Who is the ISCB?
A: ISCB or the International Society for Computational Biology
is the parent organization and primary sponsor of the annual
ISMB conference. The ISCB is dedicated to advancing the
scientific understanding of living systems through computation,
with a special emphasis on the role of computing and informatics
in advancing molecular biology. The Society aims to serve
its membership by facilitating scientific communication
and raising awareness through meetings, tutorials, publications
and by electronic means. ISCB membership offers many benefits
including reduced conference registration fees and reduced
subscription prices for the Journal of Computational Biology
and Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is the official journal
of the society. There are currently over 1700 active members
from 42 countries including more than 300 students and trainee
members. A member's meeting and a meeting of the Board of
Directors for the society are held annually in conjunction
with the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB)
conference. Officers are elected on an annual basis and
What is the ISMB conference?
A: ISMB (Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology) is an
international conference sponsored by the International
Society for Computational Biology. Over the past ten years,
the ISMB conference has grown to become the largest bioinformatics
conference in the world. For 2003, more than 1500 delegates
from nearly 40 countries were in attendence. The ISMB conferences
provide a multidisciplinary forum for disseminating the
latest developments in bioinformatics. ISMB brings together
scientists from computer science, molecular biology, mathematics,
and statistics. Its principal focus is on the development
and application of advanced computational methods for biological
Where is Brisbane?
A: Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland, Australia
and is located in the south-east corner of the state. Lying
amid the subtropics of South-East Queensland, Brisbane is
ideally placed as Australia's most northern capital on the
Pacific Rim. At Latitude 27 S, Brisbane lies roughly the
same distance from the Equator as Miami Florida, Johannesburg
or New Delhi.
What language is spoken in Australia?
A: Australia is a multi-cultural nation and the official
language spoken is English.
Do I need vaccinations to visit Australia?
Do I need my passport to visit Australia?
A: Valid Passports are required for all visitors to Australia.
How much is an Australian dollar?
A: The Australian Dollar is approximately AU$1 = US$0.54,
depending on the exchange rate at the time of conversion.
The following currency converter will allow you to convert
Australian dollars to other currencies. currency converter
How much do things cost in Brisbane?
A: Australia is reasonably inexpensive. Big Macs cost AU$3
(US$1.63). A can of Coke costs AU$1.50 (US$0.82). High quality
restaurant meals are generally priced between AU$12 (US$6.52)
and AU$20 (US$10.87) per person. Luxury hotels are typically
priced at AU$190 (US$104) to AU$285 (US$155) per night.
Public transportation (buses, trains and ferries) in the
inner city ranges from AU$2.20 (US$1.20) to AU$2.60 (US$1.42)
on weekdays, and taxis cost approximately AU$8 (US$4.35)
per 5km. The costs of most other goods (clothing, electronic
items, books etc.) are quite cheap based on the current
How do I get from the airport to my hotel?
A: The Brisbane International Airport is located about 20
km from Brisbanes Central Business District. You may
take a cab, limousine, bus, train or you can rent a car.
Details about how much these options cost can be found
Where do I register when I arrive?
A: Registration (badge and conference
material pick-up) will take place at the Brisbane
Convention & Exhibition Centre on the Foyer Level)
of the Conference Centre, inside the main entrance doors.
View this convention center map
as it shows where the Conference Centre is located in Brisbane.
Conference attendees may start to register at the Brisbane
Convention & Exhibition Centre on the morning of June
29, 2003 (0730 hours). The conference registration desk
will be open during the following hours:
29 June 2003 0730 1830 hours
30 June 2003 0730 1800 hours
1 July 2003 0730 1800 hours
2 July 2003 0730 1800 hours
3 July 2003 0730 1700 hours
Which expenses does a Travel Fellowship cover?
A: Travel Fellowship applicants and awardees will be required
to pay their own ISMB conference registration fees, airfare
and housing, ISCB will provide a check for the amount awarded
which can be picked up upon arrival at the ISMB registration
desk. Travel Fellowships awards vary according to region
of origin, please refer to the Travel
Fellowship page for more information. Undergraduate
students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are
eligible for travel fellowships. In some hardship cases,
students and PDFs may request registration fee waivers.
Q: Where do exhibitors go to set up their booths?
A: Exhibitors must register at the conference registration
desk (see above) prior to setting up their exhibits. Exhibitors
bump-in will be between 1300 1630 hours on Sunday
June 29, 2003. An individual or individuals at the conference
will assist exhibitors with their exhibit assembly. Special
audio, visual or internet requirements for exhibitors should
be worked out with the conference organizers prior to arrival.
Exhibitors must clear and disassemble their exhibits/booths
by 21:00 hours on Wednesday July 2, 2003. http://www.iscb.org/ismb2003/showschedule.shtml
Where do I set up my poster?
A: Conference attendees who are presenting posters will
be assigned poster board locations within Exhibition Hall
1 (see map) at the time of registration
and badge pick-up. Posters must be placed at the assigned
location prior to the first poster session (1800 hours on
Monday June 30, 2003). Posters must be removed by 18:00
hours on Thursday July 3, 2003.
What is the Cyber Cafe?
A: The Cyber Cafe is an industry sponsored facility offering
web and email access to conference attendees. To avoid long
lines, we recommend that users limit their access times
to 15 minutes per session.
Where is the Cyber Cafe?
A: The Cyber Cafe is located in Great Hall 3 and can be
accessed via the exhibition hall shown here.
What do I do if I lose something?
A: ISMB 2003 will operate a lost and found centre and information
centre at the registration booth on the foyer level.
How much does ISMB 2003 registration
A: Conference registration including
conference badge, conference proceedings, on-site breakfast
and lunch, reception tickets, drink tickets and industry
night reception costs US$310 ~ US$750. Tutorials (on June
29) are US$85 ~ US$130 each. The registration fees do not
cover hotel or travel costs, nor do they cover dinners.
registration page: http://www.iscb.org/ismb2003/reg.shtml
GST and the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)?
A: The TRS enables you to claim a refund of the goods and
services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that
you pay on goods you buy in Australia. The refund only applies
to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear onto
the aircraft or ship when you leave Australia. It does not
apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in
Australia. However, unlike other tourist shopping schemes,
you can use the goods before leaving Australia.
GST refund is calculated by dividing the total amount of
the purchase by 11. The WET refund is 14.5 percent of the
price paid for wine. Customs will calculate your refund
for you. For example, if you buy goods for a GST-inclusive
price of $660 you will receive a refund of $60. If the $660
is made up of a camera ($460) and wine ($200), you will
receive a total refund of $89 (total GST refund of $60 and
$29 WET refund on the wine). The TRS is open to all overseas
visitors and Australian residents, except air and sea operating
crew. Further information is available at the Australian
Customs web site http://www.customs.gov.au/.