Phil Bourne sends his farewell
Past President Phil Bourne
2002 was a year in which the Society underwent major change in which
it established itself as a professional body. In part through the
appointment of an Executive Officer and office staff, and in part
in how it represented our science worldwide. More scientists recognized
what the Society does and what it has the potential to do. This
recognition is important moving forward. Equally important will
be to solidify a number of new initiatives: the Affiliated Regional
Groups program, our membership in FASEB, a growing ISMB conference,
our relationship to Bioinformatics and other journals, an expanded
Web site, etc.
recognition comes greater responsibility to do right by our members
and our science. Members must be involved in all matters of importance
to our science and be sure that the Society reflects your collective
views. Clearly you want to be involved. Membership grew 23 percent
this past year to 1700 and ISMB 2003 had over 1500 attendees, the
most ever. It is gratifying to step down under these circumstances.
On a personal note, I would close by saying that because of my role
I was able to travel to a variety of places and meet many more of
you that I would have otherwise. This alone made the job worthwhile.
It also made me realize that with a relatively low cost of entry,
bioinformatics is being done everywhere worldwide. The Society needs
to continually realize this. With that said, all that remains is
to welcome and leave you in the capable hands of the new ISCB President,
Michael Gribskov and the Executive Committee. Thank you one and
all for your support of the Society.
welcomes Michael Gribskov as its new President
As the new president
of the ISCB, I want to first express my thanks to our immediate-past
President, Phil Bourne, and the ISCB staff for having done a tremendous
job over the last year in putting the society on a more business-like
footing. The ISCB has experienced huge growth, and the new structures
that have been put in place, while possibly not glamorous, have provided
the necessary foundation both for continued growth and for improved
service to the Societys members.
President Michael Gribskov
Looking forward, the Society faces both challenges and opportunities.
With our growth has come increasing recognition; on the part of policy-makers,
who have requested our input on funding issues; on the part of universities
who are considering founding bioinformatics or computational biology
training programs; and on the part of scientists, searching for help
in advancing science in their region and specialty. We also face great
challenges in building a truly international societyone that
brings together scientists from around the world, not just from the
U.S. and Europe.
The ISCB is still a young society. I ask you, the members, to spend
a few minutes thinking about what you would like the society to be,
to think about what projects we should take on, and to consider where
we can make a positive impact. And then speak up! New ideas, new hands,
and enthusiasm are needed at all levels, and I, the board of directors,
and the ISCB staff look forward to working with you over the years