be held jointly with the third installation of the European Conference
on Computational Biology (ECCB), a coordinated effort with Genes,
Proteins and Computers VIII (GPCVIII). Organizers of the ISMB-ECCB
2004 estimate the meeting, which will run from August 1-5 in Glasgow,
Scotland, will be the largest bioinformatics conference to be held
will mark the first time ISMB, which will be in its twelfth year,
has been held in conjunction with another bioinformatics meeting.
The conference will be hosted jointly by the European Bioinformatics
Institute (EBI), the UK-funded Collaborative Computational Project
11 (CCP11), and the Scottish Bioinformatics Forum (SBF) and will
take place in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, a state-of-the-art
conference auditorium that seats up to 3,000 delegates, has extensive
breakout facilities, and is linked to 22,000 square meters of exhibition
space and a 285-bedroom hotel.
Similar to ISMB,
ECCB is a multi-disciplinary conference that bridges the fields
of computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology
by bringing together involved scientists from all over the world.
It builds on the excellent reputation of the national computational
biology conferences held in many European countries, by operating
a revolving scheme: each year, one of the European countries hosts
the European conference, jointly with its national conference on
computational biology. The inaugural ECCB was held in conjunction
with the German Conference on Bioinformatics in Saarbrücken,
Germany, in October 2002.
The 2004 meeting
will be organized and the program committee chaired by David Gilbert
of the University of Glasgow and Janet Thornton of the European
Bioinformatics Institute. So far, the organizers have proposed a
format similar to previous ISMB meetings, including papers, presenters,
posters, awards, special interest groups, and an "Education
Day" of workshops and tutorials.
and program committees have representatives from every continent
and both committees will be actively involved in promoting the conference
to their local bioinformatics communities and encouraging submissions
from around the world. Likewise, they will encourage the global
participation of special interest groups, educators in bioinformatics,
and companies, particularly those who are applying bioinformatics
to improving human health and well-being.