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Volume 15, Issue 1

A Letter to ISCB
Members & Colleagues

Officer and Student Council Elections

Spotlight on ECCB12
Meet the ISCB Fellows Class of 2012
Student Council
Symposium Highlights

Overton Prize:
Ziv Bar-Joseph

2012 ISCB Sr.
Scientist Award:
Gunnar von Heijne

ISMB/ECCB 2013 Berlin

News From ISCB Student Council

FASEB Updates

Stacy Slagor

PLoS Computational

A Report of the Curriculum Task Force

Bioinformatics Journal Update

NIGMS Celebrates
50 Years

ISCB Continues to Advocate for Open Access

GLBIO 2012 Highlights

Call for Proposals to
Organize ISCB-Asia 2013

ISCB Community
Conferences and

Upcoming Conferences & Events

ISCB Conferences

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ECCB'12 - the European Conference on Computational Biology - is the key European computational biology event in 2012 uniting scientists working in a broad range of disciplines, including bioinformatics, computational biology, medicine, and systems biology. ECCB'12 will take place 9.-12. September 2012 at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland. Registration is open now at http://eccb12.org - early registration rates apply until 1. August 2012. ECCB'12 will be organized in association with the 10th [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology conference - the annual scientific symposium of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

The scientific program for ECCB'12 is highly competitive: among hundreds of submitted manuscripts, 48 were selected by peer review for oral presentation and publication in a special proceedings issue in Bioinformatics. Because of the stringent selection, we look forward to an exciting program. One the highlights of ECCB are keynotes by internationally well known experts. ECCB'12 features an outstanding line-up of speakers: The opening keynote will be given by Nobel laureate Aaron Ciechanover (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology), followed by the EMBO Lecture by Søren Brunak, (Technical University of Denmark), and keynotes by Barry Honig (Columbia University, New York), Laurent Keller (University of Lausanne), Gene Myers (MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden) and Mihaela Zavolan (Biozentrum University of Basel & SIB).

The conference schedule includes plenty of time for discussions and networking during breaks and poster sessions. Don't miss this opportunity to present your own research as a poster to the conference participants!

Traditionally, workshops, tutorials and satellite meetings are organized during the weekend preceding ECCB. On Saturday (8. September) UniProt celebrates its 10th anniversary with a satellite symposium on "Bioinformatics Research Infrastructure for the Life Sciences". The European ISCB Student Council Symposium provides a platform for PhD students and postdocs in the field of computational biology for scientific and social networking. ECCB'12 features a broad spectrum of pre-conference workshops and tutorials to get an interesting perspective on the cutting edge of a research field:

  • 6th International Workshop on Machine Learning in Systems Biology (MLSB)
  • Annotation, Interpretation and Management of Mutations (AIMM) Computational Proteomics: From Mass Spectrometry to Protein Complexes
  • Bioinformatics Training for Life Scientists: Showcases and Challenges from Tutors' Perspectives
  • Imaging Analysis and Computational Modeling for Cancer and its Therapy
  • Detecting Transcription Factor Binding Sites with ChIP-Seq Data and Predicting Damaging Cis-Regulatory Variations
  • Applications of Bio-Ontologies in Large-Scale Data-Driven Science: A Practical Introduction
  • Protein Evolution: From Sequence to Structure to Function
  • GWAS: Statistics and Bioinformatics to Analyse Genotype to Phenotype Relationships from Molecular Traits to Disease Phenotypes
  • Inferring Genetic Diversity from Next-Generation Sequencing Data: Computational Methods and Biomedical Applications
  • Reads to Biological Patterns: End-to-End Differential Expression Analysis of RNA Sequencing Data Using Bioconductor
  • Editing Wikipedia for Scientists

Situated in Switzerland at the heart of Europe, Basel is one of the continent's most convenient locations for events. The Congress Center Basel is in the city centre and easy to get to, while the Old Town, the shopping districts and the city's many museums and parks are within easy walking distance.

Don't forget to register by 1. August at http://eccb12.org to secure the early registration rates. We are looking forward to welcoming you for an exciting ECCB'12 in Switzerland!