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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)