Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The 20th Anniversary ISMB conference will be held July 15-17 in Long Beach, California - and we want you there!

Final Call for Posters - deadline March 16th

Final Call for Late Breaking Research (LBR) Track Abstracts -deadline March 9th

Please note, these are the final two submission opportunities that create eligibility for travel fellowship funding*

The above links will take you to the full details and guidelines for these ISMB presentation opportunities. From there you can also access the submission system to submit your work today.

The LBR Track provides authors an opportunity to present truly late breaking research to ISMB delegates. As submitted abstracts, there is no requirement to publish in the conference proceedings, nor to have previously published elsewhere. Therefore, work that is in progress and planned for future publication is welcome, and the LBR track is ideal for experimentalists as well as computer scientists. LBR presentations run in parallel to other conference sessions and accepted submissions will be given a 20-minute presentation slot (plus 5 minutes for questions) in the conference agenda.

Posters will be displayed and presented in one of two sessions during the conference. Posters are intended to convey a scientific result and are not advertisements for commercial software packages. Posters may cover any area of computational biology, and purely experimental work is encouraged. Posters must include original work that is unpublished or published after August 1, 2011.

* A note about Travel Fellowships: All student and post docs accepted for presentation in the Proceedings, Highlights, and Late Breaking Research tracks, along with Poster presenters accepted from the call for posters, are eligible to apply for travel fellowship funding. An invitation to apply for a Travel Fellowship is sent to each author who submitted work that was accepted for any of these tracks (note that submitters to the Late Call for Posters that will open later this month are not eligible for travel fellowship funding). If the submitter is not a student or post doc, but the work will be presented by a co-author named on the submission who is a student or post doc, the invitation can be passed to that person if funding is necessary to attend the conference. Due to limited funds, not all eligible applicants can be funded. We are typically able to fund no more than 20-30% of applicants, and awarded funds are limited to 50% of the total estimated costs to attend the conference, making additional funding from the presenter's institution or other sources necessary. Full details on the ISMB Travel Fellowship program will be available on the conference website within the next few days.

Additional opportunities still exist for presentations at the conference that are not eligible for Travel Fellowship funding. These include Workshops (March 10th deadline), Technology demonstrations (April 20th deadline), and Late Posters (opening March 19th with April 20th deadline). The 8th annual Student Council Symposium is also accepting submissions through April 2nd, and symposium presenters are eligible for special Travel Fellowship funding secured and awarded by the Student Council. You can find the submission deadlines and links to each of these remaining calls on the conference home page at ISMB 2012.

Registration will open in just a couple of weeks, so please help spread the word for the strongest possible participation by sharing this mail with your colleagues and collaborators.

The ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs and every member of the Scientific Organizing Committee looks forward to welcoming you to Long Beach this July!

LBR Chair: Olga Troyanskaya, Princeton University, United States
LBR Co-chair: Florian Markowetz, Cambridge Research Institute, United Kingdom
LBR Co-chair: Ioannis Xenarios, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Geneva, Switzerland


Posters Chair: Yana Bromberg, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States