Message from the ISCB: ISMB/ECCB Rebooted: 2015 Brings Major Update to the Conference Program

C. N. Fogg, D. E. Kovats
2015 Bioinformatics  
ECCB 2015) is shaping up to be a phenomenal meeting with world-renowned keynote speakers and changes in the conference format that aim to make for a more streamlined and user-friendly conference. The joint ISMB/ECCB conference is held biennially and is the flagship meeting of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). The meeting will take place at the Convention Center Dublin, Ireland from July 10-14, 2015 and will bring together scientists from across the globe working in a
more » ... oad range of computational biology-related disciplines including genomics, structural biology, proteomics, data mining, machine learning and systems biology. In the past, presentations at the meeting have been organized according to tracks: Proceedings, Highlights and Late Breaking Research tracks. Combined with the multiple track presentation, this caused frustration for attendees when choosing which sessions to attend. In 2015 all oral presentations will be presented in broad theme areas. As in the past, submissions accepted into the highly selective Proceedings track will be published in a special ISMB/ECCB Proceedings issue of Bioinformatics. Conference co-chairs Alex Bateman, Janet Kelso and Desmond Higgins and the conference committee undertook the reorganization effort and came up with five theme areas: Genes, Proteins, Systems, Disease and Data. Batemen said, 'The idea of themes is an obvious way to organize the talks. But, selecting a small number of themes that represented all computational biology was challenging. Of course many talks will potentially fit across several themes. Time will tell whether these need any tweaking for future meetings'. Kelso believes the new organization will benefit attendees and said, 'We hope that organizing the meeting more thematically will mean that attendees have an easier time identifying sessions that are relevant and interesting to them'. Five leading scientists have been named as theme chairs and will organize the selection of presentations from each traditional submission cateogry for each theme area.
doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btv207 fatcat:4xzirvkitbatbknlndzgv3xede