Directly preceding Tutorials' Day of ISMB 2012
13 July 2012 @ Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, California, USA



The Student Council Symposium 2012 is a forum for students, post docs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience, build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

We recommend those students who would like to attend the SCS2012 and come from a country where a Visa is needed to go ASAP to the US Embassy and ask for the documentation needed, in order for us to be aware of any document we could provide that could help them to get the Visa.

Key Dates

January 30, 2012

Symposium Submission

April 2, 2012

Symposium Submission

April 13, 2012

Student Council Travel
Fellowship Deadline

April 16, 2012

Symposium Submission
Acceptance Notifications

April 30, 2012

Travel Fellowship
Acceptance Notifications

July 13, 2012

Student Council Symposium


8th ISCB Student Council Symposium Booklet now available for download!

Dear SCS participant, we are happy to announce that the Booklet of the 8th Student Council Symposium is now available for download: check it out here!

Late Posters Deadline Extended

We have extended the Late Posters deadline until May 20. If you are attending the ISMB 2012 conference and are also considering the ISCB Student Council Symposium, this is the last chance to submit your abstract for a poster presentation!
Please submit using the ISCB submission system.

Late Poster Submission Opens

Abstracts for Late Posters can be submitted through the ISCB submission system. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully as abstracts that do not meet these requirements will be returned without review.

Late Poster submissions are only considered for poster presentations and are not eligible for Travel Fellowships.

The deadline is May 11.

Three keynotes confirmed!

We are proud to announce our third keynote: Dr. Jonathan Eisen, full professor at the University of California, Davis, will deliver a keynote address at the Student Council Symposium 2012. Dr. Eisen’s research focuses on communities of microbes and how they provide new functions – to each other or to a host. In addition to his research, Dr. Eisen is a vocal advocate for “open science” especially “open access” to scientific publications; he is also an active and award-winning blogger and microblogger.

Second keynote confirmed: Dr. Robin Dowell

We are happy to announce that we received our second keynote confirmation! Dr. Robin Dowell, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, will deliver a keynote address at the SCS2012. Dowell Laboratory research focuses on building mechanistic models which leverage domain specific prior knowledge to better understand how the information encoded in the genome specifies function. They use comparative genome sequence analysis, with both computational and experimental approaches, to decipher how variation in sequence contributes to the underlying phenotype.

NextBio travel grants available!

We are happy to announce that NextBio travel grants are available for Student Council Symposium 2012 attendees! The application deadline for participants to the SCS2012 is extended until March 10, 2012. To apply you will need to submit:

  • An essay (up to 800 words) describing how NextBio tools have been beneficial to your research.
  • A filled application form in MS-Word or PDF format.

Please find detailed submission information and application forms here.

NB: Since the extended deadline applies only for SCS2012 attendees the applicants are requested to state the symposium name in their email/cover letter.


New sponsors announced

We are proud to announce our new sponsors: the European Bioinformatics Institute EMBL-EBI will sponsor travel fellowships for EU students, Nucleic Acids Research and Bioinformatics of Oxford Journals will be sponsoring the best poster and best presentation prizes respectively.

First keynote confirmed

We are happy to announce that Dr. Matthew Hibbs, Assistant Professor at The Jackson Laboratory, will deliver a keynote address at the SCS2012. Hibbs Lab research focuses on developing novel algorithms and approaches for the analysis, exploration and visualization of high-throughput data sources.

First sponsors confirmed

We hare happy to announce that we received our first sponsor conformations! We gratefully acknowledge BioMed Central and National ICT Australia Ltd (NICTA) for their support.

More sponsors wanted! If your company/organization would like to increase its visibility among students and young scientists in Computational Biology and related areas we can offer you various sponsorship opportunities at very competitive rates. Please contact for further information.

Call For Abstracts

Dear colleagues,

We invite you to submit an abstract and participate in the 8th Symposium of the International Society for Computational Biology Student Council on July 13th 2012 in Long Beach, California. We accept abstracts covering both scientific studies as well as novel tools and applications in the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. A few abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. Other interesting contributions will be accepted for poster presentations. Abstracts selected for oral presentation will be published.


Read more details here.