions, and the time slots which would suit their communities can be submitted via the link above. Note, breakout session organisers will be responsible for creating and hosting their own online sessions, if required.

Call for Talks, Lightning Talks and Posters

Requests for a talk (30 minutes), lightning talk (5 min max.) and/or poster can be submitted via the link above. Please use several forms if you want to submit abstracts on different topics. The submission deadline is outlined above. Talks will take place during the community session and posters will be displayed throughout the meeting.

Topics of Interest

  • Data exchange, pipelines and model standards for systems and synthetic biology
  • Visualization and graphical notation standards for systems and synthetic biology
  • Standards for sharing and analysing biological pathway data
  • Standards for computational biological models and modelling support
  • Metadata description and model annotation in COMBINE standard formats
  • Implementation of COMBINE standards in tools, databases and other resources
  • Integrated model and data management for systems and synthetic biology
  • Standardization of Artificial Intelligence approaches in biological modelling
  • Emerging standardization needs in spatio-temporal, multiscale and multicellular modeling
  • Community aspects of COMBINE