Keynote Speakers

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes
Mozilla Foundation
Lincoln Stein
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Prashanth N Suravajhala
Birla Institute of Scientific Research
More about our Keynote Speakers

For up to date information about the conference, see BCC2020 Info Hub

West and East

BCC2020 events will be held twice: once in North American Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) (BCC West), and again in Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10) (BCC East). This includes training, the conference itself, and the CollaborationFest.


We will be using two platforms to host the conference. For presentations and face to face networking, we are using This is a new service that has the look and feel of a conference center, with small discussion tables, a stage, and different chat capabilities. For text chatting and coordination, we will be using Discord. Discord allows participants from both hemispheres to communicate asynchronously on specific topics.

To get familiar with Remo, check out Remo 101, and then join us on our Open House.

For a quick introduction to Discord, please see Discord for BCC2020 Attendees.



Training is offered over two days: July 17-18 in the West, and July 18-19 in the East. This is immediately before the BCC2020 meeting.

Training covers a variety of topics and is offered throughout both days, although some topics may be offered only in one hemisphere or another. All training will be live and online. Each session is 2.5 hours long. You register for each session individually.

Please see BCC2020 Schedule Descriptions for information about each training session.

Main Meeting

The main meeting will be held July 19-21 in the West, and July 20-22 in the East. The same presentations will be offered in both hemispheres. We are seeking ways to also have posters, demos, and birds-of-a-feather span both hemispheres.

Collaboration Fest

The CollaborationFest will follow the meeting, and span the entire world (nothing new there). There will be core communities during both windows, but we are also exploring other options for coordinating efforts continuously.