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Bioinformatics Italian Society (BITS)
Provisional Tier Affiliate

Contact: Matteo Pallocca (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Bioinformatics Italian Society secretary
c/o Segreteria
Fondazione Adriano Buzzati-Traverso
Viale del Policlinico 131
00161 ROMA
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Geographical area included: Italy, but open to Italian researchers abroad

Leadership Structure: • President - Raffaele A CALOGERO
• Treasurer - Alessandro Cestaro
• Secretary - Matteo Pallocca

Board Members
• Marco Cannataro
• Pasqualina D'Ursi

Goals: About:
The Italian Society of Bioinformatics BITS was formed in 2003 as an evolution of BioComp, a group coordinating research and education activities in bioinformatics in Italy since 1999. In 2015, BITS has ca. 300 members. The society organizes an Annual Meeting, supports young researchers presenting at International conferences by awarding Travel Grants, offers its patronage for scientific events of the international level organized by its members, and provides news on various matters, including education and job, through its website.

Goals. The main objective of the BITS association regards the study and diffusion of Bioinformatics in the academic environment in the research approach and also in the application and technological environments. Among the aims of BITS, there is the promotion and support of Bioinformatics teaching in the University and in any other appropriate location, that is the main activity conducted by Training and Teaching BITS Group. The aims of the Association are mainly disclosed through the web page www.bioinformatics.it, and during the Conferences organized annually by the Association.

The BITS is a non-profit scientific association, it was founded on June, 19th 2003 to bring together researchers interested in Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary science that addresses the study of biological problems at the molecular and cellular levels using computational algorithms and models.

Since 2003, the BITS Society organized the Annual Meeting of the Bioinformatics Italian Society. During the meeting, four/five of the international keynote speakers turn the conference into a memorable experience for all of its participants. Moreover, several satellite events are proposed usually they will be held before or after the main event. The annual meeting is a well-balanced mix of different oral communications and posters from different areas of bioinformatics, with plenty of opportunities to learn about discussion scientific progress.

Since 2018, have been established the BITS groups leading to follow the national and international initiatives split into different areas of interest. Four groups are active: Portal and Research projects, Training & Teaching, young BITS, and Clinical Bioinformatics. For each BITS group, a social platform was created and all BITS members are free to subscribe.
In particular, the Training & Teaching group proposed to university professors a survey aimed at portraying the current situation of bioinformatics courses within undergraduate curricula in Italy. The paper is published in Plos Computational Biology journal (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1010846)

During 2022 BITS has installed several collaborations with national and international research groups:
1) The BITS president is involved in the scientific board of the nation consortium of computer science across all Italian universities.
2) The BITS president was invited to the annual meeting of Italian Society of life science.
3) The BITS secretary was invited to present BITS at the medical informatics society annual meetings
4) Anna Marabotti was invited in the "Protein structure models, biophysical data and high-performance computing for drug design" school.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
Full articles presented in the BITS2022 has been published in JBI (Journal of Biomedical Informatics) into a special issue dedicated to the papers that make a "conceptual contribution to the field, typically by describing an innovation in methodology or technique or by discussing substantive generalizable lessons that have been learned in the context of an informatics project".

The 2023 edition was held in Bari 21-23 June. The event will took place at the Hotel Excelsior Bari, Via Giulio Petroni, 15, 70124 Bari (IT). 2024 edition will be in Trento from 12 to 14 June 2024.

Last Updated March 11, 2024

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European Molecular Biology Network (EMBnet)
Provisional Tier Affiliate

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)

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 July 14, 2023

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Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Prof. Dr. Caroline Friedel

Lehr- und Forschungseinheit für Bioinformatik
Institut für Informatik
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Amalienstrasse 17, 4. Stock, Büro 402
80333 Munich/Germany

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Geographical area included: Europe, Germany

Leadership Structure: Prof. Dr. Caroline Friedel (LMU Munich), Speaker of the board
Prof. Dr. Sven Rahmann (U Saarbruecken ) and
Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. Dominik Heider (Philipps Universität Marburg, both Vice speakers of the board

+ 6 board members, see www.bioinformatik.de

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

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.

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.

The board (plus local organizer) serves as organizing committee of the annual German Conference on Bioinformatics GCB, a conference series which started in 1986.
GCB 2023 (12-14 Sep 2024) attracted a large audience of 267 bioinfomaticians to Hamburg, GCB 2024 (www.gcb2024.de) will take place in Bielefeld from 30 Sep-2 Oct 2024.

The FaBI dissertation prize (EUR 1000) is awarded annually on occasion of GCB. Awardee in 2023 was Rudolf Schill (Universität Regensburg/ ETH Zürich) for 'Mutual Hazard Networks: Markov Chain Models of Cancer Progression'

The FaBI 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:
Annual German Conference on Bioinformatics GCB
Annual FaBI dissertation prize
Tutorial workshops prior to GCB

Last Updated March 11, 2024

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Hellenic Bioinformatics (HBio)
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Christos Ouzounis
Thessalonica 57001 Greece
voice: +302310498473
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Thessalonica 54124 Greece
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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

‣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)


note the cancellation of the series due to the pandemic.

online event took place in 2021

as a bridge event between 2020 and the next in-person conference that is scheduled for 2023 (not announced yet)

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
(under consideration due to the coronavirus situation)

Last Updated November 08, 2022

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Hellenic Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (HSCBB)
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Dr. Christoforos Nikolaou,
Researcher B', BSRC "Alexander Fleming"
tel: +30 210 9656319 (ext 133)
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Mailing address:
Computational Genomics Group
BSRC "Alexander Fleming"
16672, Athens

Geographical area included: Greece and Cyprus

Leadership Structure: Board of Directors: Pantelis G. Bagos (Director), Antonis Giannakakis (Deputy Director), Christoforos Nikolaou (Secretary), Artemis Hadjigeorgiou (Treasurer), Giorgos Tsaousis (member)

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
2018: Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens (jointly with ECCB 2018)
2019: University of Patras, Greece
2020: No meeting was held due to the Covid-19 pandemic
2021: Hellenic Pasteur Institute, Athens, Greece
2022: Ramada Hotel, Alexandroupolis, Greece

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.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
HSCCB held a very successful in-person meeting in Alexandroupoli in late October 2022. We had more than 100 participants from all over the world, 5 invited speakers of international acclaim and more than 30 talks in person from the local community.

The annual meeting for 2023 is scheduled to take place in Thessaloniki, hosted by the the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in October 2023.

Last Updated March 11, 2024

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Polish Bioinformatics Society (PBIS)
Provisional Tier Affiliate

Contact: Dr. Paweł Łabaj,
PTBI Treasurer
MCB Deputy Director for General Affairs

Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB)
Jagiellonian University
Gronostajowa 7A,
30-387 Kraków, Poland

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Geographical area included: Poland

Leadership Structure: Board of Directors (President, two vice-Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary)

Goals: Support and popularization of bioinformatics
in Poland.
To achieve its objectives the Society:
1. organizes conventions, symposia, scientific meetings, readings, lectures, courses competitions and
awards and prizes,
2. publishes and supports scientific journals, books and other publications in the field of bioinformatics,
3. gives opinions on the state and needs of bioinformatics in Poland and addresses its concerns to the authorities,
4. proposes standards for teaching bioinformatics,
5. cooperates with related associations in the country and abroad.

Brief history: PBIS was established by 25 founding members on February 19th, 2008, and registered in the Polish court of law on February 27th. During the founding meeting of PBIS the first Board of Directors was elected, comprising 5 members, with prof. Jerzy Tiuryn as the President. The term of the present BoD runs until the end of 2025. Thus far, PBIS had fifteen Conventions organized annually. PBIS has been awarding annual prizes for the best BSs (since 2021), MSc (since 2009) and PhD (since 2010) theses in bioinformatics defended in Poland.

Current Year Activity Summary:

The Polish Bioinformatic Society (PTBI) Symposium convenes annually at leading Polish Universities, and in 2023, the Silesian University of Technology hosted participants from all over the world. The 15th PTBI Symposium, spanning a three-day duration and divided into four scientific sessions, gathered around 100 participants and centered on research related to machine learning in biomedicine, RNA structure algorithms, next-generation sequencing methods, and microbiome analysis but was not limited to only those topics. The meeting also recognized outstanding research conducted by young scientists by awarding the best poster and best talk. Finally, the awards for the best PhD, MSc, and BSc thesis in bioinformatics defended in Poland were given. The report summarizes the key highlights and outcomes of the meeting has been published in Bioinformatics Advances: https://doi.org/10.1093/bioadv/vbad187. The conference program can be found here: https://www.ptbi.org.pl/website/conferences/ptbi2023/

PTBI Symposium has renowned keynote speakers: Dr. Djork-Arné Clevert, Head of Machine Learning Research, Vice President, Pfizer, Berlin, Germany; Dr. Ana Conesa, Research Professor Institute for Integrative Systems Biology- Spanish National Research Council, Spain; Prof. dr hab. inż. Andrzej Polański, Head of the Scientific Council for Technical Informatics and Telecommunication at the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland; Dr hab. Joanna Sułkowska prof. UW, Head of the Interdisciplinary laboratory for modeling biological systems at the Centre of New Technologies at the University of Warsaw, Poland; Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran, Senior Research Scientist, California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group, Pasadena, California, USA. Conference was supported by Ministry of Education and Science grant [KONF/SP/0441/2023/01] as well as by BGI.

Another conference was organized by PTBI and Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. The 23rd annual conference “BioInformatics in Torun – BIT23” was devoted mainly, but not exclusively, to: "Bioinformatics, Artificial Intelligence and Forensic Science - BARIFORCE. The conference took place on 29-30.06 and attracted about 40 participants, mainly students. Among speakers we can distinguish: i) Marcin Woźniak, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz Nicolaus Copernicus University, Bydgoszcz, Poland with a presentation “Introduction to forensic genetics and genomics" ; Jaroslaw Meller, Cincinnati Children`s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, US with a presentation: “Towards Multiomics Single Cell Resolution Atlas of ccRCC: Combining scRNA-seq and Spatial Transcriptomics to Identify and Characterize Cell Communities Connected to Cancer Progression” or Scott Tighe, Vermont Integrative Genomics Lab, Burlington Vermont, USA with a presentation: “Technical Considerations For Metagenomic Analysis of Low Biomass Environments”. Full program can be accessible throught the conference web: https://www.ptbi.org.pl/website/conferences/bit23/
Conference was supported by Ministry of Education and Science grant [KONF/SP/0440/2023/01]

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
Future plans: In 2024 the PTBI Symposium will be held in Warsaw on 11-13.09 while BIT in Toruń (as usual) on 6-8.06. The competitions for best BSc, MSc, and PhD theses have been already announced. This year we also plan to support meetings of bioinformatics student clubs which aim to integrate students from different university across Poland. We also have declared our readiness to support organization of one of the upcoming ECCB conferences in Kraków.

Last Updated March 11, 2024

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ISCB Affiliates

Contact: Anna-Sophie Fiston-Lavier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographical area included: France

Leadership Structure: Board of directors directory :
Anna-Sophie Fiston-Lavier (President); Sandra Derozier (Vice-presidents); Elodie Darbo (Vice-presidents); Cyril Noël (treasurer); Audrey Bihouée; Erwan Corre; Delphine Potier; Pierre Poulain; Marie-France Sagot

Goals: SFBI was founded on June 1, 2005. SFBI is an association (under the French law of 1901) independent of supervisory bodies, institutes and companies, representing the entire bioinformatics community, whatever the scientific field and laboratory (private or public). SFBI represents the entire Bioinformatics community: researchers, students, lecturers, engineers, laboratories and platforms, and covers all disciplinary fields (interface with Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Maths and Statistics, Physics). SFBI is administered by a board of members elected for a 3-year term. It comprises an elected president, one or two elected vice-presidents and a treasurer. Board members work in groups: communications (website, mailing lists, networks, etc.), JOBIM management, awards and grants, training and professions (REBIF/METBIF), etc.
To ensure a smooth transition of functions, the board is renewed every year. As a reminder, only members can vote in the elections held every year in June/July. Since 2021, SFBI has been a founding, active and associate member of the Collège des Sociétés Savantes Académiques de France (CoSSAF).

JOBIM (Journées Ouvertes en Biologie, Informatique et Mathématiques) is the annual event that brings together the French bioinformatics community and players, bringing together 300 to 500 participants. This conference is an opportunity to discover the scientific and technical advances in this field, at the frontiers of biology, computer science, mathematics and physics.
The 2023 edition of JOBIM will take place from June 27 to 30, 2023, in a hybrid format in several French cities, as announced by the President of SFBI at JOBIM2022: https://jobim2023.sciencesconf.org/. The event was a success, with over 300 participants. In addition to JOBIM, this year SFBI helped organize the ISMB/ECCB 2023 international conference, held in Lyon, France. Active members of the community also organized a special "Bioinformatics in France" session to present the French community to international bioinformaticians. Many members of our community, especially young people motivated by SFBI grants, were able to take part in the international bioinformatics conference for the first time.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
SFBI is co-piloting the organization of JOBIM2024 and future editions, and continues to support community initiatives through travel grants and prizes.

Last Updated February 20, 2024

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