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):
Criteria for evaluation
Paul Horton, Chair, ISCB Conferences Committee
Janet Kelso, Co-Chair, ISCB Conferences Committee
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:
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
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:
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!
Andrea Califano, Manolis Kellis, Sylvia Plevritis, and Gustavo Stolovitzky
Jan 06: ISCB Latin America 2012 - Last Call for Abstracts - Deadline: Jan 13, 2012
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.
MidSouth Computational Biology Society's annual meeting – themed "Making Sense of the Omics Data Deluge”
* Oral and Poster presentations deadline: January 17th
* Early registration deadline: February 3rd
3rd annual Visualizing Biological Data conference, hosted by EMBL
* Poster submission deadline: February 26th
* Early registration deadline: January 29th
* Virtual registration also an option for participation by streaming video and chat
Part of the American Medical Informatics Association's joint summits on translational science; followed by the Summit on Clinical Informatics
* ISCB members are eligible for a 10% registration discount
16th Annual Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology
* 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
10th Anniversary includes 12 parallel tracks and 16 pre-conference workshops
* Early registration discount period ends January 27th
* ISCB members receive an additional 10% registration discount
Organized by the comp bio special interest group of the Brazilian Computer Society
* 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
Hosted by the SIB-Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and in conjunction with the SIB annual meeting
* 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.
Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing's 18th annual event
* Call for 2013 Session proposals deadline: February 15th
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:
Please submit your Highlights papers directly to the ISCB submission site at
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
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!
Your GLBIO 2012 Steering/Organizing Committee
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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.