Papers and presentations are sought in all areas that relate to biomolecular computing, including, but not restricted to: algorithms and models for computation on biomolecular systems; computational processes in vitro and in vivo; molecular switches, gates, devices, and circuits; molecular folding and self-assembly of nanostructures; analysis and theoretical models of laboratory techniques; molecular motors and molecular robotics; information storage; studies of fault-tolerance and error correction; software tools for analysis, simulation, and design; synthetic biology and in vitro evolution; applications in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine.


Submit your abstract below. Please read the following instructions prior to submitting your paper.

Instructions for Authors

Electronic Submissions: All papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically via EasyChair following the instructions and link at the conference web page. Papers must be submitted in PDF format.

I. Submissions to be considered for oral presentations (Tracks A and B)

Authors submitting a paper and/or proposal for a presentation may choose between two submission tracks. Submissions for oral presentations can be submitted to one of the two tracks (A) or (B).

Track A - Full Paper: For authors who want their full papers to be published in the Leibniz International Proceedings of Informatics (LIPIcs) conference proceedings. Submissions to this conference will be published in accordance with the Berlin Declaration of Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, for more information see: Additionally, submissions are also expected to adhere to the Core Practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): Finally, submissions should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Submissions to Track A may not be previously published or simultaneously submitted to another conference or journal for publication.
  • The paper is formatted in LaTeX using the LIPIcs-v2019 style. Please follow the LIPIcs formatting instructions found at

Papers that are not formatted using the LIPIcs style may be rejected without review.

  • Initial submissions are to be made in PDF format to the Easychair conference system, authors of accepted and revised papers should be prepared to provide LaTeX files to the publisher.
  • Each paper contains an abstract that briefly describes the primary results and their importance.
  • The main text of the paper is limited to 15 pages; note that this count does NOT include the title page (which contains the title, authors, affiliations and abstract) or bibliography. An optional technical appendix of is permitted if the authors deem it necessary to back up the claims made in the first 15 pages. However, it is at the discretion of the PC whether to read beyond the first 15 pages as part of the review process, and it will not be included in the proceedings.
  • Selected papers will be published in the proceedings, available as part of the LIPIcs series.

Track B – One-page abstract with accompanied material: Primarily for authors who plan to submit for a journal rather than publish in the conference proceedings. Both theory and experimental papers are welcomed in Track B. For a Track B submission to be considered, it must contain at least 67% (i.e. 2/3) new content, beyond that which has been presented at previous years of the DNA conference. (Abstracts for work recently submitted to, or published in, a journal will also be considered.) To be considered for oral presentation, submissions should conform to the following guidelines.

  • A one-page abstract: The total length of the abstract should not exceed 1 page (11 point type, single spaced). The abstract describes the primary results and their importance. Download a template here.
  • Supporting documentation: In addition to the one-page abstract, authors must also submit a preliminary manuscript, a thesis chapter, or some other form of supporting documentation that can be used by the program committee to evaluate the merit of the work for oral presentation. Only the one-page abstract will appear in the supplementary proceedings at the conference. Track B papers unaccompanied by adequate documentation will be rejected without review. Authors lacking substantial supporting documentation are encouraged instead to submit a one-page abstract to Track C.
Poster submissions (Track C)

For authors interested in presenting their work only in the poster session, the abstract submission will be submitted electronically via EasyChair following the instructions and link at the conference web page.. All poster submissions should be in PDF format and conform to the following guidelines:

  • The total length of the abstract should not exceed 1 page (11 point type, single spaced, 1 inch margins).
  • The one-page abstract should describe the primary results and their importance.
  • At the discretion of the PC, a small number of high-quality posters may be selected for short (10 minute) presentations at the conference. For consideration, optional supporting documentation is strongly encouraged to be submitted in addition to the one-page abstract.

Key dates

Full paper (track A) and abstract (track B) submission
14 May 2021 (11:59PM AoE)

Poster (track C) submission                                                
8 July 2021 (11:59PM AoE)

Registration deadline
3 September 2021 (11:59PM AoE)

See the full list of key dates


Sponsored by the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering, Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, Microsoft Research and Institute of Physics

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