International Society for Computational Biology

ISCB Student Council: Next Generation Computational Biologists

Welcome to the ISCB Student Council, the student organization of the International Society for Computational Biology.

Our mission is to promote the development of the next generation of computational biologists. We achieve our goal through provision of scientific events, networking opportunities, soft-skills training, educational resources and career advice, while attempting to influence policy processes affecting science and education. The Student Council website is a resource for the global computational biology student community and we allow you to get in touch with your peers and to find out about events and initiatives for computational biology students - no matter where in the world you are. If you have questions or comments don't hesitate to contact us.

ISCB-SC Stands With All Scientists

As a global network of students, the ISCB Student Council would like to reaffirm its support for all scientists especially computational biologists, of all stages, around the globe. We echo the views of our parent organization in current global uncertain times.

The Student Council has worked hard for more than a decade reinforcing diversity in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology. Our organisation has always had, and will continue to promote, a culture of inclusiveness, equality, and open science. We strongly believe that international collaborations and contributions are what makes science successful and moves it forward.

We, at the Student Council, put scientific progress above all for the advancement of the community. As a promoter of scientific harmony, we extend our solidarity to all students and researchers who are being affected by the recent unhelpful and discriminatory directives in the USA and elsewhere in the world.

ISCB Student Council

SCS2020 - virtual event

We are delighted to announce the 16th ISCB Student Council Symposium (SCS), which will take place 10-11 July 2020 as a completely virtual event

This year, we welcome keynote speakers Elana J. Fertig (SKCCC / Johns Hopkins University) and Hamed S. Najafabadi (McGill University). Abstract submission is now open until May 13, both for oral and poster presentations. In addition, fellowships will be available to cover the registrations costs. More details are available at our website. We would like to thank our sponsor, Harvard Medical School, for supporting the Symposium!

The COVID-19 crisis prevents us from gathering physically, but we are convinced that we can reach and unite even more young Computational Biology researchers across the globe with this new and accessible virtual format.


For frequent updates, please check our website, or connect via twitter.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.


We look forward to meeting you in July!


On behalf of the SCS2020 organising team,

Wim Cuypers

SCS2020 Chair


Second keynote announced: Dr. Barbara Treutlein

We are proud to announce Dr. Barbara Treutlein as a keynote speaker of the SCS 2019!

Dr. Barbara Treutlein is a Max Planck Research Group Leader, a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the Technical University Munich, and an Associate Professor at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zürich. She is being awarded the 2019 ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, due to her outstanding work in single-cell transcriptomics.

Dr. Barbara’s group uses and develops single-cell genomics approaches in combination with stem cell-based 2- and 3-dimensional culture systems to study human organogenesis in health and disease. In particular, they use stem cell-derived human organoids to model the development of human organs in vitro and to understand how cell fate is orchestrated in complex human tissues. Thus, she was one of the first to reconstruct the development of complex mammalian tissue, and to provide a molecular description of individual cell regeneration in the axolotl limb.