ISCB-Africa ASBCB Conference features a Special Sessions track for emerging research areas. In its structure, each session(s) provides a more in-depth look at the subject matter presented. Proposals for special sessions should be submitted via the online submission system at https://www.iscb.org/submissions/index.php?id=257 by August 31, 2019.
Special Sessions have the purpose of introducing the ISCB community and conference delegates to relevant 'hot’ topics. Sessions can be considered as mini-symposia on timely topics, or new emerging area presented by top experts.
A wide range of topics is possible, as long as they are of relevance to computational biology and bioinformatics. We also encourage topics that are marginal to computational biology but clearly will need the involvement of such expertise in the near future. The proposed topics for Special Session might, for example, cover emerging themes the conference is not currently approaching with the desired proficiency. Some attractive topics include:
- Plant Biology
- Biomedical Data
- Agricultural bioinformatics
- Biomedical Ethics
- Drug design and discovery
- Text Mining
In addition we would like to encourage submissions that deal with the Society-Computational Biology interface. Examples might be “Genomic data sharing and privacy”, "Bringing genomic medicine to the clinic”. We encourage you to submit a proposal on an area that you deem as important to the computational biology community and may impact the future of the field.
Proposals should include the following details:
- Title (up to 20 words, preferably worded to pique delegates' interest)
- Topic: Describe the field to be covered by the session(s) and its relevance for conference participants (about one page)
- Meeting details
- Duration (no more than one hour)
- Expected sessions / topics, if possible with an explanatory paragraph about each
- A draft schedule showing how the sessions / topics will be organized including placement of keynotes, accepted talks, panel discussions, etc.
- How presentations will be selected (invitation, call for submissions, etc.)
- Possible speakers. This is not required, but may add weight to the proposal—indicate speakers who have already agreed to participate. NOTE: See Special Session Registration information for more details about compensation.
- Previous meetings of this with attendance statistics, if held before
- Potential sources of sponsorship for the session(s). ISCB provides session organizers with one-day complimentary registration for the invited speakers (maximum of two (2) per session) for those attending the conference for the sole purpose of presenting within the Special Session. We encourage the organizers to approach experts from related fields and communities that are not necessarily attending the conference routinely. Organizers will be responsible for raising sponsorship for additional complimentary registrations.
- Information about the organizers: full name (including title), affiliation, e-mail and postal addresses, telephone numbers (work and mobile, if available, including country and city codes), URL of home page, and qualifications to organize this meeting.
Special Session Registration