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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Call for Site Proposals - 2012 ACM Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Call for Site Proposals: ACM-BCB 2012
Site proposals for the Third ACM Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ACM-BCB 2012) are invited from interested groups. ACM-BCB is the official conference of the ACM SIG Bioinformatics (http://www.sigbioinformatics.org/ ) . Site proposals should be no longer than 2 page ASCII text (66 lines, 80 columns). Proposals must be submitted by email to the current ACM SIG Bioinformatics Director of Conferences (Vasant Honavar, honavar@cs.iastate.edu) with the subject: "ACM-BCB site proposal - YEAR" (e.g., "ACM-BCB site proposal - 2012") no later than May 31, 2011. The venue for ACM-BCB 2012 will be announced during ACM-BCB 2011 which is being held in Chicago (http://acmbcb.org/ )
Site proposals should cover the following topics:
• Geographic Region: For 2012, the preferred location is North America. In the future, we will consider rotating the location to other regions (Europe, Asia, etc.)
• Potential dates: Potential dates should be chosen so as to avoid conflicts with major conferences in related areas (ISMB, BIBM, CSB, BIBE, RECOMB, etc.)
• Site city:
➢ The city should be located near a major airport, within 1-2 hours of regular train service and/or 45 minutes of cab/shuttle service. The airport should be served at least two airlines with regular service through a major international airport to the 4 major continents of SIG Bioinformatics attendees: Asia, Europe, North and South America.
➢ The city should have one or more conference venues that can accommodate conferences with 300-600 attendees, including suitable facilities for 4-6 concurrent tutorials or workshops with up to 100 attendees each. The venues should include facilities with one to 3 large center screens, with unobstructed views, and projectors and audiovisual equipment appropriate for plenary sessions. The venue should include suitable reception and banquet facilities. Please do NOT contact possible venues regarding availability or cost. ACM negotiates the cost, availability, and contracts directly with candidate venues. However, you may include estimates based on your knowledge of recent conferences, especially ACM conferences (if any), held at the venues under consideration. A sample list of possible venues with a 1-line description addressing logistics (time to get there, need for transportation) would be useful. The availability of low-cost or subsidized venues e.g., the conference facilit ies at a major university would be a plus.
➢ The city should have hotels that can house 500-700 people (attendees and their guests) within easy access to the possible venue. The availability of inexpensive accommodations for student participants is a plus.
• Conference Organizers:
➢ The proposal must include the name and affiliation of an active member of the SIG Bioinformatics community based in or very close to the proposed site city who is willing to serve as general chair; this may eventually require a statement of support from the chair's institution, and possibly administrative and organizational support.
➢ The proposal may include: 2 co-chairs, one of whom must be local; The names and affiliations of a few other candidates that the chair can enlist to serve on the committee, notably a local person as local arrangements chair, a publicity chair, treasurer, etc.
➢ The proposal must not include the names of program committee chairs (The ACM SIG Bioinformatics Board of Directors will select the program chairs).
• Dates and conflicts: Please indicate which dates have conflicts with major local events, etc. that could interfere with the availability of either the proposed site or the proposed conference organizers. The proposed dates should consider conflicts with major conferences on related topics (ISMB, AAAI, IEEE BIBE, IEEE BIBM, RECOMB, PSB, etc.) The dates of ACM-BCB will ultimately be selected by the SIG Bioinformatics Executive Committee, based on the proposals received and feedback from surveys conducted by SIG Bioinformatics.
URL: http://www.sigbioinformatics.org/

Contact Person: Vasant Honavar (honavar@cs.iastate.edu)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bioinformatics writing contest on en.bioinformatyk.eu

We are happy to announce a writing contest for beginner-friendly articles on bioinformatics. The web magazine http://en.bioinformatyk.eu collects articles for bioinformatics students that are easy to understand. You are welcome to participate by contributing a short article about a topic of your choice, e.g.:

* Fancy algorithms & bioinformatics tools you have used.
* Amazing discoveries you read about.
* Present your lab and what it has achieved.
* How you survived your BSc, MSc, or PhD thesis.
* Books, events, science news.

You don't need to describe original research (we'd even suggest you save this up for your first paper). What matters more important is to explain bioinformatics in a clear or entertaining way.

To submit an article, prepare a MS Word, OpenOffice or PDF document with your text in English (200-1000 words). Prepare eventual figures as separate files (.jpg or .png). Finally send everything by email to contest[at]bioinformatyk.eu - We will take care of the rest.

The submission deadline for the contest is September 18th, 2011.

Remember that you need to have copyright of everything you are submitting. Also, if your article contains results from your research, please make sure that your supervisor agrees with that.

The best articles will be awarded by an international board of referees:

* 1st prize: 150,- USD
* 2nd prize: 50,- USD
* Reader's prize: 50,- USD
* Book prize sponsored by the Dean of the Biological Faculty, UAM Poznan: ~300 USD

You can find the detailed regulations of the contest on:

The Organizers,
Justyna Wojtczak (Chief Editor)
Teresa SzczepiƄska (ISCB-SC Vice Chair)
Kristian Rother (Faculty Advisor)

URL: http://en.bioinformatyk.eu

Contact Person: Kristian Rother (krother@genesilico.pl)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Announcing grant writing sessions @ISMB

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to join us for
information sessions about grant writing during
ISMB/ECCB, July 15-19, 2011 in Vienna, Austria.

Grant-writing 101: how to write a winning grant proposal
Saturday July 16, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Navigating the Granting Jungle
Sunday July 17, 2:30 pm – 4:25 pm
  • Funding availability
  • Reviewer’s recommendations
  • Speaking from experience
  • Finding/selecting funding schemes

Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!

Yana Bromberg, Rutgers University
Magali Michaut, University of Toronto
Venkata P. Satagopam, EMBL
Andrea Schafferhans, Technical University of Munich

Monday, April 11, 2011

Publication on Virtual workshops for Africa and future prospects

A paper concerning the Basic Molecular evolution training that virtually took place in July 2010 across Africa has just been published. This can be accessed at the following url


A lot of experience was garnered that brought forth the publication which is an aftermath on the "ten simple rules to organize a virtual conference-anywhere".

There are plans to have an on site workshop on molecular evolution early 2012 with a wide range of participants from other regions connected virtually.

Further information will be communicated in due course and it is hoped that more regions will participate this time round.

It is hoped that this will lead to a series of such workshops in different subjects within the field of bioinformatics and computational biology.

Let us endeavor to support and make virtual workshops a success and reality in order to benefit more students/scientists within the developing countries.

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bies.201000139/abstract

Contact Person: Sheila Ommeh (scecily@yahoo.com)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Career Advice from a Rock Star of Science

Elizabeth Blackburn spoke about careers to young scientists during AACR (American Association for Cancer Research) meeting. Jade attended the session and shares useful advice with us on her blog.
  • How Deep into a Topic should you go?
  • Choosing a Postdoc
  • On a Failure
  • On Collaborations and Letters of Recommendations
  • Publishing in High Profile Journals
  • "Alternative" Careers in Science
  • Mommy Guilt
  • Chasing Ideas
Read the details...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Call for Tutorials and Demos: IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology (HISB'011)

First IEEE International Conference on
Healthcare Informatics, Imaging, and Systems Biology (HISB)
July 27-29, San Jose, California

*** Call for Tutorials and Demos ....
URL: http://www.ieee-hisb.org/
Contact Person: HISB Tutorial and Demo Chairs (hisbdemo@eecs.umich.edu)

First IEEE International Conference on
Healthcare Informatics, Imaging, and Systems Biology (HISB)
July 27-29, San Jose, California

*** Call for Tutorials and Demos ***

The First IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology now invites proposals for tutorials and demonstrations at the conference to be held in San Jose, July 26-29, 2011.

The purpose of tutorials is to provide a comprehensive overview by subject matter experts on topics relevant to HISB, keeping in mind the inter-disciplinary audience. The purpose of demos is to give researchers the opportunity to showcase the state of the art in areas relevant to HISB. Industrial exhibitors may also demonstrate their products through demos as long as they are relevant to the topic areas of the main conference.

We encourage submissions of tutorial and demonstration proposals on all topics relevant to the conference in the general areas of healthcare informatics, biomedical imaging, bioinformatics, and systems biology. A full list of topics is available in the call for papers for HISB at (http://www.ieee-hisb.org). Specialized subtopics that address computational or clinical aspects of the main topics will also be considered.
Please refer to the main conference site (http://www.ieee-hisb.org) for further details.

Key Dates:

Submission deadline (for both tutorials and demos): April 20, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: May 20, 2011
Conference Dates: July 27-29, 2011
URL: http://www.ieee-hisb.org/

Contact Person: HISB Tutorial and Demo Chairs (hisbdemo@eecs.umich.edu)