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ISCB News and Announcements

  • Next Generation Sequencing Conference 2018 (NGS 2018)
  • 5th International Society for Computational Biology Latin America, SOIBIO and EMBnet Joint Bioinformatics Conference 2018 (ISCB-LA SOIBIO EMBnet 2018)

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The ISCB Latin America 2012 conference is making available one last opportunity to present your research at the conference, with a Call for Late Posters that is open for just the next three days.

>> Call for Late Poster Submissions - Just Three Days to Submit! <<

Late Poster Presentation submission deadline: February 7, 2012

(Please note that late poster presenters are not eligible for travel fellowship funding.)

The conference will be preceded by tutorials on March 17 and 18; the main conference takes place on March 19-21; a full day of post-conference workshops and round table discussions happens on March 22. It all takes place at one of Latin America's most prestigious universities, the Universidad Católica de Chile (Catholic University of Chile), located in the heart of vibrant Santiago.


>> Click Here to go Directly to Registration Information <<

Early registration deadline: February 10, 2012

Researchers from all countries of the world are welcome and encouraged to attend, and registrations received to-date have come from Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. If yours is not among them we encourage you to consider making plans to attend today, and submitting your late poster within the next 72 hours. This meeting will provide a forum for rich international exchange and collaboration. Students and post docs can expect to be deeply motivated and inspired to pursue and perform the best research possible in their chosen interest areas, while established and senior researchers will find unique opportunities to interact with peers and to influence the careers of our next generation of researchers. All attendees will be intellectually stimulated by our exceptional line up of international and regional keynote speakers.

The main conference features five international keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Peer Bork, EMBL-Heidelberg, Germany

  • Dr. Alessandro Sette, La Jolla Institute for Immunology and Allergy, USA

  • Dr. Manfred Sippl, University of Salzburg, Austria

  • Dr. Yves van de Peer, Ghent University, Belgium

  • Dr. Aleksey Zimin, University of Maryland, USA

In addition, seven highly accomplished keynote speakers from the Latin America region will also deliver talks at the conference. The full list of keynote talks can be found HERE.

Networking opportunities include poster session receptions, a conference banquet, and casual evenings spent exploring the vast and vibrant city of Santiago together with old and new friends and colleagues.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT TUTORIAL REGISTRATIONS: An impressive selection of practical tutorials and hands-on workshops will be presented by some of the most well-known research groups in the world. Registration is limited to the capacity of each tutorial room, and will be accepted in the order in which the registrations are received until capacity is reached. We expect all tutorials to sell-out, and recommend early registration to ensure your tutorial preference can be accepted.

Please forward this mail to colleagues and collaborators you feel might be interested or should attend ISCB Latin America 2012. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available and all inquiries are welcome at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Submit your late poster abstract and register for the conference and tutorials now to take advantage of this final opportunity to present your work and save with the early discount while it lasts. We hope to see you in Santiago next month!


The ISCB Latin America 2012 Organizing Committees

Dear ISCB Members, Colleagues, and Past GLBIO Attendees,

We invite you to participate in the The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference, taking place in Ann Arbor, Michigan this coming May.


Poster Information & Abstract Submission Form Deadline: Mar 15, 2012



Online Registration Information and Form Early Registration Deadline: April 15, 2012

GLBIO topic areas include Algorithm Development and Machine Learning, Bioimaging, Databases and Ontologies, Disease Models and Epidemiology, Evolution and Comparative Genomics, Gene Regulation and Transcriptomics, Metagenomics, Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, Population Genomics, Protein Interactions and Molecular Networks, Protein Structure and Function, Sequence Analysis, and Text Mining.

This year's keynote presentations will cover a broad range of interesting topics. Keynote Speakers for 2012 are: Howard Cash of Gene Codes, Michael Lynch of Indiana University, Mercedes Pascual of the University of Michigan, and Russell Schwartz of Carnegie Mellon University.

We look forward to receiving your submission before the deadline, and to welcoming you to Ann Arbor in May!


Your GLBIO 2012 Steering/Organizing Committee

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The call to submit a proposal to conduct a Workshop at ISMB 2012 is still open.  This 20th anniversary conference will be held July 15-17 in Long Beach, California.

Workshop Proposals - deadline March 10, 2012

The above link will take you to the full details and guidelines about ISMB Workshops. From there you can also access the submission system to submit your proposal today.

Workshops cover a broad range of non-research-oriented topics that address issues important to bioinformatics researchers and educators. Preference will be given to topics of wide interest to attendees, with a planned agenda that is not primarily made up of research paper presentations. Examples of previous workshops are: Bioinformatics Core Facilities; Education in Bioinformatics; and Navigating the Granting Jungle. Additional topics of particular interest to the ISMB community or those sponsored by ISCB committees are welcome.

Each workshops is scheduled to run for two hours following the same schedule as all other parallel tracks of the ISMB conference. This allows for segmenting the workshop into four 25-minute presentation/discussion periods (including participant questions and answers) followed by a required 5 minute synchronized break for movement between ISMB parallel tracks. Workshops can include multiple talks, panel discussions, and ample participant discussion time.

Several additional opportunities exist for presentation at the conference, including Highlights of previous publications, Posters, Technology demonstrations, Late Breaking Research abstracts, and the 8th annual Student Council Symposium. You can find the submission deadlines and links to each of the open calls on the conference home page at ISMB 2012.

Registration will open next month. Please help spread the word for the strongest possible participation by sharing this mail with your colleagues and collaborators.

The ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs and every member of the Scientific Organizing Committee looks forward to welcoming you to Long Beach this July!

Christine Orengo, Workshops Chair, ISMB 2012

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences is less than two weeks away, happening February 23nd and 24th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA, USA! Don't miss this opportunity to attend the premier annual event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry - now also covering "Big Data."


ISCB Member Discounts Apply

NEWS FLASH: If you feel the need to increase your proficiency in the conference topics before investing additional time and money in the full conference registration, you now have the opportunity to register for only the CSHALS Tutorial being presented by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Tetherless World Constellation on February 22nd.

If you decide after attending the Tutorial to also register for the main conference, 50% of your tutorial fee will be applied toward your on-site conference registration fee. This special Tutorial-only registration offer must be completed by Monday, February 20th (5:00 pm Eastern).

CSHALS 2012 will feature keynote lectures, invited talks, and selected oral presentations and posters on the role of the semantic web of linked data to orchestrate cloud based resources, from drug development and Biomedical research to personalized health care. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of semantics-based approaches and challenges currently faced throughout our industry.

If you have not attended a previous CSHALS and want a sneak peak at how the content might apply to your research, we invite you to view the free Webinar presentation that was given last September to reprise and update Larry Hunter's CSHALS 2011 Keynote Presentation.

Please be sure to forward this mail to all of your colleagues and collaborators who might benefit from attending CSHALS. We thank you for helping us spread the word, and look forward to your participation!

Your CSHALS 2012 Organizing Committee:

Conference Chairs

  • Mike Bevil, Merck & Co.
  • Joanne Luciano, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tetherless World Constellation

Committee Members

  • Jonas S. Almeida, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Lee Feigenbaum, Cambridge Semantics
  • Ted Slater, Broad Reach Strategic Advising LLC, Past Conference Chair

Reminder Call for ISCB Fellows Nominations: deadline April 30th

 Dear ISCB Member,

As a reminder, nominations for the 2012 ISCB Class of Fellows is now open. If you know of a member that you believe has earned his or her place among ISCB's Fellows through exceptional and exemplary contributions to the field of computational biology/bioinformatics, please nominate today. Since 2009 the leadership of the International Society for Computational Biology has been honoring our most distinctive members as Fellows, and this is your chance to name our 2012 Class of Fellows.

Information about the ISCB Fellows program, nomination requirements, and selection criteria can be found at www.iscb.org/iscb-fellows

The nomination form is available at www.iscb.org/fellow-nomination (as only members can nominate, login is required; if you are not a current member please renew today!).

The nomination deadline is April 30, 2012.

Thank you for your considerate nomination!


Alfonso Valencia, Chair, ISCB Fellows Committee

ISMB 2012 Registration Now Open

ISMB 2012 Last Call for Late Posters and Tech Track

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

These final two opportunities are coming to a close for the possibility of presenting your work at the ISMB 2012 conference in July in Long Beach, California:

Technology Track - deadline April 20th

Late Posters - deadline April 20th

The Technology Track provides organizations the opportunity to showcase their software and/or hardware relevant to the bioinformatics/molecular biology community. Submissions selected for presentation are required to pay a Tech Track fee and will be given a 25- or 50-minute time slot based on their status as a non- or for-profit organization.

Late Posters will be displayed and scheduled for presentation within the regular poster sessions of the conference. All posters are intended to convey a scientific result in any area of computational biology, and must include original work that is unpublished or published after August 1, 2011. While purely experimental work is especially encouraged, advertisements for commercial software packages are prohibited.

The ISMB 2012 conference agenda is taking shape, and you can visit the Schedule Overview in order to begin organizing your travel plans. The Program page of the site includes links to details about the conference tracks and sessions, and is being updated regularly as decisions are made on acceptances from submissions to the various tracks. And finally, the General Info page includes links to helpful information such as housing, tourist info, and the availability of child/dependent care to ensure your conference experience is both successful and enjoyable.

We encourage you to register now for this 20th Anniversary ISMB conference being held July 15-17, 2012, in Long Beach, California. The link below will take you to a page full of details, including options, pricing, and early registration discount deadline, as well as to the online registration form itself.

ISMB 2012 Registration

Help spread the word by tweeting about your participation using #ismb. You are also invited to be among the first to follow us @ISMBinfo where we will begin posting news and updates soon.

The ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs and every member of the Scientific Organizing Committee look forward to welcoming you to Long Beach soon!


ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs:
Terry Gaasterland, University of California, San Diego, United States
Richard Lathrop, University of California, Irvine, United States
Burkhard Rost, Technical University Munich, Germany

ISMB 2012 Registration Now Open

Final Call for ISCB Fellows Nominations: deadline April 30th

Dear ISCB Member,

The nominations period for the 2012 ISCB Class of Fellows is closing very soon. Our field is rich with accomplished researchers, and if you know of an ISCB member that has earned his or her place among ISCB's Fellows through exceptional and exemplary contributions to the field of computational biology/bioinformatics, please nominate him or her without further delay.

Information about the ISCB Fellows program, nomination requirements, selection criteria, and the names and affiliations of all current Fellows can be found at www.iscb.org/iscb-fellows

The nomination form is available at www.iscb.org/fellow-nomination (as only members can nominate, login is required; if you are not a current member please join today!).

The nomination deadline is just days away. Don't let this opportunity to help determine the next class of Fellows slip away.

Thank you for your considerate nomination!

Alfonso Valencia, Chair, ISCB Fellows Committee

Call for Proposals to Organize ISCB-Asia 2013

>>Click here to download a PDF version of this CFP.


Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

ISCB is pleased to announce this Call for Proposals for individuals or groups interested in hosting the next open ISCB-Asia conference, slated for the third quarter of 2013, to co-organize this meeting with ISCB anywhere in the Asia region. The proposal deadline is the 1st of August, 2012. If you are not personally interested but know of someone else who could do an excellent job of organizing this event, please feel free to forward this mail. An overview of ISCB, its expansion into regionally-based international meetings, and the details of the proposal requirements are all specified below.

ISCB-Asia 2013 Meeting

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. In 2009 and 2011 joint ISCB-Africa meetings were held in collaboration with the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB), and the 2013 meeting is now being planned for Tunis, Tunisia; in 2010 and 2012 ISCB-Latin America was held in Uruguay and Chile, respectively; the first ISCB-Asia was held jointly with InCoB 2011 in Malaysia, and the 2012 meeting is now being planned for China (Shenzhen). 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 2013.

A requirement that ISCB-Asia become permanently affiliated to an existing meeting or society is not intended. Having co-organised the ISCB-Asia meeting with the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network in 2011 and with BGI in 2012, ISCB now looks to continue expanding its network of affiliations by seeking proposals from other 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 Asia.

Preliminary proposals should provide:

  • Names and short CVs of local organising committee members and their proposed roles
  • Evidence of previous experience in organising mid- to large-sized meetings
  • Planned meeting dates and location
  • 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

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 1 August 2012.

Thank you,
Paul Horton, Chair, ISCB Conferences Committee
Janet Kelso, Co-Chair, ISCB Conferences Committee

Reminder Call for ISCB Officer Nominations

Officer Nominations Deadline: June 3, 2012 

Also in progress: Student Council Leader Nominations - deadline June 3, 2012  

As a reminder, the International Society for Computational Biology is encouraging members to submit nominations for the Society's Officer positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary; and the Student Council Leadership positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and SC Rep to the ISCB Board. Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form). In all cases, self nominations will not be accepted.

If you know of excellent candidates that meet the eligibility requirements below, please be sure to submit your nomination(s) right away.

  • In order to be eligible to be an Officer candidate a person must have served on the ISCB Board of Directors for at least one year prior to January 2013, and be an ISCB member in good standing, or renew a lapsed membership no later than June 24, 2012.
  • All Officer candidates must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the weekly Executive Committee teleconferences beginning with a training period by mid-October, 2012, the bi-monthly Board teleconferences beginning with a training period in October 2012, and the annual in-person Board of Directors meeting (held at the ISMB conference) at their own expense through completion of the two-year Officer term that begins January 21, 2013.
  • The elected Officers will also serve concurrently on the Board of Directors for a term that ends January 21, 2016.

Nominations for Officers and Student Council Leaders will be accepted through June 3, 2012. Election of the Officers and Student Council Leaders will take place via online voting by the membership in July, 2012, including availability to a dedicated voting booth at the ISMB conference.

Each nomination requires the name, affiliation, and email address of the nominee, along with an assurance that the nominee meets the qualifications and is willing to stand for election for the position in question. The nomination must also include a few sentences of justification that makes the strongest case possible for the nominee.

Full information regarding the 2012 nominations/elections timeline, call for nominations, and Director and Officer responsibilities can be found at www.iscb.org/iscb-leadership-a-staff-/officers-and-board-directors/nomination-election-procedures.

We are looking forward to an active participation by the ISCB membership in the nominations and election process, and we thank you in advance for your qualified nominations.


Dietlind Gerloff, Scott Markel, and Anna Tramontano
Co-Chairs, ISCB Nominations Committee

First Call for Papers and Posters: ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012

ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012, co-hosted by ISCB and BGI, will be held in Shenzhen, China from December 17-19.  Confirmed keynote speakers include Gunnar von Heijne, Philip Greene, Piero Carninci, Takashi Ito, Eric Xing and Zhiping Weng.  They will be joined by several prominent invited speakers in special sessions including: computational tools for NGS, cancer informatics, and cloud and work flows for reproducible biology.  ISCB is known for hosting a variety of international meetings including ISMB, while BGI of Shenzhen is one of the world's largest sequencing centers.  Shenzhen is a booming city with easy access from adjacent Hong Kong and a pleasant climate during December.

We cordially invite you to submit original research in any area of computational biology, including, but not limited to: computational tools for NGS, cancer genome informatics, cloud and work flows for reproducible bioinformatics, protein bioinformatics, metagenomics, RNA informatics, machine learning, and open problems in computational biology.  Accepted proceedings papers will be submitted to a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics/BMC Genomics or recommended for publication in Omics, or Gigascience.  Submission of relevant review or trends in technology papers is also encouraged and will be considered for publication in a special issue of Briefings in Bioinformatics.

Manuscripts should be in PDF format at a maximum of 10 pages, including abstract, images/figures, and references.  The submission deadline is July 30th.

Poster abstracts in the same topic areas are also invited. A poster abstract should be no more than 500 words, and submitted as a one-page PDF file by September 17th

In all cases, submissions should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please see http://iscb.org/iscb-asia2012 for more details on the conference and paper submission process.

We look forward to receiving your submissions,

Victor Jin, The Ohio State University - Program Committee Chair

Paul Horton, AIST Japan - Conference Chair and Program Committee Co-Chair