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Contact: Christian Schönbach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Nazarbayev University
Department of Biology
53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave
Astana 010000, Kazakhstan

Geographical area included: Asia Pacific

Leadership Structure: President: Asif Mohammad Khan, Perdana University, Malaysia
Vice President (Conferences and Outreach): Christian Schönbach, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Vice President (Education and Research): Yam Wei Keat, Perdana University, Malaysia
Treasurer: Ong Hui San, Perdana University, Malaysia
Secretary: Ranjeev Hari, Siemens Pte. Ltd., Singapore
ExCo member: Bruno Gaeta, University of New South Wales
ExCo member: Kenta Nakai, The University of Toyko
ExCo member: Sissades Tongsima, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand
ExCo member: Ge Gao, Peking University, China

Total Organization Members: 800

Goals: About APBioNet: The Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet; https://www.apbionet.org/) is a nonprofit, Non-governmental, international organization founded in 1998 that focuses on the promotion of bioinformatics in the Asia-Pacific region.

APBioNet is dedicated to the advancement of the field of bioinformatics, specifically the development of bioinformatics network infrastructure, the exchange of data and information, the development of training programs, workshops and symposia and the encouragement of collaborations in the field of bioinformatics with an Asia Pacific focus.

Advance the understanding and application of bioinformatics in research, education and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

APBioNet's mission, since its inception, has been to pioneer the growth and development of bioinformatics awareness, training, education, infrastructure, resources, and research among member countries and economies.

APBioNet is dedicated to:
• to the advancement of the field of bioinformatics and its development network infrastructurethe exchange of data and information
• the encouragement of collaborations in the field of bioinformatics
• the development of training programs, workshops and symposia

InCoB International Conference on Bioinformatics (https://incob.apbionet.org/), annually since 2002, 200-300 participants
InSyB International Symposium on Bioinformatics, annually since 2017, 80-120 participants

To further the development of the bioinformatics network infrastructure, APBioNet has formed a partnership with the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network project (APAN).This project has been endorsed as a priority status project within APEC’s Telecommunications Working Group (APEC TEL Development Cooperation Steering Group – DCSG) in 1999.

APBioNet’s collaboration with APAN has paved the way to link DDBJ, GenomeNet, HGC, NCC, ANGIS, MAFFIN, as well as, allow individuals to exchange data and other information quickly. APBioNet has developed web content and maintains servers dedicated to bioinformatics to assist collaboration and information exchange.

APBioNet also has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network (A-IMBN) to work with their members to promote awareness among biologists of the need to acquire bioinformatics skills.

APBioNet has also sponsored or co-sponsored or co-organised workshops and conferences in the areas of bioinformatics, molecular phylogenetics, biomolecular structural analysis, protein simulations among others and pioneered outreach programmes that has involved visits and training workshops.

APBioNet is a member of Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training (GOBLET).

Last Updated March 04, 2019

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Dr Joshua Ho
Secretary of ABACBS

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
405 Liverpool Street
NSW 2010

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(61 2) 9295 8645

Geographical area included: Australia

Leadership Structure: ABACBS Executive Committee 2018:
President: Tony Papenfuss
Vice President: Aaron Darling
Treasurer: Annette McGrath
Secretary: Joshua Ho
Ordinary Member: Nicola Armstrong
Ordinary Member: Alicia Oshlach
Professional Bioinformatician Representative: Roxane Legaie
Postdoctoral/ECR Representative: Alan Rubin
Student Representative: Leah Roberts

Total Organization Members: 517

Goals: The Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS, pron.ˈabəkəs) is focused on the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology in Australia.

ABACBS aims to
1. strengthen the science and profession
2. encourage and support students
3. provide representation and advocacy
4. promote interaction and awareness

of bioinformatics and computational biology.

The vision of ABACBS is
1. for people to understand why bioinformatics and computational biology are important
2. for excellence in the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology
3. for good career opportunities in bioinformatics and computational biology.

ABACBS has emerged from broad consultation with the Australian bioinformatics and computational biology community, initiated by the Australian Bioinformatics Network in 2013. It was felt that there was a high level of support for a professional society representing Australian bioinformaticians and computational biologists. The Society was incorporated in November 2014, and the first executive committee was formed. The first national annual ABACBS conference was held in Sydney in 2015. ABACBS is a young society with an exciting future. We are keen to pursue opportunities for an annual conference as well as support special interest groups.

The annual ABACBS Conference (2015 Sydney, 2016 Brisbane, 2017 Adelaide). The 2015 and 2016 conference attracted about 200 participants each. Details can be found here (http://www.abacbs.org/conference2015 and http://www.abacbs.org/conference2016). It is expected that the 2017 conference will attract a similar turnout (http://www.abacbs.org/conference).

The annual COMBINE Symposium (2015 Sydney, 2016 Brisbane, 2017 Adelaide), a student-oriented symposium co-located with the main ABACBS conference. It attracts about 50-100 participants each (https://combine.org.au/symposium-2015/ and https://combine.org.au/symposium-2016/). It is expected that the 2017 conference will attract a similar turnout (https://combine.org.au/symposium-2017/).

The annual Sydney Bioinformatics Research Symposium (Sydney, 2015-2017). It generally attracts about 100-120 participants each year. More information can be found here: http://www.abacbs.org/sbrs_2016/.

Last Updated July 09, 2018

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Nagarajan Raju (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Outreach Chair and Prashanth Suravajhala, PhD, Founder
Mailing Address: Bioclues.org, Kukatpally, Hyderabad 500072
US Phone: +1-541-666-9547

Geographical area included: India

Leadership Structure: Bioclues Executive Team (BET):
Founders: Prashanth Suravajhala, PhD. and Pritish Varadwaj, PhD.
Advisors: GPS Raghava, PhD., Dr. Jayaraman Valadi, N Srinivasan, PhD., HA Nagarajaram, PhD., Krishna Mohan Medicheria, PhD., R Keshavachandran, PhD., Pratap VV Reddy, PhD and more.
President: GPS Raghava, PhD.
Vice President: Dr. Jayaraman Valadi
Outreach Chair: Nagarajan Raju, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer: N Srinivasan, PhD.
Entrepreneurship Chair: Mohankumar Megha

Mentoring Chair: Vishal Acharya, PhD

Research Chair: Sriparna Saha, PhD.
Women in Biology Chair: Manika Sehgal, PhD
Women in Biology Co-chair: Sujata Dhar and Dhatri Madduru
Treasurer: Saumyadip Sarkar

Total Organization Members: 3100

History: Was first founded by Prash Suravajhala and Pritish Varadwaj in 2005, virtual deployment began in mid 2006. BIOCLUES is acronymed for Bioinformatics Club for Experimenting Scientists. The organization was founded in 2005. It is a non-profit virtual organization for, by, and of the Indian Bioinformaticians. It is one of the fastest growing bioinformatics societies in India, currently serving over 3400 members from nearly 30 countries. We aim to bring together the Indian bioinformaticians, foster a strong working mentor–mentee relationship, provide access to bioinformatics resources, organize conferences and workshops besides imparting information about research, training, education, employment and current events and news from bioinformatics, genomics, and related fields. Bioclues adheres to Creative Commons License with the prime focus to help the Bioinformaticians in India to promote open access. In the year 2010, we have setup vision 2020 to ensure our thoughts are converted to actions by the said year.

The purpose of this Organization is to promote the interaction among students, scientific professionals and industrialists through budding fields like Systems biology and Computational Biology

• To create and disseminate consciousness of research in the field of Bioinformatics and systems biology through webinars
• Identify practicable knowledge drivers through a comprehensive look for computational biologists
• Impart a complete understanding of the principal bioinformatics algorithms and tools through interactive summaries, polls, discussions
• To provide an online project platform for mentoring graduate students, while bridging the interaction of students in the field of computational biology
• To cater the need of assimilating existing open source code and developing novel tools and webservers for research community
• To encourage women scientists take up bioinformatics
• To bridge the gap between academic and industry in terms of Bioinformatics and Bio IT
• (Immediate) Making 2020 Bioinformatics by the year 2020
• Reaching the unreached young scientists and researchers, encouraging them to lessen the scale of experimentation
• Making active Academicians and Entrepreneurs

The organization works on four avenues, viz. Mentoring, Outreach, Research and Entrepreneurship (MORE). We organize conferences, tutorials, trade and industrial shows, educative seminars, colloquiums, workshops so that the student-researchers are ignited in the upcoming facets of computational biology More at www.bioclues.org

Research focus area:
• Annotate and curate next generation sequencing (NGS) Datasets
• Genome Diversity and Coverage Distribution
• Pathway Analysis and Protein Interactions
• Functional Mapping with Gene Ontology
• Pipeline Development/Cloud interfaces

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Wataru Iwasaki
the University of Tokyo
2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan
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Geographical area included: Japan

Leadership Structure: President:
Wataru Iwasaki
(Term April 2019- March 2021)

Vice President:
Susumu Goto
(Term April 2019- March 2021)

Board of Directors:
Kiyoshi Asai (Graduate School of Frontier Science)
Masanori Arita (National Institute of Genetics)
Wataru Iwasaki (Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo)
Toshinori Endo (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University)
Takeshi Obayashi (Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University)
Atsushi Shimizu (Iwate Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Iwate Medical University)
Kentaro Shimizu (Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Nozomi Nagano (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
Hideo Matsuda (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University)
Mari Miyamoto (Oxford Nanopore Technologies)
(Term 2018/04/01 - 2020/03/31)

Soichi Ogishima (Tohoku University, Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization)
Haruka Ozaki (Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba)
Kengo Kinoshita (Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University)
Susumu Goto (Database Center for Life Science, Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems)
Tsuyoshi Shirai (Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology)
Kazuhiro Takemoto (Department of Bioscience and Bioinformatics, Kyushu Institute of Technology)
Takeyuki Tamura (Bioinformatics Center, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University)
Ikuko Motoike (Tohoku University, Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization)
Wataru Fujibuchi (Dept. of Cell Growth and Differentiation, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University)
Yoshihiro Yamanishi (Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology)
(Term 2019/04/01 - 2021/03/31)

Total Organization Members: 550

Goals: The Japanese Society for Bioinformatics (JSBi) was founded in 1999 for promoting researches and educational activities on bioinformatics as well as for promoting the relevant technologies and industries in Japan. JSBi also enhances international collaborations as an affiliated regional group of ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology) and a member of AASBi (Association of Asian Societies for Bioinformatics). In addition, JSBi played a key role in holding the longest running international bioinformatics conference, International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW, former Genome Informatics Workshop), which originated in Japan.

• JSBi annual meeting
• JSBi newsletter (2 issues per year)
• Encyclopedia of bioinformatics (published in 2006)
• Bioinformatics engineer examination
• Bioinformatics education curriculum
• Special interest groups and regional meetings
• As a founding member of the Association of Asian Societies for Bioinformatics (AASBi), JSBi supports GIW and other international bioinformatics meetings in the years they are held in Japan.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
The most important event of JSBi is the General Meeting, which is held once a year and to which all the members are requested to participate. Until 2006, the General Meeting had been held as a part of an international meeting, GIW (International Conference on Genome Informatics, former Genome Informatics Workshop). Since GIW becomes an official meeting of AASBi from 2007, the General Meetings are held independently in Japan.

Holding Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Regional Working Groups, presenting Oxford Journals-JSBi Prize, and publishing News Letters are also main activities of JSBi. Other activities include managing Bioinformatics Engineer Examination, developing a standard curriculum for bioinformatics education in universities and graduate schools, and editing the encyclopedia of bioinformatics (in Japanese). The encyclopedia, written by hundreds of JSBi members and researchers in related areas, was published by Kyoritsu Shuppan. Co. Ltd.

Last Updated January 15, 2020

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: President: Keun Woo LEE, Ph.D., Professor
Division of Life Science
Gyeongsang National University (GNU)
501 Jinju-daero, Jinju, 52828 Republic of Korea
Tel +82-55-772-1360 / Fax +82-55-772-1359
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Vice President: Do Heon LEE, Ph.D., Professor
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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General Secretary: Dae Hyun BAEK, Ph.D., Professor
Seoul National University (SNU)
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Tel +82-2-740-8854 / Fax +82-2-747-8928

Geographical area included: Korea

Leadership Structure: President: LEE, Keun Woo 2017.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://bio.gnu.ac.kr)

Total Organization Members: 400

• Promotion of bioinformatics research and development in Korea
• Sponsoring bioinformatics-related academic events such as symposia, workshops, discussion forums, etc in Korea
• Participation in basic and advanced bioinformatics education in Korea
• Supporting technological and industrial development in the area of bioinformatics in Korea

Brief history:
In Oct., 1998, a group of experts in the areas of life science and bioinformatics recognizing the importance of bioinformatics in the coming decades founded KSBI. Since then, experts from non-biology areas such as computer science, mathematics and so on joined it.

Activities planned and/or past: 1998. 10: KSBI Founded and the first president, Mun Hee Han, 1998. 11: Foundation memorial seminar, 1999. 2: DNA chip committee initiated, 1999. 10: Workshop, 2000. 2: Workshop, 2000. 11: The 1st International Symposium, 2000. 11: 2001. 2: 3: Newsletter service, 2001. 6: 1st Workshop, 2001. 8: The 2nd International Symposium, 2001. 10: BIOINFO2001 KSBI annual meeting, 2002. 2. 8: 2002 Winter workshop, 2002. 6. 27: 2002 2nd workshop, 2002. 11.15-16: BIOINFO2002, 2003. 2 : 2003 Winter workshop, 2003. 5. 3 : 2003 2nd workshop, 2003. 7: 2003 3rd workshop, 2003. 9: 2003 4th workshop 2003. 10. 31: BIOINFO2003, 2004. 11. 04: BIOINFO2004, 2005. 02.21: 2005 Winter workshop, 2005. 09. 22: BIOINFO2005, 2006. 09. 14: BIOINFO2006, 2007. 11. 15: BIOINFO2007, 2008. 11. 13: BIOINFO2008, 2009. 11. 04: BIOINFO2009, 2010. 12. 18: BIOINFO2010, 2011. 12. 05: BIOINFO2011 & GIW2011, 2012. 10. 13: BIOINFO2012, 2013. 11. 11: BIOINFO2013, 2014. 11. 12: BIOINFO2014, 2015. 06. 22: BIML2015, 2015. 10. 21: BIOINFO2015, 2016. 02. 15: BIML2016, 2016. 08. 17: BIOINFO2016, 2017. 02. 15: BIML2017.

Last Updated November 24, 2017

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