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Last Call for Proposals to Organize ISCB-Asia 2013


Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

As a final 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. Without exception 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 (all of this information is also available as a PDF download):

  • 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



ROCKY CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND EARLY REGISTRATION ARE NOW OPEN

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

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

Please join us for the 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference! The Rocky conference series has grown from a small regional event 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.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:
The Rocky 2012 Conference (www.iscb.org/rocky2012) provides opportunities for short flash presentations (10 minute talks) on current projects from as many attendees as possible. Original presentations (including significant works-in-progress) are solicited in all areas that involve the application of advanced computational methods to significant problems in biology or medicine.

Submitters are given the option to apply for a 10-minute "flash" oral presentation, a poster presentation, or both. We will attempt to accommodate all requests from authors accepted for presentation. The submission form is located here: www.iscb.org/rocky2012-program/rocky2012-call-for-presentations.

Submission Form Key Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: October 4, 2012
  • Acceptance Notification: November 2, 2012

EARLY REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Take advantage of early registration rates by visiting: www.iscb.org/rocky2012-register. Please note that accepted presenters must register as a conference attendee by November 6 in order to give a presentation at Rocky 2012.

We look forward to your participation! Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues and collaborators - the Rocky conference offers a special Academic Retreat package for groups attending from the same lab or school, including a free student registration.

We hope to see you there!

The Rocky 2012 Conference Organizing Team

CALL FOR PAPERS, ABSTRACTS, and NOMINATIONS - RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges

Dear colleague,

We are still accepting submissions of papers and abstracts for the 5th annual joint RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges, which is now an official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology, and one of the premier annual meetings for computational and experimental scientists in the fields of regulatory genomics and systems biology. The meeting will be held at the Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay on November 12-15, 2012.


*** The deadline for all submissions is September 7, 2012. ***


Submission information is available at http://recomb-2012.c2b2.columbia.edu/.

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.

Invited speakers include: Howard Chang, Job Dekker, Angela DePace, Joe Ecker, Yoav Gilad, Len Pennacchio, Saurabh Sinha, Stephen Friend, Jonathan Weissman, Dean Felsher, Michael Elowitz, Joe Nadeau, Markus Covert, Joe Gray, and Ernest Fraenkel.

We are now accepting submissions of full-length papers to be considered for publication in Genome Research and the Journal of Computational Biology. Accepted papers will be published in conjunction with the conference and authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the meeting. Our program committee will review all submitted papers in collaboration with the journal editors and the conference chairs.

We are also accepting submissions of abstracts, including both original unpublished work and work that has been published or accepted for publication by a high-impact journal between January 1 and November 1, 2012. Unpublished work will be considered for either an oral or a poster presentation. Work already accepted for publication will be considered for an oral presentation only.

Lastly, we are also excited to announce that we invite nominations for RegGen-TopTen 2011, our list of the most influential papers of 2011 in the fields of Regulatory and Systems Genomics, in conjunction with the ISMB Special Interest Group on Regulatory Genomics (RegGen SIG). First and last authors of these papers will be honored at the meeting and highlighted online. All nominations will be evaluated by leaders in the field, including our past keynote speakers.

Areas of interest for papers, abstracts, and nominations include:

  • Modeling and recognition of regulatory motifs and modules
  • Chromatin state establishment, maintenance, and role in development
  • Post-transcriptional regulation and small regulatory RNAs
  • Regulatory networks, metabolic networks, proteomic networks
  • Cellular signatures of biological responses and disease states
  • Phosphorylation, metabolic fluxes, systematic phenotyping
  • Mathematical modeling and simulation of biological systems
  • Methods for systematic validation of high-throughput biological predictions
  • Approaches for aggregation of results arising from different methodologies

We are also still accepting submissions for participation in the DREAM Challenges, designed to identify the best practices for predicting the structure of biological networks.

We hope that you will participate and look forward to seeing you in San Francisco this November!

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

Key Dates for ISCB Affiliated Conferences

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues:

Welcome to 2012! As you map out your conference calendar for this New Year, in addition to ISCB's signature conferences (see www.iscb.org/iscb-conferences), be sure to consider participating in these affiliated conferences of our Society. Each one offers a unique mix of scientific content with themes essential to computational biologists and bioinformaticists. Scroll down for details on upcoming key dates and opportunities for the following events. 

 


 

MCBIOS 2012, Feb 17-18, at Univ of Mississippi, USA

MidSouth Computational Biology Society's annual meeting – themed "Making Sense of the Omics Data Deluge”

http://mcbios.org/content/2012-mcbios-conference

* Oral and Poster presentations deadline: January 17th

* Early registration deadline: February 3rd

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VizBi 2012, Mar 6-8, Heidelberg, Germany

3rd annual Visualizing Biological Data conference, hosted by EMBL

http://vizbi.org/2012

* Poster submission deadline: February 26th

* Early registration deadline: January 29th

* Virtual registration also an option for participation by streaming video and chat

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AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics 2012, Mar 19-21, San Francisco, USA

Part of the American Medical Informatics Association's joint summits on translational science; followed by the Summit on Clinical Informatics

http://amia.org/jointsummits2012/tbi-call-for-participations

* ISCB members are eligible for a 10% registration discount

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RECOMB 2012, Apr 21-24, Barcelona, Spain

16th Annual Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology

http://recomb2012.crg.cat/

* Highlights submission deadline for previously published papers: January 13th

* Early registration discount deadline: January 31st

* Additional 10% discount for ISCB members

* Poster submissions site opening February 7th

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Bio-IT World Conference & Expo 2012, Apr 24-26, Boston, USA

10th Anniversary includes 12 parallel tracks and 16 pre-conference workshops

http://www.bio-itworldexpo.com

* Early registration discount period ends January 27th

* ISCB members receive an additional 10% registration discount

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Brazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics 2012, Aug 15-17, Campo Grande, Brazil

Organized by the comp bio special interest group of the Brazilian Computer Society

http://bsb2012.facom.ufms.br

* ISCB members receive approximately 14% registration discount

* Full Paper submission period: January 19th through March 19th

* Short Paper submission period: January 19th through June 25th

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ECCB 2012, Sep 9-12, Basel, Switzerland

Hosted by the SIB-Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and in conjunction with the SIB annual meeting

http://www.eccb12.org/home

* Workshop and Tutorial proposals deadline: January 15th

* Subscribe to the conference newsletter via the URL above for alerts on open calls, deadlines, and program updates.

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PSB 2013, Jan 4-8, Hawaii, USA

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing's 18th annual event

http://psb.stanford.edu/CallForSessionProposals.html

* Call for 2013 Session proposals deadline: February 15th


Call for Highlights 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.

Call for Highlights:
We invite the submission of talks describing research published as full journal papers between August 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012 of topics 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. Publications that are "in press" and already linked on the journal web site by September 30, 2012 are welcome. A group of experts will select the papers to be presented at the meeting considering the impact of the work on the field, the likelihood that the work will make a good presentation, and the relevance to biomedicine and computational biology. Accepted presenters to the Highlights Track are required to make the presentation themselves (rather than assign a co-author to make the presentation), and must register and pay to attend the conference.

Submissions should include a 250-word Scientific Justification (abstract-like argument) that explains how the work of the submitted paper(s) is impacting the field.

Please note the following dates:

  • Papers published from Aug 31, 2011 to Sep 30, 2012 considered.
  • Submission deadline: Sep 30, 2012
  • Notification Date: Oct 29, 2012

Please submit your Highlights papers directly to the ISCB submission site at www.iscb.org/submissions/index.php?id=128

Call for Posters: Poster abstracts in the same topic areas are also invited. Please submit your poster directly to the ISCB submission site at www.iscb.org/submissions/index.php?id=129 by the submission deadline of October 31, 2012. Accepted poster presenters must register and pay to attend the conference.

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

GLBIO 2012 CFP & Registration

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.

ALL CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS CLOSE IN JUST 10 DAYS!

Oral Presentation Information & Abstract Submission Form Deadline: Jan 20, 2012

Special Sessions Information & Proposal Submission Form Deadline Jan 20, 2012

Tutorial Sessions Information & Proposal Submission Form Deadline Jan 20, 2012

 

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

 

REGISTRATION IS ALSO OPEN:

Online Registration Information and Form Early Regsitration 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!

Sincerely,

Your GLBIO 2012 Steering/Organizing Committee

Congratulations to 2012 ISCB Overton Prize Winner

Picture: 2012 Overton
Prize Winner,
Ziv Bar-Joseph

January 31, 2012 - The International Society For Computational Biology (ISCB) has awarded the Overton Prize for outstanding accomplishment to Ziv Bar-Joseph, associate professor at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The Overton Prize is awarded annually to an early to mid-career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the field of computational biology. In recognition of the award, Bar-Joseph will give a keynote address at the Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology in July, to be held this year in Long Beach, California (ISMB; www.iscb.org/ismb2012).

Bar-Joseph gained a PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 where he also discovered the challenge of analysing high-throughput biological data using computational techniques. Since then, he has developed important techniques using machine learning for integrating multiple biological data sources in ways that infer dynamic regulatory networks. He has also pioneered the search for biological solutions to complex computational problems, such as how to build robust distributed networks efficiently.

"We have all been impressed by the quality of his scientific contribution and the novelty of the approaches he has developed,” says Alfonso Valencia, chair of the ISCB awards committee.

Burkhard Rost, president of the ISCB, has been hugely impressed by Bar-Joseph's work. "It's stunning how he is able to handle such a diverse set of technical methods,” he says. "He's a perfect example of a new generation of scientists.”

Bar Joseph says he is honoured to be receiving the award: "I know many of the past winners and it's an amazing group.”

For more information about the Overton Prize and its past recipients, please visit www.iscb.org/iscb-awards/overton-prize.


>> Return to List of Overton Prize Recipients

 

Submission Deadline Approaching: RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The deadline for submissions for the 5th annual joint RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges, is just two weeks away. We invite you to participate by submitting a paper or abstract.

For more information, visit: http://recomb-2012.c2b2.columbia.edu/.

The 5th annual joint RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges is one of the premier annual meetings for computational and experimental scientists in the fields of regulatory genomics and systems biology, and is now an official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology. The meeting will be held at the Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay on November 12-15, 2012.

All submissions of full-length papers will be considered for publication in Genome Research and the Journal of Computational Biology. Accepted papers will be published in conjunction with the conference and authors of selected papers will present their work at the meeting. Our program committee will review all submitted papers in collaboration with the journal editors and the conference chairs.

We are also accepting submissions of abstracts, including both original unpublished work and work that has been published or accepted for publication by a high-impact journal between January 1 and November 1, 2012. Unpublished work will be considered for either an oral or a poster presentation. Work already accepted for publication will be considered for an oral presentation only.

***The deadline for all submissions is September 7, 2012 ***

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. Areas of interest for papers, abstracts, and nominations include:

  • Modeling and recognition of regulatory motifs and modules
  • Chromatin state establishment, maintenance, and role in development
  • Post-transcriptional regulation and small regulatory RNAs
  • Regulatory networks, metabolic networks, proteomic networks
  • Cellular signatures of biological responses and disease states
  • Phosphorylation, metabolic fluxes, systematic phenotyping
  • Mathematical modeling and simulation of biological systems
  • Methods for systematic validation of high-throughput biological predictions
  • Approaches for aggregation of results arising from different methodologies


We are also still accepting submissions for participation in the DREAM Challenges, designed to identify the best practices for predicting the structure of biological networks. Lastly, we are also still inviting nominations for RegGen-TopTen 2011, our list of the most influential papers of 2011 in the fields of Regulatory and Systems Genomics, in conjunction with the ISMB Special Interest Group on Regulatory Genomics (RegGen SIG). See our website above for more information.

We are looking forward to very exciting program. Our invited speakers include Howard Chang, Job Dekker, Angela DePace, Joe Ecker, Yoav Gilad, Len Pennacchio, Saurabh Sinha, Stephen Friend, Jonathan Weissman, Dean Felsher, Michael Elowitz, Joe Nadeau, Markus Covert, Joe Gray, and Ernest Fraenkel.

We hope that you will participate and look forward to seeing you in San Francisco this November!

Best regards,

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

Conference Chairs