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Frequently Asked Questions (last update November 27, 2022)

Q: What is ISCB?
A: The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is the parent organization of the annual conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB). The ISCB is dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. The ISCB communicates the significance of our science to the larger scientific community, governments, and the public at large. The ISCB serves a global membership by impacting government and scientific policies, providing high quality publications and meetings, and through distribution of valuable information about training, education, employment and relevant news from related fields. ISCB membership offers many benefits including reduced conference registration fees to several high impact events and reduced subscription prices for a selection of journals of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Members are from more than 50 countries and include over 800 students and nearly 500 post doctoral researchers. A member's meeting and a meeting of the Board of Directors for the Society are held annually in conjunction with the ISMB conference.
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Q: Who are the ISMB/ECCB 2023 Conference Chairs?
A: The conference Co-chairs are:

Alessandra Carbone, CNRS - Sorbonne Université, France
Lim Soon Wong, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Additional details are available here.

Q: Who do I contact for information on the conference?
A: You can get information on the conference from:

Steven Leard, ISMB Conference Director
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Q: Where will the conference be held?
A: The conference will be held at the

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Q: Where can I find details about ISMB's health and safety protocols?
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etails on the ISMB's Health and Safety Protocols are available: https://www.iscb.org/ismb2022-general/health-and-safety

Q: What is the conference hotel?
A: The ISMB organizers through ISMB's official housing partner-  Full details on booking are available at:
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Q: Where can I park my vehicle?
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Q: Can I ship materials or items to the hotel?
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Q: Are Children allowed at the conference?
A: ISCB conferences are professional events. Children of registered ISCB conference attendees are welcome to attend the conference with their parent or guardian, as long as younger children are under the supervision of a parent or guardian at all times. Parents or guardians may bring children to educational events provided the child does not disrupt the event.
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Q: Who should I contact about childcare?
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Q: Do you have a Personal Consideration Room?
A private room is available during the conference for nursing mothers and others with sensitive personal needs. Staff at the registration desk will direct you to the room. Please note that this room is not staffed and contains tables, chairs, and a waste basket. A restroom is located nearby.
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Q: Are Guests of Attendees allowed to attend ISMB?
A: ISCB allows guests (defined as a non-scientist family member or non-scientist friend) of registered attendees. If you are a registered delegate who would like a non-scientist family member or friend to see your invited talk or poster presentation, please visit the registration desk to obtain a guest badge. Guests must provide proof of vaccination at the registration desk as per the ISMB Health and Safety Protocols.

Guests are charged a fee for any meal function they are attending and can be purchased at the registration desk where they will receive a ticket for entry.

Please note: All guest badges must be requested onsite at the registration desk and are required for attendance at the ISMB conference.
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Q: Is there a policy about Alcohol and Smoking at ISMB?
Alcohol: Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beer, and soft drinks may be offered during the meeting. Alcoholic beverages will be distributed per the laws and regulations of the country where the event is being held and may only be allowed in specific areas.

Smoking and Use of Tobacco: ISCB conference are tobacco and vaping-free events. Smoking, and use of tobacco is permitted only in designated areas outside of the venue. Tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, are not permitted in the conference or at conference events.
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Q: Where is Madison, Wisconsin?
A: Madison is located in the center of Dane County in south-central Wisconsin, 77 miles (124 km) west of Milwaukee and 122 miles (196 km) northwest of Chicago.

Learn more about Madison at: https://www.cityofmadison.com/visit-play
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Q: Do I need a visa to visit the United States?
A: International travelers should check with the United States of America diplomatic representative in their home country to confirm status of entry to the USA. IMPORTANT: If you require a visa to attend the conference please allow 3 - 4 months for processing. Details on entering the USA can be found at:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html
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Q: Madison Airport
A: The Madison Airport is Dane County Regional Airport, also known as Truax Field, is a civil-military airport located 7 miles northeast of Downtown Madison.

Learn more about the airport at: https://www.msnairport.com

Options to fly to Chicago O'Hare (ORD); Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, (MKE); Minneapolis−Saint Paul (MSP) and to drive or shuttle to Madison may be a consideration.

Shuttle options include:

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Q: What is the local Time Zone?
A: Madison is in the Central Time Zone - to see the current time and weather visit:
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/usa/madison
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Q: What is the Electrical Current?
A: The normal electric current in the United States is 120 volts AC in 60 cycles. Plugs and sockets may differ from those in other parts of the world, so travelers should bring adapters or transformers for electrical appliances such as hairdryers and shavers. A diagram of the most common plugs and sockets is available at: http://www.eurocom.com/support/plugs.htm
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Q: Calling Madison?
A: Information on calling from your country can be found at: www.countrycallingcodes.com
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Q. In what language will the conference sessions and materials be presented?
A. All conference presentations and materials will be presented in English.
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Q: What is the climate?
A: Weather in Madison Wisconsin, United States can see daily high temperatures around 82°F, rarely falling below 73°F or exceeding 90°F. Daily low temperatures are around 63°F, rarely falling below 53°F or exceeding 72°F.

Keep an eye on the weather at: https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/madison/53715/weather-forecast/331530
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Q: Where can I find medical information?
A: In all cases, except for emergencies, look in the phone book provided in your hotel or with the front desk. In case of an emergency requiring ambulance, fire or police dial 911.
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Q: What can I do to ensure my personal safety?
A: Emergency phone calls Dial 911 for emergency assistance from police, fire, ambulance etc. If you are unfamiliar with the city check with the hotel front desk to enquire about restaurants, tourist venues, etc. Use the hotel safe to store valuables including laptops, cameras, important papers that you may not be using.
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Q: What is the custom on tipping?
A: A gratuity is generally not included in bills (unless added automatically for group dining) - as a general guideline tips are provided for meals, taxi and hotel bellman. The general rule of thumb for tipping is 12% - 18% and a dollar a bag for bellman.
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Q: What is the currency?
A: The monetary unit is the United States dollar ($).
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Q: How can I pay to register for ISMB?
A: Delegates can pay on-line using the following credit cards or mail in a Check. Accepted credit cards are: Mastercard, Visa and American Express.
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Q: How do I get from the airport to my hotel?
A: Options to get to the hotel from the airport vary. Check your hotel's website for details on hotel shuttle service. Alternately Madison Metro Transit, Taxi and Ride Share can be options. Visit the Airports website for locations and a listing of shuttles, etc at: https://www.msnairport.com/parking_transportation/ground_transportation

For Madison Metro Transit planning visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro
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Q: Where do I register when I arrive?
A: Conference Registration is available from Sunday, July 10 to Thursday, July 14.

The Conference Registration Desk is located at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on Level 4 (the Meeting Room and Terrace Level). The desk is available:

Sunday, July 10 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Monday, July 11 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, July 12 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday, July 13 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday, July 14 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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Q: What should I do if I lose something at the conference venue?
A: Please check with the conference registration desk located on Level 4 (Meeting room and Terrace Level) as Lost and Found items can be left with the desk staff.
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Q: What sightseeing opportunities are available in Madison?
A: Vibrant and unexpected. Where tradition meets innovation. Free thinking and free speech. Bucky the Badger and bucking the trends. Downtown Madison is a complex and wonderful part of our community. Always evolving and never boring. Set on an isthmus between two scenic lakes and centered around the Wisconsin State Capitol, there’s always something to do.

Learn more about things to do in Madison at: https://www.iscb.org/ismb2022-general/madison-tourism
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