Student Council Symposium 2018

The Student Council Symposium 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.

Key Dates

January 22, 2018

Abstract Call Opens

April 2, 2018

Student Council Travel
Call Opens

April 15, 2018
May 6, 2018
May 20, 2018

Abstract Call Closes

May 6, 2018
May 20, 2018

Student Council Travel
Fellowship Deadline

May 28, 2018

Abstract Acceptance

May 28, 2018
June 1, 2018

Student Council Travel
Acceptance Notification

July 6, 2018

Student Council Symposium

New Keynote announced: Prof. Philip E. Bourne

We are delighted to announce Dr. Philip E. Bourne as keynote speaker of the SCS 2018. We would like to thank him for accepting our last minute invitation. He will be giving the afternoon keynote of SCS 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances. Dr. Bourne has been a great inspiration for the bioinformatics community and he has been truly supporting ISCB Student Council and its activities.

Dr. Bourne is a Bioinformatician, researcher, non-fiction writer and entrepreneur. He is currently the Stephenson Chair of Data Science, the Director of the Data Science Institute and a professor of Biomedical Engineering. Dr Bourne’s contributions include numerous scientific papers as well as textbooks. His research focuses on applications of computational algorithms, text mining, machine learning, metalanguages, biological databases, visualization and scholarly communication to significant biological problems such as pharmacology, evolution, cell signaling, apoptosis and immunology. He has published over 300 papers and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Jim Gray eScience Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award to name a few. Dr Bourne held the position of the ISCB president from 2002-2003 and is also the founding Editor in chief of PLoS Computational Biology since 2005.

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Bourne will be giving the afternoon keynote of SCS 2018

Call for Travel Fellowship Applications @SCS2018

We are glad to announce that, we are now accepting applications for its Travel Fellowship from students and early career postdoctoral researchers to attend the symposium. Travel Fellowship Program is intended to assist young researchers to join the congregation of students from all stages and all around the globe.

If you are planning to present at the Student Council Symposium and you need supplementary funds to attend the conference, we invite you to submit an abstract and your travel fellowship application.  Learn more here. 

Applications will be received until May 6 May 20, 2018 (Pacific time).

Second Keynote Announced: Dr. Lucia Peixoto

Dr. Lucia Peixoto is a tenure-track Assistant professor at Washington State University College of Medicine. She uses genomics and computational biology approaches to study brain function. She and her group are interested in understanding the underlying molecular basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders and their comorbidity with Intellectual Disability and Sleep Impairments. The lab uses mouse models for functional genomic studies of behavior and patient samples to study genetic contributions to disease. Her latest work was featured as the cover of Science Signaling in January 2018. Moreover, Dr. Peixoto is a former ISCB Student Council leader, having chaired the SCC in 2008 and 2009 and served as SC representative to the board of directors of ISCB in 2009. Currently she is the Junior PI COSI leader as well as the Travel fellowship Committee chair for ISMB2018.

First Keynote Announced: Prof. Debora Marks

Debora Marks is a computational biologist, a professor at Harvard University in the Departments of Systems Biology and Biomedical Informatics. She runs a vibrant new lab focused on computational approaches to predict effects of genetic variation and its impact on disease risk and drug response. In her early research, she made important discoveries in the field of microRNAs and gene regulation. More recently, she made breakthrough advances on predicting three-dimensional protein and RNA structures from sequences alone. She won the Overton Prize in 2016 and is recruiting!.

Abstract call is now open

We are delighted to announce that a call for abstracts for the 14th edition of ISCB Student Council Symposium is now open.

We welcome abstracts from all levels of research students and early career post-doctoral researchers. A select number of authors will be invited to give oral presentations of their work at the symposium. All accepted abstract authors will be invited to present a poster about their work. Outstanding presentations and posters will be awarded.

Authors of submitted abstracts are also invited to apply for a Travel Fellowship to help them attending the symposium. 

Please follow the abstract guidelines to learn more about abstract requirements and how to submit an abstract through our portal.

Please check the key dates section on our front page for last day of submission and acceptance notifications.