Since 2008, SWAT4LS is a workshop that has provided a platform for the presentation and discussion of the benefits and limits of applying web-based information systems and semantic technologies in Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology. Growing steadily each year as Semantic Web applications become more widespread, SWAT4LS has been in Edinburgh 2008, Amsterdam 2009, Berlin 2010, London (2011) and Paris (2012), with the first SWAT4LS School organized in Aveiro in 2012

SWAT4LS aims at providing an open and stimulating environment that brings together researchers, both developers and users, from the various fields of Biology, Bioinformatics and Computer Science, to discuss goals, current limits and real experiences in the use of Semantic Web technologies in Life Sciences. SWAT4LS workshops are typically very interactive and are accompanied by tutorials and an hackathon.

The next edition of SWAT4LS will be held in Edinburgh on December 9-11th, 2013. More information on the workshop and related events will be coming soon.