2018 Montreal GOC users workshop

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Gene Ontology workshop 2018

The Gene Ontology (GO) is one of the most widely used bioinformatics resource in the world. Because of the staggering complexity of biological systems and the ever-increasing size of datasets to analyze, biomedical research is becoming increasingly dependent on knowledge stored in computable form. The GO project provides the most comprehensive resource currently available for computable knowledge regarding the functions of genes and gene products.

The GO Consortium develops an up-to-date, comprehensive, computational model of biological systems, from the molecular level to larger pathways, cellular and organism-level systems. GO defines an ontology is composed of classes (or concepts) that can be used to describe gene function, and relationships between these concepts. The highly structure of GO makes it ideally amenable to computational analysis.

Who should attend

The meeting aims to bring together students and researchers who:

  • use GO in any aspect of their work
  • want to expand the knowledge on GO
  • want to acquire hands-on experience with the GO resource
  • encourage exchanges on problems and solutions, and foster collaborations

The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss projects with other users as well as with developers of the GO.


The morning session will be a training session, with presentations on the GO resources and on specific tools by GO Consortium members. The afternoon session will be dedicated to oral and poster presentations from participants.

Abstract submission

We are inviting interested participants to submit abstracts on any project related to GO or using GO directly or indirectly, for example in data analysis applications, data display, text mining, etc.


October 16th, 2018, 9:00 to 18:00


Pavillion JF Kennedy (PK), University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada

Registration link


Abstract submission

To submit an abstract: https://easychair.org/cfp/GOW2018

Important dates

Sept 28: Abstract submission deadline Oct 4: Acceptance notification Oct 16: GO workshop at UQAM

Organizing committee


  • Pascale Gaudet, GO Central/SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
  • Laurent-Phillipe Albou, University of Southern California

Scientific committee

  • Paul Thomas, University of Southern California
  • Chris Mungall, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Judith Blake, Jackson Laboratories
  • Paul Sternberg, CalTech
  • Michael Cherry, Stanford University
  • Suzanna Lewis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Local chairs

  • Marie-Jean Meurs, UQAM
  • Hayda Almeida, UQAM