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12th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB 2016 in Orlando, Florida

Website The 12th Student Council Symposium took place inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The day began with excellent keynote lectures by John Quackenbush and Janet Thornton, both of whom focused on career advice for young students as well as interesting scientific findings. Several students gave presentations on their research, traveling from India, Australia, France, Argentina and all around the United States. Before lunch, the publishing company Elsevier gave a talk on their new Pathway Studio program and demonstrated how it can be useful to hypothesis exploration in the biological sciences. We want to give a huge thank you to all the people who helped organize SCS and everyone who attended from around the globe!

11th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB/ECCB 2015 in Dublin, Ireland

Website In 2015 The Student Council celebrated its 11th edition of Student Council Symposium. The symposium highlighted 12 student talks and more than 85 student poster presentations on topics ranging from comparative genomics, bioinformatics tools to bioinformatics education. We wish to take the opportunity to thank everyone that contributed to this success: our two awesome keynote speakers; Prof. Des Higgins and Prof. Ruth Nussinov; the previous leadership who gave us their insights; our reviewers committee; the entire organising committee of ISMB 2015 and SCS 2015; the ISCB and ISCB-SC; our dedicated sponsors; and of course you, our attendees!

10th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB 2014 in Boston, USA

Website The Student Council Symposium of 2014 was a great success! We are pleased to report we had over 60 submissions, from which 12 oral presentations and around 40 posters were selected. In the end we had 45 attendees from over 14 countries. We wish to take the opportunity to thank everyone that contributed to this success: our two awesome keynote speakers; Dr David Bartel and Dr. Ashelee Earl; the previous leadership who gave us thier insights; our valiant reviewers committee (all 24 of you!); the entire organising committee of ISMB 2014 and SCS 2014; the ISCB and ISCB-SC; our dedicated sponsors; and of course you, our attendees!

9th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB/ECCB 2013 in Berlin, Germany

Website The 8th ISCB Student Council Symposium was held in Berlin, Germany on the 19th of July 2013, directly preceding Tutorials' Day of ISMB 2013. The event started with a scientific speed dating session in which participants introduced themselves and their science to a new person every two minutes. The traditional scientific component of the meeting consisted of three sessions, each with a keynote talk and several student presentations. In the evening, everybody got the opportunity to present their work during the poster session. SCS2013's keynote lectures were kindly delivered by Dr. Alex Bateman (EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute), Dr. Satoru Miyano (Institute of Medical Science of the University of Tokyo), and Dr. Gonçalo Abecasis (University of Michigan). Furthermore, Dr Cheng Soon Ong gave short presentations about career opportunities NICTA. SCS2013 had over 97 submissions, from which 10 oral presentations and around 50 posters were selected. In the end we had 79 attendees from over 25 countries.

8th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB 2012 in California, USA

Website The 8th ISCB Student Council Symposium was held in California, USA om the 13th of July 2012, directly preceding Tutorials' Day of ISMB 2012. The event started with a scientific speed dating session in which participants introduced themselves and their science to a new person every two minutes. The traditional scientific component of the meeting consisted of three sessions, each with a keynote talk and several student presentations. In the evening, everybody got the opportunity to present their work during the poster session. SCS2012's keynote lectures were kindly delivered by Dr. Robin Dowell (University of Colorado at Boulder), Dr. Matthew Hibbs (University of Maine at The Jackson Laboratory), and Dr. Jonathan Eisen (University of California, Davis). Furthermore, three institutional partners gave short presentations about career opportunities at their respective institute:NICTA, EBI and EMBO. The SCS2012 symposium received 103 submissions from students. These submissions were peer-reviewed by 56 independent reviewers. Ten abstracts were selected for oral presentation and approximately 50 additional abstracts were accepted for poster presentations. Highlights from 8th ISCB Student Council Symposium were published as a special issue in BMC Bioinformatics.

7th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB/ECCB 2011 in Vienna, Austria

Website The 7th ISCB Student Council Symposium was held in Vienna on July 15th 2011, directly preceding the tutorials' day of ISMB/ECCB 2011. The event was extremely successfull, with over 85 delegates attending, enjoying a selection of excellent student presentations and keynote lectures. The day opened with a "scientific speed date", allowing the students to introduce themselves before the lectures started, and closed with a rich poster session. During the day 10 selected students gave presentations about their research, covering a wide range of topics and giving very different perspectives. We were honored to host the keynotes Chad Myers (University of Minnesota), Ivet Bahar (University of Pittsburgh) and Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard School of Public Health) that gave three excellent and inspiring lectures. Three students taking part in the Student Council Internship Program gave a snapshot of their experience. The Student Council Symposium committee was able to provide 12 travel fellowships in order to support students participating in the event. Highlights from 7th ISCB Student Council Symposium were published as a special issue in BMC Bioinformatics and a snapshot of the event is rendered in this short video.

6th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB 2010 in Boston, USA

WebsiteThe 6th ISCB Student Council Symposium (SCS6) was a good opportunity for students to meet their peers from all over the world for an exchange of ideas and networking. Exciting new research results were presented by 12 student authors who submitted outstanding work to the symposium. More than 30 young researchers volunteered to review 94 abstracts. A wide range of research areas was covered and the poster session also offered exciting science in various domains. In addition, we were honored to have Gary Bader (University of Toronto), David Altshuler (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard) and Larry Hunter (University of Colorado) as keynote speakers.To support the symposium delegates, the Student Council provided no less than 18 travel fellowships, including four full fellowships of 2,500 USD each for students from developing countries. SCS6 also introduced a Scientific Speed Dating session to start the day in an informal and friendly way, which was a great success! Watch the video here!

5th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB/ECCB 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden

WebsiteCommemorating its 5th anniversary, the ISCB Student Council Symposium (SCS5) was a great success. We are proud to have significantly impacted the student computational biology community by providing young researchers an international platform to present their findings. A total of eight oral presentations by students were selected on the basis of the outstanding quality of their submitted abstracts. More than 120 delegates registered for the June 27th SCS5 in Stockholm. The organizing committee went to great lengths to secure funds and was able to provide nine travel fellowships for students. An impressive array of invited speakers included keynote addresses by this years ISCB Overton Prize awardee Trey Ideker, as well as Michal Linial and Peer Bork. We introduced a new section in SCS5 where Wolfgang Huber prepared a tutorial on a specific application of R/Bioconductor package. The event also involved a panel discussion on Bioinformatics in the era of personal genomics, a poster session and reception. With more than 40 reviewers, over 100 abstracts and 50 travel fellowship applications were reviewed. A short video about SCS5.

4th ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB 2008 in Toronto, Canada

Website Now in its 4th year the ISCB Student Council Symposium has again made an impact in the Computational Biology community. Around 100 student delegates attended the event in Toronto on July 18th where ISCB President Burkhard Rost (Columbia University), Mark Gerstein (Yale University) and Timothy Hughes (University of Toronto) delivered the keynote addresses. The students also listened to presentations by nine of their peers, who had been selected based on the outstanding quality of their submitted abstracts. The program was complemented by a panel discussion on “Career paths in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics” followed by a poster session and reception. Conference chairs Lucia Peixoto and Amr Abuzeid and their team had raised almost $17,500 from sponsors, which allowed the Student Council to support seven outstanding students with travel fellowships worth $1,000 each. More than 40 applications for these travel fellowships had been submitted. The program committee led by Sarath Chandra Janga reviewed a total of 75 submissions for the symposium. The organizers were very pleased with the quality of the submitted abstracts, which has been increasing consistently over the last few years. Selected outstanding abstracts from the symposium were published in a BMC Bioinformatics supplement.

3rd ISCB Student Council Symposium at ISMB/ECCB 2007 in Vienna, Austria

Website Several distinguished scientists were invited to the symposium, including Janet Thornton (European Bioinformatics Institute) who presented the opening keynote on "Comparative Functional Genomics of Ageing" and Anna Tramontano (University of Rome, La Sapienza) who gave a keynote lecture on the "Advances and Pitfalls of Structural Bioinformatics". ISCB Vice President Reinhard Schneider (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) delivered the closing remarks. For students and young scientists it is crucial to be aware of the directions in which the field is moving to make the right career decisions. The symposium addressed this challenge by providing two different perspectives on bioinformatics: During two presentation sessions and a poster session student delegates were given the opportunity to learn about the latest research of their peers. Another, more comprehensive, view on the development of the field was provided through aforementioned keynote lectures and a panel discussion on "The Future of Bioinformatics" moderated by Thomas Lengauer (Max Planck Institute for Informatics). Several accomplished senior scientists were on the panel, namely Rita Casadio (University of Bologna), Tan Tin Wee (National University of Singapore), Janet Thornton (European Bioinformatics Institute) and Anna Tramontano (University of Rome, La Sapienza). The discussion was highly interactive, providing delegates with the opportunity to actively contribute and to ask questions. In addition, attendees were able to learn first-hand about personal experiences of some of the scientists that have shaped the field of computational biology.

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

Website The success of the symposium in 2005 encouraged the leadership of the ISCB Student Council to organize a very similar 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.

1st 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.


European Student Council Symposia

4th ISCB European Student Council Symposium at ECCB 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands

Website The 4th European Student Council Symposium took place on 3rd Sept 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. We were honoured to welcome 60 participants from 16 different countries, of which four received Travel Fellowships. Simulating keynote talks were given by Kris Laukens, Roeland Merks and Núria Lopez-Bigas. Additional, 12 students gave oral presentations during the symposium and 36 students presented their work during the poster session. The best talks and posters were awarded, chosen by all participants. After a very successful symposium we continued networking during the evening social event. We would like to thank everyone who made this symposium happen including our sponsors, keynotes, organising committee and all the participants.

3rd ISCB European Student Council Symposium at ECCB 2014 in Strasburg, France

Website The 3rd ESCS took place in Strasbourg, France on September 6th in conjunction with the 13th ECCB conference. Overall, almost 30 delegates from 13 different countries attended the symposium, of which four received Travel Fellowships, thanks to the support from our sponsors. The keynotes were delivered by Dr. Lennart Martens, Dr. Jeroen de Ridder and Dr. Lars Juhl Jensen. The program also included eight contributed student presentations, a lively poster session, and an evening social event. For the first time in an event organized by the SC, the five delegates with the best posters were given the opportunity to present their work in a flash presentation.

2nd ISCB European Student Council Symposium at ECCB 2012 in Basel, Switzerland

Website The second European Student Council Symposium was held on Saturday, September 8th in the Singapore Room of the Congress Center, during one of the Tutorials/Workshop Days of ECCB 2012 in Basel, Switzerland.

1st ISCB European Student Council Symposium at ECCB 2010 in Ghent, Belgium

Website The 1st ISCB European Student Council Symposium (ESCS1) was a chance for students to meet up in Europe for an exchange of ideas and networking. Four student authors who submitted outstanding abstracts were able to present their work to the symposium. Many young researchers volunteered to review highly quality abstracts submitted by students from all over the world. A wide range of research areas were covered in both the presentations and the poster session. In addition, we were honored to have Yves Van de Peer (VIB and University of Ghent, Belgium) as a keynote speaker.To support the symposium delegates, the Student Council provided several travel fellowships. ESCS1 also a tutorial on Presenting Science using the theatre approach, by Gijs Meeusen.


Latin America Student Council Symposia

1st ISCB Latin America Student Council Symposium at ISMB-LA 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Website  The inaugural Latin American Student Council Symposium (LA-SCS) was held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on October 27th, directly preceding the 3rd ISCB-Latin America. The event gathered together 48 delegates from 7 countries from which we were able to give 3 travel fellowships thanks to our sponsors. The event counted with the presence of Prof. Peter F. Stadler (Germany), Prof. Francisco Melo (Chile) and Prof. Vitor Leite (Brazil) as keynotes. From the student part, 7 students delivered flash presentations and 38 posters were exhibited during the poster sessions and coffee breaks. We organized two social events to encourage people interaction and the emergence of new RSGs in the near future; the first one was held right after the LA-SCS and the second one after the Open Business Meeting at ISCB-LA where we announced the winners for the best two flash presentations and the best poster prizes, that were sponsored by Nucleic Acids Research.


African Student Council Symposia

1st ISCB-RSGs African Student Symposium at ISCB Africa  in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Website  The ISCB Student Council Symposium-Africa (SCS-Africa) in its first edition, was organized on the marge of the ISCB/ASBCB Bioinformatics Conference 2015. The symposium aimed to gather young students and researchers from around the African continent, in the goal to share their research work and interest as well as networking at a students level. The symposium opening session started with a wonderful lecture from our keynote speaker Manuel Corpas TGAC Norwich UK on developing next-generation computational biologist in Africa through RSGs. The symposium gathered 24 young students and researchers from 4 corners of the continent and gave 7 of them the chance to present their research. The symposium was a platform for a training session on cloud computing for computational biology given by Yassine Souilmi ISCB Student Council vice-chair for Africa. The symposium was concluded by a networking and social event supported by Oxford University Press, where the best oral presentation award (through attendees votes) was attributed to Mohamed Alibi from the Pasteur Institut of Tunis for his presentation on "Globus deployment as transfert solution for the H3Abionet Nodes”.

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