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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ISCB Urges EU to Sustain Funding Without Cuts to Basic Science Research

La Jolla, USA and Munich/Saarbruecken, Germany - The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) announced today their letter to the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament stressing the importance of basic scientific research and the need to exempt this research from budget cuts.  The organization, which represents over 3000 member scientists worldwide, supports research using advanced information technology to better understand complex biological systems and processes.  This interdisciplinary scientific field is at the core of current scientific progress in many fields.  The Society points out that the dominant scientific revolutions happening around the world today are precisely in this intersection of information technology and biology.

The Society advocates against devastating funding cuts to critical basic research.  The letter stresses the fact, agreed upon in the scientific community, that project based research alone cannot produce the fundamental breeding ground necessary for breakthrough progress and creation of new economic market segments.  It goes on to comment on the competitive nature of scientific research, and the unnecessary loss to the excellence developed throughout the laboratories of Europe should funding for basic research be cut.  The Society urges the European Union to look to the success of national members in maintaining funding for critical scientific research, and do the same.

The full content of the letter can be viewed at www.iscb.org/images/stories/active-campaign/2012-Nov20-EC-letter-to-EU-urging-funding-basic-science.pdf

ISCB encourages its members and colleagues to share this Press Release and write immediately to their elected representatives to express their views on the importance of appropriate funding for basic scientific research.

About ISCB

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is a scholarly society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation.  The Society serves over 3,000 members from more than 70 countries.

Press Contacts:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, Vice President, ISCB, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +49-681-9325-3000           

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Rost, President, ISCB, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +49-89-289-17-811

GLBIO 2013 - Registration Is Now Open

Dear ISCB Members, Colleagues, and Past GLBIO Attendees:

The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference is ISCB's annual event focused on providing an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of research findings and methods within the North American Great Lakes region. The conference fosters long-term relationships, provides networking opportunities for researchers from within the region, and creates a collaborative environment for participants from around the world. The 2013 program has been retooled with new elements that will increase the opportunities to present research at many different stages of development. GLBIO will kick off with tutorials and include a full program of keynotes, selected original research presentations, highlights of published works, flash presentations and posters. Your participation is encouraged!

Registration is now open at:  www.iscb.org/glbio2013-register and early registration pricing is available through April 14, 2013.

In addition, all Calls for Presentations are now open: 

Original Research Papers (Proceedings)  Deadline: Jan 14, 2013

Highlight Presentations (previously published papers)  Deadline: Jan 14, 2013

Flash Presentations (abstracts)   Deadline: Jan 14, 2013

Poster Presentations (abstracts)  Deadline: Mar 22, 2013

GLBIO topic areas include: Algorithm Development & Machine Learning; Databases and Ontologies; Text Mining & Natural Language Processing; Bioimage Analysis; Biological Networks; Chemical Biology; Clinical Informatics & Epidemiology; Disease Models & Molecular Medicine; Evolutionary, Comparative, and Meta-Genomics, Gene Regulation & Transcriptomics; Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics; Personalized Genetics and Genomics: Exome, Genome, Transcriptome; RNA & Protein: Structure, Modification, Localizations, Interaction, Function.

This year's keynote presenters exemplify the diversity of the field within this region: Ivet Bahar of University of Pittsburgh; Ziv Bar-Joseph of Carnegie Mellon University (and recipient of the 2012 ISCB Overton Prize); Jing Li of Case Western Reserve University; and Isidore Rigoutsos of Thomas Jefferson University.

We look forward to your participation! Please help spread the word by sharing this information with your colleagues and collaborators.

Sincerely,

Bruce Aronow, Elodie Ghedin, and Russell Schwartz

GLBIO 2013 Conference Chairs


CSHALS 2013 Call for Participation

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The ISCB Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences is the premier annual event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, including hospitals/healthcare institutions and academic research labs. With an expanded scope that includes the emerging field of data science, CSHALS 2013 should be part of your plans for 2013!

Topics covered by CSHALS 2013 span the continuum between standards development and big data workflows - the scope between Life Science data representation and its analysis. To find out more about CSHALS topics follow the link here.

This is YOUR invitation to participate:

>> CALL FOR ORAL AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS IS NOW OPEN <<

Call for Oral Presentations closes November 30, 2012

Call for Poster Abstracts closes January 11, 2013


Conference registration will open at the end of October. We look forward to your participation!

Sincerely,
The CSHALS 2013 Organizing Committee

 LAST CALL: Rocky 2012 Early Registration

December 6 - 8 , 2012, Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado, USA


Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

THE EARLY REGISTRATION DATE FOR ROCKY 2012 EXPIRES IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS! The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference is now just weeks away, and early registration expires this week. With a spotlight on regional development in the computational biosciences, this conference has grown into an international program over its ten year history. Invited and accepted presenters represent a broad spectrum of universities, industrial enterprises, government laboratories, and medical libraries from around the world. The meeting is a chance to get to know your colleagues near and far, seek collaborative opportunities, and find synergies that can drive our field forward.

EARLY REGISTRATION DATE IS APPROACHING: Be sure to take advantage of early registration rates while they last. If you are not a current member consider joining ISCB now for immediate additional savings on your conference registration to this and any other ISCB conference. Please note that accepted presenters must register at applicable conference attendee rates by November 6 in order to give a presentation at Rocky 2012.

Register Here Now
Early Registration Deadline: November 8, 2012


Until November 8th the Rocky conference also offers a special Academic Retreat package for groups attending from the same lab or school, including a free student registration. Gather your colleagues and collaborators and come for a lab retreat in addition to attending for the great science and networking.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS SELLING OUT: Rocky 2012 will be held at the new Viceroy Snowmass Hotel, and a special group rate has been negotiated for attendees: $105 single or $140 double occupancy, plus tax. These rates are available until our contracted block of rooms is full, or November 14th, whichever comes first. You must enter the group code of Rocky2012 to secure rooms at the special rate.


Access Full Hotel Details Here


Please forward this mail to anyone you think should know about this conference. All participants are welcome, and we look forward to your participation!

Sincerely,

The Rocky 2012 Conference Organizing Team

ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 - Call for Papers, Posters, and Travel Fellowship Applications

Dear ISCB and ASBCB Members and Colleagues,

Don't miss your opportunity to submit a paper or poster to the ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 Conference on Bioinformatics! Travel Fellowship applications are also now being accepted.

This is the third joint meeting of ISCB and ASBCB, and takes place from March 13th -15th in Tunis, Tunisia. The meeting will include topics of general interest in bioinformatics, with a special focus on the bioinformatics of African pathogens, vectors, and human genetics. We especially welcome abstracts on the bioinformatics of diseases relevant to Africa, and with the new Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative the genetics focus is particularly relevant and timely.

Paper submissions: due by November 16th

Poster abstracts: due by December 12th

Travel Fellowship applications: due by December 12th

Please visit the conference submission guidelines and follow the links to submit your paper or poster today.

A limited number of Travel Fellowships will be made available exclusively to students and post docs from African research institutions whose paper or poster submission is accepted. Travel Fellowship applicants must first submit a paper or poster before submitting a Travel Fellowship application. Note that the poster submission deadline is the same as for TF, so be sure not to wait until the last minute and possibly miss the deadline!

Early registration is scheduled to open in three weeks. All early registrants will benefit from discounted prices, and all ISCB and ASBCB members will enjoy significant additional savings.

Please submit your paper or poster (or both!) today. Feel free to share this mail with your colleagues and collaborators to encourage their participation as well. We hope to welcome you to Tunisia in March!

Yours sincerely,

Alia Benkahla
ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference Chair

Dan Masiga
ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference Program Committee Chair

Please Sign on to Open Letter to Protect ERC Funding

Dear colleagues,

The discussions at the next summit of the European Union heads of state or government, which is scheduled for 22 and 23 November, will be decisive in determining the EU research budget for the next seven years. Several Member States are demanding severe cuts on the total EU budget and research will have to compete with other policy priorities.

This is a time when we, the scientific community, should act together and make our case to protect research funding, including that of the European Research Council (ERC), from cuts. Decisions will be prepared in discussions among politicians at the national level. All of us must look for opportunities to affect these decisions and send a strong signal to the heads of state or government.

An open letter signed by European Nobel laureates has been published in top European newspapers. The impact of this letter will be increased if it is followed by a mobilization of the national scientific communities. To keep the momentum going, an online petition has been launched:

www.no-cuts-on-research.eu

I would like to ask you to sign it and to encourage all your colleagues to do likewise. Note that in the past, less than 30 000 scientists signed the largest petition for a European scientific cause compared to the hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions from other groups of society. We must do better than that.

This action is coordinated by the Initiative for Science in Europe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.initiative-science-europe.org), of which EMBO is a member. Please contact Wolfgang Eppenschwandtner, Executive Coordinator of the ISE if you have any questions or suggestions.

Best regards,

Anna Tramontano, Steering Committee Chair of the European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB)



Anna Tramontano
Department of Physics
Sapienza University of Rome
P.le Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome
Tel: +39 06 49914550
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
URL: www.biocomputing.it

ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 - Call for Papers, Posters, and Travel Fellowship Applications

Dear ISCB and ASBCB Members and Colleagues,

Don't miss your opportunity to submit a paper or poster to the ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 Conference on Bioinformatics! Travel Fellowship applications are also now being accepted.

This is the third joint meeting of ISCB and ASBCB, and takes place from March 13th -15th in Tunis, Tunisia. The meeting will include topics of general interest in bioinformatics, with a special focus on the bioinformatics of African pathogens, vectors, and human genetics. We especially welcome abstracts on the bioinformatics of diseases relevant to Africa, and with the new Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative the genetics focus is particularly relevant and timely.

Paper submissions: due by November 16th

Poster abstracts: due by December 12th

Travel Fellowship applications: due by December 12th

Please visit the conference submission guidelines and follow the links to submit your paper or poster today.

A limited number of Travel Fellowships will be made available exclusively to students and post docs from African research institutions whose paper or poster submission is accepted. Travel Fellowship applicants must first submit a paper or poster before submitting a Travel Fellowship application. Note that the poster submission deadline is the same as for TF, so be sure not to wait until the last minute and possibly miss the deadline!

Early registration is scheduled to open in three weeks. All early registrants will benefit from discounted prices, and all ISCB and ASBCB members will enjoy significant additional savings.

Please submit your paper or poster (or both!) today. Feel free to share this mail with your colleagues and collaborators to encourage their participation as well. We hope to welcome you to Tunisia in March!

Yours sincerely,

Alia Benkahla
ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference Chair

Dan Masiga
ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference Program Committee Chair

ISMB/ECCB 2013 Call for Special Sessions, Proceedings, Tech Track

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues, and Past ISMB and ECCB Conference Attendees,

Following this year's separate and highly successful ISMB in Long Beach, California, and ECCB in Basel, Switzerland, we are pleased to announce these calls for participation for next year's joint ISMB/ECCB 2013, taking place July 21-23 in Berlin, Germany.

Call for Special Session Proposals - deadline October 26, 2012

>> Full details of the call and a link to the submission form can be accessed here <<

The Special Sessions run throughout the ISMB/ECCB conference in parallel to all other tracks. Specifically, Special Sessions are sought on "hot topics" of emerging themes that most attendees are not currently approaching with desired proficiency. Proposals should be of topics not covered in previous Special Sessions at ISMB or ISMB/ECCB meetings, but that nonetheless importantly influence bioinformatics and computational biology. If you are interested in organizing a Special Session at ISMB/ECCB 2013, please link to the details of the call and submission form above, and be sure to submit your proposal by the October 26th deadline.

Call for Proceedings Track Papers - deadline January 7, 2013

>> Full details of the call and a link to the submission form can be accessed here <<

Submissions are also being solicited for the Proceedings Track. These are original research papers that, if selected, will be presented as talks and published in the conference proceedings in an open access, online-only section of a regular issue of Bioinformatics. Papers should be submitted in their final form; poor quality submissions or insufficiently prepared papers are very often rejected. ISMB Proceedings result in fully citable articles, indexed by Medline and ISI. We encourage you to submit an unpublished paper of your very best work for consideration by January 7th.

Call for Technology Track Presentations - deadline April 26, 2013

>> Full details of the call and a link to the submission form can be accessed here <<

The Technology Track provides an opportunity for organizations to showcase their software and/or hardware that is relevant to the bioinformatics-molecular biology community. To apply for a Technology Track presentation slot, organizations must complete an online form by April 26th. Accepted Tech Track applicants are required to make a payment based on the organization's status as a non- or for-profit enterprise. This payment is in addition to the conference registration fees required of all attendees, including presenters in each of the parallel tracks.

On behalf of the ISMB/ECCB 2013 Steering and Scientific Organizing Committees, we look forward to seeing you in Berlin next July!br>
Sincerely,

Michal Linial, Special Sessions Chair

Nir Ben-Tal, Proceedings Track Chair

Rodrigo Lopez, Technology Track Chair

Last Call for Online Registration – RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges

The 5th Annual RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges is just two weeks away! We are very excited that this year's meeting will offer a very strong program featuring:

  • 15 keynote talks

  • 53 additional oral presentations

  • more than 100 poster presentations

  • the results of the 7th annual Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods (the DREAM Challenges)

  • announcement of the selected papers for the "Top Ten Papers in Regulatory Genomics” award for 2011


See the complete agenda here.

Online registration closes on Wednesday November 7.  It will still be possible to register on-site, but we recommend that you register now.

Click here to register.

When we decided in 2008 to combine the RECOMB Satellite Meeting on Systems Biology, the RECOMB Satellite Meeting on Regulatory Genomics, and the DREAM Project into one event, our goal was to facilitate conversation among researchers with expertise in both computational and experimental sciences about the latest approaches for dissecting regulatory networks and modeling biological processes. The response has been truly remarkable, and this year's program reflects the increasing maturity of the field.

We're looking forward to a very impressive set of presentations and hope that you will be able to join us.

Best wishes,

Andrea Califano, Manolis Kellis, Sylvia Plevritis, and Gustavo Stolovitzky
Conference Chairs

Rocky 2012 Registration Reminder

December 6 - 8 , 2012, Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado, USA


Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference is now less than two months away. Over the last decade this conference series has grown into an international program with a spotlight on regional development in the computational biosciences. Invited and accepted presenters represent a broad spectrum of universities, industrial enterprises, government laboratories, and medical libraries from around the world. The meeting is a chance to get to know your colleagues near and far, seek collaborative opportunities, and find synergies that can drive our field forward.

EARLY REGISTRATION DATE IS APPROACHING: Be sure to take advantage of early registration rates while they last. If you are not a current member consider joining ISCB now for immediate additional savings on your conference registration to this and any other ISCB conference. Please note that accepted presenters must register at applicable conference attendee rates by November 6 in order to give a presentation at Rocky 2012.

Register Here Now
Early Registration Deadline: November 8, 2012

 ACCOMMODATIONS SELLING OUT: The conference has moved to the new Viceroy Snowmass Hotel this year. A special group rate has been negotiated for Rocky 2012 attendees: $105 single or $140 double occupancy, plus tax. As rooms are booking up fast be sure to book yours before these special rates are no longer accessible. You must enter the group code of Rocky2012 to secure rooms at the special rate (if linking to the online hotel booking form from the conference website, double check that the correct code auto fills - if it fills as ISCB2012 please manually correct it as that code is an error and may not result in presenting the deeply discounted group rate).

Access Full Hotel Details Here

Until November 8th the Rocky conference offers a special Academic Retreat package for groups attending from the same lab or school, including a free student registration. Forward this invitation to your colleagues and collaborators and come for a lab retreat in addition to attending for the great science and networking.

We look forward to your participation!

Sincerely,

The Rocky 2012 Conference Organizing Team