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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.

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