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NGS 2018 Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference (Rocky 2017) Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference (Rocky 2017)
NGS 2018
April 9 – 11, 2018
Barcelona, Spain
April 21 – 24, 2018
ISMB 2018
July 6 – 10, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
ECCB 2018
Sept 8 – 12, 2018
Athens, Greece

ISCB Art in Science
The ISCB Art in Science Competition is a way to show the beauty of science in art form. ISCB invites submission to the 2018 ISCB Art in Science competition. All interested members (hereafter referred to as "artists") may submit images that have been generated as part of a research project and other creative efforts that involve scientific concepts or employ scientific tools and methods. Learn more at www.iscb.org/iscb-art-in-science-competition.

NGS 2018 Call for Submissions - Late Breaking Research

Submit your Late Breaking Research to The Next Generation Sequencing Conference 2018 (NGS 2018), a dedicated meeting on cutting-edge approaches to the processing and analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data.
- Late Breaking Deadline:  February 21, 2018!

2018 Essay Contest Now Open - Deadline: March 30, 2018
The Lasker Essay Contest engages young scientists and clinicians in a discussion about big questions in biology and medicine, and the role of biomedical research in our society today.  The Contest aims to build skills in communicating important medical and scientific issues to broader audiences. For all contest information, visit

ISCB Announces the 2018 ISCB Award Winners
The International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award, Overton Prize, Innovator Award, and Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award. Ruth Nussinov, NIH, NCI, is the winner of the Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award. Cole Trapnell, University of Washington, is the Overton Prize winner. M. Madan Babu, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK is the winner of the ISCB Innovator Award. Russ Altman, Stanford University has been selected as the winner of the Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award.

ISCB Congratulates the 2018 Class of Fellows
The ISCB Fellows program was created to honor members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. During the 2009 inaugural year of the program, the ISCB Board of Directors unanimously conferred Fellows status on the seven winners-to-date of the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award. Since 2010, ISCB has sought Fellows nominations from our members, with eligibility restrictions based on membership, and selection criteria focused most heavily on the significance of scientific contributions to our field and to ISCB. We were pleased to receive many excellent nominations this year, and the Fellows Selection Committee members carefully considered each one. Ultimately, eight nominees were elected as this year's newest Fellows.

NSF Survey on Data Products from the NEON Program
The NSF NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) launched a survey to assess investigator awareness of this new program and learn how researchers intend to utilize the resulting datasets. This information will be used to optimize NEON as it transitions from the construction phase. The survey should take 5-7 minutes to complete, and respondents do not need to be familiar with the NEON program or its data portal.

New FASEB Webinars Highlight Advocacy Skill Building and Science Policy Topics
FASEB is hosting a new series of webinars to help researchers and others in the scientific community enhance their advocacy skills and stay current on relevant science policy topics.  Each 60-minute webinar will share information about FASEB public affairs initiatives and promote opportunities for enhanced collaboration with member societies. The webinars also introduce non-FASEB members to the federation’s public affairs activities. Advanced registration is required for all webinars. 

Call for Participation: GIW 2018, Dec 3-5, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Join us for the 29th International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW 2018) being held at Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan, China, on December 3 - 5, 2018.  GIW 2018 aims to present recent results of both theoretical and practical research, to show new applications, to demonstrate systems, and to indicate directions of future research.

ECCB 2018: Call for Proceedings, Highlights & Posters
On 8-12 September 2018 the Hellenic Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics will organise the seventeenth edition of the European Conference on Computational Biology in association with the ELIXIR. The ECCB 2018 will take place in the historic city of Athens in Greece.  It is the main computational biology event in Europe and will welcome scientists working in a variety of disciplines, including bioinformatics, computational biology, biology, medicine, and systems biology. Participating in ECCB 2018 will be the perfect opportunity to keep pace with cutting edge research, and to network with members of ECCB community.

Save the Date: Chicago Genomics and Data Science Hackathon
From 11-13 July 2018, the NCBI will help out with a Data Science hackathon on the Northwestern School of Medicine Campus in Downtown Chicago! The hackathon will focus on genomics as well as general Data Science analyses including text, image and sequence processing. This event is for researchers, including students and postdocs, who have already engaged in the use of large datasets or in the development of pipelines for analyses from high-throughput experiments. Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians, or librarians.The event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon and willing to travel to Chicago. Please note that this follows directly on the heels of the ISMB 2018 meeting.  For more information, visit https://ncbi-hackathons.github.io.

OUP Open Access Discount!
ISCB works closely with OUP Bioinformatics to reduce open access charges. ISCB is pleased to announce that OUP Bioinformatics will now offer a 15% discount on open access charges for all ISCB members. The discount will be applied after acceptance and requires author noting that he/she is an ISCB member. Not a member? Join today!

ISCB Journal Subscription Discounts - New Titles Added
All ISCB members interested in subscribing to print or online issues of traditional subscription-based journals receive a discount on subscriptions to the journals highlighted below. Student members are entitled to additional discounts, when available. To subscribe, log into My ISCB and select the Subscribe to Journal menu item located on the left-hand menu. Take advantage of this DISCOUNT and order your journal TODAY!

ISCB Career Center
The ISCB Career Center - Connecting you to your career! It is the place to post a job, search for a job, or upload your resume. Job posting and resume upload is complimentary for members. Nonmember may also participate for a nominal fee.

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