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The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium is pleased to announce a call for Volunteer Student Support Staff for its 13th Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (an official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology) (GLBIO 2019), the conference will be held May 19-22, 2019 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of research findings and methods, and development of long-term relationships and networking opportunities, for researchers within the region, as well as from around the world.

As a member of the Volunteer Student Support Staff, you will receive valuable first-hand experience at an academic association conference, a certificate of appreciation as well as a full refund on your registration once your obligations are complete. Please review the below volunteer requirements:

  • Attend a volunteer meeting before the conference to ensure you are prepared for all volunteer responsibilities
  • Complete all assigned shifts
    • You will be notified of your shifts in advance of the conference and are required to sign and return in acknowledgement
    • Please review the list of possible assignments below:
      • Registration:
        • Handing out name badges, processing of invoices and assisting with on-site registration
      • Educational sessions:
        • Check in with the session leader at the beginning of the session and identify yourself as the volunteer to assist in that session
        • Checking badges for entrance to session rooms
        • Counting attendees in each educational session
        • Monitor session rooms, alerting conference manager of any AV or emergency needs during session
      • Other conference opportunities:
        • Numbering poster boards to include monitoring hanging up and taking down of poster boards by presenters
        • Assist attendees in locating various events throughout the conference
        • Answer questions about the scientific program and giving directions within the venue

Only a small number of students will be selected to participate on this team. Apply today by completing the application online at https://goo.gl/forms/IUIZVA09CdCx2ebG3 by March 25, 2019.

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Links in this page: Session Proposals | Responsibilities of a Session Organizer
Financial Support | Review Process | Important Dates

The program chairs of the Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) conference in 2019 invite proposals for special sessions. The topic and structure of the sessions can vary but should be of interest to a substantial component of the bioinformatics research community. Sessions can be of three main types:

  • Focused workshops on specific research problems in computational biology and bioinformatics (e.g., cancer genomics, genome visualization tools, precision medicine, single cell omics, population genetics, regulatory genomics.)
  • Software schools, aimed at providing training in new methods
  • Activities focused on students and postdocs, or on non-academic career opportunities

Sessions can be organized around contributed talks, invited talks, or a combination of both types, or may not have any talks (e.g., software schools and activities involving students and postdocs in training activities).

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Session Proposals

For sessions focusing on special research topics, the structure detailed below is required. Proposals for other types of sessions (e.g., software schools, or activities aimed at students) may have somewhat different formats, but should follow roughly the same guidelines. All proposals should be a minimum of 2 pages and no more than 6 pages in length.  Research topic proposals should have the following structure:

  • Theme: one to two paragraphs describing the session, its research theme, and expected type of participants (undergraduates, graduate students, non-academic professionals, etc.). This section should also present a compelling argument for the importance and timeliness of the proposed session in the context of the bioinformatics community.
  • Organizer(s): provide a list of the organizers along with a brief biosketch, email address, and webpage for each.
  • Special Activities:  Will your Special Session contain any special activities (ie. workshop, tutorial, demonstration)?
  • Contributed Talks (optional for non-research proposals): Provide a list of researchers you intend to solicit for papers who are likely to be interested in submitting papers.
  • Confirmed Speakers (optional for non-research proposals): Each session proposal must provide a list of at least four speakers who have confirmed they will speak at the session if asked. This list can include the organizers. It is acceptable for the confirmed speakers to be replaced by contributed talks. However, it is also acceptable to plan the session to have at least four invited speakers. The objective of this requirement is to ensure that if the session does not receive a sufficient number of high quality contributed talks, then the session can still take place.

Session plan: Describe the structure of the session (e.g., number of contributed talks, invited talks, or other activities), and whether a half-day or full-day is needed.


Submission instructions:  Please Click Here to complete the form and upload your proposal in PDF format

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Responsibilities of a Session Organizer

If your proposal is accepted, you will be responsible for most of the organization of your session, including: (1) creating and maintaining a webpage for your session, (2), deciding the session structure including length of time talks and chairing the session, (3) attending GLBIO 2019 and running the session, (4) if your session has invited talks or tutorials, communicating and coordinating with the speakers, (5) If your session has contributed papers, your responsibilities are to (a) solicit manuscripts, (b) obtain reviewers, assign papers to reviewers, and ensure timely return of reviews, (c) evaluate the reviews and make recommendations to the GLBIO program co-chairs regarding which papers should be accepted, (d) updating the webpage for your session with the list of accepted papers and providing the schedule of talks in your session. Final decisions regarding acceptance of submitted papers will be made by the GLBIO program co-chairs. Note that as a session organizer with contributed papers, you will be a member of the program committee for GLBIO 2019, and contributed papers will be submitted through EasyChair.  

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Financial Support

Accepted sessions will receive a complimentary GLBIO registration per 1/4 day (i.e., 2-hour) session; thus, a full-day  (8 hour) session would receive 4 complimentary GLBIO registrations and a half-day session would receive 2 complimentary GLBIO registrations. Note that any additional expenses will need to be covered by the session organizers.

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Review Process

Session proposals are due by September 17, 2018. These will be reviewed by the GLBIO steering committee and program co-chairs, and decisions will be announced by October 8, 2018.

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Important Dates

  • SEPTEMBER 17, 2018: Proposals due
  • OCTOBER 8, 2018: Notification regarding the proposals
  • OCTOBER 22, 2018: Webpage for session created (with list of organizers and confirmed speakers, and description of the goals of the session)
  • OCTOBER 29 , 2018: Sessions announced on GLBIO 2019 website
    • February 11, 2019: Full Paper Submission Deadline (Same as the main conference)
    • March 11, 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline (Same as the main conference)
  • One week after contributed paper decisions: Updated webpage with list of accepted papers
  • Three weeks after contributed paper decisions: Updated webpage with schedule of talks


We look forward to your submissions

Questions? Please send email to:

Sushmita Roy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Anthony Gitter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Chad Myers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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ISCB - A Safe Space (Code of Conduct)

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.

Our goal is to foster a culture that creates a safe and open working environment for all who are participating in ISCB activities, conferences, and programs. While ISCB is not an adjudicating body, ISCB has appointed Ombudspersons who can be consulted, give advice or help seek out appropriate authorities to further handle any form of harassment or assault. Our goal is to foster a culture that creates a safe and open working environment for all who are participating in ISCB activities, conferences, and programs. While ISCB is not an adjudicating body, ISCB has appointed Ombudspersons who can be consulted, give advice or help seek out appropriate authorities to further handle any form of harassment or assault.

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

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ISCB Media Access Policies and Guidelines

ISCB provides complimentary press registration to pre-approved members of the working press with appropriate press credentials, and to working freelance journalists with a letter of assignment (on the publication’s official letterhead) from an editor.

Eligibility Requirements

The following individuals are eligible for press registration:

  • Reporters, writers, producers, and editors as well as photographers and videographers with staff credentials from newspapers, magazines, online news services, wire services, and radio or television networks and stations
  • Freelancers with assignment letters from editors of established, verifiable media outlets (Letters of Assignment must appear on the publication’s official letterhead.)
  • Freelancers with at least one bylined article/report published online, in print, or broadcast by an established, verifiable media outlet during the six months prior to the meeting
  • Representatives from journals that have a verifiable featured section or media outlet that reports news from the community at large with letter of assignment from the editor
  • Online news services or online outlets that provide daily or weekly coverage of health and science
  • Science bloggers who frequently comment about research, health issues, careers in science, or STEM education will be considered on a case by case basis.

ISCB encourages the above group to submit the media pass application in advance of the meeting. Once the media pass request is approved, a complimentary registration code will be provided.

The following individuals are not eligible for complimentary press registration:

  • Writers, editors, and public relations professionals affiliated with exhibitors
  • Public affairs staff from any association or organization
  • Industry representatives or financial/industry analysts
  • Writers and editors for industry publications and websites
  • Scholarly journal editorial staff or publishers
  • Representatives from journals that do not have a featured section or media outlet that reports news from the community at large
  • Representatives of public relations firms and the public relations/communications offices of industry, academic, government, and nonprofit organizations

The above individuals must register as regular attendees and pay the required registration fee regardless of affiliation with a news or trade media organization, contracted exhibitor, scientific journal, or publishing company.

ISCB reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to determine an individual’s eligibility for press registration and/or limit the number of passes available.

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Press/Media Badges

Members of the working press/media whose applications for press/media credentials are approved in advance of the meeting must pick up their press/media badges and meeting materials at the registration desk upon arrival at the meeting.

Press/media badges allow access to scientific sessions and the exhibit floor. Badges do not grant access to private or ticketed events, to committee or private meetings, or to the ISCB office or other private areas. ISCB reserves the right to request a member of the press/media leave an area of its meeting space.

Press/Media who plan to register onsite should bring identification, staff credentials, assignment letters, and/or bylined articles.

While at the conference, press/media must:

  • Wear or display their official ISCB press/media badge at all times while on site
  • Not exchange, loan, or borrow press/media badges. Individuals who do so will be required to leave the meeting
  • Follow the rules and the meeting code of conduct including the expected behavior policy
  • Attend the ISCB Town Hall meeting

Approved press/media pass holders are required to provide ISCB with copies of all articles written about presentations, scientists, programs, or other activities held during or pertaining to the conference.

For press requests, please contact Nadine Costello, ISCB Marketing and Communications Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Conference Steering Committee:

  • Bruce Aronow, Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati
  • Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Gary Bader, University of Toronto
  • Sorin Draghici, Wayne State University
  • Bruno Gaeta, University of New South Wales (Ex Officio)
  • Elodie Ghedin, New York University
  • Daisuke Kihara, Purdue University
  • Jundong Liu, Ohio University
  • Francisco Melo Ledermann, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Ex Officio)
  • John Parkinson, Hospital for Sick Children
  • Predrag Radivojac, Indiana University
  • Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University (Co-chair)
  • Tandy Warnow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lonnie Welch, Ohio University (Co-chair)

Program Chairs:

  • Anthony Gitter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Chad Myers, University of Minnesota
  • Sushmita Roy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Publication Chairs:

  • Sarath Chandra Janga, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Tijana Milenkovic, University of Notre Dame

Poster Chairs:

  • Layla Oesper, Carleton College
  • Catherine Putonti, Loyola University Chicago
  • Guenter Tusch, Grand Valley State University

Sponsorship Chairs:

  • Serdar Bozdag, Marquette University
  • Shaun Mahony, Pennsylvania State University

Program Committee:

  • Heidi Dvinge, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Frank Albert, University of Minnesota
  • Ferhat Ay, La Jolla Institute
  • Serdar Bozdag, Marquette University
  • Michael Buck, SUNY at Buffalo
  • Deborah Chasman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Leonid Chindelevitch, Simon Fraser University
  • Lenore Cowen, Tufts
  • Yang Dai, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
  • Bhaskar Dasgupta, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Colin Dewey, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mohammed El-Kebir, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bruno Gaeta, The University of New South Wales
  • Greg Gloor, U. Western Ontario
  • Matthew Hahn, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Brian Ingalls, University of Waterloo
  • Sarath Janga, IUPUI
  • Aly Khan, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
  • Daisuke Kihara, Purdue University
  • Arjun Krishnan, Michigan State University
  • Timothy Lezon, University of Pittsburgh
  • Xiaowen Liu, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Qiongshi Lu, University of Wisconsin
  • Shaun Mahony, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Jean-Michel Michno, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
  • Tijana Milenkovic, University of Notre Dame
  • Ryan Mills, University of Michigan
  • Alan Moses, University of Toronto
  • Hammad Naveed, National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences, Pakistan
  • Nam-Phuong Nguyen, University of California San Diego
  • Layla Oesper, Carleton Collee
  • Irene Ong, University of Wisconsin
  • Jian Peng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Helen Piontkivska, Kent State University
  • Rachel Poretsky, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Teresa M Przytycka, National Center of Biotechnology Information, NLM, NIH
  • Sebastien Roch, UW--Madison
  • Matthew Scotch, Arizona State University
  • Robin Shields-Cutler, Macalester College
  • Michael Sierk, Saint Vincent College
  • Ron Stewart, Morgridge Institute for Research
  • Maureen Stolzer, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Paul Stothard, University of Alberta
  • Zhengzheng Tang, University of Wisconsin
  • Li-San Wang, University of Pennsylvania
  • Travis Wheeler, University of Montana
  • Jeff Xia, McGill University
  • Jinbo Xu, Toyota

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