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On this page: News - About the Symposium - Sponsors - Speakers - Registration - Abstracts - Awards & Travel Fellowships - Agenda - Room Sharing - Organizing Committee - Program Committee - Posters - Previous Symposia - Other Student Council Activities

What? The 3rd ISCB Student Council Symposium featuring keynote lectures, oral presentations and a poster session.

When? Saturday, July 21st, 2007. This event directly precedes ISMB/ECCB 2007.

Where? Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Who? Undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-docs in computational biology and related disciplines.

Why? This is once again a unique opportunity to meet fellow students and researchers for networking and exchange of ideas in a great setting.

News  [Top]

  • November 21st - ISCB Student Council Symposium mentioned in a perspective article on student conferences published in Nature Reviews Genetics.
  • November 20th - The highlights from the symposium have been published as a BMC Bioinformatics supplement.
  • November 19th - Have a look at our photos of the symposium and other activities at ISMB/ECCB 2008 in our gallery.
  • September 19th - The evaluation of the symposium is now available for download.
  • September 9th - The first batch of videos has been linked to the agenda. Names of Best Poster and Best Presentation Award recipients posted.
  • July 16th - Accepted abstracts and Program Booklet have been posted. All delegates will receive a printed and bound copy of the Program Booklet at the symposium.
  • July 11th - Student presenters announced and final agenda posted. Please download and read the presentation guidelines if you are presenting a poster or giving an oral presentation.

About the Symposium  [Top]

The ISCB Student Council is organizing the 3rd Student Council Symposium to be held on Saturday, July 21st, in parallel to the ISMB/ECCB 2007 tutorial sessions in Vienna, Austria. The Student Council Symposium is a forum for students and young researchers in the field of computational biology. 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.

Sponsors  [Top]

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors, whose support contributes greatly to the success of the the Student Council Symposium.

Oxford Journals Bioinformatics
European Bioinformatics Institute
BMC Bioinformatics
International BioWiki Contest
Institute for Systems Biology

Speakers and Panelists  [Top]

Background information about our speakers can be found in the Program Booklet on pages 4 and 5.

Keynote Speaker & Panelist
Janet Thornton
European Bioinformatics Institute

Keynote Speaker & Panelist
Anna Tramontano
Professor of Biocomputing
University of Rome "La Sapienza"

"Comparative Functional Genomics
of Ageing"
"Structural Bioinformatics:
Shortcuts and Pitfalls"
Rita Casadio
Professor of Biophysics
University of Bologna

Tan Tin Wee
Associate Professor
National University of Singapore

Panel Discussion Moderator
Thomas Lengauer
Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics

Closing Remarks
Reinhard Schneider
Team Leader
European Molecular Biology Institute

Registration  [Top]

Registration for the 3rd ISCB Student Council Symposium is only possible for delegates of the ISMB/ECCB 2007 conference. Please visit the ISMB/ECCB 2007 registration page to sign up for the symposium. You have to select "3rd Student Council Symposium (SCS3)" during the registration process on the page that lists SIGs, Satellite Meetings and Tutorials. If you have previously registered for ISMB/ECCB 2007 and would like to add the Student Council Symposium please send an email to registration07@ismbconf.org to request that you be registered and to arrange payment for participation in the symposium.
This year we will have to charge a registration fee of 55 Euro (this includes 5 Euro Austrian VAT). The fee covers a full day of presentations, a poster session, a program booklet as well as morning and afternoon coffee and lunch.

Abstracts  [Top]

The program committee has reviewed all 69 abstracts that have been submitted for presentation at the symposium. All accepted abstracts minus ones that have been withdrawn before July 3rd can be accessed below. Pages 12 to 19 of the Program Booklet contain the summaries of the abstracts in printable form.

    A selection of 14 outstanding abstracts along with a meeting report have been published as a BMC Bioinformatics supplement.

Accepted Abstracts by Area of Research
Arrays Bioinformatics of Health and Disease
Biophysics Comparative Genomics
Ecosystems and Ecology Evolution
Gene Prediction Genomics
Machine Learning Other
Ontologies Population Genetics and Variation
Regulation Sequence Analysis
Structure Prediction Systems Biology and Networks
Text Mining

Awards & Travel Fellowships  [Top]

More information about our awards and travel fellowships can be found in the Program Booklet on page 10.

Travel Fellowships
Sponsored by the European Bioinformatics Institute
Five travel fellowships worth £400 (~$780) are available for undergraduate and masters students who are holding a passport issued by an EU- or EMBC-state. Applicants need to be single first author and presenter of an accepted abstract at the symposium.

Maital Ashkenazi
Plant Science, Genomics and Bioinformatics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Javier Carrera
Advanced Studies in Applied Mathematics
Universidad Politecnica Valencia, Spain

Inigo Ortiz de Mendibil Ayuso
University of Navarra, Spain

Teresa Szczepinska
VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands and
Warsaw University, Poland

Nurcan Tuncbag
Computational Science and Engineering
Koc University, Turkey

For reference: Application Instructions
Questions and comments should be directed to fellowship@iscbsc.org.
Best Presentation Award
Sponsored by Oxford Journals Bioinformatics
A £200 (~$390) prize will be awarded for the best student presentation.
Adam Margolin, Columbia University
Previous winners:
2006 - Pavol Hanus, TU Munich
Best Poster Awards
Sponsored by BMC Bioinformatics
A £200 (~$390) prize will be awarded for the best student poster and a £100 (~$195) prize will be awarded for the runner-up.
Elisabeth Georgii, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Adrien Faure, INSERM ERM206
Previous winners:
2006 - Feng Chen, University of Pennsylvania

Agenda  [Top]

Details can be found in the Program Booklet on pages 7 and 8.

TimeLocationSaturday, July 21st
8:30 amE1Opening Remarks
Nils Gehlenborg, Conference Chair
8:40 amE1Keynote - "Comparative Functional Genomics of Ageing"
Janet Thornton

9:20 amE1 Presentation - "Semi-supervised class discovery using quantitative phenotypes - CVD as a case study"
Roy Navon, Agilent Technologies / Tel Aviv University, Israel

Presentation - "Genomic Scale Analysis of Lateral Gene Transfer in Apicomplexan Parasites: insights into early eukaryotic evolution, host-pathogen interaction and drug target development"
Lucia Peixoto, University of Pennsylvania, United States

Presentation - "Towards interoperability between anatomy and phenotype ontologies"
Robert Hoehndorf, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

Presentation - "Variation of Geometrical and Physicochemical Properties in Protein Binding Pockets and their Ligands"
Abdullah Karhaman, European Bioinformatics Institute, United Kingdom

10:40 amE1Coffee Break
11:10 amE1 Presentation - "What is the response? Identifying interesting behaviour in microarray time series data"
Katherine Lawler, European Bioinformatics Institute, United Kingdom

Presentation - "ChIP-on-chip significance analysis reveals ubiquitous transcription factor binding"
Adam Margolin, Columbia University, United States

Presentation - "Mining expression-dependent modules in the human interaction network"
Elisabeth Georgii, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Germany

Presentation - "Combining dissimilarity based classifiers for cancer prediction using gene expression profiles"
Angela Blanco, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain

12:30 pmTBALunch Break
1:10 pmTBAQuickfire Session
The quickfire session will give everyone who is interested 1 minute to introduce themselves and their work to the other delegates at the symposium. Not convinced? Have a look at the BioSysBio 2007 quickfire session.
1:30 pmTBAPoster Session
Please download and read the presentation guidelines if you are presenting.
3:00 pmE1Special Session - BioWiki Contest: an Openfree Project for Bioknowledge Sharing
Jong Bhak

3:20 pmE1Keynote - "Structural Bioinformatics: Shortcuts and Pitfalls"
Anna Tramontano

4:00 pmE1Awards Ceremony
Winners of Best Presentation Award, Best Poster Awards and Travel Fellowship will be presented with their awards.
4:10 pmE1Panel Discussion - "The Future of Bioinformatics"
Panelists are Rita Casadio, Thomas Lengauer, Tan Tin Wee, Janet Thornton and Anna Tramontano.
4:50 pmE1Closing Remarks
Reinhard Schneider

5:30 pmAustria CenterDeparture for ISMB/ECCB 2007 Icebreaker Event
8:00 pmCity HallISMB/ECCB 2007 Opening Reception
TimeLocationMonday, July 23rd
12:15 pmCISCB Student Council Open Meeting - Open to all delegates at ISMB/ECCB 2007
An overview of the past year’s achievements in terms of our mission and projects is on the agenda as well as introduction of ISCB Student Council leaders and acknowledgment of their contributions. The largest part of the meeting will be set for discussion time and suggestions from the audience. Come and help to shape the future of the ISCB Student Council!
9:00 pmXpress127
Please register until July 15th!

Room Sharing  [Top]

Please post your requests for room sharing on our OpenWetWare Wiki if you are looking for a roommate for the time of the symposium and ISMB/ECCB 2007. We had to move this to the wiki due to problems with the forum. Please post your requests only on the wiki.

Organizing Committee  [Top]

Conference Chair
Manuel Corpas
University of Manchester

more ...
Conference Chair
Nils Gehlenborg
University of Cambridge

more ...
Program Chair
Sarath Chandra Janga
Center for Genomic Sciences, UNAM

more ...

Vijaya Parthiban
Cologne University Bioinformatics Center (CUBIC)

Saraswathi Sundararajan
Iowa State University
John Cumbers
Brown University
Keynote Liaison
Xu Gu
University of Glasgow

Venkata Satagopam
EMBL Heidelberg
Victor Weigman Jr.
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC

Ole Schulz-Trieglaff
Free University Berlin
Social Event Organizer
Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern
Weizmann Institute of Science

Abhishek Pratap
VIT University

Prashanth Suravajhala
Roskilde University

more ...

Lucia Peixoto
University of Pennsylvania

Crina Samarghitean
University of Tampere

Please contact the organizing committee at symposium@iscbsc.org.

Program Committee  [Top]

Kiran Kumar Battula
National Institute of Nutrition, India
Markus Brosch
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Manuel Corpas
University of Manchester, UK
Heidi Dvinge
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Segun Fatumo
Covenant University, Nigeria
Nils Gehlenborg
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Sarath Chandra Janga
Center for Genomic Sciences, UNAM, Mexico
Angela Jean
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Abdullah Kahraman
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Katherine Lawler
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Margus Lukk
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Antonia Mayer
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Magali Michaut
Institute of Biology and Technologies of Saclay, France
Pieter Monsieurs
K.U. Leuven, Belgium
Lucia Peixoto
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dimitri Perrin
Dublin City University, Ireland
Abhishek Pratap
VIT University, India
Ravindra Pushker
University College Dublin, Ireland
Angel-Carlos Roman
University of Extremadura, Spain
Aminael Sanchez Rodriguez
Institute of Plant Biotechnology, Cuba
Venkata Satagopam
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Ole Schulz-Trieglaff
Free University Berlin, Germany
Aswin Seshasaye
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Saraswathi Sundarajan
Iowa State University, USA
Prashanth Suravajhala
Roskilde University, Denmark
Andrija Tomovic
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Mallika Veeramalai
Burnham Institute for Medical Research, USA
Victor Weigman
University of North Carolina, USA
Daniel Zerbino
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

Posters  [Top]

Here's your chance to help the Student Council to promote the symposium. Print one (or all!) of our posters and post it on the bulletin board of your department, on the door of your office or any other place where plenty of students will see it.
We've created a color as well as a black-and-white version of each of our posters to suit your printer. Please don't print the color version on a black-and-white printer - the poster will be really hard to read. The posters are available in A4 format only. If the paper in your country comes in letter format make sure your PDF reader scales the poster correctly before printing otherwise important information might get lost.

Color or B/W
Color or B/W
Color or B/W
Color or B/W

Please take the posters down after the symposium is over and recycle the paper. You'll be doing everyone a favor.

Previous ISCB Student Council Symposia  [Top]

2. ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB 2006 in Fortaleza, Brazil

The webpages for this symposium are still available here. Have a look at the photos!

The success of the symposium in 2005 encouraged the leadership of the ISCB Student Council to organize a very similiar event as part of ISMB 2006 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Even though the symposium was held on the same day as the tutorials of ISMB over 80 delegates registered for this event, which had a strong focus on career-development and networking within the bioinformatics community. Keynote speakers Phil Bourne, Reinhard Schneider and Julio Collado-Vides dedicated time to these issues in their keynote presentations, while then-ISCB President Michael Gribskov discussed his vision of where computational biology is heading in the 21st century in his closing remarks.
Many students and young researchers used the opportunity to present their work at the event and submitted more than 35 abstracts. The best 10 were selected for oral presentation, while a poster session allowed also the remaining submitters to present their work. Awards were given to the authors of the best presentation and the best poster. The day was closed by a social event in one of Fortaleza's best steakhouses, which was another highlight of this very successful 2nd ISCB Student Council Symposium.

1. ISCB Student Council Symposium at ECCB 2005 in Madrid, Spain

The 1st ISCB Student Council Symposium was held on 28th of September immediately preceding ECCB 2005 in Madrid. We initiated the review process of student abstracts and were pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of abstracts submitted. We received over 60 abstracts in 7 different categories covering a wide range of topics within computational biology. From these we selected 20 for oral presentation on the symposium and another 36 for poster presentations at ECCB. For more information on the 1st International Student Council Symposium in Computational Biology please visit http://www.eccb05.org/student.htm.

An evaluation of this event can be downloaded along with the corresponding questionnaire can be downloaded as PDFs: Evaluation, Questionnaire.

Other Student Council Activities  [Top]

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