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Volume 7, Issue 2
Call for Nominations
as Member of FASEB
and Opportunities of Interest
2004 Conference Countdown
By Cath Brooksbank
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee
two of the worlds largest bioinformatics conferences
Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and the European Conference
on Computational Biology has proved to be an exciting challenge:
we had anticipated that this was going to be a big conference, but
must confess to being quite taken aback by the level of enthusiasm
that the joint conference has generated. The programme committee
and the local organizing committee have been working extremely hard
over the past few months to distil all your contributions into an
especially fine blend with a uniquely Scottish flavour.
Online registration is open at http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2004/reg.html,
and there are significant discounts if you register before 28 May
2004. Register here for the main conference, tutorials, special
interest groups (SIGs) and the conference banquet. Places for the
banquet are limited, so if you want to experience haggis and Scottish
dancing first hand, register now.
We had a larger number of submissions than ever before for either
ISMB or ECCB, so competition was especially tough this year, and
the standard of accepted papers is very high. The programme committee
had the unenviable task of choosing the very best papers from over
490 submissions. They have selected 67 papers 50 long and
17 short, spanning genomics, evolution and phylogeny, sequence analysis,
transcriptomics, proteomics, structural biology, pathways, networks
and systems, biomedical applications, databases, ontologies and
text mining. The programme committee opted for an acceptance rate
of approximately 14% (the same as for ISMB 2003) and, because we
had a larger number of submissions than ever before, there will
be parallel sessions. The full programme will be available shortly
As well as the six keynote speakers highlighted elsewhere in this
newsletter, were delighted to announce that the ISCB Overton
Prize will be awarded to Uri Alon (Weizmann Institute of Science,
Rehovot, Israel) and the ISCB Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award
will go to David Lipman (National Center for Biotechnology Information,
Bethesda, MD, USA). Information on our keynote speakers is also
available at http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2004/keynotes.html.
The programme will be organized so that no other talks will be concurrent
with any of the keynote lectures.
We are delighted to have received over 950 poster abstracts. Space
in the exhibition hall is tight but were going to do our very
best to accommodate all the posters.
The purpose of software demos is to allow organizations and individuals
to demonstrate software and/or hardware that is relevant to the
molecular biology community. If youd like to give your new
bioinformatics resource an airing, why not sign up to give a demo?
Take a look at the schedule at http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2004/demoschedule.html
to check availability, and then sign up at http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2004/demos_all.html
The first day of ISMB/ECCB 2004, Saturday 31 July, provides an opportunity
for you get a sound grounding in an area of bioinformatics that
might be new to you, via a selection of tutorials. We were inundated
with proposals for tutorials this year and have selected 13 out
of the 65 proposals submitted; you can learn more about these at
and sign up for one or two tutorials when you register for the conference.
ISMB/ECCB 2004 will be preceded by ten Special Interest Group (SIG)
meetings. As well as the old ISMB favourites such as BOSC, BioPathways,
Bio-Ontologies, SIGSIM, and WEB; the second Bioinformatics and Statistical
Physics will be held as a SIG (the first was a satellite conference
of the first ECCB conference in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 2002)
and there are some completely new SIGs, including: Bioinformatics
of Disease; Genome Annotation; and 3D:Structural Bioinformatics.
Learn more about the SIGs at www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2004/sigs.html
and register for them when you register for the main conference.
The organizers have put together an excellent range of sponsorship
and exhibition opportunities: whether youre a large multinational
or just starting up we have a package that will allow you to make
your presence felt at the worlds biggest bioinformatics event
of 2004. The exhibition hall is filling up fast, so sign up now
to avoid disappointment. Register before 23 May to guarantee inclusion
in the conference programme book.
Glasgow is an extremely well-connected city by air, rail
and road. Use the information at http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2004/trans.html
to plan your journey. If you think you may need a visa to visit
the UK, you can check at http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) is close to
the city centre and we have negotiated special conference rates
at a range of different hostels and hotels, ranging from basic to
splendiferous. Information on housing is now available at http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2004/housing.html
and you can book online.
THE MOST OF YOUR STAY
While youre in Scotland, why not make the most of its wonderful
scenery, historic cities and delicious whisky? Our Professional
Conference Organizer, Concorde Services, is offering a range of
tours. More information is available at http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2004/local_tours.html