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ISCB News and Announcements

  • ECCB 2020, August 31 – Sept 08, 2020, Virtual Conference
  • RSG with DREAM 2020, Nov 16 - 19, 2020, Virtual ISCB Event
  • ISMB/ECCB 2021, July 25 - 29, 2021, Lyon, France
  • ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020, Oct 28 – 29, 2020, Virtual Symposium
  • Applied Statistical Modelling and Health Informatics PG Cert, King’s College London


Deadline: 30 November 2010 -- Submit via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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 2600 members from nearly 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 a joint ISCB-Africa was held in Bamako, Mali in collaboration with the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB), and in 2010 ISCB-Latin America was held in Montevideo, Uruguay. ISCB is now preparing to expand this regional conference model to the development of an ISCB-Asia meetings. ISCB is therefore soliciting applications for the co-organization of a bioinformatics meeting in Asia.

The meetings will take the form of a satellite conference to be held annually in one or more locations in Asia. ISCB would like to affiliate with an existing society/societies in the Asia region, or to 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

ISCB will:

  • Participate through elected ISCB scientific representatives on the organising committee
  • Host the website, if required\
  • 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 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 30 November 2010.


Renowned scientific computing expert to speak at international life sciences conference on Semantic Web and Big Data in Cambridge, MA

LA JOLLA, CA – Pioneering scientist and best selling author Stephen Wolfram will deliver a keynote talk at next week’s Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS) in Cambridge, MA.

Wolfram is an internationally recognized authority on complex systems and knowledge base computing. His work in the early and mid-1980s focused on understanding complex systems and resulted in discovering important connections between computation and nature. He is the chief designer of the Mathematica technical computing software on workflow applications, and author of the bestseller "A New Kind of Science," first released in 2002 and now freely available online. As president and CEO of Wolfram Research, he launched the Wolfram|Alpha Central Knowledge Engine in 2009 that aims to use computational tools to make the world’s knowledge base accessible to all. His research and software developments continually tackle the specific challenges being addressed by researchers attending the CSHALS meeting: The Semantic Web that promotes common formats for all data on the Web; and Big Data that seeks to manage datasets that have grown too large to work with using common tools and applications.

Wolfram’s keynote is part of a roster of keynote presentations throughout the CSHALS conference from noted scientists, including: knowledge representation and reasoning specialist Rinke Hoekstra of the University of Amsterdam, informatics program director Isaac (Zak) Kohane of Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital, biologist and bioinformatics specialist Barend Mons of the University of Rotterdam and the Leiden University Medical Centre in The Netherlands, and research specialist Chris Welty of IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. The conference also features 18 presentations from other invited speakers and those selected through peer reviewed abstract submissions.

Now in its fifth year, CSHALS, an annual conference of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), is the premier annual event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, including hospitals/healthcare institutions and academic research labs. This year’s gathering will be held February 23-24 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and includes a pre-conference tutorial and scientific posterreception on February 22nd. For more information visit the conference website at www.iscb.org/cshals2012.

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 3,000 researchers from 70 countries. For more information, visit www.iscb.org.

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