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ISMB/ECCB 2017 - Growing Together, Celebrating 25 Years of ISMB!

  MAY 2017

Call For Technology Talks!

Promote Your Innovative Tools, Methods, Service at ISMB/ECCB: Call for Tech Talks Closes 18 May!
1400+ attendees from 50+ countries

ISMB/ECCB attracts top international scientists and key decision makers in the life sciences from the world’s largest and most prestigious research institutions and companies.

55-minute session
• For-profit organization $2,000
• Not-for-profit Member $1500
• Not-for-profit Non-Member $1750

18 minute session
• For-profit organization $1250
• Not-for-profit Member $500
• Not-for-profit Non-Member $750

**Innovation Forum Members receive 50% off! Contact Andy Falter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information!

ISMB/ECCB 2017 - Growing Together, Celebrating 25 Years of ISMB!

  ISMB/ECCB 2017

A themed ISMB/ECCB 2017 for better tracking of recent research developments and networking

The ISMB/ECCB 2017 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 fourteen established communities (COSIs – Communities of Special Interest) reflecting most of the major research themes and training in computational biology. These comprise:

  • 3DSIG – structural bioinformatics
  • Bioinfo-Core – core competencies in bioinformatics
  • BioOntologies – ontologies for medicine and life sciences
  • BioVis – visualization of biological data
  • BOSC - Bioinformatics Open Source Conference
  • COBE – Bioinformatics Education
  • CAMDA – analysis of heterogenous datasets
  • Function – methods for protein function annotation
  • HitSeq - high throughput sequencing algorithms and applications
  • IRB – computational and experimental aspects of research in RNA biology
  • NetBio – methods and tools for network biology
  • RegSys – computational methods for studying the regulation of genes and systems
  • SysMod – computational modelling of biological systems
  • TransMed – computational approaches in clinical and translational medicine
  • VariSIG – methods for understanding the impacts of genetic variation

Each day of the four-day conference includes COSI track presentations. A schedule overview is available here. In addition, a variety of workshops, special sessions and focused presentations on other important research area topics in computational biology are scheduled. Some of these are around new budding communities and include: Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation; Computational Immune Oncology; Machine Learning in Systems Biology; along with a Bioinformatics Core Workshop and Workshop on Education in Bioinformatics.

These newly organized community sessions (COSI tracks) include talks from ‘proceedings’ submissions, which will be published in a special issue of Bioinformatics, and other scientific talks on previously published research (Highlights) and exciting late-breaking unpublished research.

In essence the meeting will encompass all of the familiar themes and tracks, such as proceedings, highlight, or late breaking topics, that made ISMB/ECCB a pillar of the community in previous years, but will now offer an improved quality in the experience for you, the delegate. You now have the opportunity to listen to talks on the same theme, opportunities to engage in discussions and networking with other like-minded researchers, in a much more themed-focused program.

Experience it for yourself and register for ISMB/ECCB 2017! This is your chance to fully immerse yourself in an environment that facilitates connecting fellow researchers in your community and to find out about new emerging communities. We are confident that the changes to ISMB/ECCB 2017 will make it easier to follow exciting developments and make new friends and colleagues.

There is still an opportunity to present at the conference. Poster submissions deadline is May 15 and Technology Talk submissions are due May 18.

Looking forward to seeing you in Prague at ISMB/ECCB 2017!!


Yves Moreau and Janet Thornton
ISMB/ECCB 2017 Conference Chairs

 ISMB/ECCB 2017 To Do List: Submit a Poster Today!

ISMB/ECCB 2017 To Do List: Submit a Poster Today!

GLBIO 2017

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MAY 15 - 17, 2017

Mark your calendars!


Have you registered yet for GLBIO 2017 - There is still time!

Join your colleagues for 3 days of fostering long term collaborative relationships,
networking opportunities & top notch science within the domain of computational biology.

Online Reg Deadline:  May 01
Room Rate Deadline:  May 03



ISCB Supports National Institutes of Health Interim Research Products Policy Change

Open access to data, software and publications enables scientific progress and is a core and foundational principle of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). ISCB was delighted to learn of and fully supports The National Institution of Health’s policy, which allows investigators to cite their interim research products, such as preprints, and claim them as products of NIH funding.
Pre-print servers have emerged as a rapid and important means for molecular and computational biologists to make their data and discoveries widely available prior to publication in peer-reviewed journals. ISCB’s two affiliated journals, Bioinformatics and PLOS Computational Biology, have for years encouraged the submission of papers previously deposited in pre-print servers.
The availability of these data forms are the basis of our ability as computational biologists to mine and integrate data from several sources in order to make new discoveries. This principle forms the basis of our professional activity as Bioinformatians and Computational Biologists and underlies our Society’s mission to advance understanding of living systems through computation and to communicate scientific advances worldwide.
ISCB is pleased to learn that the National Institutes of Health also sees the great value of interim research products and therefore strongly supports the recent policy change.  ISCB will continue to encourage the deposition of papers in pre-print servers, in the same way that we support the deposition of software and data in the appropriate repositories prior to publication in peer-reviewed journals.
It is, however, still largely misunderstood how important this data is and ISCB will continue to work towards educating other funding agencies on this matter.



ISMB/ECCB 2017 - Growing Together, Celebrating 25 Years of ISMB!

April 2017



3 Days Left to Submit your Research to the Premier Comp. Bio. Conference of the Year!

Submit an abstract today to shape the scientific content of this dynamic conference!

Talks will be organized according to scientific topics which are covered by the Communities of Special Interest (COSIs):

Submission Deadlines

  • Abstract submissions deadline April 13, 2017
    which includes BioVis proceeding deadline
  • 3DSIG submission deadline May 01, 2017
  • CAMDA submissions deadline May 19, 2017

*Some COSI abstract submission deadlines may vary. Please see their specific abstract portal for additional information.*

Don’t miss your chance to discover, innovate and connect!

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming ISCB Affiliated Conferences!

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

Don't miss your chance to network, connect and collaborate with your colleagues at these ISCB affiliated conferences!

ISCB members enjoy discounts on all of our affiliated conference registration fees.

Renew your membership or join today, to instantly take advantage of this ISCB Member benefit!
Hong Kong
May 03, 2017 through May 07, 2017

RECOMB 2017 is the 21st in a series of well-established scientific conferences bridging the areas of computational, mathematical, statistical and biological sciences. The conference features keynote talks by preeminent scientists in life sciences, proceeding presentations of peer-reviewed research papers in computational biology, and poster sessions on the latest research progress.

ISCB Member Discount: 10%
Visualising Biological Data (VIZBI 2017) - Conference
Sydney - Australia
Jun 14, 2017 through Jun 16, 2017

VIZBI is an international conference series aimed at scientists, technologists, and the creative community who develop or work with tools for the visualization of biological data. For its 8th year, it will be staged in Australia for the first time to coincide with Vivid Sydney, a major international festival of design and visual arts.

ISCB Member Discount: 15%
2nd Interdisciplinary Signaling Workshop
Hungary - Pest County - Visegard
Jul 17, 2017 through Jul 21, 2017

Building successful interdisciplinary collaborations to address problems in cellular signaling is becoming increasingly important, as the size of datasets and diversity of different experimental approaches continues to increase. We have designed the program of this second Interdisciplinary Signalling Workshop to help support further development and deployment of such approaches, building on the success of the previous workshop.

Event Registration: 2017-02-15 through 2017-05-31
ISCB Member Discount: 15%
5th RECOMB Satellite Workshop on Computational Methods in Genetics
Los Angeles - United States
Jul 27, 2017 through Jul 28, 2017

Over the last decade, large-scale, cost-effective availability of genotype data has led to novel analytical opportunities and computational challenges in statistical genetics. Population genetics allows more refined understanding of the demographic history of our species. Association analysis provides insights into the functional and molecular underpinnings of diseases and traits. Clinical applications suggest genetics is emerging as a trailblazer in personalized medicine. Complex bioinformatics questions arise, ranging from inferring more nuanced statistical models of genetic information to algorithms that overcome the complexity challenges of analyzing millions of SNPs across millions of individuals, to systems level challenges of handling such Big Data repositories of genotypes and phenotypes.

ISCB Member Discount: none
6th RECOMB Satellite Workshop on Computational Cancer Biology
Los Angeles - United States
Jul 28, 2017 through Jul 29, 2017

Cancer research is undergoing a revolution driven by the application of high-throughput techniques such as genome sequencing, single-cell analysis, miRNA profiling, and mass spectrometry. Today’s high-throughput techniques are capable of performing in-depth characterization of tumor samples and producing large collections of data that have implications for both basic biology and clinical translation. Cancer is a disease of tremendous complexity; thus, the analysis and interpretation of this data with a systems biology approach demands sophisticated, specialized computational methods. This workshop brings together leading researchers in the mathematical, computational and biological sciences to discuss advances and open questions in cancer research.

Early Registration Deadline: 2017-03-01 through 2017-07-28
ISCB Member Discount: none
InCoB 2017 (16th International Conference on Bioinformatics)
Guangdong - China
Sep 20, 2017 through Sep 22, 2017

InCoB is the annual conference of Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) that showcases the latest research and technologies in all areas of bioinformatics. The theme for InCoB 2017 is: Big Data and Big Impact in Bioinformatics. Key topics will include integration of algorithms, bioinformatics, imaging informatics and health informatics for understanding of complex biological and medical phenomena. Other relevant topics cover translational bioinformatics, population genetics, drug design and discovery, biomarker identification, systems biology, biological sequence analysis, biomedical text mining, ontologies, expression data analysis, structural bioinformatics, metabolism data analysis and scalable data storage.

ISCB Member Discount: 10%