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volume 5, issue 2

President’s Letter

Register for ISMB 2002

Host ISMB 2004 or 2005

David Baker: 2002 Overton Prize Recipient

Overton Endowment

ISMB 2002 Committees

ISMB 2002 Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Best Paper Award by SGI

ISMB 2002 SIGs

ISMB Goes Down Under in 2003

Hot Jobs! ISMB 2002 Job Fair

ISCB Board Nominations

Bioinformatics Pioneers: ISMB 2002 Keynote Speakers

Anna Tramontano: Bioinformatics in Europe

Software Recommendations

ISCB’s Affiliated Regional Groups

ISCB Staff Introduction

Fellowship Recipients

Events and Opportunities

Newsletter Homepage

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ISMB 2003 Down Under

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.

The Institute 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, Australia’s 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.

The organizers 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.

Brisbane, the 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.

World-class 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.

Delegates and 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.

Monitor the ISMB 2003 website at www.iscb.org/ismb2003 for updates and announcements.

ISMB 2003 Organizing Committee
Gene Myers, Celera Genomics (Co-chair)
Mark Ragan, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (CO-chair)
Kevin Burrage, Advanced Computational Modelling Centre, University of Queensland
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 Queensland
Christos Ouzounis, European Bioinformatics Institute
Shoba Ranganathan, Asia-Pacific BioNet, National University of Singapore
David Wishart, University of Alberta

Gene Meyers
ISMB 2003 Co-Chair

Mark Ragan
ISMB 2003 Co-Chair