Call for papers

  • Topics of interest

    Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

    • Modelling of complex biological systems
    • Multi-scale and multi-omics data integration and modelling
    • Network inference and modeling (signaling, regulation, metabolic)
    • Analysis and modeling of stochastic and heterogeneous systems,      
    • Dynamics and control of biological systems
    • Design and control of synthetic biological systems and circuits
    • Systems biology for (red, green, blue and white) biotechnology
    • Systems medicine
    • Synthetic biology
    • Next generation methods and tools for systems and synthetic biology


    Submission categories

    Regular papers and invited session papers

    All submitted papers must be prepared in accordance with the publication requirements for IFAC meetings. Draft papers are limited to 8 double-column pages. Final papers are restricted to 6 pages. Papers up to 8 pages long may be considered but will be subject to an overlength fee. See the submission instructions for more details.

    Invited session proposals

    Invited session proposals should include titles, authors and abstracts of 4 to 6 papers and a 1-page summary and aim of the invited session. Each contributor to the session must submit an invited session paper. If an invited session is not accepted, all corresponding papers will be treated as regular submissions.

    Pre-conference workshops

    Proposals for workshops to be held on 15th October 2019 can be submitted by email to Two-page pre-symposium workshop proposals should include topic, abstract, target audience, tentative schedule and presenters. 

    Abstract contributions

    Abstract submissions are welcome. Abstracts are limited to two double-column pages. Accepted abstracts will be distributed to attendees with the conference preprints, but will not be included in the IFAC proceedings. Remark that only a limited number of abstracts may be selected for oral presentation; preference will be given to regular papers. 


    Papers must be submitted electronically by March 29th, 2019 April 17th, 2019, (Deadline Extended). Submitted papers will undergo a peer review process, coordinated by the International Program Committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by June 28th, 2019. Accepted papers in final form must be received no later than July 26th, 2019


    Contribution format

    All contributions must be in English language and according to publication requirements for IFAC meetings. All submissions will be reviewed according to IFAC regulations by the International Program Committee (IPC). Accepted papers (but not abstracts) will be published in an IFAC Proceedings volume for the conference, and on the website of the IFAC-PapersOnline Series at Elsevier ScienceDirect.


    Registration for accepted contributions

    All contributions are accepted with the understanding that at least one of the authors will register and be present at the conference. Registration is necessary before submitting the final contribution.


    Selection of oral presentations, keynote talks, and posters

    From contributions with high review scores keynote talks will be selected. Oral presentations will be selected based on the quality of the contributions. Oral presentation of abstracts will also be considered but with reduced priority. Contributions not selected for oral presentation will be presented in poster sessions.


    IFAC copyright conditions

    All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (, and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines (

    Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect ( To this end, the author(s) must confer the copyright to IFAC when they submit the final version of the paper through the paper submission process. The author(s) retain the right to use a copy of the paper for personal use, internal institutional use at the author(s)’ institution, or scholarly posting at an open web site operated by the author(s) or their institution, limited to noncommercial use. Any other use of the paper requires approval by IFAC.

  • Important Dates


    Submission open January 20, 2019
    Submission deadline March 29, 2019
    Submission deadline extended April 17, 2019
    Decision notification June 28, 2019
    Final Paper submission July 26, 2019
    Conference opening October 15, 2019