Conference Date

8-11 April, 2024

Conference Location

UCL, London, UK

Important Dates

Breakouts and tutorials submission deadline
11 March, 2024

Notification of acceptance for breakout and tutorials
18 March, 2024

Lightning talk and poster submission deadline
11 March, 2024

Notification of acceptance for lightning talks and posters
18 March, 2024

Travel support applications NOW CLOSED

Notification of travel support awards
21 February, 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, synthetic biology and related fields. HARMONY is a codefest-type meeting, with a focus on development of the standards, interoperability and infrastructure. There are generally not many general discussions or oral presentations during HARMONY; instead, the time is devoted to allowing hands-on hacking and interaction between people focused on practical development of software and standards.

HARMONY 2024 will be held at University College London

Local organizers are Sarah Keating (s.keating@ucl.ac.uk) and Padraig Gleeson, (p.gleeson@ucl.ac.uk).

Workshop Location


HARMONY 2024 will be held at Centre For Medical Image Computing, University College London, 90 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LJ.

Arrival and Transportation

London is served by six international airports and twelve major stations including St. Pancras International, which is the Eurostar hub, with multiple direct connections to Europe.

Travel within London can be done by Tube, Bicycle, Bus, Taxi and more. More information can be found here.

Accommodations and meals

Tea and coffee will be freely available throughout the meeting. In view of the number of people using the building, it may be advisable to bring your own mug!

A sandwich lunch will also be provided - please make sure you give us the correct information as to which days you will be in attendance when you fill in the registration form.


Given that the UK is no longer part of the EU, visa requirements may have changed for you. Please check here. If you need a letter to support your application, please contact one of the organizers.

Additionally, if you need confirmation that a talk/poster/breakout session will be accepted before the confirmation deadline, please get in contact.

Power outlet


G-type plugs are used in the UK.


More details to follow…

Monday 8th Apr

Lightning Talks

Tues 9th Apr

Breakout sessions

Wed 10th Apr

Breakout sessions

ARC Tech Social

Thus 11th Apr

Breakout sessions


Alex FedorecUCLCOMBINE Archive, Multicellular modeling, SBML, SBOL and SBOL Visual, SED-MLIn person
Ankur SinhaUCLCellML, COMBINE Archive, Multicellular modeling, NeuroML, OMEX Metadata, SBML, SED-ML, Open Source Brain: https://opensourcebrain.orgIn person
Casey ChenUCLMulticellular modeling, SBML, SBOL and SBOL VisualIn person
Fengkai ZhangNIHCOMBINE Archive, Multicellular modeling, OMEX Metadata, SBGN, SBML, SED-ML, Simmune. SBML-Multi and rule-based modelIn person
Frank BergmannBioQUANT, Heidelberg University, INF 267COMBINE Archive, SBML, SED-ML, PE-TAB, FROG, COPASI - modeling, simulation and analysis environment for biochemical networks, https://copasi.org. basico - a convenient python interface to COPASI, https://basico.rtfd.io/In person
Georgie SorensenUniversity of BristolSBOL and SBOL VisualIn person
Gonzalo VidalUniversity of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USSBML, SBOL and SBOL Visual, https://gonza10v.github.io/In person
Jacob BealBBNSBOL and SBOL VisualRemotely (virtually)
Jona LekaUCLNeuroMLIn person
Kathleen ZhangUCLBioPAX, CellML, COMBINE Archive, Multicellular modeling, NeuroML, OMEX Metadata, SBGN, SBML, SBOL and SBOL Visual, SED-ML, PE-TAB, FROGIn person
Louie DestouchesUCLMulticellular modeling, SBML, SBOL and SBOL VisualIn person
Lukas BuecherlUniversity of Colorado BoulderCOMBINE Archive, SBML, SBOL and SBOL Visual, SED-MLIn person
Manuel Lera RamirezUCLSBOL and SBOL Visual, https://genestorian.org/In person
Michael BlinovCenter for Cell Analysis and Modeling, UConn Health, Farmington, CT, USABioPAX, COMBINE Archive, Multicellular modeling, OMEX Metadata, SBGN, SBML, SED-ML, http://vcell.org; http://MolClustPy.github.io; http://www.ModelBricks.org/In person
Nguyen TungEMBL-EBI, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UKBioPAX, CellML, COMBINE Archive, OMEX Metadata, SBGN, SBML, SED-ML, PE-TAB, FROG, BioModels: https://www.ebi.ac.uk/biomodels/Remotely (virtually)
Nicholas OwenUCLMulticellular modeling, SBML, SBOL and SBOL Visual, Data Stewardship at UCLRemotely (virtually)
Padraig GleesonUCL, LondonCellML, Multicellular modeling, NeuroML, OMEX Metadata, SBML, SED-ML, Open Source BrainIn person
Robert VickerstaffUCLNeuroML, SBML, SED-MLIn person
Sarah KeatingUCL, LondonNeuroML, SBML, SED-ML, FROG, CHIMERAIn person
Subhasis RayPlaksha University, Alpha, Sector 101, IT City Rd, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Punjab 140306CellML, NeuroML, SBML, SED-ML, Multiscale Object Oriented Simulation Environment (https://moose.ncbs.res.in)In person
Thomas GorochowskiUniversity of BristolSBOL and SBOL VisualRemotely (virtually)
Xiaoming HuHITS gGmbH, Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 35 69118 Heidelberg GermanyCellML, SBML, SED-ML, Fairdom (https://fair-dom.org/) and NFDI4Health (https://www.nfdi4health.de/en/)In person

Last updated 17 February 2024


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 Lightning Talks and Posters

Requests for a 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.

Application for travel funding

We have limited funding for travel bursaries or contributions towards accommodation. These will be given out to those who have a significant contribution to make to the HARMONY 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 and multicellular modeling
  • Community aspects of COMBINE

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