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ECCB 2018, Athens, Greece, 8-12 September There is still time! Call for Poster Submissions!

NEW! Extended deadline for poster submission
(24 June)

Submit your research today to ECCB 2018!

Submissions are encouraged to report the development of new computational techniques and their application to Molecular and Systems Biology. Publication of the proceedings will result as an online supplement with Bioinformatics journal.

ECCB 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.

Want to save money? Join ISCB today and enjoy a 15% ISCB Member Discount!

ISMB 2018
ISMB 2018: Final Hours to Register Online!

ISMB 2018
  JUNE 2018

Did You Forget?  Register Today Before it's too Late!

ISMB 2018 - There is ONE Place!  Watch & listen to learn more!
Watch & listen to learn more!

- Explore the ISMB 2018 Scientific Program -

Engage & Connect

Science & Networking
Inspiring Research

Thought Provoking Posters

Ground-breaking & Innovative Talks

CompMS: Computational Mass Spectrometry

Shape the future, join us at ISMB 2018!




ECCB 2018

17th European Conference on Computational Biology,
8 – 12 September, 2018, Athens, Greece

ECCB 2018, Athens, Greece, 8-12 September
ECCB 2018, Athens, Greece, 8-12 September

Submission deadline for Posters - 24 June!

There’s still time to submit your research!!

Check out key dates for Posters


Registration is now open!

Available tracks: Posters

Submission topic areas:
  • DATA: Organization, management, categorization, integration, analysis of data, knowledge discovery
  • GENOME: Sequence analysis, alignment, evolution, phylogeny, genetics, epigenetics, 3D conformation
  • GENES: Expression, function, regulation, transcription, translation, geno-phenotype
  • PROTEINS: Structure, function, alterations, assemblies, interactions, design, proteomics
  • SYSTEMS: Systems biology, pathways, molecular networks, dynamics, signaling, multi-scale modeling

ECCB 2018, Athens, Greece, 8-12 September
ECCB 2018


SEPTEMBER 8-12, 2018



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ISCB Buzz: Latest News, Events and Announcements

Upcoming Conferences -- Mark Your Calendars!

ISMB 2018 ECCB 2018 ISCB-LA SOIBIO EMBnet 2018 ROCKY 2018 RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM
ISMB 2018
July 6 – 10, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
ECCB 2018
Sept 8 – 12, 2018
Athens, Greece
Nov 5 – 9, 2018
Viña del Mar, Chile
ROCKY 2018
December 6 - 8, 2018
Aspen/Snowmass Colorado
RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM
December 8 - 10, 2018
New York City, USA

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.

There's Still Time - Register Today!  Online Registration Closes June 21
Read through the exciting scientific line-up heading to Chicago! -ISMB Program- Join us to connect, engage, and inspire!

VIZBI 2019 - Save the Date!
The 5th EMBO Workshop on Visualising Biological Data, which marks the 10th anniversary of VIZBI, will take place in Heidelberg, Germany, at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre from 13 to 15 March 2019. The full program and registration information for this ISCB Affiliated meeting will be announced shortly.

Looking for a Position in Bioinformatics?
Mark your calendars for the ISMB 2018 Career Fair on Monday, Jul 9th at 12PM in the Exhibit Hall! Meet with representatives from numerous companies and universities!  Join us to promote your university's degree programs or open positions within research laboratories! 

Mark Your Calendars!

The fifth CAGI (Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation) conference will be co-located with ISMB in Chicago from 5-7 July 2018.  We invite ISCB members to hear the latest assessment of computational methods for predicting phenotype information from genome variation. There is a 10% registration discount for ISCB members, and CAGI registration confers a $50 discount for ISMB registration. Space for observers is limited.  Learn more about CAGI at https://genomeinterpretation.org.
Register at https://genomeinterpretation.org/user/register.

ASHG/IGES/ISCB Joint Symposium: Working with Big Data in the Cloud--Research and Privacy

ASHG/IGES/ISCB Joint Symposium: Working with Big Data in the Cloud--Research and Privacy

Launch of All of Us Research Program
Enrollment for the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program is officially open! The All of Us Research Program is a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds. The program’s goal is to enroll 1 million or more volunteers, and oversample communities that have been underrepresented in research to make the program the largest, most diverse resource of its kind.

Calling Principal Investigators to Host Internships!
The ISCB Student Council (ISCB-SC) is currently soliciting principal investigators (PIs) to host internships through the SC’s Internships Program. The program connects students in developing nations with PIs in developed countries to gain hands-on short-term research experience. These internships benefit the intern as well as the host lab both scientifically but also culturally. The program launched in 2009 and is committed to providing computational biology training for students from developing nations and improving competencies in the field. If you’re interested in hosting an internship or would like to know more about the internships program you can read our recently published article in PLOS Computational Biology [1], visit internships.iscbsc.org.

ISCB Art in Science:  Deadline - June 23!
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.

Missing GLBIO this year?
We are too but very excited for GLBIO 2019 in Madison. In the meantime, take a look at the GLBio PLOS ONE Collection (http://collections.plos.org/s/glbio) and we look forward to seeing you at ISMB 2018 in Chicago!

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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 The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

Call for the ISCB Art in
Science Competition!

Submission Deadline: June 23, 2018

The beauty of science in art form

The winning submission will be announced during ISMB 2018 at the ISCB Town Hall and presented with a $200 USD prize, as well as be the feature cover image for the ISCB Fall Newsletter.

Visit www.iscb.org/iscb-art-in-science-competition to submit your work today!

Online Submission System


 The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

Call for the ISCB Art in
Science Competition!

Submission Deadline: June 23, 2018

The beauty of science in art form

The winning submission will be announced during ISMB 2018 at the ISCB Town Hall and presented with a $200 USD prize, as well as be the feature cover image for the ISCB Fall Newsletter.

Visit www.iscb.org/iscb-art-in-science-competition to submit your work today!

Online Submission System


ISMB 2018
Early Bird Reg Deadline June 7!

ISMB 2018
  JUNE 2018

The countdown has begun... 3 Days left to SAVE - Early Bird Registration Deadline is June 7!

Featuring these distinguished keynotes:

Steven Salzberg

Steven Salzberg

25 years of human gene finding: are we there yet?
ISCB Overton Prize Award Keynote Cole Trapnell

ISCB Overton Prize Award Keynote Cole Trapnell

Reconstructing and deforming developmental landscapes
Martha L. Bulyk

Martha L. Bulyk

ISCB Innovator Award Keynote M. Madan Babu
How Does Protein Disorder Enable Phenotypic Diversity?
ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award Keynote Ruth Nussinov
A woman’s computational biology journey 


















ISMB 2018

ISCB Communities of Special Interest (COSIs)
at Heart of ISMB

The ISMB 2018 conference has been designed to make it easy for researchers sharing common interests to come together and listen to exciting new developments in their field. At the heart of the meeting are seventeen established communities (COSIs – Communities of Special Interest) reflecting most of the major research themes and training in computational biology. ISMB welcomes abstract submissions to all of these communities as well as general bioinformatics. The 2018 featured ISMB COSIs are listed below. To learn more about each community, click on the COSI logo.

3DSIG: Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics

It is impossible to fully understand
biological systems without understanding the 3D structure of their constituting parts and their interactions. 3Dsig focuses on structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics and has become the largest meeting in this growing field.

CAMDA: Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis

The large, complex data sets for the Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis (CAMDA) contest include built-in truths for calibration. In an open-ended competition, however, both seasoned researchers and cunning students push the boundaries of our field, with unexpected questions or angles of approach often bringing the most impressive advances.

Evolution and Comparative Genomics

Evolution and comparative genomics are deeply intertwined with computational biology. Computational evolutionary methods, such as phylogenetic inference methods or multiple sequence alignment are widely used, yet remain far from “solved” and are indeed intense areas of research.

The MICROBIOME Community of Special Interest aims at the advancement and evaluation of computational methods in microbiome research, especially metaomic approaches. Based on the Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation (CAMI), the COSI supplies users and developers with exhaustive quantitative data about the performance of methods in relevant scenarios.

RNA: Computational RNA Biology

RNA track covers the full range of research topics in the field of RNA Biology, from computational and high-throughput experimental methods development to their application in different aspects of RNA processing, structure, and function in both normal and disease conditions.

VarI: Variant Interpretation
VarI-COSI track discusses the recent advances in the methodology for the annotation and analysis of genetic variants. The VarI-COSI meeting is dedicated to the recent advances in the analysis and interpretation of the genetic variants.


Bio-Ontologies Community of Special Interest Group (COSI) covers the latest and most innovative research in the application of ontologies and more generally the organisation, presentation and dissemination of knowledge in biomedicine and the life sciences.

CompMS: Computational Mass Spectrometry

COSI CompMS promotes the efficient, high-quality analysis of mass spectrometry data through dissemination and training in existing approaches and coordination of new, innovative approaches.

Function SIG: Gene and Protein Function Annotation

The mission of the Function Community of Special Interest (Function-COSI) is to bring together computational biologists, experimental biologists, biocurators, and others who are dealing with the important problem of gene and gene product function prediction, to share ideas and create collaborations. The Function COSI features the Critical Assessment of Function Annotation, an ongoing community challenge aimed at improving methods for protein function prediction.

MLCSB: Machine Learning in Computational and Systems Biology

Systems Biology and Machine Learning meet in the MLCSB COSI. The community is the place for researchers of these areas to exchange ideas, interact and collaborate.

NetBio: Network Biology
As large scale, systems-level data are becoming increasingly available, modeling and analyzing them as networks is widespread. Network Biology Community serves to introduce novel methods and tools, identify best practices and highlight the latest research in the growing and interdisciplinary field of network biology.

SysMod: Computational Modeling of Biological Systems

The Computational Modeling of Biological Systems (SysMod) aims to create a forum for systems modelers and bioinformaticians to discuss common research questions and methods. The session will focus on the conjoint use of mathematical modeling and bioinformatics to understand biological systems functions and dysfunctions.

ISCB thanks the
many COSI leaders and track chairs who keep these communities vibrant and engaging.

BioVis: Biological Data Visualization

The BioVis track aims to educate, inspire, and engage bioinformatics and biology researchers in state-of-the-art visualization research and visualization researchers in problems in biological data visualization.

Education: Computational Biology Education
Education-COSI focuses on bioinformatics and computational biology education and training across the life sciences with a goal to foster a mutually supportive, collaborative community in which bioscientists can share bioinformatics education and training resources and experiences, and facilitate the development of education programs, courses, curricula, etc., and teaching tools and methods.

HitSeq: High-throughput Sequencing

HiTSeq is a community of special interest devoted to the latest advances in computational techniques for the analysis of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) data. Sessions will be devoted to discussing the latest advances in computational techniques for the analysis of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) datasets and will provide a forum for in-depth presentations of the methods and discussions among the academic and industry scientists working in this field.

iRegSys: Regulatory and Systems Genomics
Regulatory genomics involves the study of the genomic control system, which determines how, when and where to activate the blueprint encoded in the genome. Regulatory genomics is the topic of much research activity worldwide. Since computational methods are important in the study of gene regulation, the RegSys COSI meeting focuses on bioinformatics for regulatory genomics.

TransMed: Translational Medical Informatics

TransMed covers the current developments in the field of clinical and translational medicine informatics. Analysis of large amounts of multi-omics, imaging (medical and molecular), mobile sensor, clinical and health records data is paving the way for precision medicine. In the TransMed track, we will explore the current status of computational biology and advance machine learning approaches within the field of clinical and translational medicine.