ISCB Affiliated Groups


ISCB Affiliates
Provisional Tier Affiliate

Contact: Paolo Romano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Bioinformatics Italian Society
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 - Luciano MILANESI
• Treasurer - Flavio LICCIULLI
• Secretary - Francesca CORDERO

Board Members
• Roberta BOSOTTI
• Francesca CORDERO
• Giancarlo MAURI
• Andreas ZANZONI

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 researcher presenting in International conferences by awarding Travel Grants, offers its patronage for scientific events of international level organized by its members, provides news on various matters, including education and job, through its web site.

BITS main goals are to provide a forum of discussion for bioinformatics, promote exchangeand collaboration among the Italian groups working in bioinformatics, monitor training and education in computational biology and bioinformatics both at the University level and for continuous education courses, stimulate collaboration between scientists having different backgrounds, establish or maintain links with the other International societies with similar scientific interests.

Bioinformatics and computational biology are in the post-genome era the cornerstone for effective advancement in life sciences and health care, at the interface with systems biology, synthetic biology and precision medicine. For the society may quickly proceed in these directions, adoption of bioinformatics applications and tools in basic and applied research are fundamental. The stimulus for achieving these high objectives can only come from a strong collaboration among scientists and experts in the field.

The Italian Society of Bioinformatics has an essential role in supporting the transformation and innovation of biomedical education, research and industry in Italy. Raising awareness of the role and relevance of bioinformatics by funding bodies and decision makers, as well as the level of education and training in bioinformatics in academic and non-academic contexts, stimulating the adoption of innovative approaches, methodologies and tools in research and industry, are the mission of the Society in the different contexts where it acts.

The main short and mid-term objectives of the Society are:
• raise the quality of bioinformatics research carried out in Italy,
• support the implementation of an Italian network of bioinformatics labs,
• tighten connections between companies and researchers for developing new tools,
• establish links with funding bodies and policy makers for an increased awareness,
• supporting the development of bioinformatics facilities in health care centers.

2007 BITS prize for best bioinformatics Phd thesis
2008 BITS prize for best bioinformatics research paper
Travel Grants assigned for young researchers participating in the BITS Annual Meeting since 2010.
Travel Grants for young researchers participating in ISMB/ECCB2011, ECCB2012, and ISCB Africa 2013.
BITS working groups established in 2011. Guidelines for the definition of working groups available on-line (in Italian).
Meetings organized by BITS members sponsored by the Society since 2010.
List of bioinformatics degrees in Italy for Master Degrees, Masters, and Ph.D. Courses available on-line.
Directory of Bioinformatics courses available on-line.
News, including jobs offer and requests, available on-line.

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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European Molecular Biology Network (EMBnet)
ICN 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 ( 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 (

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 ( GOBLET has grown from strength to strength, and had its first joint meeting with ISCB during ISMB 2013 in Berlin (, 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) (

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
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Prof. Dr.Oliver Kohlbacher

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. Ina Koch (U Frankfurt), Speaker of the board
• Prof. Dr. Caroline Friedel (LMU Munich), Vice speaker of the board
• Prof. Dr. Sven Rahmann (U of Duisburg Essen and TU Dortmund ), Vice speaker of the board
• + 6 board members, see

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 (

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 (Sep 2020) FaBI unites over 1300 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. In 2020 it was a virtual conference with >350 participants. GCB 2021 ( will take place in Halle

The FaBI homepage 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 18, 2021

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Hellenic Bioinformatics (HBio)
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Christos Ouzounis
voice: +302310498473
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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)


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
Established Tier Affiliate

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)

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

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:
No annual meeting was held in 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

There are plans to resume activities with online webinars and lectures series at the beginning of 2021.

We hope to be able to hold a physical presence meeting in 2021.

Last Updated October 29, 2020

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Israeli Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ISBCB)
Provisional Tier Affiliate

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

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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ISCB Affiliates
Provisional Tier Affiliate

Contact: PTBI / Dr. Paweł Łabaj, 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.
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. During the Convention in October 2010 a new Board of Directors was elected, with prof. Janusz Bujnicki as the President, and they started the new term on January 1st, 2011. The term of the present BoD runs until the end of 2013. Thus far, PBIS had three Conventions, organized in 2008, 2009, and 2010. PBIS has been awarding annual prizes for the best MSc (since 2009) and PhD (since 2010) theses in bioinformatics defended in Poland.

The first convention of PBIS was held near Warsaw, October 3-5, 2008, (around 60 participants). The first international bioinformatics conference (BIT) run under the auspices of PBIS was held in Torun, May 21-23, 2009 (around 60 participants. The PBIS Convention and BIT conferences are held annually, and are typically attended by around 70 participants. In 2011 a new website has been developed and PBIS has established its presence on Facebook. In addition to the PBIS Convention and BIT conferences in 2011, PBIS is involved in the organization of a meeting "Multi-Pole Approach to Structural Biology", November 16-19 in Warsaw.

Last Updated January 04, 2021

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ISCB Affiliates
Provisional Tier Affiliate

Contact: Arne Elofson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Science for Life Laboratory
University of Stockholm

Geographical area included: Nordic and Baltic Countries

Leadership Structure: The board consists of a president, a vice president, a treasurer and at least six additional members. Each Nordic country should be represented by at least one member. The board should appoint organising and program committees for the annual conference. Board meetings are documented with minutes posted on the Society´s home page.

Goals: To promote bioinformatics activities within all the Nordic and Baltic countries (including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, and Sweden). The most important issue should be a yearly conference that should alternate in between the different countries. The society should have an active interaction with ISCB - International Society for Computational biology.

SocBiN's organize an annual Bioinformatics Conference, normally held in May or June every year. The conference currently draws 200-400 attendees. Conference venues have been Lund, Sweden (1999); Helsingør, Denmark (2000); Skövde, Sweden (2001); Bergen, Norway (2002); Helsinki, Finland (2003); Linköping, Sweden (2004); Tartu, Estonai (2005); Aarhus, Denmark (2006); Umeå, Sweden (2007); Warsaw, Poland (2008); Stockholm Sweden (2009); Helsinki, Finland (2011); Stockholm, Sweden (2012); Torun, Poland (2013); Oslo, Norway (2014); and Moscow, Russia (2016).

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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