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Conference on Quantitative Approaches in Biology

The 3rd Annual Conference on Quantitative Approaches in Biology will be held November 20-21, 2020 online.

More details about the virtual format will be made available by the end of August.

This conference is a two-day event that includes a range of activities to stimulate the cross-fertilization of ideas, including guest speaker talks, lightning talks, poster sessions, an undergraduate research poster competition, and plenty of networking opportunities.  


William Bialek, Princeton University

Aaron Dinner, University of Chicago

Nathalie Dostatni, Institut Curie Paris

Cassandra Extavour, Harvard University

Hernan Garcia, UC Berkley

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Amy Shyer, Rockefeller University

We are soliciting submissions for 2-slide/2-minute lightning talks from principal investigators, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students. These rapid-fire presentations are designed to briefly advertise research in the group, and present recent findings to the conference attendees. PIs wishing to use these talks to advertise open postdoc positions in their groups are also welcome to do so. These have been very well received in the past.

If you wish to participate, please submit an application by:

  • When you register select the option to participate in a lightning talk.
  • Submit your talk title, list of authors, and an abstract in the provided fields.  Selected presenters will have the opportunity to provide updated information before the conference.
  • Please note that we may not be able to accept all applications to present a lightning talk.

There will be a poster session each day. We are encouraging all attendees to bring along posters for the poster sessions. You are welcome to present on both or either day. We will have poster boards available. It is our hope that this exhibit will help seed interesting conversations and facilitate interaction among attendees.  We suggest a poster size no smaller than, any combination of, 18” x 24” and no larger than 36” x 48”.

If you wish to participate you must,

  • When you register select the option to present a poster.
  • Submit your poster title, list of authors, and a brief summary in the provided fields.
  • Please note that due to limited space, we will not have space for your poster unless you register.


When will registration be open?

Registration will open in September 2020.

Where will the conference be held?

Online. More detail will be available by the end of August.


Northwestern University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all events and programs. Accommodations such as sign language interpreters, accessible seating, and presentation materials in alternate formats are provided upon request. Please contact Tiffany Leighton Ozmina at or 847-491-5571 by September 15, 2020.* Every reasonable effort will be made to implement accommodations in an effective and timely manner.
*Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodations after September 15th.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Tiffany Leighton Ozmina at

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