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Volume 8, Issue 3

President's Letter

Rost To Become
Next ISCB President

Rocky'05 Bioinformatics
Conference Colorado
in December

Update on
PLoS Computational Biology

Putting Students
in the Spotlight

Call for 2006
Awards Nominations

ISMB 2006 in Brazil

New ISCB Membership Site
Now Open

ISMB 2006
Call for Tutorials

RECOMB 2006 Registration Opening This Week

ISMB 2005 SIGs Recap

Israeli Bioinformatics Symposium 2005
A Prelude to ECCB’06

Advertising & Corporate Membership Opportunities

Post Your News, Events
and Degree Programs
on ISCB Website

Upcoming Events
& Conferences

News from the Field

Acknowledgements and Contributors



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Call for ISMB 2006 Tutorial Proposals - Deadline January 9, 2006

ISMB 2006 will take place in beautiful Brazil next August. As has become tradition, the conference will be kicked off with a day featuring up to 12 half-day tutorial sessions (see Call for Tutorials), from introductory to advanced levels, spread out into seven morning and seven afternoon options for attendees. The tutorials will be given on Sunday, August 6, prior to the ISMB scientific program which begins on the 7th and continues through the 10th. The purpose of the tutorial program is to provide participants with lectures and instruction, on either well-established or new "cutting-edge" topics, relevant to the bioinformatics field. It offers participants an opportunity to learn about new areas of bioinformatics research, to get an introduction to important established topics, or to develop higher skill levels in areas in which they are already knowledgeable. The list and descriptions of the final tutorials will be available on the ISMB website (www.iscb.org/ismb2006) after March 6, 2006. Tutorial registration fees are currently under review and will be announced on the site soon. Tutorial attendees should register using the on-line ISMB 2006 registration form when available in March. See Tutorials Key Dates at the bottom of this call for important dates to remember.

This call is an invitation for scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit proposals for high quality tutorials for ISMB 2006. Tutorials must be designed as half-day (four hour) sessions, including a 30 minute break at their midpoint. ISMB will offer up to 12 tutorials covering a range of topics reflective of the multi-disciplinary nature of our field.

Please submit proposals prior to January 9, 2006. Tutorial submissions MUST include a detailed 4 page (max.) description of what will be taught. Proposals should contain the following information:

  • A brief description of the instructor(s) indicating the relevant qualifications and teaching experience.
  • Based on feedback received from earlier years, please note that graduate students cannot participate as instructors or demonstrators.
  • Each tutorial can have a maximum of two presenters.
  • Title and expected goals, objectives and motivation of the tutorial
  • Tutorial level: Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced.
  • Intended audience: it should be clearly and precisely indicated to whom the tutorial is aimed and at which level it would be taught with respect to the different underlying scientific fields. In particular if any background (biology, algorithmics, statistics, etc) is expected, this should be very precisely described.
  • Detailed outline of the presentation.

Proposals must be submitted in the MS Word or PDF templates provided at the Call for Tutorials.

All submissions will be evaluated by a committee, which will consider the following criteria:

  • Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to ISMB attendees
  • Completeness, clarity, and quality of the tutorial proposal
  • Expertise and experience of the presenters in the proposed topic
  • Expertise and experience of the presenters in delivering a successful educational experience
  • Effectiveness of the proposed presentation approach.

Tutorials serve an educational function and are expected to provide perspective on a field of research. They are not to focus on the presenters' own research or software. Such presentations should be submitted as papers or demonstrations. Tutorial attendees often consider the reputation and standing of the presenters as one of their criteria for choosing particular sessions. Therefore, it is expected presenters listed on the submitted proposal will be at the conference to present their tutorials.

Submitters of successful tutorial proposals will be notified of their acceptance by March 6, 2006. A maximum of 12 proposals will be accepted for presentation at ISMB 2006. ISMB tutorial presenters will also be invited to develop tutorials for publication in the journal PLoS Computational Biology.

A draft version of all tutorial handouts will be required prior to the final acceptance of a tutorial. The draft handouts must be received by May 1, 2006, and feedback on draft handout materials will be made by May 15, 2006. Final handouts for reproduction must be received by June 26, 2006. The slides should be submitted as PowerPoint files, and the handouts should be pdf files. ISMB will provide a conference template to be used by presenters.

Tutorial Handouts

The tutorial presenters agree to provide participants with teaching materials that include:

  • A detailed outline of the presentation and explanatory text, which will be a document equivalent to the oral component of the tutorial, in a standard template.
  • Copies of the slides, in PowerPoint format.
  • Copies of relevant articles/book chapters published by the tutors may be provided as Supplementary Information but cannot replace the text material of the handout. Presenters will have to obtain copyright permission from their publishers, as required.


The authors will grant copyright to tutorial materials to the ISCB for a period to extend from acceptance through December 31, 2006, and they agree that their materials will be made available for sale through the ISCB to ISMB participants not attending the tutorial through December 31, 2006.

Each tutorial team will be provided:

  • One honorarium of US$500;
  • One free registration for the tutorial presented;
  • One free registration to the ISMB 2006 conference for the tutorial presenter.

Correspondence from prospective tutorial instructors should be sent to: tutorials@ismbconf.org

Tutorials Key Dates
November 15, 2005
Call for Tutorial Opens
January 9, 2006
Tutorial Workshop (Instructor) Submission Deadline
March 6, 2006
Tutorial Acceptance Notification
March 15, 2006
ISMB Conference Registration Opens
May 1, 2006
Tutorial Draft Handouts Due
May 15, 2006
Feedback Made on Draft Handouts
June 26, 2006
Final Tutorial Handouts for Production Due
Early Conference Registration Discount Cut-off Date