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ISCB News and Announcements

  • ECCB 2020, August 31 – Sept 08, 2020, Virtual Conference
  • RSG with DREAM 2020, Nov 16 - 19, 2020, Virtual ISCB Event
  • ISMB/ECCB 2021, July 25 - 29, 2021, Lyon, France
  • ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020, Oct 28 – 29, 2020, Virtual Symposium
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Why You Should Attend the Premier Computational Biology Conference of the Year!

The Science – Choose from scientific sessions, over 750 posters, and tutorials representing a multidisciplinary forum for the dissemination of the latest developments in computational biology/bioinformatics. -Explore the Program-

Connect – Meet and Collaborate with over 1,600 scientists representing more than 45 countries from computer science, molecular biology, mathematics, statistics and related fields.

Training & Professional Development – Learn the latest techniques in our Technology Track.  Attend the JPI meeting for those transitioning from Post Doc to Junior PI or the Student Council Symposiums.      

ISMB 2014 is the premier international computation biology meeting worldwide, and is sure to be the year's most important computational biology event globally!

Mark your calendars for ISMB 2014 and join us in Boston!

July 11 - 15, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

ISMB 2014: Participate in the Arts & Science Exhibition

Call for Art & Science Exhibition Proposals - ISMB 2014

**Submit to The Arts and Science Submission Site**
Deadline May 31, 2014
 
The Art & Science Exhibition is an event organized by the ISCB Student Council, a student-led section of ISCB whose mission is the development of the next generation of computational biologists.
 
The conference will bring together scientists from a wide range of disciplines, including biology, medicine, computer science, mathematics and statistics. In these fields we are constantly dealing with information in visual form: from microscope images and photographs of gels to scatter plots, network graphs and phylogenetic trees, structural formulae and protein models to flow diagrams, visual aids for problem-solving are omnipresent.
 
Some of the works of the annual exhibitions at the conference combines outstanding beauty and aesthetics with deep insight that perfectly proves the validity of our approach or goes beyond the problem's solution. Others were surprising and inspiring through the transition from science to art, opening our eyes and minds to reflect on the work that we are undertaking. 

For the Art & Science Exhibition the organizers invite all interested conference attendees (hereafter referred to as "artists") to submit such images and videos ("artworks") that have been generated as part of a research project. They are also soliciting images and videos resulting from creative efforts that involve scientific concepts or employ scientific tools and methods.




 

ISCB Buzz - Conference Updates and Deadlines

Don’t Miss These Key Dates - Plan to attend these dynamic conferences!

April 18, 2014
Hotel Rate Registration
Deadline

May 04, 2014
Online Conference
Registration Closes

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May 07, 2014
Late-Breaking Posters Deadline

May 08, 2014
Early Registration Deadline

April 18, 2014
Late Poster Submission Deadline

May 09, 2014
Art & Science Deadline

June 06, 2014
Early Registration  Deadline

 
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Bioinformatics Curriculum Guidelines: Toward a Definition of Core Competencies

Rapid advances in the life sciences and in related information technologies necessitate the ongoing refinement of bioinformatics educational programs in order to maintain their relevance. As the discipline of bioinformatics and computational biology expands and matures, it is important to characterize the elements that contribute to the success of professionals in this field. These individuals work in a wide variety of settings, including bioinformatics core facilities, biological and medical research laboratories, software development organizations, pharmaceutical and instrument development companies, and institutions that provide education, service, and training. In response to this need, the Curriculum Task Force of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Education Committee seeks to define curricular guidelines for those who train and educate bioinformaticians. The previous report of the task force summarized a survey that was conducted to gather input regarding the skill set needed by bioinformaticians [1]. The current article details a subsequent effort, wherein the task force broadened its perspectives by examining bioinformatics career opportunities, surveying directors of bioinformatics core facilities, and reviewing bioinformatics education programs.

Click here to read the full article. 


 

ISMB 2014: Information for SIGs and Satellite Meetings
SIG and SM Deadlines and Information

Boston, Massachusetts
July 11 – 15, 2014


-->Special Interest Groups (SIGs):

4th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis)
URL: www.biovis.net
Date: July 11-12, 2014

BioVis 2014 is the premier venue that brings together the visualization, bioinformatics, and biology communities to explore the application of visualization research to life science problems and to demonstrate the state of the art in the field. Highlights include

  • a keynote by Tamara Munzner
  • primer and challenges talks by field experts
  • paper and poster presentations
  • data- and redesign contests
  • perfect networking opportunities
  • a “bring your own problem speed-dating” session, where life scientists can bring their own problems to discuss with visualization experts

Call for Participation in the 4th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization at ISMB 2014. Papers are due March 1 and posters are due by May 24, 2014
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The Automated Function Prediction Special Interest Group (AFP-SIG)
URL: http://biofunctionprediction.org
Date: July 11 & 12, 2014

The mission of the Automated Function Prediction Special Interest Group (AFP-SIG) is to bring together computational biologists, experimental biologists, and biocurators who are dealing with the important problem of gene and gene product function prediction, to share ideas and create collaborations.

Deadline for Submitting Abstracts: April 18, 2014
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BioLINK SIG: Supporting Bioscience through Text Mining
URL: http://biolinksig.org/biolink-2014/
Date: Friday, July 11 (General BioLINK SIG meeting) & Saturday, July 12 (Special session, joint with BioOntologies: Phenotype Day)

We hope to attract research to this SIG meeting that directly integrates text mining into computational methods addressing biological problems, and will dedicate part of the workshop specifically to the role of text mining for automated function prediction and genetic variant interpretation.

Submissions Deadline: April 11, 2014
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Bio-Ontologies Special Interest Group meeting
URL: www.bio-ontologies.org.uk/
Date: July 11 and July 12

The Bio-Ontologies SIG is a forum to present the most innovative research in the application of ontologies and the organisation, presentation and dissemination of knowledge in biomedicine and the life sciences.

We invite three types of submissions. Short papers (4 pages), Posters and Flash updates (1 page), deadline: April 11, 2014
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The 15th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2014)
URL: www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_2014
Date: July 11-12, 2014

BOSC covers the wide range of open source bioinformatics projects that have been successfully developed and adopted by the community, and encompasses the growing movement of Open Science, with its focus on transparency, reproducibility, and data provenance.

Deadline for submission of abstracts for talks: April 4 and Deadline for submission of abstracts for posters: May 15
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HitSEQ: High Throughput Sequencing Algorithms & Applications
URL: http://hitseq.org/
Date: July 11 & 12, 2014

HiTSeq provides a forum for in depth presentations of novel algorithms, analysis methods, and applications in multiple areas of biology that HTS is transforming.

Full paper submission deadline: April 6, 2014
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Integrative RNA Biology - SIG (IRB-SIG)
www.irbgroup.org/irb-sig-14/
Date: July 11, 2014

In this meeting we aim to bring computational experts attending ISMB together with world experts in the fields of RNA processing and non-coding RNAs to discuss recent advances in RNA biology and related computational and experimental methodology.
..............................................................................................................................
Mass Spectrometry SIG (MS-SIG)
URL: http://igenomed2.stanford.edu/BeyondProteomics_2014/
Date: July 12, 2014

MS-SIG aims to bring together experts from the global research community to discuss current progress and challenges in the field of mass spectrometry based proteomics and computational biology.

Abstract submission deadline is March 14, 2014 and May 12, 2014
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NetBio SIG
URL: http://nrnb.org/netbiosig/
Date: July 11, 2014

The meeting will provide a unique meeting space for tool developers and users in the field of network biology. Through these complementary lenses, the meeting will bring into focus the current state of the field, its future promise and how to get there.

Submission deadline is April 22, 2014
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New Challenges in Computational Single Cell Biology
URL: www.imsb.ethz.ch/researchgroup/mclaassen/Events/ISMB_SIG_CSCB_2014
Date: July 12, 2014

This workshop features keynotes from invited speakers, presentations selected from the submitted abstracts and poster presentations to share the latest results on single cell driven biology, cutting edge technology development and mathematical modeling approaches.

Call for abstracts. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters. The best accepted abstracts will be invited for oral presentation.

Abstract submission Deadline is April 30, 2014

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Regulatory Genomics Special Interest Group - RegGenSIG
URL: http://light.ece.ohio.edu/~reggen/2014/
Date: July 12, 2014

RegGenSIG is a collaborative community of scientists who convene to solve difficult research problems in all areas of computational regulatory genomics.

Submit abstracts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Extended abstracts for oral presentation are due by April 20, 2014, and 250 word abstracts for poster presentations are due by May 18, 2014
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VarI-SIG
URL: http://varisig.biofold.org
Date: July 12, 2014

The primary goal of the VarI-SIG is to outline and discuss the recent advances in the methodology for the annotation and analysis of genomic variation data.

Poster and Presentation Proposal deadline April 6, 2014

Satellite Meetings (SMs)

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-->Satellite Meetings (SMs)

3Dsig: Structural Bioinformatics & Computational Biophysics
URL: http://bcb.med.usherbrooke.ca/3dsig14
Date: July 11 & 12, 2014

3Dsig, a Satellite Meeting of the ISMB/ECCB conference, focused on structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics and has become the largest meeting in this growing field. This year we are celebrating our 10th meeting and highlighting the 2013 Nobel prize in Chemistry awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt & Arieh Warshel, the pioneers of the field.

Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2014
..............................................................................................................................
CAMDA: Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis
URL: www.camda.info/
Date: Friday, July 11 & Saturday, July 12 2014

CAMDA presents an open-ended data analysis challenge format which focuses on big heterogeneous data sets that are increasingly produced in several fields of the life sciences.

Call for submissions deadlines: Extended Abstract Proposals: May 20, 2014, Abstract for Posters: May 25, 2014, Full papers: Aug 25, 2014
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Hot off the E-press!

The ISCB Spring Newsletter

Click through the exciting updates within the community and learn more about ISCB's new initiatives in the 2014 Spring Newsletter.


 

ISMB 2014: Information for SIGs and Satellite Meetings
SIG and SM Deadlines and Information

Boston, Massachusetts
July 11 – 15, 2014


-->Special Interest Groups (SIGs):

4th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis)
URL: www.biovis.net
Date: July 11-12, 2014

BioVis 2014 is the premier venue that brings together the visualization, bioinformatics, and biology communities to explore the application of visualization research to life science problems and to demonstrate the state of the art in the field. Highlights include

  • a keynote by Tamara Munzner
  • primer and challenges talks by field experts
  • paper and poster presentations
  • data- and redesign contests
  • perfect networking opportunities
  • a “bring your own problem speed-dating” session, where life scientists can bring their own problems to discuss with visualization experts

Call for Participation in the 4th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization at ISMB 2014. Papers are due March 1 and posters are due by May 24, 2014
..............................................................................................................................

The Automated Function Prediction Special Interest Group (AFP-SIG)
URL: http://biofunctionprediction.org
Date: July 11 & 12, 2014

The mission of the Automated Function Prediction Special Interest Group (AFP-SIG) is to bring together computational biologists, experimental biologists, and biocurators who are dealing with the important problem of gene and gene product function prediction, to share ideas and create collaborations.

Deadline for Submitting Abstracts: April 18, 2014
..............................................................................................................................
BioLINK SIG: Supporting Bioscience through Text Mining
URL: http://biolinksig.org/biolink-2014/
Date: Friday, July 11 (General BioLINK SIG meeting) & Saturday, July 12 (Special session, joint with BioOntologies: Phenotype Day)

We hope to attract research to this SIG meeting that directly integrates text mining into computational methods addressing biological problems, and will dedicate part of the workshop specifically to the role of text mining for automated function prediction and genetic variant interpretation.

Submissions Deadline: April 11, 2014
..............................................................................................................................
Bio-Ontologies Special Interest Group meeting
URL: http://www.bio-ontologies.org.uk/
Date: July 11 and July 12

The Bio-Ontologies SIG is a forum to present the most innovative research in the application of ontologies and the organisation, presentation and dissemination of knowledge in biomedicine and the life sciences.

We invite three types of submissions. Short papers (4 pages), Posters and Flash updates (1 page), deadline: April 11, 2014
..............................................................................................................................
The 15th Annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2014)
URL: www.open-bio.org/wiki/BOSC_2014
Date: July 11-12, 2014

BOSC covers the wide range of open source bioinformatics projects that have been successfully developed and adopted by the community, and encompasses the growing movement of Open Science, with its focus on transparency, reproducibility, and data provenance.

Deadline for submission of abstracts for talks: April 4 and Deadline for submission of abstracts for posters: May 15
..............................................................................................................................
HitSEQ: High Throughput Sequencing Algorithms & Applications
URL: http://hitseq.org/
Date: July 11 & 12, 2014

HiTSeq provides a forum for in depth presentations of novel algorithms, analysis methods, and applications in multiple areas of biology that HTS is transforming.

Full paper submission deadline: April 6, 2014
..............................................................................................................................
Integrative RNA Biology - SIG (IRB-SIG)
http://www.irbgroup.org/irb-sig-14/
Date: July 11, 2014

In this meeting we aim to bring computational experts attending ISMB together with world experts in the fields of RNA processing and non-coding RNAs to discuss recent advances in RNA biology and related computational and experimental methodology.
..............................................................................................................................
Mass Spectrometry SIG (MS-SIG)
URL: http://igenomed2.stanford.edu/BeyondProteomics_2014/
Date: July 12, 2014

MS-SIG aims to bring together experts from the global research community to discuss current progress and challenges in the field of mass spectrometry based proteomics and computational biology.

Abstract submission deadline is March 14, 2014 and May 12, 2014
..............................................................................................................................
NetBio SIG
URL: http://nrnb.org/netbiosig/
Date: July 11, 2014

The meeting will provide a unique meeting space for tool developers and users in the field of network biology. Through these complementary lenses, the meeting will bring into focus the current state of the field, its future promise and how to get there.

Submission deadline is April 22, 2014
..............................................................................................................................

New Challenges in Computational Single Cell Biology
URL: www.imsb.ethz.ch/researchgroup/mclaassen/Events/ISMB_SIG_CSCB_2014
Date: July 12, 2014

This workshop features keynotes from invited speakers, presentations selected from the submitted abstracts and poster presentations to share the latest results on single cell driven biology, cutting edge technology development and mathematical modeling approaches.

Call for abstracts. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters. The best accepted abstracts will be invited for oral presentation.

Abstract submission Deadline is April 30, 2014

..............................................................................................................................

Regulatory Genomics Special Interest Group - RegGenSIG
URL: http://light.ece.ohio.edu/~reggen/2014/
Date: July 12, 2014

RegGenSIG is a collaborative community of scientists who convene to solve difficult research problems in all areas of computational regulatory genomics.

Submit abstracts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Extended abstracts for oral presentation are due by April 20, 2014, and 250 word abstracts for poster presentations are due by May 18, 2014
..............................................................................................................................
VarI-SIG
URL: http://varisig.biofold.org
Date: July 12, 2014

The primary goal of the VarI-SIG is to outline and discuss the recent advances in the methodology for the annotation and analysis of genomic variation data.

Poster and Presentation Proposal deadline April 6, 2014

Satellite Meetings (SMs)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

-->Satellite Meetings (SMs)

3Dsig: Structural Bioinformatics & Computational Biophysics
URL: http://bcb.med.usherbrooke.ca/3dsig14
Date: July 11 & 12, 2014

3Dsig, a Satellite Meeting of the ISMB/ECCB conference, focused on structural bioinformatics and computational biophysics and has become the largest meeting in this growing field. This year we are celebrating our 10th meeting and highlighting the 2013 Nobel prize in Chemistry awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt & Arieh Warshel, the pioneers of the field.

Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2014
..............................................................................................................................
CAMDA: Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis
URL: http://www.camda.info/
Date: Friday, July 11 & Saturday, July 12 2014

CAMDA presents an open-ended data analysis challenge format which focuses on big heterogeneous data sets that are increasingly produced in several fields of the life sciences.

Call for submissions deadlines: Extended Abstract Proposals: May 20, 2014, Abstract for Posters: May 25, 2014, Full papers: Aug 25, 2014
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .






ISMB 2014 Registration is Now Open!
Register early and Save!

SUBMISSION DATES

Late Breaking Research:
March 28

Late Posters:
March 14

Technology Track:
April 25

Art and Science:
May 9
Register Now
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Boston, Massachusetts
July 11 – 15, 2014

Register today and join us in Boston for the world's largest annual meeting in computational biology.  In over 250 talks and 800 posters learn about the latest developments in the field, network, and help shape the future of computational biology and bioinformatics!

As the premier computational biology conference, ISMB 2014:

  • convenes an interdisciplinary group of scientists dedicated to the advancement of biological discovery through computation.
  • educates scholars at all stages of their career
  • showcases state-of-the-art advances in the dynamic fields of computational biology and bioinformatics
  • is the forum for introducing new directions and for announcing technological breakthroughs

Mark your calendars for ISMB 2014 and join us in Boston!

Featured ISMB 2014 Keynote Presenter:

Michal Linial, PhD
Director of the Sudarsky Center for Computational Biology
Department of Biological Chemistry
Institute of Life Sciences
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
website: www.ls.huji.ac.il/michall/

ISCB 2014 Student Travel Fellowship Campaign

Dear Colleague:

Did you know that 85 young scientists from 21 countries received student travel fellowships to ISMB/ECCB and RECOMB this year? Thanks to your support, and funding from the National Science Foundation, ISCB, and Akamai Technologies, these students benefitted from experiencing, firsthand, the best science in computational biology and in-person networking that will positively impact their scientific careers for years to come.

Your help is still needed. Each year, we receive over 300 travel fellowship requests. Join ISCB in supporting the future of computational biology and bioinformatics by supporting travel for our young investigators. Visit the Support ISCB section of our website to make your donation or learn more about ISCB giving opportunities.

Have you received an ISCB student travel fellowship? We want to hear from you! Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to share your conference experience.

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of ISCB, thank you for your support in 2013. We wish you happy holidays and a happy new year.

Sincerely,


Burkhard Rost, ISCB President


Reinhard Schneider, ISCB Treasurer and Chair, Fundraising Committee


 

ISMB 2014: Highlights Submissions

SUBMISSION DATES

Posters:
Closes March 14, 2014

Technology Track:
Closes April 25, 2014

Art and Science:
Closes May 9, 2014
ISMB Registration:
Registration for ISMB 2014 opens March 24, 2014
ISCB Room Block
Now Open!

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ISMB 2014 Call for Posters ends Friday, March 14! 

Boston, Massachusetts
July 11 – 15, 2014

ISMB 2014 will bring together scientists from a wide range of disciplines:

  • molecular biology
  • biology
  • medicine
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • statistics

Submit a poster and join your colleagues representing more than 45 countries to network and collaborate with.

Poster Chair:  Yana Bromberg, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Mark your calendars for ISMB 2014 and join us in Boston!

Featured ISMB 2014 Keynote Presenter:

2014 ISCB Fellows Keynote
Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD
Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, and Medicine and Computer Science
Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program
Stanford University, United States
Presentation Title: TBA
Presentation Time:  Tuesday July 15, 5:00 - 6:00
http://helix-web.stanford.edu/people/altman/