Mark Your Calendars Now For ISMB/ECCB 2004
By Cath Brooksbank
On behalf of the ISMB/ECCB 2004 Local Organizing Committee

With keynote speakers including Eric Green (genomics), Svante Pääbo (evolution and phylogeny), Matthias Mann (proteomics), Anna Tramontano (structural bioinformatics), Leroy Hood (pathways, networks and systems) and Denis Noble (Applications of bioinformatics to biomedicine, agriculture and drug discovery), ISMB/ECCB 2004—to be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK from 31 July to 4 August 2004—promises something for everyone.

Preceded by two days of Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings and a day of tutorials, the main conference, which will be 2004's largest computational biology event in the world, will feature oral presentations, posters, software demonstrations and an exhibition, all in the UK's largest integrated exhibition and conference centre, a stone’s throw from the throbbing centre of Glasgow and only a short drive from some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

There’s still time (just!) to submit a paper to ISMB/ECCB 2004: the submission deadline is 15 January 2004. Following on from the success of short papers at both ISMB 2003 in Brisbane and ECCB 2003 in Paris, we’re soliciting two different types of papers—full papers and short papers—to encourage submissions from the full spectrum of computational biology. Submission guidelines are detailed online at Both types of papers will be considered by the program committee and will follow the same timelines for submission, notification of acceptance, and submission of corrected papers.

ISMB/ECCB 2004 will bring together scientists from an enormous range of disciplines, including molecular biology, medicine, computer science, mathematics and statistics. Papers that demonstrate both the development of new computational techniques AND their application to biomedical questions are especially encouraged. We will be offering a substantial prize for the paper that demonstrates the most effective use of computational techniques to solve a biological or biomedical problem.

If you’d like to submit a poster, the call for posters is now live at and the deadline for poster submissions is April 19th. If you need an incentive greater than the fact that your poster will be on display for up to 2000 computational biologists, cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10 best posters. Poster-board space is at a premium though, so submit your poster abstract early to avoid disappointment.

There’s also still time to think about doing a software demo. These are free to academics and provide you with a 1-2 hour slot in which to show off your bioinformatics tools to a receptive audience.

Please watch the conference website for information and announcements, and sign up for conference notices at