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CSHALS 2013 Early Registration Closing

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The early registration discount for the ISCB Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS) ends this Friday, January 25.

Take advantage now to save!  

Register online here:  >> REGISTER NOW <<

CSHALS 2013 is the premier event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, including hospitals/healthcare institutions and academic research labs. If the emerging field of data science is an important element of your research, then CSHALS 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.

We look forward to your participation and hope to be welcoming you to Cambridge/Boston in February!

Sincerely,

The CSHALS 2013 Organizing Committee

The NEXT NGS CHALLENGE CONFERENCE 2013

The Next NGS Challenge Conference, a joint event of the EU COST Action SeqAhead, the EMBnet, the International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB) and the 7FP Project STATegra, is dedicated to the presentation of innovative computational approaches to the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data.

The conference will be held in Valencia, Spain, on May 14-16, 2013.

The Conference will consist of keynote lectures, oral presentations and lively poster sessions.  The  organizers invite submissions that describe novel applications of NGS, as well as bioinformatic algorithms for data processing and analysis.  Submissions dealing with efficient solutions to the management and storage of these large datasets are also welcomed.

The Conference will be preceded by an EMBnet Workshop on data analysis.

We are proud to announce the participation of the following keynote speakers:

  • Ivo Gut, National Centre for Genome Analysis (CNAG), Barcelona, Spain
  • Janet Kelso, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipig, Germany
  • Leif Andersson, Uppsala University, Sweden

You can find further information at the Conference site: www.thenextngschallenge.org/.

Abstract submission deadline is the 15th of February.

Deadline for registration is the 15th of April.

We look forward to seeing you in Spain!

Ana Conesa, CIPF (Spain)

Chair,  The Next NGS Conference 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ISCB Appoints Diane E. Kovats, CMP, Executive Director

Replaces Outgoing Executive Officer BJ Morrison McKay

Diane E. Kovats, CMP, ISCB Executive DirectorLA JOLLA, CA, January 10, 2013 – The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) has named Diane E. Kovats, CMP, as its new executive director. Ms. Kovats joined the ISCB, the world's leading professional society for bioinformatics and computational biology, on January 10, 2013.

Ms. Kovats comes to the ISCB with over 10 years experience working with non-profit organizations. She is an alumnus of the University of Richmond with a degree in business administration, marketing, and a minor in communications and rhetoric. Furthermore, Ms. Kovats is a Certified Meetings Professional (CMP) and specializes in strategic operations, marketing, meeting management, and the growth and development of member-focused organizations on a global scale. "In many ways, Diane Kovats understands the role of a professional society in furthering the careers of scientists, students, and the field itself, and can lead an international organization like ours toward its greatest potential,” said the ISCB President Burkhard Rost.

Ms. Kovats will succeed BJ Morrison McKay, who has served as the ISCB's executive officer since 2002. "BJ Morrison McKay's leadership has strengthened the ISCB in fundamental ways,” Dr. Rost said, "and I have no doubt that Diane will allow us to continue our phenomenal growth.”

"I think the ISCB Search Committee, with the help of Tiffany McCarty and Paul Belford of JDG Associates, and the ISCB Board of Directors made a wonderful choice in selecting Diane,” said Dr. Scott Markel, ISCB Secretary and search committee chair. "We expect great things from her and look forward to working with her to grow the Society."

As executive director, Ms. Kovats will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the ISCB and shall oversee the implementation of policy decisions on behalf of the ISCB Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, as well as aid in the implementation of initiatives to better serve the ISCB membership and increase knowledge and awareness of the Society's mission on a worldwide scale.

"I'm pleased to be joining the ISCB at a time when the advancement of the field is growing and the importance of the work by its members is being realized,” said Ms. Kovats. "I look forward to aiding in the critical science being done by the organization, and hope my involvement proves to be a valuable and dynamic influence as the ISCB continues to grow and develop over the upcoming years.”

Ms. Kovats noted that during her tenure as executive director she plans to focus on promoting the growth and awareness of the society, as well as improving the benefits and services provided to its members.

About ISCB

The International Society for Computational Biology is a nonprofit scholarly society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. Based in La Jolla, California, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, the ISCB has a global membership of over 3,000 researchers from 70 countries.

For more information, please visit www.iscb.org.

Contact: Diane E. Kovats

Number: +1 858.822.0852

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ISMB/ECCB 2013 Final Call for Proceedings - Deadline January 7, 2013

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

Deadline for submitting proceedings is January 7, 2013!

The ISMB/ECCB 2013 conference is coming to Berlin in July, 2013 and will be the largest annual gathering of bioinformaticians and computational biologists working in a wide range of disciplines. We are soliciting high-quality research papers that demonstrate the development of new computational techniques and their application to Molecular and Systems Biology, with significant outcomes to biomedical, agricultural and environmental questions.

This year we will adopt a procedure that is closer to that of a regular submission to the Bioinformatics journal. We will have two rounds of reviews, allowing the authors to reply to the reviewers comments. In the first round, the submissions will be classified into two categories: (a) minor/major changes, and (b) not accepted. Authors of submissions in the first category will be given the opportunity to submit revised drafts, based on the reviewer comments. The second round of reviews will involve selection of the papers most suitable for ISCB/ECCB.

More details are available at www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2013-submission/call-for-proceedings

We encourage you to submit an unpublished paper of your very best work for consideration by the deadline January 7th.

On behalf of the ISMB/ECCB 2013 organizing committee, we look forward to seeing you in Berlin next July!

Sincerely,

Nir Ben-Tal, ISCB/ ECCB 2013 Proceedings Chair

CSHALS 2013 Final Call for Posters

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The ISCB Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences is coming February 27, 2013, and the deadline for submitting a poster is

January 11, 2013

CSHALS is the premier annual event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, including hospitals/healthcare institutions and academic research labs. The conference will address the emerging field of data science, and if that is an important element of your research then 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.

Please accept this as your invitation to participate:

>> CALL FOR POSTERS <<

Call for Poster Abstracts closes January 11, 2013

>> REGISTER NOW <<

Early Registration Discount closes January 25, 2013


We look forward to your participation and hope to be welcoming you to Cambridge/Boston in February!

Sincerely,

The CSHALS 2013 Organizing Committee

ISMB/ECCB 2013 Call for Proceedings - Deadline January 7, 2013

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

The ISMB/ECCB 2013 conference is coming to Berlin in July, 2013 and will be the largest annual gathering of bioinformaticians and computational biologists working in a wide range of disciplines. We are soliciting high-quality research papers that demonstrate the development of new computational techniques and their application to Molecular and Systems Biology, with significant outcomes to biomedical, agricultural and environmental questions.

Deadline for submitting proceedings is January 7, 2013

This year we will adopt a procedure that is closer to that of a regular submission to the Bioinformatics journal. We will have two rounds of reviews, allowing the authors to reply to the reviewers comments. In the first round, the submissions will be classified into two categories: (a) minor/major changes, and (b) not accepted. Authors of submissions in the first category will be given the opportunity to submit revised drafts, based on the reviewer comments. The second round of reviews will involve selection of the papers most suitable for ISCB/ECCB.

More details are available at www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2013-submission/call-for-proceedings

We encourage you to submit an unpublished paper of your very best work for consideration by January 7th.

On behalf of the ISMB/ECCB 2013 organizing committee, we look forward to seeing you in Berlin next July!

Sincerely,

Nir Ben-Tal, ISCB/ ECCB 2013 Proceedings Chair

Registration Now Open for ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013

Dear ISCB and ASBCB Members and Colleagues,

Registration is now open for the ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 Conference on Bioinformatics being held in Tunis, Tunisia, March 13th -15th, 2013.

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.

Early registration:  deadline February 6th, 2013

Click above to access the registration page with pricing and workshop options. All early registrants will benefit from discounted prices, and all ISCB and ASBCB members will enjoy significant additional savings.

Poster abstracts:  due by December 12th

Click above to access the conference submission guidelines and then follow the links to submit your poster.

Student Travel Fellowship applications:  due by December 12th

Follow the link above to access the Travel Fellowship application form. A limited number of Travel Fellowships will be granted 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.

Come one, come all! Please 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

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

Call for Proposals to Organize ISCB-Asia 2014

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 international 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 PSB and 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. The first ISCB-Asia was held jointly with InCoB 2011 in Malaysia, and the 2012 meeting will be in Shenzen, China. 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 2014.

A requirement that ISCB-Asia become permanently affiliated to an existing meeting or society is not intended. ISCB looks to continue expanding its network of affiliations by seeking proposals from existing societies or conferences in the Asia region, or by working with a group that has a similar interest in organising a new bioinformatics community meeting in regions of Asia where an ISCB-Asia meeting has not yet been held.

Preliminary proposals should provide:

  • Planned meeting dates and location
  • Names and short CVs of local organising committee members and their proposed roles
  • Evidence of previous experience in organising mid- to large-sized meetings
  • Budget proposal including basic costs (venue rental, speaker travel, etc.) and preliminary commitments for financial support from sponsors.
  • Estimated meeting size
  • Focus of scientific program (required if a focus on a specialist research topic is planned)
  • Plans for publishing or online dissemination of the proceedings
  • Evidence of co-operation among multiple groups within the Asian region
  • Description of other relevant related meetings in the same region


ISCB will:

  • Participate through elected ISCB scientific representatives on the organising committee
  • Endorse and advertise the meeting through its extensive mailing lists
  • Suggest keynote speakers
  • Potentially provide funds to seed the meeting (funds repayable to ISCB from conference proceeds)
  • Provide budget guidance
  • Potentially provide travel funds to support student participation


Criteria for evaluation:

  • Proposals that 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, as well as reasonable international access to a nearby airport
  • Budget is within the range which can be covered by reasonably estimated registration fees alone, in the event that sponsor funding does not materialize
  • Preference will be 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 2 May 2013.




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CSHALS 2013 Call for Posters and Registration Open

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The deadline for submitting a poster at the ISCB Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences is January 11, 2013.

CSHALS is the premier annual event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, including hospitals/healthcare institutions and academic research labs. The conference will address the emerging field of data science, and if that is an important element of your research then 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.


Please accept this as your invitation to participate:

>> CALL FOR POSTERS <<

Call for Poster Abstracts closes January 11, 2013

>> REGISTER NOW <<

Early Registration Discount closes January 25, 2013


We look forward to your participation and hope to be welcoming you to Cambridge/Boston in February!

Sincerely,

The CSHALS 2013 Organizing Committee