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ISMB/ECCB 2015 - About Us

The annual international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) is the major meeting of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). Over the past 22 years the ISMB conference has grown to become the world's largest bioinformatics/computational biology conference. Joining forces with the European Conference on Computational Biology (14th Annual Conference) ISMB/ECCB 2015 will be the year's most important computational biology event globally.

The conferences provide a multidisciplinary forum for disseminating the latest developments in bioinformatics/computational biology. ISMB/ECCB brings together scientists from computer science, molecular biology, mathematics, statistics and related fields. Its principal focus is on the development and application of advanced computational methods for biological problems. ISMB/ECCB 2015 will offer the strongest scientific program and the broadest scope of any international bioinformatics/computational biology conference in 2015. Building on past successes, the Dublin conference is designed to cater to variety of disciplines within the bioinformatics/computational biology community.

ISMB/ECCB 2015 takes place July 10-14, at the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD). For two days preceding the conference, additional opportunities including Satellite Meetings, Student Council Symposium, and a selection of Special Interest Group Meetings and Tutorials are all offered to enable registered participants to learn more on the latest methods and tools within specialty research areas.


ISCB - A Safe Space

ISCB works to maintain an environment that allows science and scientific careers to flourish through respectful, inclusive, and equitable treatment of others and is committed to providing a safe place for its members and nonmember participants. As a statement of principle, ISCB rejects discrimination and harassment by any means, based on factors such as ethnic or national origin, race, religion, citizenship, language, political or other opinion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, or economic class. In addition, ISCB opposes all forms of bullying including threatening, humiliating, coercive, or intimidating conduct that causes harm to, interferes with, or sabotages scientific activity and careers. Discrimination, harassment (in any form), and bullying create a hostile environment that reduces the quality, integrity, and pace of the advancement of science by marginalizing individuals and communities. It also damages productivity and career advancement, and prevents the healthy exchange of ideas.

ISCB is committed to supporting a productive and safe working environment for all who are participating in ISCB activities, conferences, and programs. Incidents of inappropriate and uncivil behavior are taken extremely seriously. If an individual experiences or witnesses harassment, they should contact an ISCB Ombudsman (wearing the ISCB Ally ribbon) in person or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or use a venue phone and ask for security if they feel unsafe. All complaints will be treated seriously and responded to promptly. While ISCB is not an adjudicating body, ISCB has appointed Ombudsmen who can be consulted, give advice or help seek out appropriate authorities to further handle any form of harassment or assault. Confidentiality will be maintained unless disclosure is legally required.

All conference delegates are expected to adhere to the ISCB Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

ISMB/ECCB 2019 Onsite Ombudsmen

Nadine Costello (ncostello AT iscb.org) Yves Moreau (moreau AT esat.kuleuven.be)
Terry Gaasterland (gaasterland AT ucsd. edu) Seth Munholland (seth AT iscb.org)
Bel Hanson (bhanson AT iscb.org) Farzana Rahman (frahmann AT gmail.com)
Diane Kovats (dkovats AT iscb.org) Pat Rodenburg (prodenburg AT shaw.ca)
Steven Leard (Steven AT iscb.org) Hagit Shatkay (shatkay AT udel.edu)


Hotel and Travel Options

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Through our official housing partner, onPeak, we provide reduced hotel rates and travel discounts for your trip to Dublin, Ireland.

Book through the simple-to-use reservation website or with helpful and friendly booking agents.

Please note: onPeak is the only official housing company associated with ISMB/ECCB 2015 . While other hotel resellers may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the show and entering into financial agreements with such companies can have costly consequences.


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  • Rates are lowered when necessary and applied to already-booked rooms

Things to Do in Dublin

Lazy Bike TourLazy Bike Tour

Lazy Bike Tours is the easiest and probably the most fun way to find out about our lovely city. If you are low on time but want to get a good orientation while hearing the tales and history of the area, then check us out on www.lazybike tours.com.

What makes our tours so easy and fun? Well, besides the stories you will hear, you will be riding on a retro style electric bicycle. These bikes practically do all the work, giving you the benefits of getting around a wide area (in style!) with non of the fatigue.

Biking is an ideal way to immerse yourself into a city with its sights and sounds.On our tours, which last approx 2 hours, you will certainly get a real feel for what this capital is about, and not just what it says in the guidebooks!

Tours cost 25 euro per person, with the start and finish point here at 4 Scarlet Row, Essex Street West, in the most historic part of Temple Bar near Fishamble Street.

Start times are 10.00am, 12.30pm & 3pm daily and we can cater for groups up to 10 people per tour

Call us on +353 (0) 1 4433 671. Book online by visiting www.lazybiketours.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Jogging Tour of Dublin

Get your daily dose of exercise no matter your level of fitness as we take you on a fun sightseeing jog through the city’s liveliest quarters and finest squares stopping by Dublin’s most iconic landmarks. This jog combines and anecdotal account of our city’s history with our most famous landmarks and the unique sense of fun and personality the Irish are famous for. We run this city!
For more details please visit www.sightjoggingdublin.com  and to book your place please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +353 86 2002 480.






Walking Tour of Dublin
Our City Highlights walking tour is your essential guide to Dublin. Participate in a demonstration of a Gaelic sport, meeting local tradesmen, and if you haven’t done so before, you will speak your very first words of Irish Gaelic. Also, you will learn through amusing stories and historical anecdotes about a city stepped in history but with a modern and vibrant outlook. At the end of your walk with us you will feel a little like a Dubliner, no matter where you are from.
For more details please visit www.sightwalkingdublin.com and to book your place please send us an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +353 86 2002 480.





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Awards - ISMB/ECCB 2015

Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Paper
Outstanding Oral Poster Presentation Prize sponsored by University of California Berkeley Center for Computational Biology
F1000Research Poster Awards
RCSB PDB Poster Prize
Springer Outstanding Poster Award
Wiley Poster Prizes


Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Paper


The Outstanding Student Paper Award is given to the student who presents the most thought-provoking or original paper at the Conference, as judged by our panel of experts. For 2014 the award has been presented to Andrey D. Prjibelski, St. Petersburg Academic University, Russia.

This award is given in memory of Ian Lawson Van Toch, a 23 year old Medical Biophysics graduate student at the University of Toronto who passed away in August 2007. Ian was fortunate to have already discovered his passion for computational biology and how it can - and will - lead to quantum breakthroughs in cancer research. This passion was sparked when Dr Igor Jurisica hired Ian to work in his lab at the Ontario Cancer Institute as a researcher during the summer of 2006. That introduction blossomed into a mentoring relationship that is so vital to helping young students launch their careers.

Our thanks go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, and IBM who have sponsored this award since 2008. 

Past recipients of this special award include: (click here for details)

  • ISMB 2014: Andrey D. Prjibelski, St. Petersburg Academic University, Russia
  • ISMB/ECCB 2013:Wyatt Clark, Indiana University, United States
  • ISMB 2012: Deniz Yorukoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • ISMB/ECCB 2011: Sara Berthoumieux, Inria, France






Outstanding Oral Poster Award - Sponsored by University of California, Berkeley Center for Computation Biology


The UC Berkeley Center for Computational Biology is proud to recognize the most promising trainees as part of its mission to provide outstanding educational opportunities. A $500.00 prize will be awarded to two (2) presenters deemed to be outstanding in their oral presentation of their scientific posters at ISMBECCB 2015.


F1000Research Poster Award


will present five (5) poster awards for outstanding ISMBECCB 2015 poster presentations.  Prizes include a one year subscription to F1000Prime and access to the new F1000 Workspace, plus a free article submission to F1000Research (value $1000).


RCSB PDB Poster Prize


The RCSB PDB Poster Prize will be awarded for the best student poster presentation in the category of Structure and Function Prediction. The award will consist of a related educational book.

Other information is at


Springer Outstanding Poster Award


Springer will award a $250 (€200) gift certificate for Springer books for a poster deemed to be outstanding at ISMBECCB 2015.


Wiley Poster Prizes

Wiley Poster Prizes:  Two (2)  one-year subscriptions to Current Protocols in Bioinformatics, and 1 certificate for a selection of Wiley books worth $150 will be awarded to two poster presenters.





ISMB/ECCB 2015 Submission Deadlines

(Schedule Subject to Change) As of: May 29, 2015


Special Interest Group & Satellite Meetings (SIGs)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Call for SIGs & Satellite Meetings Opens

Friday, October 17, 2014

SIG & Satellite Meetings Submission Deadline

Friday, November 14, 2014

SIG & Satellite Meetings Acceptance Notification

Friday, December 19, 2014

SIG & Satellite Meetings Preliminary Details Required for website

Friday, April 3, 2015

SIG & Satellite Meetings Program (preliminary) Available on web

Friday, May 29, 2015

SIG & Satellite Meetings Complete Program on web


Proceedings Track (Papers)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Call for Proceedings Submissions Opens   

Friday, January 16, 2015

Proceedings Submission Deadline

Friday, February 13, 2015

Announcement of Submissions Selected for the Second Round

Friday, March 13, 2015

Revised Submission Deadline

Monday, April 6, 2015

Conditional Acceptance Notification  **Revised Date**

Friday, April 10, 2015

Final Submission Deadline

Friday, April 17 2015 Final Acceptance Notification


Special Sessions Track

Monday, September 22, 2014

Call for Special Sessions Opens

Friday, December 5, 2014

Special Sessions Submission Deadline

Friday, December 19, 2014

Special Sessions Acceptance Notification

Friday, January 23, 2015

Special Sessions Revised Program Deadline

Friday, January 30, 2015

Final Acceptance of Proposals

Friday, May 8, 2015

Special Sessions Complete Program on web


Highlight Papers Track

Monday, December 8, 2014

Call for Highlights Track Opens

Friday, February 27, 2015

Highlights Submission Deadline

Friday, April 10, 2015

Highlights Acceptance Notification **Revised**


Art and Science Exhibition

Monday, February 16, 2015

Call for Art and Science Exhibition Opens

Friday, June 5, 2015

Artwork Submission Deadline

Friday, June 5, 2015

Art and Science Exhibition Acceptance Notification



Technology Track

Monday, October 27, 2014

Call for Technology Track Opens

Friday, June 5, 2015

Submission Deadline

Friday, June 5, 2015

Technology Track Acceptance Notification


Applied Knowledge Exchange Sessions (AKES) New for 2015   *replaces former tutorial and workshops

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Call for AKES Opens

Friday, January 23, 2015

Submission Deadline

Friday, February 6, 2015

Acceptance Notification

Friday, June 5, 2015

Deadline: Draft AKES materials

Monday, June 29, 2015

Deadline: Final AKES materials

Saturday, July 11, 2015

AKES Presentations



Monday, January 12, 2015

Call for Posters Opens

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Poster Submission Deadline

Friday, April 10, 2015

Poster Acceptance Notification


Late Breaking Research (LBR) Track

Monday, January 26, 2015

LBR Call for Proposal Opens

Friday, March 27, 2015

LBR Submission Deadline

Monday, May 4, 2015

LBR Acceptance Notification


Student Council Symposium 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Symposium Submission Opens

Monday, April 27, 2015

Symposium Submission Closes

Friday, May 15, 2015

Symposium Submission Acceptance Notification

Monday, May 25, 2015

Student Council Travel Fellowship Deadline

Friday, May 29 2015

Symposium Late Poster Submission Deadline

Thursday, June 4, 2015 

Student Council Travel Fellowship Acceptance Notification

Monday, June 8, 2015

Symposium Late Poster Acceptance Notification

Friday, July 10, 2015

Student Council Symposium Date


Late posters

Monday, March 16, 2015

Call for Late Posters Opens

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Late Poster Submission Deadline

Friday, May 8, 2015

Late Poster Acceptance Notification


Travel Fellowships

Dates Vary (2015)

Travel Fellowship Application Invitations Sent (dates based on presentation acceptances)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Travel Fellowship Application Deadline

Monday, June 1, 2015

Travel Fellowship Acceptance Notification



ISMB Conference

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Conference registration opens on-site

Friday, July 10, 2015

Special Interest Group Meetings (SIGs)/Student Council Symposium

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Special Interest Group Meetings (SIGs)/Tutorials

Sunday, July 12, Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Conference Program



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Registration Opens

Friday, June 5, 2015 (5:00 pm Pacific)

Early Registration Discount Cut-off date

Friday, June 26, 2015 (5:00 pm Pacific)

Online Registration Closes

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Late Registration begins onsite Convention Center Dublin (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

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