ISMB will venture
beyond North America and Europe for the first time when ISMB 2003
convenes in Brisbane, Australia from June 29 to July 3, 2003.
for Molecular Bioscience, and the Advanced Computational Modelling
Centre of the University of Queensland, will serve as local hosts.
The venue for the 2003 conference and tutorials will be the Brisbane
Conference and Exhibition Centre, Australias largest purpose-built
conference facility, adjacent to the fabulous South Bank parklands
and a short walk or ferry-ride across the Brisbane River from the
downtown hotel district. The Organizing Committee, co-chaired by
Gene Myers (Program Committee) and Mark Ragan (Local Committee),
is already hard at work to ensure that the conference will meet
the highest scientific, technical and organizational standards and
be great fun.
are excited by the opportunity to bring ISMB to the Asia-Pacific
region: Involving new groups of participants from Australia, China,
India, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand,
and other countries hitherto not fully represented at ISMB.
capital of Queensland, is a cosmopolitan city of 1.6-1.8 million
with three major universities and a growing biotechnology sector.
Delegates may fly direct to Brisbane from all major Australian cities
as well as Auckland, Bangkok, Brunei, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala
Lumpur, Manila, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. Late
June/early July is mid-winter in Brisbane, with sunny warm days
(average high 20 degrees Celsius = 68 degrees Fahrenheit) and crisp
cool nights (average low 10 degrees Celsius = 50 degrees Fahrenheit).
A favorable exchange rate will help deliver great value to participants.
tourist destinations easily accessible from Brisbane include the
Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, Ayers Rock, and the great Australian
outback. Sandy beaches, offshore islands, wet and dry tropical forests,
mountains and World Heritage national parks lie within a 1-2 hour
drive from downtown.
exhibitors may wish to travel on to the XIX International Genetics
Congress in Melbourne (July 6-12: www.geneticscongress2003.com)
or the Fifth International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics
in Sydney (July 7-11: www.austms.org.au/iciam2003)
immediately after ISMB 2003.
ISMB 2003 website at www.iscb.org/ismb2003
for updates and announcements.
2003 Organizing Committee
Gene Myers, Celera Genomics (Co-chair)
Mark Ragan, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (CO-chair)
Kevin Burrage, Advanced Computational Modelling Centre, University
Antoine Danchin, Pasteur Research Centre, Hong Kong University
Terry Gaasterland, The Rockefeller University
Minoru Kanehisa, Japanese Society for Bioinformatics, Kyoto University
Tim Littlejohn, Biolateral Pty Ltd.
John Mattick, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of
Christos Ouzounis, European Bioinformatics Institute
Shoba Ranganathan, Asia-Pacific BioNet, National University of Singapore
David Wishart, University of Alberta
ISMB 2003 Co-Chair
ISMB 2003 Co-Chair