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ISCB Wikipedia Competition

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

During the ISMB conference in July we announced that ISCB would be opening an international competition to improve the coverage on Wikipedia of any aspect of computational biology. A key component of the ISCB's mission to further the scientific understanding of living systems through computation is to communicate this knowledge to the public at large. Wikipedia has become an important way to communicate all types of science to the public. The ISCB aims to further its mission by increasing the quality of Wikipedia articles about computational biology, and by improving accessibility to this information via Wikipedia. The competition is open to students and trainees at any level either as individuals or as groups.

We are now pleased to announce that the competition is officially open as of the 9th of September 2012, coinciding with the start of the ECCB conference, and will finish four months later on the 10th of January 2013.

The prize for the best article will be an award of $500 (US) provided by the ISCB and a year's membership to the ISCB. A second prize will be $200 and a year's membership to the ISCB.

For full details visit the WikiProject Computational Biology/ISCB Competition Announcement. There you will find information on how to enter the competition, how to create and edit Wikipedia articles if not already trained in doing so, the rules and regulations of the competition, and a special note for educators and course coordinators.

Please help spread the word - the more participants the higher the quality will be of Wikipedia articles about computational biology for all. Feel free to forward this mail, or share the URL of the competition announcement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computational_Biology/ISCB_competition_announcement).

Sincerely,

The ISCB Wikipedia Competition Judging Panel

Burkhard Rost
Alex Bateman
Predrag Radivojac
Janet Kelso
Thomas Abeel
Geoff Macintyre
Darren Logan
Daniel Mietchener Center
Ohio University (Russ College; Vice President Research; College of Arts and Science)
Ohio University Edison Biotechnology Institute
Procter & Gamble
Springer
The Ohio State University
University of Akron
University of Cincinnati Children's Hospital
University of Michigan - DCM&B and OVPR
University of Michigan - Biomedical Research Core Facilities
University of Michigan - Metabolomics Core
University of Pittsburgh
Wittenberg University
Wright State University

Reminder Call for Highlights Papers and Posters
Conference Registration Now Open!

ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012, co-hosted by ISCB and BGI, will be held in Shenzhen, China from December 17-19. Confirmed keynote speakers include Gunnar von Heijne, Philip Greene, Piero Carninci, Takashi Ito, Eric Xing and Zhiping Weng. They will be joined by several prominent invited speakers in special sessions including: computational tools for NGS, cancer informatics, and cloud and work flows for reproducible biology. ISCB is known for hosting a variety of international meetings including ISMB, while BGI of Shenzhen is one of the world's largest sequencing centersin a booming city with easy access from adjacent Hong Kong and a pleasant climate during December.

Call for Highlights: We invite the submission of talks describing research published as full journal papers within the last 12 months (between August 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012) on topics including, but not limited to: computational tools for NGS, cancer genome informatics, cloud and work flows for reproducible bioinformatics, protein bioinformatics, metagenomics, RNA informatics, machine learning, and open problems in computational biology. Submissions should include a 250-word Scientific Justification (abstract-like argument) that explains how the work of the submitted paper(s) is impacting the field.Publications that are "in press" and already linked on the journal web site by September 30, 2012 are welcome. A group of experts will select the papers to be presented at the meeting considering the impact of the work on the field, the likelihood that the work will make a good presentation, and the relevance to biomedicine and computational biology. Accepted presenters to the Highlights Track are required to make the presentation themselves (rather than assign a co-author to make the presentation).

  • Submit your Highlights Paper today.
    • Note the following important dates:
      • Papers published from Aug 31, 2011 to Sep 30, 2012 can be considered for a Highlights Paper submission.
      • Submission deadline: Sep 30, 2012
      • Notification Date: Oct 29, 2012

Call for Posters: Poster abstracts in the same topic areas are also invited. Please submit your poster directly to the ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012 Posters submission site by the submission deadline of October 31, 2012.

Register Today: Conference registration is now open! ISCB members and BGI staff are eligible for special discounts. All accepted paper and poster presenters must register and pay to attend the conference. If you are not a current ISCB member, consider joining today for instant benefits including discounted registration to this conference.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you to Shenzhen in December,

Victor Jin, The Ohio State University - Program Committee Chair

Paul Horton, AIST Japan - Conference Chair and Program Committee Co-Chair

RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges

November 12-15, 2012

Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay

Redwood City, CA

Please join us for the fifth annual RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges. Now an official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology, this event is one of the premier annual meetings for computational and experimental scientists in the areas of regulatory genomics and systems biology.

Register now to take advantage of early registration discounts. ISCB members are entitled to special member rates for registration.

Over four days, the meeting will feature 15 keynote talks, additional lectures, poster sessions, and discussion of the results of this year's Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods (DREAM), a project designed to identify best practices for predicting the structure of biological networks. Best performers from this year's DREAM challenges will have an opportunity to present their methods.

Keynote speakers include:

  • DREAM
    • Michael Elowitz (Caltech), Stephen Friend (Sage Bionetworks)
  • Systems Biology
    • Markus Covert (Stanford), Dean Felsher (Stanford), Ernest Fraenkel (MIT), Joe Gray (Oregon Health & Science University), Joseph Nadeau (Institute for Systems Biology), Jonathan Weissman (UCSF)
  • Regulatory Genomics
    • Job Dekker (University of Massachusetts Medical School), Angela DePace (Harvard), Joe Ecker (Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Yoav Gilad (University of Chicago), Len Pennacchio (Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute), Saurabh Sinha (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website.

We look forward to seeing you in the Bay Area!

Conference Chairs,

Andrea Califano - Columbia University
Manolis Kellis - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sylvia Plevritis - Stanford University
Gustavo Stolovitzky - IBM

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ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 - Call for Papers and Posters


Dear ISCB and ASBCB Members and Colleagues,

Submissions for the ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 Conference on Bioinformatics are now being accepted. This is the third joint meeting of ISCB and ASBCB, and takes place from March 13th -15th in Tunis, Tunisia. The meeting will include topics of general interest in bioinformatics, with a special focus on the bioinformatics of African pathogens, vectors, and human genetics. We especially welcome abstracts on the bioinformatics of diseases relevant to Africa, and with the new Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative the genetics focus is particularly relevant and timely.

Submissions of papers are due by October 24th, and poster abstracts are due by December 12th. Please visit the conference submission guidelines and follow the links to submit your paper or poster today.

Pre-conference optional events are planned for March 11th and 12th, including a variety of Training Workshops and Tutorials such as EBI Roadshow training, EMBnet eBioKit workshops, LIRMM and EMBL instructor-led introduction to Phylogeny, and a full day session on deep sequencing. For more details on these events please check the conference website frequently to watch for updates as they become available.

A limited number of travel fellowships will be made available to students from African research institutions. Additionally, a grant proposal has been submitted to a U.S. agency that, if awarded, would help fund American students to attend. Information on eligibility and application procedures will be posted to the conference website as soon as full details are known. Early registration will be offered at discounted prices, and all ISCB and ASBCB members will enjoy significant savings.

Commit to your participation now - submit your paper or poster (or both!) today.

Yours sincerely,

Alia Benkahla
ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference Chair

Dan Masiga
ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference Program Committee Chair

REMINDER: Rocky 2012 Call for Abstracts & Early Registration

>> December 6 - 8 , 2012, Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado, USA <<


Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference is fast approaching! Over the last decade this conference series has grown from a small regional event into an international program with a spotlight on regional development in the computational biosciences. Invited and accepted presenters represent a broad spectrum of universities, industrial enterprises, government laboratories, and medical libraries from around the world. The meeting is a chance to get to know your colleagues near and far, seek collaborative opportunities, and find synergies that can drive our field forward.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The Rocky 2012 Conference provides opportunities for 10 minute flash presentations on current projects from as many attendees as possible. Original presentations (including significant works-in-progress) are solicited in all areas that involve the application of advanced computational methods to significant problems in biology or medicine.

Submitters are given the option to apply for a 10-minute "flash" oral presentation, a poster presentation, or both. We will attempt to accommodate all requests from authors accepted for presentation.

Submit Here Now
Submission Deadline: October 4, 2012
Acceptance Notification: November 2, 2012

EARLY REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Take advantage of early registration rates, and ISCB members save even more. If you are not a current member consider joining ISCB now for immediate savings on your conference registration to this and any other ISCB conference. Please note that accepted presenters must register as a conference attendee by November 6 in order to give a presentation at Rocky 2012.

Register Here Now
Early Registration Deadline: November 8, 2012

We look forward to your participation! Please forward this invitation to your colleagues and collaborators - the Rocky conference offers a special Academic Retreat package for groups attending from the same lab or school, including a free student registration.

Sincerely,

The Rocky 2012 Conference Organizing Team

Reminder Call for Highlights Papers and Posters
Conference Registration Now Open!

ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012, co-hosted by ISCB and BGI, will be held in Shenzhen, China from December 17-19. Confirmed keynote speakers include Gunnar von Heijne, Philip Greene, Piero Carninci, Takashi Ito, Eric Xing and Zhiping Weng. They will be joined by several prominent invited speakers in special sessions including: computational tools for NGS, cancer informatics, and cloud and work flows for reproducible biology. ISCB is known for hosting a variety of international meetings including ISMB, while BGI of Shenzhen is one of the world's largest sequencing centersin a booming city with easy access from adjacent Hong Kong and a pleasant climate during December.

Call for Highlights: We invite the submission of talks describing research published as full journal papers within the last 12 months (between August 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012) on topics including, but not limited to: computational tools for NGS, cancer genome informatics, cloud and work flows for reproducible bioinformatics, protein bioinformatics, metagenomics, RNA informatics, machine learning, and open problems in computational biology. Submissions should include a 250-word Scientific Justification (abstract-like argument) that explains how the work of the submitted paper(s) is impacting the field.Publications that are "in press" and already linked on the journal web site by September 30, 2012 are welcome. A group of experts will select the papers to be presented at the meeting considering the impact of the work on the field, the likelihood that the work will make a good presentation, and the relevance to biomedicine and computational biology. Accepted presenters to the Highlights Track are required to make the presentation themselves (rather than assign a co-author to make the presentation).

  • Submit your Highlights Paper today.
    • Note the following important dates:
      • Papers published from Aug 31, 2011 to Sep 30, 2012 can be considered for a Highlights Paper submission.
      • Submission deadline: Sep 30, 2012
      • Notification Date: Oct 29, 2012

Call for Posters: Poster abstracts in the same topic areas are also invited. Please submit your poster directly to the ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012 Posters submission site by the submission deadline of October 31, 2012.

Register Today: Conference registration is now open! ISCB members and BGI staff are eligible for special discounts. All accepted paper and poster presenters must register and pay to attend the conference. If you are not a current ISCB member, consider joining today for instant benefits including discounted registration to this conference.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you to Shenzhen in December,

Victor Jin, The Ohio State University - Program Committee Chair

Paul Horton, AIST Japan - Conference Chair and Program Committee Co-Chair

Early Registration Closes Soon – RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges

November 12-15, 2012

Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay

Redwood City, CA

Early registration closes soon for the fifth annual RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges. Members of the International Society for Computational Biology are entitled to special member rates for registration. Register now to take advantage of reduced registration rates.

Over four days, the meeting will feature 15 keynote talks, additional lectures, poster sessions, and discussion of the results of this year's Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods (DREAM), a project designed to identify best practices for predicting the structure of biological networks. Best performers from this year's DREAM challenges will have an opportunity to present their methods.

Now an ISCB official conference, this event is one of the premier annual meetings for computational and experimental scientists in the areas of regulatory genomics and systems biology. Over four days, the meeting will feature 15 keynote talks, additional lectures, poster sessions, and discussion of the results of this year's Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods (DREAM), a project designed to identify best practices for predicting the structure of biological networks. Best performers from this year's DREAM challenges will have an opportunity to present their methods.

Keynote speakers include:

  • DREAM
    • Michael Elowitz (Caltech), Stephen Friend (Sage Bionetworks)
  • Systems Biology
    • Markus Covert (Stanford), Dean Felsher (Stanford), Ernest Fraenkel (MIT), Joe Gray (Oregon Health & Science University), Joseph Nadeau (Institute for Systems Biology), Jonathan Weissman (UCSF)
  • Regulatory Genomics
    • Job Dekker (University of Massachusetts Medical School), Angela DePace (Harvard), Joe Ecker (Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Yoav Gilad (University of Chicago), Len Pennacchio (Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute), Saurabh Sinha (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website.

We look forward to seeing you in the Bay Area!

Conference Chairs,

Andrea Califano - Columbia University
Manolis Kellis - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sylvia Plevritis - Stanford University
Gustavo Stolovitzky - IBM

Last Call for Highlights

Highlights submission deadline: 30 September 2012

Reminder Call for Posters

Posters submission deadline: 31 October 2012

ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012, co-hosted by ISCB and BGI, will be held in Shenzhen, China from December 17-19. Confirmed keynote speakers include Gunnar von Heijne, Philip Greene, Piero Carninci, Takashi Ito, Eric Xing and Zhiping Weng. They will be joined by several prominent invited speakers in special sessions including: computational tools for NGS, cancer informatics, and cloud and work flows for reproducible biology. ISCB is known for hosting a variety of international meetings including ISMB, while BGI of Shenzhen is one of the world's largest sequencing centersin a booming city with easy access from adjacent Hong Kong and a pleasant climate during December.
 

Highlights - deadline is 30 September 2012

Submit your Highlights Paper today: We invite the submission of talks describing research published as full journal papers within the last 12 months (between August 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012) on topics including, but not limited to: computational tools for NGS, cancer genome informatics, cloud and work flows for reproducible bioinformatics, protein bioinformatics, metagenomics, RNA informatics, machine learning, and open problems in computational biology. Submissions should include a 250-word Scientific Justification (abstract-like argument) that explains how the work of the submitted paper(s) is impacting the field.Publications that are "in press" and already linked on the journal web site by September 30, 2012 are welcome. A group of experts will select the papers to be presented at the meeting considering the impact of the work on the field, the likelihood that the work will make a good presentation, and the relevance to biomedicine and computational biology. Accepted presenters to the Highlights Track are required to make the presentation themselves (rather than assign a co-author to make the presentation).

Poster - deadline is 31 October 2012

Poster abstracts in the same topic areas as Highlights are also invited. Please submit your poster directly to the ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012 Posters submission site.

Discounted Registration - deadline is 12 November 2012

ISCB members and BGI staff are eligible for special conference registration discounts. All accepted paper and poster presenters must register and pay to attend the conference. If you are not a current ISCB member, consider joining today for instant benefits including discounted registration to this conference.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you to Shenzhen in December,

Victor Jin, The Ohio State University - Program Committee Chair

Paul Horton, AIST Japan - Conference Chair and Program Committee Co-Chair