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ISMB 2006

  ISCB Past President Phil Bourne and ISCB staff member Stephanie Hagstrom, meet with ISMB2006 chair Goran Neshich and local organizers in Brazil to tour a convention center.

In 2006, ISMB will be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, marking the first time the meeting has been held in South America. The meeting will also be the largest bioinformatics conference ever held in Brazil.

In December, then-President of the ISCB, Phil Bourne, and ISMB conference planner Stephanie Hagstrom toured Fortaleza, a city of nearly two million people on the Atlantic coast. Fortaleza is the capital of Ceará, a state known for its beautiful beaches, culture, nightlife, as well as being a center for academic research and business. Fortaleza is a popular tourist destination, receiving an average 500,000 tourists annually.

Hagstrom said, "We're very excited about ISMB2006. Fortaleza is a beautiful city, and the facilities there are first-rate. The state of Ceará is interested in developing bioinformatics in the region as well."

During their inspection visit to Fortaleza Bourne and Hagstrom met with the Governor of Ceará, Lúcio Alcântara, and other local officials. They also visited with ISCB Director Goran Neshich of EMBRAPA, who was instrumental in putting together the proposal for the conference.

The event will be held at the Fortaleza Convention Center from August 6-11, 2006. The modern facility is easily accessible from the airport include auditoriums, conference rooms, mini-auditoriums, an acclimatized pavilion for expositions, parking area, and a food court.