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Dear Force16 enthusiasts,

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the City of Roses (aka Portland, OR) for Force2016 in just a few short days. Please see some important details about the conference below.

Sunday, 04/17

Workshops will be held at the Collaborative Life Science Building (CLSB) on the South Waterfront. We have a great lineup of workshops, working group meetings, hackathons and data curation sessions. The workshop schedule is available here:

If you have not already done so, please sign up for the workshops via the link above. Some workshops have limited availability. Lunch is provided for workshop attendees.

Registration for the entire conference will be open from 8am-3pm on Sunday at the CLSB.

The CLSB complex is located on SW Moody at the base of the Tilikum bridge. It is accessible from downtown via Bus (9 & 17); Max light rail (Orange line); and Portland Streetcar (NS-line & B-Loop). For details, consult .  

Following the Sunday workshops, there will be a Tram Reception from 5:30-7:30pm, at the tram terminal, a short walk from the CLSB.

Directions to the CLSB/Tram are available here:

Monday, 04/18 and Tuesday, 04/19

The main conference will be held at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, located in the Pearl District.

Start time: 8:30am

Agenda is available here:

Registration will be open from 8am-5pm.


We are launching openVIVO at Force16 and would love your participation! Please see Information about claiming your profile attached. You will need to create an ORCID if you don’t already have one. The Attribution WG thanks you for your participation!


Figshare Portal for FORCE2016 ( :

This year, FORCE11 is partnering with Figshare to host a conference collection. If you are speaking, giving a poster or demo, or have content from the workshops, please post your content to Force16 Figshare site prior to the conference. IMPORTANT: Please tag your upload “FORCE16” and add your ORCID to Figshare in order for the file to be pulled into the FORCE16 Conference collection.

For Figshare upload instructions, please visit:  (you'll be able to click through the presentation in the browser or can download the file for reference)

·      How to upload a file video tutorial:

·      How to version/replace/delete a file video tutorial:

Force2016 Elevator Pitch

Elevator pitches are open until Monday, April 18 (consider use of Sunday evening hackathon time for last minute ideas!). Enter to win using the Jisc Elevator Pitch software (​). Thanks to our generous sponsor Jisc, winning ideas will receive $1,500 and will be invited to present at FORCE17 and will receive funding (up to $2000) to support their travel.

Voting will take place in real time at FORCE2016 during the PITCH IT: INNOVATION CHALLENGE Session on April 19 at 1:15pm when we will be viewing and discussing the submissions (​), with winners announced at the end of the FORCE2016 Conference.

Code of Conduct:

Need assistance? Contact us at


Official hashtag is #Force2016



Contact the conference planners:

Nicole Vasilevsky,, 503-806-6900

Elie Wiese,, 503-440-1774

Melissa Haendel,, 503-407-5970



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