Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,
ISCB members are not lacking in opportunities to further their knowledge and
refine their skills through meetings. In addition to official ISCB conferences,
many others related to the many specialized topics of our field abound, and it
may be hard to know which could provide the best return on your investment. Each
of the following ISCB affiliated conferences were reviewed by ISCB's conferences
committee to ensure a quality plan by reputable organizers. We encourage your
attendance at any that may be of interest. Each offers unique learning
opportunities for you and your colleagues to further advance the understanding
of our science and the communities we serve. ISCB members are offered a special
discounts just for being a member.
Brazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics 2012, Aug 15-17, Campo Grande, Brazil
Dear ISCB Members
As a reminder, ISCB is seeking proposals from 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.
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
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 (all of this information is also available as a PDF download):
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
Paul Horton, Chair, ISCB Conferences Committee
Janet Kelso, Co-Chair, ISCB Conferences Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LA JOLLA, CA – The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) has elected seven of its members as Fellows of the ISCB. The ISCB Fellows program honors members that have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. The ISCB Fellows Class of 2012 comprises:
These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to computational biology and bioinformatics at the ISCB members meeting on July 15, 2012 during the Society's 20th Anniversary annual international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) in Long Beach, California. The new Fellows will receive a certificate and a pin as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.
The outcome of this year's election is presented with tremendous pride. "ISCB Fellows represent the absolute pillars of our community," stated Burkhard Rost, president of the ISCB. Each of these very accomplished researchers has made exceptional contributions to the ISCB's mission to advance the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. Rost continued, "I can imagine that the ISCB Fellows will become an active group of the Society, serving as a pool of experts that can help drive the scientific excellence of our field."
The International Society for Computational Biology is a not-for-profit 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 nearly 3,000 researchers from 70 countries. For more information, visit www.iscb.org.
BJ Morrison McKay
ISCB Executive Officer
Dear ISCB Member,
You can shape ISCB's future today! Vote now in the ISCB Officers and Student Council Leaders election. The positions being voted this year are:
Please go to www.iscb.org/elections now to read the candidate statements and cast your ballot. (Logging in to your membership account is required to verify your membership status, as only members can vote in the Society elections, but your ballot is 100% anonymous.)
Voting will close on July 25th and the new leaders will be announced as soon as possible following ratification of the results by the ISCB Board of Directors and the Student Council Leaders in August.
Thank you for your participation!
The ISCB Nominations & Elections Committee
It is our pleasure to announce the 5th annual RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges, one of the premier annual meetings for computational and experimental scientists in the fields of regulatory genomics and systems biology. This year the meeting has become an official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology, and will be held at the Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay November 12-15, 2012. As in the past, this year's meeting combines the following conferences:
We are now accepting submissions of full-length papers to be featured and published in conjunction with the conference. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the meeting. In addition, we have arranged partnerships with the journals Genome Research and the Journal of Computational Biology to publish high-quality papers. Our program committee will review all submitted papers in collaboration with the journal editors.
We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Please use the EasyChair system to submit your manuscript at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=recombsbrgdream2012. Instructions on manuscript submission, as well as information about the program committee who will review papers is also available on the conference website at http://recomb-2012.c2b2.columbia.edu.
***The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 7. ***
This conference is designed to present the latest findings about regulatory and systems genomics, foster discussion about current research directions, and establish new collaborations that will advance the development of a systems-level understanding of gene regulation. Some possible topics include:
We will also be opening conference registration and a call for abstracts very soon.
We hope that you will consider submitting a paper, and look forward to an exciting meeting in November.
Andrea Califano, Manolis Kellis, Sylvia Plevritis, and Gustavo Stolovitzky
Dear Members and Colleagues,
We are pleased to submit to you our annual ISMB Focus Issue newsletter, which includes features on some of the most important ISCB activities and initiatives of this past year.
You are invited to access the full newsletter online at www.iscb.org/images/stories/newsletter/newsletter15-1/index.html
Or, you may prefer to download the PDF newsletter at www.iscb.org/images/stories/newsletter/newsletter15-1/ISCB-newsletter-15-1.pdf
As a preview, the Table of Contents for this newsletter includes the following articles:
Happy reading to you!
BJ Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer
July 15, 2012 - Long Beach, CA - At the 20th annual international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB), the president of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), Burkhard Rost, together with Alex Bateman, senior investigator of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, will announce on Sunday, July 15th, a competition to improve the existing Wikipedia articles about any aspect of computational biology.
A key component of the ISCB's mission to further the scientific understanding of living systems through computation is to communicate this knowledge to the public at large. Wikipedia has become an important way to communicate all types of science to the public. The ISCB aims to further its mission by increasing the quality of Wikipedia articles about computational biology, and by improving accessibility to this information via Wikipedia. This extends the work of PLoS Computational Biology (an official journal of the ISCB), which links with Wikipedia to provide Education Track articles.
By introducing a competition during ISMB, the ISCB will capitalize on the depth of expertise among its members in attendance at ISMB, and through its community of members and colleagues around the world to support the Computational Biology WikiProject (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computational_Biology). As Wikipedia is a collaborative endeavor, the competition will be open to both individuals and groups, and prizes will be awarded for best contributions.
The International Society for Computational Biology is a not-for-profit scholarly society 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 nearly 3,000 researchers from 70 countries. For more information, visit www.iscb.org.
BJ Morrison McKay
ISCB Executive Officer