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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Erik Bongcam-Rudloff,
1) Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,
750 24 Uppsala, Sweden
2) MolecularGeneticsandBioinformaticsatHGEN-SLU
P O Box 7023 75007 Uppsala Sweden
Visiting address:
Gerda Nilssons väg 2 756 51 Uppsala, Sweden
E-mail: Erik.Bongcam(at)hgen(dot)slu(dot)se Telephone: +46- (0)18-67 21 21
Fax: +46- (0) 18-67 28 48
Mobile: +46-(0)72-5355587

Geographical area included: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas

Leadership Structure: EMBnet is legal foundation (a Stichting), registered in The Netherlands and sustained through membership (open both to organisations and to individuals). It is managed by a 4-member Executive Board, assisted by the outgoing Chair and Treasurer. One voting representative from each member organisation sits on the full EMBnet Board.

Interim Executive Board members
• Prof. Erik Bongcam-Rudloff (SE) - Chairman, since 2015
• Dr. Domenica D'Elia (IT) - Secretary, since 2015
• Dr. Emiliano Barreto (CO) - Treasurer, since 2015
• Dr. Lubos Klucar (SK) - Member, since 2015
• Prof. Teresa K Attwood (UK) - Outgoing Chair (Chair, 2009-2015)
• Dr. Etienne de Villiers (KE) - Outgoing Treasurer (Treasurer, 2009-2015)

Total Organization Members: 35

Activities focus around three main themes:
• Education and Training
• Technical Management
• Publicity and Public Relations

The main goal of EMBnet is to support the life science community through its global network of bioinformaticians, offering knowledge and expertise ranging from computational biology research, through bioinformatics services to education and training.

Brief history:
EMBnet was founded in 1988 to address the problem of distributing the EMBL Data Library and its associated computational tools. The solution was to create an infrastructure consisting of distributed European Nodes, each serving its own local research community.

Many countries from Asia, Africa and America have since joined EMBnet, effectively expanding its boundaries beyond European frontiers. Over the years, the membership model has also evolved, such that today, any organisation with interests in bioinformatics research, services and education may join (i.e., a national mandate is no longer required), and individuals may join too.

EMBnet maintains fruitful cooperations with the Iberoamerican Society for Bioinformatics (SoIBio), the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet), the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB) and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).

EMBnet organises yearly workshops and/or conferences in conjunction with its Annual General Meeting (AGM). In addition, regular Virtual General Meetings (VGM) are held, to encourage wider participation in EMBnet’s work.

In September 2008, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, EMBnet organised an international conference on bioinformatics and computational biology (www.embnet.org/EMBnet20thAnniversary) alongside its AGM. This meeting attracted 128 participants from Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe, and the proceedings were published in a BMC Bioinformatics Conference supplement (www.biomedcentral.com/bmcbioinformatics/10?issue=S6).

In 2009, EMBnet organised an International Conference on Bioinformatics for High Throughput Technologies at the Interface of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, in cooperation with SoIBio (formerly RIBio) in Cancun. This was the first time EMBnet's AGM took place outside Europe, bringing together bioinformaticians from all over the world and representatives of other major bioinformatics societies.

In 2012, EMBnet called together representatives of nine international and national bioinformatics, biocuration, biocomputing and computational biology societies and networks to discuss how to harmonise bioinformatics education and training worldwide. The outcome of this pivotal meeting in Uppsala, was an agreement to establish a Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training – GOBLET (www.mygoblet.org). GOBLET has grown from strength to strength, and had its first joint meeting with ISCB during ISMB 2013 in Berlin (www.mygoblet.org/about-us/goblet-events/iscbgoblet-meeting), its first exhibitor booth at ISMB 2015 in Dublin.

ISCB is a key member of GOBLET, and together these organisations cooperate through the Community of Special Interest (CoSI) in Computational Biology Education (CoBE) (http://cosi.iscb.org/wiki/CoBE:Home).

During its 2015 AGM in Oeiras, Portugal, EMBnet agreed to strengthen its relationship with GOBLET by making a substantial ‘life-time’ donation.

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Prof. Dr.Oliver Kohlbacher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mailing address:
Fachgruppe Bioinformatik
Dr. Karsten Schürrle
Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25
60486 Frankfurt am Main
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Geographical area included: Europe, Germany

Leadership Structure: • Prof. Dr. Oliver Kohlbacher (U Hamburg), Speaker of the board
• Prof. Dr. Ina Koch (U Frankfurt), Vice speaker of the board
• Prof. Dr. Caroline Friedel (LMU Munich), Vice speaker of the board
• Prof. Dr. Matthias Rarey (LMU Munich), Vice speaker of the board
• + 6 board members

Total Organization Members: 1043

Bioinformatics and computational biology will evolve towards a key technology in life science research. FaBI will actively accompany this process fostering bioinformatics research in all areas of life science and medical research.

• Establishing a strong network among bioinformaticians, computer and life science researchers interested in computational biology
• Representing the interests of bioinformatics research in Germany

• Support scientific networking by conferences and meetings related to bioinformatics
• Providing current information on bioinformatics in Germany for bioinformaticians as well as the society in general (www.bioinformatik.de)

Research focus:
Research, development and application of computer-based methods used to answer biomolecular and biomedical research questions with a focus on models and algorithms for data on the molecular and cell-biological level, for example on:
• genomes and genes
• gene and protein expression and -regulation,
• metabolic and regulatory pathways and networks,
• structures of biomacromolecules, esp. DNA, RNA and proteins,
• molecular interactions between biomacromolecules and between biomacromolecules and other substances like substrates, transmitters, neurotransmitters and inhibitors as well as
• molecular characterization of ecological systems.

• Establishing a strong network among bioinformaticians, computer and life science researchers interested in computational biology
• Representing the interests of bioinformatics research in Germany

In September 2014 German academic societies from computer and life sciences founded the Fachgruppe Bioinformatik (FaBI) as their common bioinformatics section. The founding societies are GI - German Informatics Society, DECHEMA - Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, GBM - Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and GDCh - German Chemical Society. The GMDS - German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry, and Epidemiology joined in 2015. VAAM Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie joined in 2019.

FaBI as a non-profit organisation is open to all members of the founding societies without any fees. Today (July 2016) FaBI unites almost 750 bioinformaticians, mostly from academia.

The board (plus local organizer) serves as organizing committee of the annual German Conference on Bioinformatics GCB, a conference series which started in 1986. The conference usually attracts about 200 participants.

FaBI's homepage www.bioinformatik.de is the gateway to bioinformatics in Germany. It provides an overview of bioinformatics research, bioinformatics education, current events, and job offers for bioinformaticians.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
Hosting RSG Germany Student Council Symposium
& 6 tutorials prior to GCB 2020

Last Updated February 26, 2020

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Christos Ouzounis
voice: +302310498473
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographical area included: Greece and Cyprus

Leadership Structure: 2019-2022
Chair: Ilias Kappas
Deputy Chair: Stella Tamana
Secretary: Anastasia Chasapi
Treasurer: Christos Karapiperis
Member: Anastasios Chanalaris
Member: Anastasia Gioti
Member: Eleftherios Panteris
Deputy Member: Ilias Lagkouvardos
Deputy Member: Joan Carles Pons Mayol

Total Organization Members: 50

‣Promotes computational biology & related disciplines.
‣Supports the research potential and infrastructure related to computational biology.
‣Represents Greece & Cyprus in international scientific organizations, conferences, committees & training activities related
to computational biology.
‣Undertakes projects in the field of computational biology in collaboration with other partner organizations.
‣Organizes national & international conferences, seminars, lectures & talks subjects related to computational biology.
‣Collaborates with counterparts in other countries, for enhancing research & training in computational biology.
‣Communicates results to decision makers & the public regarding the field, its applications and potential.
‣Explores funding opportunities for research programs in computational biology.
‣Issues annals, scientific journals, conference proceedings or other printed material, where scientific activities of its members can be published.

Series of conferences:
(brief history)



Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:

(under consideration due to the coronavirus situation)

Last Updated May 25, 2020

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Ass. Prof Christoforos Nikolaou, tel: +30 2810 394361, fax: +30 2810 394404, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mailing address:
Computational Genomics Group
Department of Biology
University of Crete
70013, Heraklion

Geographical area included: Greece and Cyprus

Leadership Structure: Board of Directors: Artemis Hadjigeorgiou (Director), Pantelis G. Bagos (Deputy Director), Christoforos Nikolaou (Secretary), Aristotelis Hadjiioannou (Treasurer)

Total Organization Members: 100

Goals: The HSCBB was initially conceived as a trans-national society, representing two countries that share the same language and history, Cyprus and Greece. The first, unofficial meeting was held in Heraklion in 2006, followed by Athens in 2007 and Thessalonica in 2008. After the formal incorporation of the Society in 2008 representing the Greek bioinformatics community and its ‘inaugural’, fourth scientific conference in Athens during 2009, the HSCBB continued to organize the conference series and formulated plans to extend its scope with Cyprus as a society chapter, with the full support of the University of Cyprus and its Bioinformatics Research Laboratory. The HSCBB aspires to provide the necessary exposure of graduate students to new developments, expand its horizons towards the international community, promote the development of the field and formulate a solid agenda for the future, all consistent with its primary goals.

The HSCBB has successfully organized several conferences on computational biology and bioinformatics for Greece and Cyprus during the recent past, starting in 2006.

The conferences were held at:
2006: Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas, Heraklion
2007: Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Athens
2008: Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Thessalonica
2009: National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
2010: Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis
2011: University of Patras / Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas, Patras
2012: Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas / Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion
2013: University of Thessaly, Lamia
2014: Agricultural University of Athens, Athens
2015: Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens, Athens
2016: Agricultural University of Athens, Athens
2017: Hellenic Pasteur Institute, Athens

The HSCBB has also organized six training workshops attached to the last five conferences, and co-organized and cosponsored the IEEE 12th International Conference on BioInformatics & BioEngineering (BIBE2012) in Cyprus recently.

Typical number of participants: ~100 / year.

Last Updated July 22, 2019

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern, PhD
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Senior Lecturer / Principal Investigator,
Head of Cancer Genomics and BioComputing Lab,
Bar-Ilan University,
The Faculty of Medicine in Galilee,
Safed, Israel
Tel: +972 72 264 4901

Geographical area included: Israel

Leadership Structure: President: Chen Keasar, BGU
Secretary: Ora Furman, HUJI
Treasurer: Eitan Rubin, BGU
Board Members:
Roded Sharan, TAU
Ramit Mehr, BIU
Hanoch Senderowitz, BIU
Rotem Sorek, WIS
Michal Ziv-Ukelson, BGU
Shai Shen-Orr, Technion
Sagi Snir, University of Haifa

Total Organization Members: 1200

Goals: The Israeli Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ISBCB) is a nonprofit and educational organization.
Our main goals are:

To promote research and teaching in Israel the fields of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.
To link between academic and government agencies and research institutes in Israel where research in the field is conducted.
To link between the Israeli society and other related societies world-wide.

annual ISB meetings

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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