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6th Annual Cytoscape Retreat, Toronto

Cytoscape Consortium

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

On 16th – 19th July 2008 we will be hosting the 6th Annual Cytoscape Retreat at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto, Canada.

This year’s meeting is particularly exciting since it is the first time it will be held in Canada and will be purely user and developer community focused. It is also close to the major international computational biology conference, Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB), and the International Yeast Meeting, to be held in Toronto in July. We expect close to 100 participants interested in biological pathway and network analysis. More information about the retreat is at the main Cytoscape retreat page.

Generously sponsored by: Unilever, Agilent Laboratories, Google Summer of Code and the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (University of Toronto)

Preliminary Schedule

Technical session

The technical session will mainly be informal and technically focused with all major Cytoscape team members gathered together to set new directions for Cytoscape, plan new features and collaboratively work on designing code.

TUESDAY July 15th

Arrival Day

Pre-meeting core developer Cytoscape 3.0 design discussions (if required)

Social event in evening for early arrivals (Social event A) - TBD nearby pub


CCBR Red Room


Technical brainstorm, software design session.
Audience: Mainly Cytoscape software developers


Dinner event at local restaurant (Social event B)

User session

The user session is geared towards all users of Cytoscape, including researchers and plugin developers. These sessions will showcase work users are doing with Cytoscape, provide tutorial opportunities and provide a forum for user feedback on Cytoscape features, bugs and development plans.

THURSDAY July 17th

CCBR Red Room


Application showcase day.
Audience: All Cytoscape users and developers
Developers will showcase interesting new features they are building for Cytoscape
Users will present interesting new uses of Cytoscape


User community dinner at local restaurant (Social event C)

FRIDAY July 18th

CCBR Red Room


User tutorials (morning parallel session)
Red Room
Audience: All Cytoscape users and developers


Developer tutorials (morning parallel session)
6th Floor Conference Room
Audience: All Cytoscape users and developers


Lunch, pick up in Black Room


User brainstorm and user meeting
Red Room
Identify usability issues, request new features


Wine and cheese (Social event D)


Social event e.g. city tour, museum (Social event E). Dinner on own.

SATURDAY July 19th

CCBR Red Room


Feature prioritization for Cytoscape 3.0
Audience: Users and developers interested in Cytoscape development
This is a great chance to influence the development direction of Cytoscape.
Expect lots of technical discussion.


Dinner on own

Have questions about 6th Annual Cytoscape Retreat, Toronto? Contact Cytoscape Consortium

When & Where

CCBR Building, University of Toronto
160 College St.
Toronto, Ontario M5S3E1

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Cytoscape Consortium

Cytoscape is an open source bioinformatics software platform for visualizing molecular interaction networks and integrating these interactions with gene expression profiles and other state data.
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