• Kassel
  • 2024-01-02

LOGO 2023 Test 2024

09-13 December 2024 in Kassel

The BioHackathon Germany is an annual event that brings together life scientists from Germany and around the world. Organised by de.NBI / ELIXIR-DE, it offers an intense week of hacking with over 200 participants (on-site and online) working on diverse and exciting projects. The aim is to produce results that address challenges in bioinformatics and life science research. Scientists from companies are also encouraged to participate and submit project proposals.

This year, we are holding the BioHackathon Germany from 09-13 December 2024 at the Hotel La Strada in Kassel, with remote access available for those unable to attend in person.

Places for in-person participation are limited and registration is mainly on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for BioHackathon Germany 2024 will open in September.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the BioHackathon Germany 2024!

Scope

BioHackathon Germany's activities are driven by dynamic sessions, where life scientists meet, discuss and implement ideas and projects during intensive and productive hacking sessions. The selected topics will be aligned with the challenges proposed by de.NBI / ELIXIR Germany and its service centres.

Goals

  • Promote the development of an open source data integration infrastructure that will accelerate scientific innovation. This includes areas such as FAIR, identifiers, metadata standards, ontologies and metadata catalogues.
  • Engage technical people from the bioinformatics community within and beyond de.NBI / ELIXIR-DE to collaborate on topics of common interest aligned with de.NBI / ELIXIR-DE activities.
  • Strengthen and enable interactions and collaborations with ELIXIR, NFDI and other bioinformatics related projects through joint activities.
  • Provide networking opportunities for all participants. 

Project Application

We are now opening project submissions for 2024!

  • Each project should have at least two project leaders, who will design and submit the project. 
  • At least one project leader and four project members (co-leaders if possible) should attend the event in person. Otherwise, the accepted project will be run as an online project. 

General guidelines and instructions

Submit your project proposal by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ahead of the deadline of 1 July 2024. The proposal should not be longer than 500 words and should include the project's leads / contact persons, a project draft and how it is aligned to challenges proposed by de.NBI / ELIXIR Germany and their service centres. A continuation of a project accepted for the BioHackathon Europe will not be approved. A different focus must be determined in the proposal. 

After the deadline, the BioHackathon Germany Programme Committee will review all submissions based on the project’s scope, actuality, its connections to ELIXIR Germany / de.NBI topics and content-related connection to the Biohackathon Europe by ELIXIR Europe. We aim to inform all co-leads of the status of their project submission until 12 July 2024. In the case of similar submissions, we may suggest that your project be merged with another.

For any enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Expenses and Funding

Registration for the BioHackathon is free, however you will have to cover your own travel and accommodation expenses. Conference catering will be served for lunch and coffee breaks. de.NBI / ELIXIR Germany will pay accommodation for one project instructor per accepted project. More information will be published as it becomes available.

Please be aware that those who register as face-to-face participants should stay at the venue for the full duration of the event. This is to optimize the value of on-site interaction and collaboration.

Code of Conduct

The ELIXIR Germany Code of Conduct has been created so all participants at ELIXIR Germany events organized can interact with each other in a respectful and safe environment, and have avenues to turn to in case they believe there has been a breach to this Code of Conduct.

Accommodation in Kassel

La Strada = venue hotel

as well as other accommodation available via common booking platforms

Travel information

Our venue for the BioHackathon Germany 2024 - Hotel La Strada - is located in the middle Germany.

by plane:

- to Frankfurt or Hanover Airport

by train:

- to station Kassel/Wilhelmshöhe
- tram lines 1, 2, 3 or 4 in the direction of the city centre
- get off at "Rathaus" station
- change to tram line 5 in the direction of Baunatal, line 6 in the direction of Brückenhof or line 9 in the direction of Mattenberg
- get off at "Park Schönfeld" station

by car:

- via A49 direction city centre
- exit at Kassel Auestadion
- turn left at the 3rd traffic light onto Frankfurter Strasse (out of town)
- turn left at the next set of traffic lights into Raiffeisenstrasse
- after approx. 200m you will find your destination on the right-hand side