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ISCB News and Announcements

  • ECCB 2020, August 31 – Sept 08, 2020, Virtual Conference
  • RSG with DREAM 2020, Nov 16 - 19, 2020, Virtual ISCB Event
  • ISMB/ECCB 2021, July 25 - 29, 2021, Lyon, France
  • ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020, Oct 28 – 29, 2020, Virtual Symposium
  • Applied Statistical Modelling and Health Informatics PG Cert, King’s College London

 

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ISCB Spring 2020 Newsletter


ISCB Spring 2020 Newsletter


Featured in this Issue:

  • ISMB 2020 Virtual Conference, including programme highlights
  • ISCB Class of 2020 Fellows
  • ISCB Award Winners
  • Remembering Cyrus Chothia, Russ Doolittle and James Taylor

 
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A Message from the ISCB President, ISMB 2020

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020


Dear Colleagues/Members,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISCB has decided to convert ISMB 2020 into a virtual on-line conference.

The conference will still foster fresh dialogues, collaboration, and learning opportunities as it has always done. Here is what to expect in the virtual environment:

  • Live and on-demand sessions to benefit attendees from all time zones
  • More than 500 expected scientific talks
  • Exclusive access to the ISMB 2020 on-demand repository of talks and poster presentations for viewing at your leisure after conference dates
  • Live question and answer feature to engage with the speaker during sessions
  • Live chat feature to engage with other participants within your session room
  • A networking café for video meet ups with colleagues, friends, or future collaborators
  • Opportunity to explore the virtual exhibit hall to chat & meet with exhibitors
  • Opportunity to explore the virtual poster hall (yes, all of those great poster presentations in one place!)
  • A virtual Career Fair
  • A virtual ISCB Town Hall


We ask for your understanding that these services will not come for free. After much deliberation, the Executive Committee of ISCB has developed the following fee structure for attending ISMB 2020.

ISMB 2020 Registration Rates (in USD)  
ISCB Professional Member - High Income $225.00
ISCB Postdoc Member - High Income $150.00
ISCB Student Member - High Income $100.00
ISCB Professional Member - Middle-Low Income $75.00
ISCB Postdoc Member - Middle-Low Income $50.00
ISCB Student Member - Middle-Low Income $50.00
ISCB Professional Member - Low Income
$50.00
ISCB Postdoc Member - Low Income  $25.00
ISCB Student Member - Low Income  $25.00



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonmember Rates which include 1-year complimentary membership 
Professional Nonmember - High Income $425.00
Postdoc Nonmember - High Income $280.00
Student Nonmember - High Income $185.00
Professional Nonmember - Middle-Low Income $120.00
Postdoc Nonmember - Middle-Low Income $75.00
Student Nonmember - Middle-Low Income $75.00
Professional Nonmember - Low Income $75.00
Postdoc Nonmember - Low Income $40.00
Student Nonmember - Low Income $40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The fees include full access to the online virtual platform of the conference as well as exclusive access to all of the content until Oct 31, 2020. From November 2020, the talks, with the appropriate permissions, will be available for free at ISCBtv.

With these fees, ISCB expects to end the fiscal year of 2020 by investing 25% of its assets. The ISCB Executive Committee has deliberately decided on this investment in order to continue to fulfill the mission of the Society in terms of scientific networking and presentation of scientific results. Higher fees would possibly be easier on ISCB’s operating budget but would be less attractive to the attendees of the conference and likely reduce participation. Lower fees would overly strain the budget of ISCB, as a further loss would significantly cut into the possibilities of the Society to serve its members in the future.

If you are unable to afford the participation fee for ISMB 2020 and hold an active ISCB membership, you can submit for a fellowship award that will cover the cost of the registration fees. With these unprecedented times, we will be opening up these awards to anyone who is an active ISCB member with priority going to members in low-income countries and students and postdoctoral fellows.

We hope that ISCB’s offer of a virtual conference at these rates is attractive to you and that you will decide to participate (oral and poster presentation opportunities are still available via the open call for submissions). While this new format has been pressed on us by the pandemic, we also see it as an opportunity to test new ways of networking in our society which spans the whole globe – ways that may prove beneficial also for times after we have controlled the pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support of ISCB. We hope you "see" you in July at ISMB 2020, ISCB’s first virtual conference connecting the world.


Sincerely,

Thomas Lengauer
ISCB President



ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020 | Oct 25 – 30, 2020 | Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico

Submit Research to ISCB-LA

The leadership of ISCB, SoIBio, and BioNetMX continues to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to this conference.  We remain hopeful that we will be able to gather in October in person.  

You can be part of the 2020 ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX Conference. The conference is now accepting submissions for workshop and tutorials, articles for oral presentation, and abstracts for oral and poster presentation.

 
 
Call for Workshops
Deadline: June 26, 2020

We invite scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit high-quality proposals for tutorials, workshops or mini-courses (tutorial program). These sessions can be both full day or half day sessions and will take place on the 25th or 26th of October 2020.

More details and submission criteria
 
WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS
 
 
Call for Article Submissions
Deadline: July 15, 2020

The Interface Focus Journal has committed to creating a special issue for this conference with up to twelve peer-reviewed articles. Article submissions will close July 15, giving enough opportunity for authors to prepare their manuscripts. Selected manuscripts will be slated for oral presentation at the conference. 

More details and submission criteria
 
ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS
 
 
Call for Abstract Submissions
Deadline: August 24, 2020

The conference invites abstracts for research that is topical to bioinformatics and computational biology for consideration for oral and/or poster presentation.

Talks and posters will be organized according to scientific topics, which are covered by the conference. Abstracts will be selected for oral or poster presentation on the corresponding session.

Details and submission criteria
 
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ISMB 2020
Call for Abstract Submissions, Deadline April 30

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020

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  ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada


Submit your research and become a part of the virtual ISMB 2020 landscape!

Abstract Deadline: April 30, 11:59 PM ET

CAMDA Extended Deadline:
May 25

The ISMB 2020 scientific program is comprised of abstract submissions and organized thematically in partnership with the ISCB Communities of Special Interest (COSIs).

Plan to submit your unpublished or published research to these tracks:

3DSIGBio-OntologiesBIOINFO-COREBioVis
BOSC: Bioinformatics Open Source ConferenceCAMDA
CompMSEducationEvolutionComparative Genomics
FunctionHitSeqMLCSBMICROBIOMENetBio
RegSysiRNASysModTextMiningTransMed
VarIGeneral Computational Biology

Can’t find your home COSI? Simply submit to the general computational biology track above for consideration.

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NEW: Call for SARS-Cov-2 / COVID-19 Abstracts

Submission Deadline: May 14, 11:59 PM ET

We invite abstracts for research that is topical to the current SARS-Cov-2 / COVID-19 pandemic for consideration for presentation during the ISMB 2020 conference. The conference will be held as a virtual conference. All authors of accepted abstracts must be registered to present and be able to attend the conference virtually.


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ISMB 2020
Call for Abstract Submissions

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020

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Submit your research and become an integral part of ISMB 2020!

Abstract Deadline: April 16, 11:59 PM ET

CAMDA Extended Deadline:
May 25

The ISMB 2020 scientific program is comprised of abstract submissions and organized thematically in partnership with the ISCB Communities of Special Interest (COSIs).   Plan to submit your unpublished or published research to these tracks:

3DSIGBio-OntologiesBIOINFO-CORE •  BioVis
BOSC: Bioinformatics Open Source ConferenceCAMDA
CompMSEducationEvolutionComparative Genomics
FunctionHitSeqMLCSBMICROBIOMENetBio
RegSysiRNASysModTextMiningTransMed
VarIGeneral Computational Biology

Can’t find your home COSI? Simply submit to the general computational biology track above for consideration.

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ISMB 2020
ISMB 2020 to be Held as a Virtual Conference, July 13-16

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020



The ISMB 2020 Steering Committee and ISCB Leadership have been closely monitoring the growing global COVID-19 outbreak. Because of increasing concerns with travel along with guidance to minimize group gatherings, ISMB 2020 will be held as a 100% virtual conference, July 13-16.

The health and safety of our participants, sponsors, exhibitors, invited speakers and the local community in Montreal are paramount.

Here is what you need to know:

  • ISMB 2020 will be 100% virtual.
  • The entire conference will be streamed online with sessions that are both live and “as live” with the ability for questioning and answering in real time. To benefit those in different time zones, all content will also be available on demand. This includes poster presentations within the virtual poster hall.
  • Existing registrations will automatically be converted into online registrations. Login details will be sent to you before the conference.
  • For those who are a part of the scientific program, instructions for remote presentations will be sent.
  • If you already arranged air travel, cancel your flights ASAP.
  • If you have made hotel reservations through the ISCB and onPeak, those reservations will be automatically cancelled and the applicable hotel cancellation policy will apply. If you made reservations elsewhere, you should cancel those reservations yourself.


Registration refunds
Existing registrations will automatically convert into online registrations. Participants that do not wish to attend the meeting virtually can cancel their registration and receive a full refund.

The differences between the original registration fee for physical attendance and the virtual online registration fee will be refunded at your request at the completion of ISMB 2020. To support the Society in this difficult time, participants have the option of contributing their partial registration refund to ISCB to assist with the substantial cost associated with the cancellation of the physical meeting. If you wish to receive your partial refund, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 30, 2020.

Controlled access to meeting content
Only registered participants will have online access to the conference. Presenters concerned about unpublished data can request that specific slides not be shown. In exceptional cases, the presenter can request that none of their slides be provided online.

Certificates of attendance/recognition of presentation
You will receive a certificate of presentation as well as participation for the conference. Certificates of participation will be delivered after the conference once your attendance (log on once daily) is confirmed. Poster presenters will also receive a certificate for their uploaded presentation.

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Submit your research and become an integral part of ISMB 2020!

Abstract Deadline: April 16, 11:59 PM ET

CAMDA Extended Deadline:
May 25

The ISMB 2020 scientific program is comprised of abstract submissions and organized thematically in partnership with the ISCB Communities of Special Interest (COSIs). Plan to submit your unpublished or published research to these tracks:

3DSIGBio-OntologiesBIOINFO-COREBioVis
BOSC: Bioinformatics Open Source ConferenceCAMDA
CompMSEducationEvolutionComparative Genomics
FunctionHitSeqMLCSBMICROBIOMENetBio
RegSysiRNASysModTextMiningTransMed
VarIGeneral Computational Biology

Can’t find your home COSI? Simply submit to the general computational biology track above for consideration.

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The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

Nominate today for ISCB Officer & Board of Director Positions!

The Nomination Period for ISCB Officers and Board of Directors is Open!

Call for ISCB Board of Directors Nominations Deadline: April 16, 2020
Call for ISCB Officer Nominations Deadline: May 31, 2020


The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is encouraging members to submit nominations for the Society’s leadership - Board of Directors and open Officer positions.  Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form). In all cases, self-nominations will not be accepted.

The 2020 Officer positions to be elected are Secretary and Vice President.  If you know of excellent candidates that meet the eligibility requirements, please be sure to submit your nomination(s). Details of the positions, procedures, requirements, and timeline are available on the ISCB website at: https://www.iscb.org/leadership-nominations-and-elections.

We are looking forward to an active participation by the ISCB membership in the nomination and election process, and we thank you in advance for your qualified nominations.


     
     

Notice of ISCB Official Statements

ISCB would like to stress that personal statements made and opinions held by its members on the COVID-19 pandemic origins, course, and consequences are not official statements of ISCB.  Official ISCB statements may be found within the Society Announcements or Policies and Statements sections of the website - www.iscb.org.  ISCB considers the pandemic a still growing serious global threat to human health that is currently poorly understood. The Society encourages abiding by the continued strong preventive measures and recommends that people follow the advice given by their country's public official directives. ISCB encourages tolerance and believes that it is not helpful to hold any population or individuals accountable for the appearance or progression of the epidemic and urges members to refrain from making any statements in this regard. The Society urges facilitating intensive research on the virus and its associated disease, targeted at prevention and cure, by openly sharing the relevant samples, data, and results globally.

ISCB Buzz: Latest News, Events & Announcements
ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada
 
March 18, 2020, ISCB leadership continues to closely monitor the spread of the COVID-19, assessing multiple possibilities for ISMB 2020 including postponement or holding a virtual conference.
 
 

Opportunities to submit to ISMB 2020:

Call for Abstracts!
Deadline: April 16, 2020
(closes at 11:59 p.m. April 16, Eastern Time Zone)
ISMB 2020 invites abstracts for research that are topical to bioinformatics and computational biology, which is in progress (unpublished, formally Late-Breaking Research) or has been published after January 1, 2019 (previously Highlights Track) for consideration for oral and/or poster presentation.

Call for Tech Talks!
Deadline: May 7, 2020
Take this opportunity to showcase your latest software and/or hardware relevant to the bioinformatics/molecular biology community.

ISCBacademy Webinar Series
Welcome to the ISCBacademy Webinar Series. In conjunction with the communities of special interest (COSIs), select presentations are invited to give a live-streamed talk about their research. Access to the webinar series is complimentary for ISCB members. Nonmembers can join for a fee.
Call for Contributions – CAMDA 2020 Deadline 25 May!
As a full conference track of ISMB 2020, CAMDA puts a spotlight on the successful analysis and integration of the massive data sets now prevalent in the life sciences. This year, the CAMDA scientific committee offers three analysis contests:


  • The Hi-Res Cancer Data Integration Challenge presents clinical and matched molecular profiles, with read level data for individual genomes. Explore non-standard genomes and splicing events for better prognosis!
  • The CMap Drug Safety Challenge presents clinical toxicity results, cellular and molecular responses to hundreds of drugs. Compare and integrate a range of cell line assays to predict the severity of the drug induced liver injury in humans!
  • The Metagenomic Geolocation Challenge presents thousands of city microbiome profiles in the context of climate data. Construct multi-source microbiome fingerprints and predict the ecological nice or exact geographical origin of mystery samples!
Leading scientists present their best methods and analyses. Extended papers are then published in the open access, fully indexed conference proceedings in a special issue of Biology Direct.
The Nominations for ISCB Officers & Board of Directors is Open!

ISCB Board of Directors Nominations Deadline: April 16, 2020
ISCB Officer Nominations Deadline: May 31, 2020

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is encouraging members to submit nominations for the Society’s leadership - Board of Directors and open Officer positions. Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form). In all cases, self-nominations will not be accepted.
2019 ISCB Wikipedia Competition - Accepting Submissions!
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the Computational Biology taskforce of WikiProject Molecular Biology announce the 9th ISCB Wikipedia Competition: the competition aims to improve the coverage on Wikipedia of any aspect of computational biology. The competition is open to students and trainees at any level either as individuals or as groups.
China Expresses Appreciation to Computational Biology Community
ISCB recently received a letter (click to view letter) from Xuegong Zhang, Ph.D., ISCB Fellow, expressing appreciation to the computational biology community for the quick analysis and research related to COVID-19 from the Chinese community.

Thomas Lengauer, Ph.D, ISCB Fellow, ISCB President, responded to the letter (click to view response) noting that a main goal of ISCB is to promote the necessity of open access research and data sharing. "The research that was performed in the early stages in regards to COVID-19 is a prime example of why data sharing is so important to our research community."

ISCB expresses its sympathy with all those communities affected by the virus. We strongly encourage our community to continue to take the proper preventive measures (tips can be found here.). Access the ISCB COVID-19 Articles and Data Sharing Forum here.
ISCB Career Center
ISCB Career Center – the place to post a job, search for a job, or upload your CV. Job posting and CV upload is complimentary for members. Nonmember may also participate for a nominal fee.
     
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Don't Miss! Important Deadlines below!
 
ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020 | Oct 25 – 30, 2020 | Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexic Articles deadline: May 01, 2020

Workshops deadline: May 25, 2020

Abstracts deadline: August 24, 2020
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Highlights Deadline: March 26, 2020

Proceedings Deadline: March 26, 2020

Applications Deadline: March 26, 2020
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ISMB 2020
ISCB Press Release on COVID-19, March 18, 2020

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada

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Why You should be a part of ISMB 2020 Why You should
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ISMB 2020

  ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada
  ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada

 

ISCB leadership continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to assess the impact on our annual meeting ISMB 2020. Given the current situation we are assessing multiple possibilities including postponement or holding a virtual conference. We appreciate the patience of our community as we work to come to a decision. We will provide an update to the community on ISMB plans no later than April 9th.

We encourage participants to register. In the event we have to cancel the conference, we will refund all registration fees. If you are planning to book air travel, we recommend that you hold off on booking until a later date, book a refundable ticket, or book a ticket with insurance that covers the cancellation of the event. Most hotel reservations may be canceled up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

For those who have already been accepted or invited to present at ISMB 2020, ISCB is committed to providing you with a platform to present your research. For those considering to submit an abstract or poster, we encourage you to still submit. This will enable ISCB and our communities of special interest (COSI) track leaders to track interest and plan their programs.

ISCB knows how important it is to deliver timely information. Again, we ask for your patience to allow leadership the time to meet and discuss. We will provide an update to the community no later than April 9th.

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Don't Forget to Submit you Research & Become a part of this exciting conference!
Abstract Deadline:
April 16, 11:59 PM ET
CAMDA Extended Deadline:
May 25

The ISMB 2020 scientific program is comprised of abstract submissions and organized thematically in partnership with the ISCB Communities of Special Interest (COSIs). Plan to submit your unpublished or published research to one of the COSI tracks.

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