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Contributing Tier Affiliate

Contact: Christian Schönbach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Nazarbayev University
School of Sciences and Humanities
Department of Biology
53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave
Astana 010000, Kazakhstan

Geographical area included: Asia Pacific

Leadership Structure: January 2020-December 2022
President: Mohammad Asif Khan, Bezmialem Vakif University, Turkey; Perdana University, Malaysia
Vice President: Christian Schönbach, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Treasurer: Kenta Nakai, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Secretary: Harpreet Singh, Bioinformatics Centre, Indian
Council of Medical Research, India
Executive Committee Members:
Yam Wai Keat, International Medical University, Malaysia
Yun Zheng, Kunming University of Science and Technology, China
Ge Gao, Center of Bioinformatics, Peking University, China
Hilyatuz Zahroh, Universitas YARSI, Indonesia
Zeti-Azura Mohamed-Hussein, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
Co-opted Executive Committee Members:
Prash Suravajhala, BioClues, India
Gitanjali Yadav, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, India
Nor Afiqah Aleng, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia
Kiyoko F. Aoki-Kinoshita, Soka University, Japan
Sarinder Kaur, University Malaya, Malaysia

Goals: APBioNet The Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet; https://www.apbionet.org/) is a nonprofit, onn-governmental, international organization founded in 1998 that focuses on the promotion of bioinformatics in the Asia-Pacific region.
APBioNet is dedicated to the advancement of the field of bioinformatics, specifically the development of bioinformatics network infrastructure, the exchange of data and information, the development of training programs, workshops and symposia and the encouragement of collaborations in the field of bioinformatics with an Asia Pacific focus.
Vision: Advance the understanding and application of bioinformatics in research, education and services in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mission: APBioNet’s mission, since its inception, has been to pioneer the growth and development of bioinformatics awareness, training, education, infrastructure, resources, and research among member countries and economies.
APBioNet is dedicated to:
• to the advancement of the field of bioinformatics and its development network infrastructure the exchange of data and information
• the encouragement of collaborations in the field of bioinformatics
• the development of training programs, workshops and symposia

InCoB International Conference on Bioinformatics (https://incob.apbionet.org/); annually since 2002, 200-300 participants

The 21st International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB 2022 https://cbrcconferences.kaust.edu.sa/incob2022) was held as a virtual conference Nov 21-23, 2022 and organized by KAUST Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) in partnership with APBioNet; 253 participants (76 international; 177 local)

InSyB International Symposium on Bioinformatics, annually since 2017, 80-120 participants.

The 6th International Symposium on Bioinformatics (InSyB2022 https://www.apbionet.org/insyb-2022-call-for-participation/) was held virtually together with 3rd Bioinformatics and Biodiversity Conferences (BBC) in conjunction with 2nd Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology Conference (SBB) 2022, Nov. 5-6, 2022. The theme of this combined event was "Omics Study for Environment and Human Health ”. InSyB2022 was attended by 143 particpants (talks: 39; posters 1. submitted abstracts: 46)

APBioNET organizes together with Association for Medical and Bio-Informatics, Singapore (AMBIS), Perdana University, Malaysia and Bezmialem Vakıf University, Turkey and supported by National Supercomputing Centre, Singapore and Alterquo, Malaysia a series of online Bioinformatics Workshop Fiesta (BWF 2020/2022 http://www.ambis.org.sg/bwf-202022.html). Two workshops were held in 2022.

APBioNetTalks (https://apbtalks.apbionet.org/) was lauchned in 2020. It is platform with the simple mission of empowering the community through bioinformatics learning, education, and training. In 2022 two talks were delivered in Sep and Oct 2022.

APBioNet has launched a Student Ambassador Program (SAP https://www.apbionet.org/student-ambassador-program-sap/). SAP's objective is to create an opportunity for graduate students (the Student Ambassador (SA)) from Asia-Pacific geographical regions to hone bioinformatics-based research skills through a student exchange program and to contribute to APBioNET’s activities. Seven Mentors were appointed for 2022 (India 4; Japan 2; Singapore 1)

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
APBioNet supports every year between 4-6 students to attend InCoB from its Travel Fellowship program http://incob2019.org/travel-grant/. This program was suspended during COVID-19 pandemic.

APBioNet is a Gold member of Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET).

For the time being a candidate for hosting InCoB 2023 has been identified in Australia.

InCoB2024 will be part of the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Joint Congress 2024 (APBJC 2024, Oct 21-24, 2024) in Okinawa, Japan. APBioNet has initated discussions and planning more than two years ago. This year involved parties came to an agreement on the dates and venue. The congress will be organized by JSBi, APBioNet, ISCB, GOBLET, Bioclues Organization, MaSBiC, and MABBI.

ABPBioNet proposed to publish an article on Grand Challenges in Bioinformatics Education (https://www.apbionet.org/bgcc/) and is working with members of other Societies including Goblet and ISCB towards this goal. The final version of the manuscript is expected to be submitted in December 2022.

APBIoNet is present in the following social media: Facebook: 889 followers (6% increase); Twitter: 616 followers (24% increase); MailChimp 1682 subscribers (25% increase) ; Since 2016 13 newsletter were published on https://www.apbionet.org/newsletter/.

Last Updated January 06, 2023

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Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society (ABACBS)
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Dr Annette McGrath
Treasurer of ABACBS

CSIRO’s Data61
41 Boggo Road
Dutton Park
QLD 4102

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(61 7) 3833 5629

Geographical area included: Australia

Leadership Structure: ABACBS Executive Committee 2019:
President: Aaron Darling
Vice-President: Alicia Oshlack
Treasurer: Annette McGrath
Secretary: Sebastian Kurscheid
Past-President: Tony Papenfuss
Ordinary Member: Nicola Armstrong
Ordinary Member: Jimmy Breen
Professional Bioinformatician Representative: Roxane Legaie
Postdoctoral/ECR Representative: Jovana Maksimovic
Student Representative: Leah Roberts

Goals: The Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS, pron.ˈabəkəs) is focused on the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology in Australia.

ABACBS aims to
1. strengthen the science and profession
2. encourage and support students
3. provide representation and advocacy
4. promote interaction and awareness

of bioinformatics and computational biology.

The vision of ABACBS is
1. for people to understand why bioinformatics and computational biology are important
2. for excellence in the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology
3. for good career opportunities in bioinformatics and computational biology.

ABACBS has emerged from broad consultation with the Australian bioinformatics and computational biology community, initiated by the Australian Bioinformatics Network in 2013. It was felt that there was a high level of support for a professional society representing Australian bioinformaticians and computational biologists. The Society was incorporated in November 2014, and the first executive committee was formed. The first national annual ABACBS conference was held in Sydney in 2015. ABACBS is a young society with an exciting future. We are keen to pursue opportunities for an annual conference as well as support special interest groups.

The 2019 annual ABACBS Conference was held in December 2019 in Sydney. This year, the annual conference was held in conjunction with the 30th International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW). Details can be found here: https://www.abacbs.org/conference2019/. The conference attracted 380 participants.

COMBINE is the student subcommittee of ABACBS as well as the official ISCB Regional Student Group for Australia. The annual COMBINE Symposium (a student-oriented symposium co-located with the main ABACBS conference) was also held in 2019. It too was held in conjunction with the student group of GIW – the Asian Young Reserchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (AYRCOB). Details can be found here: https://www.abacbs.org/conference2019/student-symposium.

In 2019, the BioCAsia group became a sub-committee of ABACBS. This group has run a number of workshops in conjunction with the ABACBS annual conference from 2016 to 2018 inclusive. In 2019, BioCAsia ran a workshop in conjunction with the annual AMSI BioinfoSummer Symposium in Bioinformatics. Details of this event can be found here: https://bis.amsi.org.au/program/#1562227301660-9701f871-ecbe

ABACBS has also created other subcommittees that support special interest groups in bioinformatics. These are an Education and Training subcommittee as well as a Professional Bioinformatics subcommittee to support bioinformaticians in non-academic positions.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
ABACBS 2020 conference, with COMBINE Symposium, to be held in Canberra, Nov 2020.

Last Updated March 06, 2020

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BioClues India
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Nagarajan Raju (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Outreach Chair and Prashanth Suravajhala, PhD, Founder
Mailing Address: Bioclues.org, Kukatpally, Hyderabad 500072
US Phone: +1-541-666-9547

Geographical area included: India

Leadership Structure: Bioclues Executive Team (BET):
Founders: Prashanth Suravajhala, PhD. and Pritish Varadwaj, PhD.
Advisors: GPS Raghava, PhD., Dr. Jayaraman Valadi, N Srinivasan, PhD., HA Nagarajaram, PhD., Krishna Mohan Medicheria, PhD., R Keshavachandran, PhD., Pratap VV Reddy, PhD and more.
President: GPS Raghava, PhD.
Vice President: Dr. Jayaraman Valadi
Outreach Chair: Nagarajan Raju, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer: N Srinivasan, PhD.
Entrepreneurship Chair: Mohankumar Megha

Mentoring Chair: Vishal Acharya, PhD

Research Chair: Sriparna Saha, PhD.
Women in Biology Chair: Manika Sehgal, PhD
Women in Biology Co-chair: Sujata Dhar and Dhatri Madduru
Treasurer: Saumyadip Sarkar

History: Was first founded by Prash Suravajhala and Pritish Varadwaj in 2005, virtual deployment began in mid 2006. BIOCLUES is acronymed for Bioinformatics Club for Experimenting Scientists. The organization was founded in 2005. It is a non-profit virtual organization for, by, and of the Indian Bioinformaticians. It is one of the fastest growing bioinformatics societies in India, currently serving over 3400 members from nearly 30 countries. We aim to bring together the Indian bioinformaticians, foster a strong working mentor–mentee relationship, provide access to bioinformatics resources, organize conferences and workshops besides imparting information about research, training, education, employment and current events and news from bioinformatics, genomics, and related fields. Bioclues adheres to Creative Commons License with the prime focus to help the Bioinformaticians in India to promote open access. In the year 2010, we have setup vision 2020 to ensure our thoughts are converted to actions by the said year.

The purpose of this Organization is to promote the interaction among students, scientific professionals and industrialists through budding fields like Systems biology and Computational Biology

• To create and disseminate consciousness of research in the field of Bioinformatics and systems biology through webinars
• Identify practicable knowledge drivers through a comprehensive look for computational biologists
• Impart a complete understanding of the principal bioinformatics algorithms and tools through interactive summaries, polls, discussions
• To provide an online project platform for mentoring graduate students, while bridging the interaction of students in the field of computational biology
• To cater the need of assimilating existing open source code and developing novel tools and webservers for research community
• To encourage women scientists take up bioinformatics
• To bridge the gap between academic and industry in terms of Bioinformatics and Bio IT
• (Immediate) Making 2020 Bioinformatics by the year 2020
• Reaching the unreached young scientists and researchers, encouraging them to lessen the scale of experimentation
• Making active Academicians and Entrepreneurs

The organization works on four avenues, viz. Mentoring, Outreach, Research and Entrepreneurship (MORE). We organize conferences, tutorials, trade and industrial shows, educative seminars, colloquiums, workshops so that the student-researchers are ignited in the upcoming facets of computational biology More at www.bioclues.org

Research focus area:
• Annotate and curate next generation sequencing (NGS) Datasets
• Genome Diversity and Coverage Distribution
• Pathway Analysis and Protein Interactions
• Functional Mapping with Gene Ontology
• Pipeline Development/Cloud interfaces

Last Updated May 11, 2021

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Japanese Society for Bioinformatics (JSBi)
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Wataru Iwasaki
the University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-0882, Japan
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Geographical area included: Japan

Leadership Structure: President:
Susumu Goto
(Term April 2021- March 2023)

Vice President:
Yoshihiro Yamanishi
(Term April 2021- March 2023)

Board of Directors:
Wataru Iwasaki (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Masahito Ohue (School of Computing, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Takeshi Obayashi (Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University)
Mayumi Kamada (Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University)
Kiyoko F. Aoki-Kinoshita (Glycan & Life System Integration Center (GalSIC), Faculty of Science and Engineering, Soka University)
Kengo Sato (Keio University)
Kentaro Shimizu (Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Yukako Tohsato (College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University)
Yoko Nagai (Varinos, Inc.)
Hideo Matsuda (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University)
Ai Muto-Fujita (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research)
(Term 2020/04/01 - 2022/03/31)

Kiyoshi Asai (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Masanori Arita (National Institute of Genetics)
Soich Ogishima(The Advanced Research Center for Innovations in Next-Generation Medicine(INGEM)/Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University)
Haruka Ozaki (Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba)
Kengo Kinoshita (Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University)
Susumu Goto (Database Center for Life Science, Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems)
Kana Shimizu (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)
Tsuyoshi Shirai (Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology)
Kazuhiro Takemoto (Department of Bioscience and Bioinformatics, Kyushu Institute of Technology)
Tsukasa Fukunaga (Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University)
Yoshihiro Yamanishi (Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology)
(Term 2021/04/01 - 2023/03/31)

Goals: The Japanese Society for Bioinformatics (JSBi) was founded in 1999 for promoting researches and educational activities on bioinformatics as well as for promoting the relevant technologies and industries in Japan. JSBi also enhances international collaborations as an affiliated regional group of ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology) and a member of AASBi (Association of Asian Societies for Bioinformatics). In addition, JSBi played a key role in holding the longest running international bioinformatics conference, International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW, former Genome Informatics Workshop), which originated in Japan.

• JSBi annual meeting
• JSBi newsletter (2 issues per year)
• JSBi Bioinformatics Review
• Encyclopedia of bioinformatics (published in 2006)
• Bioinformatics introduction textbook
• Bioinformatics engineer examination
• Bioinformatics education curriculum
• Special interest groups and regional meetings
• As a founding member of the Association of Asian Societies for Bioinformatics (AASBi), JSBi supports GIW and other international bioinformatics meetings in the years they are held in Japan.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
The most important event of JSBi is the General Meeting, which is held once a year and to which all the members are requested to participate. Until 2006, the General Meeting had been held as a part of an international meeting, GIW (International Conference on Genome Informatics, former Genome Informatics Workshop). Since GIW becomes an official meeting of AASBi from 2007, the General Meetings are held independently in Japan.

Holding Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Regional Working Groups, presenting Oxford Journals-JSBi Prize, and publishing News Letters and Bioinformatics Reviews are also main activities of JSBi. Other activities include managing Bioinformatics Engineer Examination, developing a standard curriculum for bioinformatics education in universities and graduate schools, and editing the encyclopedia of bioinformatics and bioinformatics introduction textbook (in Japanese). The encyclopedia, written by hundreds of JSBi members and researchers in related areas, was published by Kyoritsu Shuppan. Co. Ltd.

Last Updated December 18, 2021

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Korean Society for Bioinformatics (KSBi)
Provisional Tier Affiliate

Contact: President : Doheon LEE, Ph.D., Professor
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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General Secretary : Tae-Min Kim, Ph,D., Professor
Catholic University of Korea
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Tel +82-2-2135-2578

Geographical area included: Korea

Leadership Structure: President
Vice President
Special Advisory

Steering committee : General affairs, Planning affairs, Program affairs, Publication affairs, Industrial Collaboration affairs, Publicity affairs

• Promotion of bioinformatics research and development in Korea
• Sponsoring bioinformatics-related academic events such as symposia, workshops, discussion forums, etc in Korea
• Participation in basic and advanced bioinformatics education in Korea
• Supporting technological and industrial development in the area of bioinformatics in Korea

Brief history:
In Oct., 1998, a group of experts in the areas of life science and bioinformatics recognizing the importance of bioinformatics in the coming decades founded KSBi. Since then, experts from non-biology areas such as computer science, mathematics and so on joined it.

• The 6th BIML(Bioinformatics and Machine Learning) :
Training workshop for researchers, academics, and industrial practitioners.
Jan. 30th~Feb. 1st, 2020.
number of participant : 350

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
The joint conference, APBC(Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference)-BIOINFO 2020 is going to be held in Aug. 18th~20th.

• The 7th BIML workshop
The BIML workshop is planning on all the core and new topics in bioinformatics and computational genomics.

Last Updated May 28, 2020

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