- Madrid, Spain
the end of the summer of year 2005, Madrid will be greeting the
delegates attending the 4th European Conference on Computational
Biology (ECCB). Following the success of Saarbrücken, Paris
and Glasgow, ECCB05 in Madrid, which will be held from September
27th to October 1st, is likely to become the largest conference
on computational biology ever held in Europe. While maintaining
the overall structure of the previous editions, ECCB05 will introduce
some significant changes. Rather than focusing on a particular topic,
the conference will attempt to promote the interchange of ideas
and experiences between scientists, and to stress the biological
motivation underlying bioinformatics methodologies.
Toward these ends, we have organized two new types of sessions,
in one of them two renowned scientist will present and discuss their
complementary and contrasting views on the development and future
of their field of work. The other new section will bring together
an experimental and a computational biologist who have successfully
collaborated in a biological problem. The goal is to compare their
complementary views, and the different experimental and computational
developments required for their collaborative work.
The conference will be sponsored by the European ECCB, the Biosapiens
Network of Excellence, ISCB, Genoma España, and
the recently created Spanish Institute for Bioinformatics (INB),
The steering committee includes Janet Thornton (European Bioinformatics
Institute), and David Gilbert (University of Glasgow) as organizers
of ISMB/ECCB04, Antoine Danchin (Pasteur Institute), Søren
Brunak (Center for Biological Sequence Analysis), Burkhard Rost
(Columbia University), Philip Bucher (University of Lausanne), and
Martin Vingron (Max Plank Institute, Berlin). They will work in
close collaboration with the national steering committee assembled
by the Spanish Network of Bioinformatics, and they will contribute
greatly toward making ECCB05 an intellectually appealing conference.
Needless to say that Madrid in September will be also an interesting
location, with three large museums to visit, and endless nights
to enjoy the hospitality of a city open to all.
Looking forward to seeing you in Madrid!
Roderic Guigó (IMIM, Barcelona),
Federico Morán (U. Complutense Madrid),
Alfonso Valencia (CNB-CSIC, Madrid)