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ISMB 2024, ISCB's Flagship Conference

12-16 July 2024, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Imagine yourself behind the podium at the world's largest, most distinguished bioinformatics and computational biology conference. 

Why imagine? Make it a reality.

ISCB invites abstracts for research that is topical to bioinformatics and computational biology, which is in progress (unpublished, formerly Late-Breaking Research) or previously published within the last 18 months (previously Highlights Track) for consideration for oral and/or poster presentation.
April 2024
Submit your abstract to be a part of this dynamic scientific program!
At the heart of ISMB 2024 lies the invaluable contribution of ISCB's Communities of Special Interest (COSIs), shaping the conference's scientific program. Their expertise and collaboration fuel a dynamic exchange of ideas, ensuring a rich and diverse lineup of sessions that drive innovation in bioinformatics and computational biology.
Be part of the pinnacle event in bioinformatics and computational biology!

Join Us for the 1st Asia & Pacific
Bioinformatics Joint Congress!

We are thrilled to announce a monumental milestone in the field of bioinformatics: the inaugural Asia & Pacific Bioinformatics Joint Congress (APBJC) 2024, organized collaboratively by five leading bioinformatics societies.

Mark your calendars for October 22-25, 2024, as we gather at the prestigious Naha Cultural Arts Theater NAHArt in Okinawa, Japan, for an event set to redefine the landscape of bioinformatics in the Asia Pacific region.

APBJC 2024 is not just a conference; it's a platform for groundbreaking exchange and collaboration.


Submit Your Research to the Asia & Pacific Bioinformatics Joint Conference!

Share your groundbreaking discoveries and advancements with a global audience of peers, mentors, and scientific leaders. Choose from a diverse range of submission topics - found here - tailored to accommodate various bioinformatics research areas.

We encourage the submission of original work, whether it is in progress or has been previously published within the last 18 months, for consideration for oral and/or poster presentation.

All presentations are categorized based on scientific topics, ensuring a cohesive organization of talks and posters.

Learn More & Submit Your Abstract

Abstracts: Deadlines

Any recent research, published or unpublished, is eligible for submission and should be received by July 7. Acceptance notifications will be sent no later than July 28. The conference will accept late poster abstracts beginning July 30 and ending August 7.

Leading Bioinformatics Societies Collaborate to Host Asia & Pacific Bioinformatics Joint Congress (APBJC) 2024

Why publish with Bioinformatics Advances?

Bioinformatics Advances is a fully open access, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal on bioinformatics and computational biology, with a major focus on the molecular and cellular levels of biology. Bioinformatics Advances is published jointly by Oxford University Press and by the International Society for Computational Biology, who are the leading professional society for computational biology and bioinformatics. 

Read on to learn why Bioinformatics Advances is the perfect home for your research.



The Editors-in-Chief of Bioinformatics Advances, Alex Bateman and Thomas Lengauer, lead a highly experienced and geographically diverse editorial board.

The research published in Bioinformatics Advances makes an impact in the field. Explore our high impact collection to find out more.


Bioinformatics Advances publishes a range of article types so you can select the format most appropriate for communicating your findings. Choose from original articles, application notes, scientific data, discovery notes, reviews, opinions, perspective letters to the editor, and features. 



Bioinformatics Advances publishes research that is read, discussed, and cited by scientists, practitioners, and members of the computational community in areas such as education and career development.


  • Fast and thorough review: on average, it takes 27 days to first decision and 67 days to final decision.
  • Speed of production: on average, it takes less than 15 days from receipt to online publication.
  • Considerate and attentive dialog with the authors.
  • Help is provided in case of rejections for suggesting improvements.
  • Special catering to authors from low and middle income countries, including coaching reviews and special rebates on open access charges.


Did you know? ISCB Members Save 20% off publishing charges!




Read our instructions to authors to learn more about preparing and submitting your manuscript with us or submit now via our submission site.

OUP also offers authoring resources to answer all of your publication questions before, during, and after publication, including how to best promote your work once published.

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Master's Certificates

ISCB members save on tuition

As a member of ISCB, you can continue your education at Brandeis University and save on tuition using your membership discount! All degree and certificate programs are 100% online, asynchronous, and designed for working professionals. 

Check out these continuing education programs: 

-Bioinformatics Master of Science
-Genomics Master's Certificate 
-Cheminformatics Master's Certificate
-Drug Discovery Informatics Master's Certificate 

Get started today

Fall-1 Admissions Deadline

Master's Certificate Course Deadline

For people interested in a master's degree for the upcoming Fall-1 2024 session, classes begin

July 2024.

For people who want to enroll in a master's certificate in July (no application required)

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You can shape the scientific programme!

 ISCB-LATAM SOiBiO CCBCOL 2024 invites scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit research papers and abstracts to be considered for presentation. 

Are you passionate about advancing bioinformatics and computational biology?

Do you have groundbreaking discoveries to share with the global scientific community?

Now is your chance to shape the scientific programme for ISCB-LATAM SoIBio CCBCOL 2024 !

We're thrilled to announce that submissions are officially OPEN!

Don't miss this chance to be part of something extraordinary. Submit your abstract now and be a driving force in the advancement of bioinformatics!

Early-decision Abstract Submissions Deadline: Monday, August 5, 2024
Paper Submissions Deadline: Thursday, July 25, 2024
Abstract & Paper Submissions
Attention Bioinformatics Educators and Experts! Submit your tutorial proposals today and make a lasting impact on the community!

Tutorial Submissions Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2024

Join us in fostering learning, collaboration, and innovation in the field of bioinformatics!
Tutorial Submissions
Keynote Speakers
Conference Information

Unlock Your Potential with ISCBacademy Tutorials!

Calling all experts and innovators in the world of computational biology and bioinformatics! Elevate your impact and share your expertise with the global community by leading a tutorial at ISCBacademy.

We invite you to contribute to our tutorial program by submitting your proposal.

Why Should You Lead a Tutorial?
Showcase your knowledge and skills to a diverse audience of professionals and students eager to learn.

  • Gain recognition as a thought leader in your field.
  • Showcase your knowledge and skills to a diverse audience.
  • Drive innovation and inspire the next generation of computational biologists.

Deadline for Tutorial Proposals: Monday, April 15

Submit a Tutorial Proposal
ISCBacademy Tutorial Program Information
The ISCB Fellows program is a prestigious recognition within the field of computational biology, honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline. These distinguished scientists and professionals have demonstrated exceptional leadership, research, and service, advancing the frontiers of computational biology and bioinformatics. Induction as an ISCB Fellow signifies a career of significant impact and a commitment to advancing the field.

ISCB congratulates the 2024 Class of Fellows!
Teresa Attwood, Emeritus Professor, Computer Science, University of Manchester

Teresa Attwood stands as a luminary in the realm of bioinformatics education, carving her legacy through unwavering commitment and innovative initiatives. Recognizing the pivotal role of education in propelling scientific advancement, Attwood embarked on a mission to democratize bioinformatics knowledge. Attwood's impact transcends mere publications. As a member of the ISCB Education Committee and later as an esteemed Board Member, she championed transformative educational strategies.
Niko Beerenwinkel, Professor, Computational Biology, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering ETH Zurich; Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Niko Beerenwinkel has made groundbreaking contributions to cancer research and viral genomics. His innovative methods in cancer phylogenetics unveil deep insights into tumor dynamics, progression, and heterogeneity. In viral genomics, his development of ShoRAH and COJAC demonstrates excellence in quantifying genetic diversity and monitoring SARS-CoV-2 variants. Beerenwinkel's impactful work in integrating multi-omics data, exemplified by NetICS, enhances our understanding of cancer molecular mechanisms. His rigorous methods address complex biological problems, contributing significantly to medical and public health.
Doron Lancet, Dept. Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science

Doron Lancet made outstanding contributions to genomics and computational biology. Notably, in 1993, he developed a molecular recognition model for olfaction and immunity, forming the basis for his novel quantitative model for life's origin. Lancet's creation of GeneCards in 1996, a comprehensive human gene compendium, has since evolved into the GeneCards Suite, serving 5 million users worldwide. Lancet's pioneering work in olfaction, genomics, and the GeneCards project exemplifies his significant impact on computational biology.
Barbara Engelhardt, Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes; Professor (Research) of Biomedical Data Science, Department of Biomedical Data Science Stanford University

Barbara Engelhardt is globally acclaimed for advancing hierarchical Bayesian statistical and machine learning models for dimension reduction in biomedical data. Recognized with the 2020 Overton Prize, her impactful contributions span experimental design, exploratory data analysis, and predictive modeling in genomics, imaging, and hospital data. Engelhardt's emphasis on interpretable, robust, and computationally efficient methods has led to crucial discoveries in genetics, genomics, and epidemiology. As a leader and mentor, she promotes diversity and inclusion, making her an exemplary choice for ISCB Fellow.
Tao Jiang, Distinguished Professor, Computer Science & Engineering Dept, University of California Riverside

Tao Jiang is a pioneering figure in computational biology and bioinformatics, contributing significantly to algorithmic research. His seminal work spans multiple areas, including multiple sequence alignment, DNA fragment assembly, RNA secondary structure comparison, phylogenetic tree reconstruction, haplotype inference, ortholog assignment, and isoform quantification. His efficient combinatorial algorithms, recognized for their impact and citation frequency, have helped shape the field. 
Carl Kingsford, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science, Ray and Stephanie Lane Computational Biology Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Carl Kingsford is a trailblazer in computational molecular biology, showcasing sustained innovation in scalable algorithmic approaches. His foundational contributions include transformative methods for gene expression quantification, k-mer-based computational methodologies, and efficient algorithms for searching unassembled sequence data. Notably, his software, Salmon and Jellyfish, are widely used in the field, with Salmon widely downloaded. Kingsford's theoretical understanding of algorithmic challenges and leadership in conferences further solidify his impactful role in shaping computational biology.
Eugene V Koonin, Evolutionary Genomics Group Leader, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Eugene Koonin is a distinguished figure in bioinformatics, comparative genomics, and evolutionary biology, with significant contributions recognized globally. Transitioning from experimental biology to bioinformatics, he contributed to viral genome analysis, leading to deep evolutionary insights. His work on COGs and genome evolution models advanced functional annotation and understanding of microbial evolution and cellular life origins. Koonin's research also encompasses metagenomics, antivirus defense systems, in particular, CRISPR, cancer evolution, and general theory of evolution.
Philippe Lemey, Professor, Rega Institute, KU Leuven

Philippe Lemey, a leader in computational phylogenetics, has made outstanding contributions to understanding viral evolution and epidemiology. Renowned for his work in Bayesian statistics, he pioneered phylogeographic reconstruction in the widely used BEAST software, receiving the prestigious Mitchell Prize. Lemey's models, extended for pathogens like influenza and SARS-CoV-2, underpin diverse comparative analyses. Notably, he quantified measles' ancient origin and assessed intervention impact. In SARS-CoV-2 research, he reconstructed viral spread and contributed to origin studies, advising the WHO. Lemey's multidisciplinary collaborations emphasize innovative methods, making him a global asset in pathogen spread understanding.
Scott Markel, BIOVIA R&D Software Engineering Director, Biosciences & Scientific Informatics, Dassault Systèmes

Scott Markel's decade-long leadership within ISCB has been invaluable, notably as Secretary for 10 years. His governance expertise and commitment, evident in roles across committees like Nominations and Finance, have steered ISCB's strategic direction. Markel's contributions extend beyond official duties, supporting initiatives, mentoring, and advocating for computational biology's advancement. His outstanding service enriched ISCB's mission.
Peter Park, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Director, Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG) PhD Track, Harvard Medical School
Peter Park is recognized for his seminal contributions in human genome and epigenome analysis. He led pioneering studies of structural alteration in cancer genomes, unveiling the landscape of somatic retrotransposition, microsatellite instability, chromothripsis, and other complex rearrangements. His work had clinical applications, such as a method for detecting homologous recombination deficiency to guide PARP inhibitor use in cancer patients. Dr. Park also explored mutational processes in the brain, utilizing single-cell whole-genome sequencing to study neuronal mutations and early human development. As a mentor, he shaped future leaders as the director of the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School for more than a decade.
Natasa Przulj, Leading Researcher, Life Sciences - ICREA Research Professor, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Nataša Pržulj is a leader in biological network analysis, pioneering network biology geometry. She introduced graphlets to extract biomedical knowledge from omics networks, revolutionizing the field. Her recent research focus is artificial intelligence algorithms for multi-omics data fusion to improve precision medicine. Prof. Pržulj's scientific excellence is evident in her numerous awards, including election to ELLIS and Academia Europaea. She has provided exceptional service to ISCB, chairing ISMB's Systems Biology and Networks Area, NetBio COSI and contributing to editorial boards, advisory boards, and teaching, showcasing her commitment to advancing bioinformatics.
Torsten Schwede, Professor, Structural Bioinformatics, Biozentrum, Vice President for Research, University of Basel; Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Torsten Schwede has made substantial contributions to computational biology through SWISS-MODEL, the first automated protein homology-modeling server, advancing our understanding of protein structure and fostering the use of computational models in life science research. Schwede's commitment to benchmarking and model quality assessment, with QMEAN and CAMEO, contributed to measuring progress in protein structure prediction. These developments formed groundwork for transformative technologies such as AlphaFold.
Michael J E Sternberg, Director Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (CISBIO), Imperial College London

Michael Sternberg, a structural bioinformatics pioneer since the 1970s, has made foundational contributions to understanding protein structure and function. His analyses of protein structures uncovered key principles, and he developed widely used resources like the Phyre web server, software for protein docking, and 3D-LigandSite for ligand binding prediction. These user-friendly tools have been crucial for researchers worldwide. His recent work on predicting the impact of missense variants vis the Missense3D portal and several collaborations, including COVID-19-related studies, showcase his ongoing impact in bioinformatics.
Fengzhu Sun, Professor, Quantitative and Computational Biology and Mathematics, University of Southern California

Fengzhu Sun is recognized for foundational contributions in computational biology, notably in protein-protein interaction network analysis, alignment-free sequence analysis, and metagenomic data analysis. A pioneer, Sun developed a probabilistically grounded model for predicting protein functional labels and introduced diffusion kernels for protein-protein interaction networks. His work, ahead of its time, laid the foundation for current diffusion-based methods. His contributions extend to error correction in PCR, statistical tools for metagenomics, and revolutionary alignment-free sequence analysis with applications in virus identification. His expertise, mathematical insights, and method development make him a standout in computational biology.
Mihaela Zavolan, Head of Research Group, Professor in Computational Biology/Genomics, Biozentrum, University of Basel; Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Mihaela Zavolan pioneered computational research into miRNAs, revealing their broad expression, and quantitatively prediction their interactions with target mRNAs. With a medical degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, her interdisciplinary background uniquely contributes to advancing computational biology. Her work includes algorithm development for miRNA gene and target prediction, innovations in CLIP methods for mapping RNA-protein interactions, as well as methods for unveiling the functions of RNA isoforms resulting from alternative polyadenylation.  Zavolan's dedication to advancing both methodology and biological insights makes her a significant figure in the computational biology community.
ISCB will be honoring the 2024 Class of Fellows during the ISMB 2024 conference.

Congratulations, 2024 Class of ISCB Fellows!

The clock is ticking on WORRY FREE savings at ISMB 2024

Lock in your savings and secure your spot at ISMB 2024 before it's too late! Use code Early10 to register for ISMB 2024 and you will lock in the lowest rate possible and free cancellation before it expires on March 30. Don't miss out on this opportunity to save while experiencing the latest advancements in bioinformatics and computational biology. Register now and be part of the premier event shaping the future of the field!

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Unlock Your Research Potential at ISMB 2024!

Calling all innovators, scientists, and visionaries in bioinformatics and computational biology! Showcase your groundbreaking work and join the global conversation at ISMB 2024

Why submit to ISMB 2024?

  1. Global Exposure: Gain international recognition and visibility for your research on a platform renowned for fostering collaboration and innovation.
  2. Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals, potential collaborators, and mentors who share your passion for advancing the field.
  3. Feedback and Recognition: Receive valuable feedback from esteemed reviewers and earn recognition for your contributions to the bioinformatics and computational biology community.
  4. Shape the Future: Contribute to shaping the future of bioinformatics and computational biology through thought-provoking discussions and presentations.
  5. Career Advancement: Enhance your professional profile, establish credibility in your field, and open doors to new opportunities.

Abstract Submissions Deadline: April 19, 2024

Submit your abstract today and seize the opportunity to present your research to an esteemed audience of peers, experts, and industry leaders.

Abstract Guidelines and Submissions
Connect, Innovate, Transform, and Submit Your Cutting-Edge Research to the Technology Track! 

Tech Track Submissions Deadline: May 10, 2024 (or until capacity is reached)

Submit your innovation and be a part of the scientific celebration at ISMB 2024. 
Technology Track Guidelines and Submissions
Distinguished Keynotes
Conference Programme

Meet global leaders creating visualizations transforming the life sciences!

A quick reminder that VIZBI 2024, the 14th International Meeting on Visualizing Biological Data, takes place next week, March 13–15, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA. The event will also be streamed online.
There's still time to join this year's meeting, present your work, and engage with our inspiring speakers, including:

  • Jessica Hullman (Northwestern U., USA) — renowned for pioneering work on improving visual communication of complex data and statistics.
  • Anders Ynnerman (Linköping U., Sweden) — a pioneer in medical imaging and in using groundbreaking visual methods to communicate science.
  • Alex McDowell (USC & 5D Global Studio, USA) — celebrated production designer for feature films such as 'Man of Steel', 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', and 'Minority Report'; now redesigning how we visualize biomolecules and cells.

Register now to secure your spot, connect with global thought-leaders, and see the visualizations that are transforming the life sciences. Upload your poster by March 8 so you can share your work at the meeting.
Want to improve your DataVis skills, but can't commit to a three day event? Join the VIZBI Masterclass (March 12), a one-day training event on cutting-edge visualization techniques from leading experts and practitioners David GoodsellBarbora KozíkováMartin Krzywinski, and Seán O'Donoghue. Learn visual design principles, data storytelling strategies, and methods for visualizing uncertainty and temporal data.
Undecided? Read the Nature News article about VIZBI, or ask a colleague who's been. They'll confirm that attending — on-site or online — can help you uncover insights buried in complex data, thus accelerating your research.

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