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Volume 8, Issue 1

President’s Column

2005 Membership Registration
Don’t Delay!

ISMB 2005
Bound To Be the Best Yet

SIG Meetings
Kick-Off ISMB 2005

ISCB Thanks Sun
for Continued Support


Calling All Leaders!

PLoS Computational Biology
Exciting Open Access Journal

Student Council
Announcements & Updates

Travel Fellowships Offered
Deadlines Approaching Fast

Public Affairs

Immigration Workshop
April 16, 2005 in San Diego

RECOMB 2005 Highlights

ECCB 2005

SCCB Computational Biology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

News from the Field

Events & Opportunities


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ECCB/05 and Jbi/05 Preparing to Wow Delegates this Fall

Madrid, Spain will provide a stunning backdrop for the next presentation of the European Conference on Computational Biology September 28 – October 1, 2005 (ECCB/05). The fourth rendition of this conference series is being held jointly with the sixth Jbi (Jornadas de Bioinformatica – The Annual Spanish Bioinformatics Conference), and will be hosted by the Bioinformatics National Institute (INB).

Last year ECCB was held jointly with ISCB’s annual conference, Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) in Glasgow, Scotland. Following that conference Hershel Safer, ISCB Conferences Committee Chair, stated, “Pairing the ECCB and ISMB conferences in 2004 was a natural fit for both organizations, and especially made perfect sense for our European attendees. We had the highest attendance that either conference had achieved independently, and I have no doubt that ECCB/05 in Spain will be an excellent conference to follow the joint meeting of last year. I am really looking forward to it.”

From the pre-conference workshops to the parting words of the closing ceremony, attendees will enjoy the facilities of the Palacio Municipal de Congresos and the amenities of this culturally rich and cosmopolitan capital of Spain. The conference organizers are preparing for 1000 delegates to attend ECCB/05, with many of the students getting a jumpstart to the main conference by attending a full day ISCB Student Council Symposium on September 28th. Arrangements are being made for the conference dinner at the "Casino de Madrid" an exceptional historic building located in the heart of the city. The cuisine is sure to impress and the lively energy of the evening will provide a fun atmosphere to unwind and socialize in spectacular surroundings.

But the most important aspect of the conference is, of course, the science. ECCB/05 will surely deliver an excellent scientific program with a lineup of invited papers by internationally recognized luminaries in the field of bioinformatics. Featured talks include such titles as “Perspectives in Bioinformatics,” “How Complete is Knowledge of the Genome Sequence,” and “The Future of Systems Biology.” Paper submissions are being accepted until May 15, 2005 under the following focus areas:

Protein Structure and Function
Genes and Genomes
Systems Biology
Text Mining
In addition, this will be an intensive and creative event with a complete program consisting of papers, tutorials, software demos and exhibitions, all of which will be of particular interest to those professionals who work in bioinformatics and the bio-pharmaceutical industry. Local, regional, and large multinational companies will be participating in the exhibition event, introducing potential customers to the latest bioinformatics solutions. Exhibition visitors will not only discover the latest products and meet face-to-face with manufacturers of hardware and software technologies, but will also learn about discoveries and strategies in the bioinformatics sector from experts in this field.

ISCB Student/Trainee members presenting a poster or paper at ECCB/05 are eligible to apply for limited travel fellowship funds from the Society. Students and post docs are encouraged to submit an application at https://www.iscb.org/travel_fellowship_form.php as soon as paper or poster presentation acceptance is received by the conference organizers. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding, but not submitting an application certainly guarantees the opposite result!

For important dates and deadlines see related Key Dates article in this newsletter, and for more information about the ISCB Student Council Symposium be sure to read the Student Council Announcements and Updates article. For more details about ECCB/05, including conference and hotel registration information, please visit http://www.eccb05.org/.