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ISCB-Asia 2012 Meeting

CALL FOR PROPOSALS Deadline: 1 September 2011

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The aim of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is to serve the worldwide computational biology community by addressing scientific policies, providing access to high quality publications, organising meetings, and serving as a portal to information about training, education, employment and news from related fields. ISCB currently has over 3000 members from more than 70 countries around the world. Among its many activities ISCB hosts annual meetings, including ISMB, the world's longest running and largest bioinformatics conference (held jointly with ECCB every other year in Europe), as well as a series of smaller, newer meetings. ISCB also has affiliations in place with several other significant meetings in the field, such as RECOMB.

In an extension to its meeting activities, ISCB is participating in the organization of regional meetings in locations where ISMB has not been held. In 2009 and 2011 joint ISCB-Africa meetings were held in collaboration with the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB), and in 2010 ISCB-Latin America was held in Uruguay, with the next one planned for Chile in 2012. In November 2011 the first ISCB-Asia will be held jointly with InCoB 2011 in Malaysia. With the aim of continuing these successful regional meetings, ISCB is now soliciting applications for the co-organization of our next meeting in Asia for 2012.

The meeting/s will take the form of a satellite conference to be held in one or more locations in Asia. ISCB would like to affiliate with an existing society/societies in the Asia region, or work with a group that has a similar interest in organising a bioinformatics community meeting in Asia. A requirement that ISCB-Asia become permanently affiliated to an existing meeting or society is not intended, so proposals from all communities are welcome.

Preliminary proposals should provide:

Names and short CVs of local organising committee members and their proposed roles

Evidence of previous experience in organising mid-large sized meetings

Planned meeting dates and location

Budget proposal including estimated registration fees, and preliminary commitments for financial support from sponsors.

Estimated meeting size

Focus of scientific program (if focus on a specialist research topic is planned)

Plans for publishing or online dissemination of the proceedings

Evidence of co-operation among multiple regional groups in Asia

Criteria for evaluation

Proposals which emphasize and encourage attendance from a diverse range of regional groups and attendees will have an advantage

The meeting should be in a place where there is expected to be a sizeable local community from which attendance can be expected

Budget is within the range which can reasonably be covered by reasonably estimated registration fees alone

Preference given to organising committees with diverse representation

Proposers should have experience with organising meetings

Proposals should be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 September 2011.




Blogging at #ISMB / #ECCB11


Beginning on July 15 a designated blog tech team will trigger the creation of a new blog on the FriendFeed (http://friendfeed.com/ismbeccb2011) platform shortly before the start of the first presentation in the conference schedule. The feed link will be posted into our online program schedule for all subscribers to easily find.


Anyone can then join that feed to participate in real-time blogging of the talk with colleagues that might be seated on the opposite side of the aisle, or the opposite side of the globe!


Additional details are available here.


Twitter users can use the hashtag #ISMB (preferably together with #ECCB11) to post updates related to the ISMB/ECCB 2011 conference. More information about hashtags can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag#Hash_tags.

ISCB President Election Results for the Term Beginning January 21, 2012

Burkhard Rost has been reelected as ISCB President through the ISCB President-elect online elections that took place from July 5-19, 2011.

Every other year ISCB members elect the next President-elect, a position with a one-year term that upon completion automatically converts into a two-year term as President. This year two highly esteemed and experienced candidates accepted their nominations to stand for election. Both found strong support in the membership vote and on August 18, 2011 the Board ratified Rost’s re-election based on the vote count. We are indebted to both candidates for their willingness to serve ISCB and its global membership over many years.

Professor Burkhard Rost has been a member of the ISCB Board of Directors since 2002 and an Officer of ISCB since 2005, when he was elected to a two-year term as Vice President. In 2006 he was also elected to serve concurrently as President-elect, and took office as President in 2007. He has since won three additional President-elect elections, thus securing his presidency until January 2015.

Thank you to all members who participated by voting in this election!

Note: Click on Burkhard’s name above to link to his nomination and candidate statement. 

For additional information on ISCB’s annual nominations and elections procedures please see http://www.iscb.org/iscb-leadership-a-staff-/officers-and-board-directors/nomination-election-procedures. The next call for nominations of directors, officers and student council leaders will open February 15, 2012, for terms beginning in January of 2013.