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Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

As a prelude to ISMB/ECCB 2013 in Berlin, Germany this July, an exceptional collection of pre-conference Special Interest Groups (SIG) and Satellite Meetings (SM) are being organized to focus on many of today's important topics of scientific research and inquiry. Be sure to explore the websites of the SIGs and SMs that capture your interest, and prepare a submission if presenting your work in the meeting is of interest to you. For additional general information on these events, please visit the ISMB/ECCB2013 SIGs and Satellite Meetings website.

Satellite Meetings (SM)

3Dsig Structural Bioinformatics & Computational Biophysics

Date: July 19-20, 2013

Homepage: http://bcb.med.usherbrooke.ca/3dsig13/

3Dsig Structural Bioinformatics & Computational Biophysics is accepting abstract submissions for our poster-laptop session from which the 20 leading abstracts will be selected for oral presentation.

Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2013.


CAMDA 2013 – Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis

The conference focuses on novel and existing approaches to the analysis of life sciences' Big Data including a challenge on two big heterogeneous data sets.

Date: July 19-20, 2013

Homepage: www.camda.info

Call for extended paper abstracts and poster abstracts: www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=camda2013

Extended paper abstract deadline: May 20, 2013

Poster abstract deadline: May 25, 2013


Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

Automated Function Prediction (AFP)

The mission of the Automated Function Prediction Special Interest Group (AFP-SIG) is to bring together computational and experimental biologists who are dealing with the important problem of gene and gene product functional annotation, to share ideas and create collaborations. As part of our goal to stimulate development of novel protein function prediction methods and their evaluation, we are conducting the Critical Assessment of protein Function Annotation or CAFA experiment.

Date: July 20, 2013

Homepage: http://biofunctionprediction.org

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2013


Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC)

BOSC covers the wide range of open source bioinformatics software packages that have been developed and adopted by the community, and encompasses the growing movement of Open Science, with its focus on transparency, reproducibility, and data provenance.

Date: July 19-20, 2013

Home Page: www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_2013

Call for talk and poster abstracts opens March 1, 2013

Submission deadline: April 12, 2013



Roles for text mining in biomedical knowledge discovery and translational medicine

Date: July 20, 2013

Homepage: https://sites.google.com/site/biolinksig2013/

Call for Papers and Poster Abstracts https://sites.google.com/site/biolinksig2013/cfp

Paper (short and long) deadline: April 12, 2013

Poster deadline: May 20, 2013


Bio-Ontologies 2013

The Bio-Ontologies SIG is a forum for discussion of the latest and most innovative research in the application of ontologies

Date: July 20, 2013

Homepage: www.bio-ontologies.org.uk

Call for Papers, Flash updates and Posters www.bio-ontologies.org.uk/submissions

Submission Deadline: April 12th, 2013


HiTSeq SIG 2013: High Throughput Sequencing Algorithms & Applications

HiTSeq provides a forum for in depth presentations of novel algorithms and computational applications for the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data in multiple biology domains.

Date: July 19-20, 2013

Homepage: http://hitseq.org

Paper submission deadline: March 17, 2013

Abstract submission deadline: May 13, 2013


IRB-SIG: The 10th Integrative RNA Biology Special Interest Group Meeting (formerly AS-SIG)

The IRB-SIG focus is on combination of computational and experimental techniques used to derive new RNA Biology.

Date: July 19, 2013

Homepage: www.alternative-splicing.org/irb-sig-13/ (see website for confirmed speakers)

Accepting abstract submissions for: talks, posters.


- SIG dinner, Friday the 19th.

- Limited travel support will also be available for students/postdocs


Machine Learning in Systems Biology (MLSB)

The aim of this workshop is to contribute to the cross-fertilization between the research in machine learning methods and their applications to systems biology (i.e., complex biological and medical questions) by bringing together method developers and experimentalists.

Date: July 19-20

Homepage: http://mlsb.cc

Call for contributions (talk/poster) http://mlsb.cc/cfc/

Submission deadline:  May 5, 2013


Mass Spectrometry Special Interest Group (MS-SIG 2013)

Beyond the Proteomics: At MS-SIG 2013, we will discuss 1) Bioinformatics challenges in high-throughput proteomics, 2) Omics data integration, and 3) Proteomics application in biology and medicine with a great line-up of speakers, Juergen Cox (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry), Oliver Kohlbacher (Eberhard Karls University Tubingen), Olga Vitek (Purdue University), Mikhail Savitski (Cellzome), and Lars Malmstrom (ETH Zurich).

Date: July 19, 2013

Homepage: http://igenomed2.stanford.edu/Proteomics2013_mssig/

Abstract Submissions: http://igenomed2.stanford.edu/Proteomics2013_mssig/AbstractSubmission.html

1st abstract deadline: March 15, 2013

2nd abstract deadline: May 13, 2013


Network Biology (NetBio) SIG

The NetBio SIG will focus on two major areas: (1) the development of network-related tools and resources, and (2) the application of network analysis and visualization in the study of biology, synthetic biology and medicine.

Date: July 19, 2013

Homepage: http://nrnb.org/netbiosig/

Call for: 1-page abstracts for talks and posters

Submission deadline: April 22, 2013


RegGenSIG - Regulatory Genomics Special Interest Group

The RegGenSIG meeting focuses on bioinformatics for regulatory genomics, fostering a collaborative community wherein scientists convene to discuss difficult research problems in computational regulatory genomics.

Date: July 20, 2013

Homepage: http://light.ece.ohio.edu/~reggen/2013/

Call for Extended Abstracts: Oral presentation extended abstracts (2-3 pages) should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including "RegGen SIG 2013 - Abstract for oral presentation" in the subject line.

Submission Deadline: April 27, 2013

Call for Posters: For poster presentations, authors should submit a 250 word to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including "RegGen SIG 2013 - Abstract for poster presentation" in the subject line.

Submission Deadline: May 18, 2013



The primary goal of the SNP-SIG is to outline and discuss the recent advances in the methodology for the annotation and analysis of genomic variation data.

Date: July 19th 2013

Homepage: http://snp-sig.biofold.org

Call for Posters: http://snp-sig.biofold.org/pa.html

Call for Presentations: http://snp-sig.biofold.org/op.html

Submission deadline: March 22, 2013


We look forward to seeing you at these events, and at ISMB/ECCB 2013!