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Contributing Tier Affiliate

Contact: Nurul Salwanie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dept of Biochemistry,
MD7 Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,
National University of Singapore,
8 Medical Dr, Singapore, 1175996.

Geographical area included: Asia Pacific

Leadership Structure: January 2022-December 2024
President: Mohammad Asif Khan,Mohammad Asif Khan,
University of Doha for Science and Technology, Qatar
Vice President: Harpreet Singh, Ph.D
Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya Jalandhar, India
Treasurer: Yun Zheng, Ph.D
Fudan University, China
Secretary: Kiyoko F. Kinoshita, Ph.D
Soka University, Japan
Executive Committee Members:
Hilyatuz Zahroh
Kübra KUBAT, ISCB SC RSG, Turkey
Xavier Chee, Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia
Wisnu Ananta, IPB University, Indonesia
N. Latha, Bennett University (Times of India Group), India
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 22nd International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB 2023 https://incob.apbionet.org/incob23) was held as a physical conference Nov 12-15, 202 and organized by Translational Research Institute (TRI), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in partnership with APBioNet; 106 participants

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

The 7th International Symposium on Bioinformatics (InSyB2023 https://www.insyb.apbionet.org/insyb23) was held virtually on Dec.14, 2023. The theme of this combined event was "Integrative Bioinformatics: Bridging Scales from Molecules to Ecosystems ”. InSyB2023 was attended by 80 particpants (talks: 3; 2 workshop; 2 student ambassador presentation)

APBioNET collaborated together with The University of Montana, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore, the National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand, the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research of Singapore, and the National Supercomputing Center of Singapore, is the advanced studies workshops in computational biology in Singapore. The Singapore workshop will cover topics in the analysis of sequence data, biomolecule-ligand affinity estimation, molecular dynamics, and other current and advanced topics. Scientists from the USA, Europe, and Asia will be present as instructors, as they were at the first workshop. https://www.umt.edu/comp-bio-asia/

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 2023 one talk was delivered in November 2023.

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 March 11, 2024

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

Contact: Dr Annette McGrath

CSIRO’s Data61
41 Boggo Road
Dutton Park
QLD 4102

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(61 7) 3833 5629

Geographical area included: Australia

Leadership Structure: National Executive Committee
At the 2023 AGM, during the conference, we also voted and welcomed our new 2024 committee:
President: Jimmy Breen

Vice-President: Jessica Mar
Past-President: Tony Papenfuss
Secretary: Anna Trigos
Treasurer: Mirana Ramialison
Student Representative: Carissa Chen
Postdoctoral Representative: Feargal Ryan
Professional Representative: Amit Kumar
Ordinary Members: Giulia Iacono, Shila Ghazanfar, Pengyi Yang, Richard Edwards
Additionally, a number of special resolutions were passed by the ABACBS membership, including:
1. Modification of item 3 of the constitution, which currently reads as: "The financial year of the
Association is each period of 12 months ending on 30 June." to: "The financial year of the Association
is each period of 12 months ending on 30 September."
2. The addition of a “Diversity and Inclusion representative” on the National Executive Committee. This
would be added to Item 44 of the constitution. Election for this role would come into effect at the 2024
We were also able to fill the Past President role vacated by Aaron Darling due to time commitments with our
Past-Past President Tony Papenfuss.

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.

ABACBS ISCB Membership Annual Report
ABACBS supports Bioinformaticians and Computational Biologists in Australia through the following activities:
1. Advocacy
a. These include sub-committees for various levels of career stage and situation
2. Society events
a. Annual Research Conference at the end of November each year
b. Seminar Series
c. Subcommittee events
3. Awards
Advocacy & Special Interest Groups
The society has five Special Interest Groups and a number of specific event committees
- COMBINE Student Group:
- Postdoctoral Research Sub-committee
- Diversity and Inclusion Sub-committee (New in 2023)
- Education and Training Sub-committee
- Professional Bioinformaticians Group
- Events based Sub-committees
- BioC Asia
- Sydney Bioinformatics Symposium
- Victorian Cancer Bioinformatics Symposium

Awards and honours
Despite having a virtual conference in Hobart last year, we were able to present a number of our society
(University of Sydney)
- MID-CAREER RESEARCH AWARD: Sam Buckberry (Telethon Kids Institute & Australian National
University) & Fatemeh Vafaee (University of New South Wales)
- SENIOR FELLOW: Alicia Oshlack (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and Tony Papenfuss (Walter and
Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)
- PROFESSIONAL BIOINFORMATICS AWARD: Kristy Horan (University of Melbourne)
- OUTSTANDING PHD THESIS AWARD: Hani Jieun Kim (University of Sydney)
Since 2022 we have been lucky enough to have support from Australian Research Data Commons
(https://ardc.edu.au) to fund two awards to highlight the amazing work that members do in the development
and maintenance of critical scientific software. Each award will receive $2,500. Due to this we have split the
OPEN SOURCE & OPEN SCIENCE AWARD into two new awards:
Named after one of Australia’s most well-known and respected developer of scientific software Torsten
Seemann (Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity), this award recognises an outstanding

EMCR bioinformatic software developer from the Australian community with a view to promoting further
efforts to develop and share bioinformatics methodologies.
- Awarded to Ryan Wick (Monash University)
bioinformaticians from the Australian community who provide outstanding levels of support and
maintenance for widely used bioinformatics software. This award aims to promote efforts amongst our
community members to document, maintain and support high quality bioinformatics software.
- Awarded to Juan Nunez-Iglesias (Monash University)

Society Events
ABACBS National Seminar Series
The ABACBS national seminar series continued in 2023 run by the ABACBS postdoc subcommittee, led by Dr
Feargal Ryan (SAHMRI). We had a limited number of seminars this year due to commitments early in the year.
This year there was a strong emphasis on pairing senior researchers with more junior fellows, enabling some
capacity building and skills development in presenting.
Annual Conference
Our most recent conference was in Brisbane (December 4-8, 2023) and was generously supported by ISCB.
This was our largest conference to date, with 405 people attending in person from 9 different countries with
another 20 attending virtually. As usual we had some amazing keynotes and accepted presentations. Each
year the quality of the research produced by our community gets better and better. Big thanks to Jess Mar and
CX Chan and all of the conference committee members for making the event a success.
Our 2024 conference will be held at the University of Sydney, Sydney, co-convened by Jean Yang and Ellis
ABACBS NHMRC Investigator Grant Strategy Workshop
In September we ran another NHMRC workshop led by ABACBS organisers Matt Field and Jimmy Breen. This
year our panel included Feargal Ryan (SAHMRI), Matt Richie (WEHI), Nadia Davison (WEHI) and Anna Trigos
(Peter Mac). The workshop was attended by almost 100 individuals and feedback was extremely positive. Next
year ABACBS will investigate running a similar workshop, extending the information out to other funding
opportunities and fellowship schemes, including ARC, NIH, Philanthropy and Snow Fellowships.
COMBINE events
In total COMBINE hosted eight events.
1. Computational workshops
a. Introduction to R (2 events)
b. Introduction to Python
2. Social Events
a. Adelaide Bioinformatics Student Event
b. Melbourne Trivia night
3. Industry fireside careers discussion with Bioinformaticians in Industry roles

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
ABACBS 2023 conference, with COMBINE Symposium, to be held in Brisbane, Dec 2023.

Last Updated March 05, 2024

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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:
Yoshihiro Yamanishi
(Term April 2023- March 2025)

Vice President:
Michiaki Hamada
(Term April 2023- March 2025)

Board of Directors:
Shinya Oki (Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine)
Mayumi Kamada (Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University)
Eiryo Kawakami (Advanced Data Science Project, RIKEN)
Kiyoko F. Aoki-Kinoshita (Glycan & Life Systems Integration Center (GaLSIC), Soka University)
Kengo Sato (School of System Design and Technology, Tokyo Denki University)
Yukako Tohsato (College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University)
Yayoi Natsume-Kitatani (National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition)
Michiaki Hamada (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)
Motomu Matsui (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Riu Yamashita (National Cancer Center, Exploratory Oncology Research & Clinical Trial Center)
(Term 2022/04/01 - 2024/03/31)

Kiyoshi Asai (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Masanori Arita (National Institute of Genetics)
Wataru Iwasaki (Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo)
Masahito Ohue (School of Computing, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Risa K Kawaguchi (Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University)
Masaaki Kotera (Preferred Networks Inc.)
Kana Shimizu (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)
Hideo Matsuda (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University)
Hirotaka Matsumoto (School of Information and Data Sciences, Nagasaki University)
Sayaka Mizutani(School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Yoshihiro Yamanishi (Graduate School of Informatics, Nagoya University)
(Term 2023/04/01 - 2025/03/31)

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 March 11, 2024

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Korean Society for Bioinformatics (KSBi)
Established 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 July 14, 2023

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