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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Zurich Innovation Championship

Zurich has launched its second Innovation Championship. Are you a startup or entrepreneur with bold thinking and groundbreaking ideas that can help us tackle challenges around climate, health, automation and other issues that are expected to put a strain on the next generation? Applications close on 17 December 2019.
URL: http://bit.ly/332CDuj

Contact Person: Ian Murphy (zurich.innovationchallenge@skild.com)

$350,000 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Cisco has launched a global search for students and recent graduates who use technology for positive social impact. The 4th annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge offers $350,000 USD to 14 winners and asks for a 90-second video about the digital technology you created and how it benefits people, society, or the planet. All the details are at cisco.innovationchallenge.com.
URL: http://bit.ly/2pCjfGU

Contact Person: Ian Murphy (ciscogpschallenge@skild.com)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tandon Bioinformatics Online MS Program

On Saturday November 16th we will be hosting an event open to the public, about our Online MS in Bioinformatics program at the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU. This includes the following:
Brief History of the Program
Salary information
Meet Faculty
Hear from current and former students
Learn about our Capstone projects in Next Generation Sequence Analysis and Machine Learning
URL: http://

Contact Person: Mgavi E.Brathwaite (m.brathwaite@nyu.edu)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Call for Applications: 2019/2020 Admission into Masters and PhD Programmes

For more information, please visit http://ace.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/admission.php

The newly established Covenant Applied Informatics and Communication Africa Centre of Excellence (CApIC-ACE) domiciled at Covenant University under the World Bank funded African Centre of Excellence IMPACT project (ACE-IMPACT) invites suitably qualified and highly motivated applicants from Nigeria and West & Central Africa into its Masters and PhD degree programmes in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biochemistry and Information & Communication Engineering (ICE).
URL: http://ace.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/admission.php

Contact Person: Olaitan Awe (laitanawe@gmail.com)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Basel Hosted Innovative Life Sciences Conference Attracting nearly 2,000 International Delegates

The 2019 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference, in conjunction with the European Conference in Computational Biology (ECCB), was held in Basel, Switzerland, July 21-25, 2019. Under the direction of conference chairs Torsten Schwede, Biozentrum, University of Basel & SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland, and Nicola Mulder, University of Cape Town, South Africa the ISMB/ECCB conference attached nearly 2,000 researchers, practitioners, technicians, students, and suppliers working in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology.

Bioinformatics and computational biology, an interdisciplinary field, combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyze and interpret biological data. Powered by a technological revolution, the life sciences currently generate massive datasets that require unique expertise in handling, processing and transferring information; in addition to the biological expertise. At the start of the data revolution in biology, experts in computation and biology came together to work collaboratively to turn data into discoveries. Computational skills have become integral to the analysis of the large volumes of biomedical and agricultural data currently being generated in the life sciences, and to understanding complex biological systems. Conferences like ISMB/ECCB play a critical role in the dissemination of research findings and information sharing. Enabling researchers to gather, learn, and collaborate will lead to the acceleration of science and the opportunity to make advances towards cures for disease, novel drug development, and personalized healthcare. Basel, Switzerland, a life sciences hub of Europe, was the perfect location for a conference of this magnitude and importance.

ISMB/ECCB provided an intense multidisciplinary forum for disseminating the latest developments in bioinformatics/computational biology, fostered fresh dialogues and perspectives to learn about and shape the future of the field. The conference featured three distinguished awards keynotes, two luminary keynotes, an additional 620 scientific talks, 1,100 scientific posters, 8 training sessions, and 20 technical demos. "Participants were able to indulge in cutting edge science and new technology developments in their area of research interest, as well have exposure to other areas and newly trending topics. We were excited to welcome a record breaking delegation to Basel, " noted Nicola Mulder & Torsten Schwede, Conference Co-Chairs.

Despite the unseasonable warm weather, a constant buzz hummed through the Congress Centre Basel. One could easily say the science was a hot as the weather. The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) would like to thank the hospitality community of the city of Basel, as well as the University of Basel and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland.

About ISCB:

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) - www.iscb.org - has been the first and continues to be the only society representing computational biology and bioinformatics on a worldwide scale. ISCB serves a global community of over 3,500 researchers, practitioners, technicians, students, and suppliers dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. It convenes the world's experts and future leaders in top conferences and partners with publications that promote discovery and expand access to computational biology and bioinformatics. ISCB delivers valuable information about training, education, employment, and advancements in science. The organization also provides an influential voice on government and scientific policies that are important to our members and benefit the public.

URL: http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2019

Contact Person: Diane Kovats (executive.office@iscb.org)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Registration now open for the joint GIW/ABACBS 2019 Annual Conference

The registration for the joint GIW/ABACBS (The International Conference on Genome informatics/Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society) to be held in Sydney, 9-11 December 2019 is now open. Join us for an exciting programme of international and national speakers from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

This year the two conferences will join forces to bring together members from all over Australia, Asia Pacific region and the world to enjoy the opportunity to interact and hear fantastic stories about genomics, bioinformatics and computational biology research with an emphasis on how advances in comptuational and statistical techniques are applied to solve important biological and biomedical problems.

The joint conference will feature international and national keynote speakers, oral presentations selected from full-length paper submissions and abstract, and posters selected from abstract.

Key Themes:
* Genomics and integrative analytics
* Precision medicine
* Single cell analytics
* Non-human and microbial genomics
* Proteomics and metabolomics
* Methods development and reproducibility research

For more information and important dates please visit:


URL: https://www.abacbs.org/conference2019/about

Contact Person: Sebastian Kurscheid (sebastian.kurscheid@anu.edu.au)

Friday, March 22, 2019

Apply to CGSI before April 1st. (UCLA)

The Computational Genomics Summer Institute in UCLA brings together mathematical and computational scientists, sequencing technology developers in both industry and academia, and the biologists who use the instruments for particular research applications.
CGSI 2019 long program runs from July 10th until August 2nd, and has a participation of more than 60 faculty.
Registration prices go up for applications received after April 1st.

URL: http://computationalgenomics.bioinformatics.ucla.edu/

Contact Person: The CGSI Team (uclacgsi@gmail.com)

Friday, January 4, 2019

Book bioinformatics in Spanish (free)

Dear ISCB community,

Please consider the following online book in bioinformatics, as far as we
know the first book of bioinformatics for Spanish speakers (completely free).

Here the description of the project:


And here all the chapters:


In the near future, we would like to open a call to prepare a second edition to update the contents and to include new chapters, this time with open peer-review of all the contributions.

Thanks in advance for the interest.

URL: https://zenodo.org/communities/bioinfconn/about/

Contact Person: Alberto Pascual-GarcĂ­a (alberto.pascual.garcia@gmail.com)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

May Institute on Computation and Statistics for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics

The May Institute on Computation and Statistics for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics will take place on April 29 – May 10, 2019 at Northeastern University, Boston MA. This educational program combines keynote presentations, introductory lectures, practical training, and informal personal discussions.

Instructors in the program are leading experts, who contributed numerous experimental and computational methods and software. The target audience are both beginners and experienced scientists, who would like to strengthen their computational and statistical expertise. We also welcome computer scientists, bioinformaticians, data scientists, statisticians and engineers interested in learning about working with data from modern biotechnologies. The participants will have many opportunities to ask questions, and will be able to present their research.

Participants can select a subset of the following programs:
- Targeted proteomics with Skyline
- Proteomics and metabolomics with OpenMS
- Imaging mass spectrometry with Cardinal
- Beginner's statistics in R
- Advanced R
- Statistics for quantitative mass spectrometry
- Visualization of biomolecular data
- Scientific writing
- Capstone – case studies in data-independent acquisition (DIA)

Tuition fee wavers and travel fellowships will be available for students and postdocs affiliated with academic institutions in the US. The application deadline is January 31, 2019
URL: https://computationalproteomics.ccis.northeastern.edu/

Contact Person: Olga Vitek (o.vitek@neu.edu)