Student Council Symposium 2016

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

February 1, 2016

Abstract Call Opens

April 22, 2016
May 13, 2016

Abstract Call Closes

May 15, 2016

Abstract Acceptance

May 23, 2016

Student Council Travel
Fellowship Deadline

June 03, 2016

Student Council Travel
Acceptance Notification

May 27, 2016

Late Poster
Submission Deadline

June 6, 2016

Late Poster
Acceptance Notification

July 8, 2016

Student Council Symposium

Exploring career options after a degree in Computational Biology

The Student Council's career central is an initiative to organize events during ISMB dedicated to helping students and Post-Docs with the development of their careers. This year features a panel discussion on career options after a degree in computational biology.

Date, time and place: Sunday July 10th 2016, BoF05, Northern Hemisphere E3/E4, 12:45 PM -1:45 PM (During the conference lunch break)

More information....



The tentative conference program is now available on the symposium website. The full symposium booklet including talk abstracts and information about our two wonderful keynote speakers is available on the ISMB app. Download it now for iOS and Android.

See you in Orlando!


Last chance to submit an abstract to SCS2016!

We have been impressed with the quality and quantity of abstracts submitted to the ISCB Student Council Symposium so far! Still, we'd like to hear from even more computational biologists. Abstract submissions are open for a few more weeks - your research will be considered for an oral presentation if submitted before May 13 and a poster presentation if submitted before the May 27 late poster deadline.
So finish up those simulations, polish up your R plots, write up your results and submit an abstract to SCS2016!


SCS2016 Keynote Speakers: John Quackenbush and Janet Thornton

We have got quite a program planned for you on July 8 of this year! We expect a highlight of everyone's day will be the keynote lectures in the morning and afternoon. Two experts in the fields of cancer systems biology and structural bioinformatics will be talking about their research and experiences as leaders at the forefront of science. You can learn more about John Quackenbush and Janet Thornton below.

John Qucakenbush began his career on the West Coast, earning a bachelor's degree from Caltech and a PhD in theoretical particle physics from UCLA. In 2005, he joined the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) as a professor of biostatistics and computational biology. He is also a professor of biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health. In 2009, Dr. Quackenbush founded the DFCI Center for Cancer Computational Biology and he continues to serve as the director. His current research interests involve using genomic and computational approaches to understand the complex factors that mediate the link between genotype and phenotype in cancer and other diseases. His research group also focuses on publishing tools, protocols and databases that the computational biology community can use to further their research. In 2011, Dr. Quackenbush published The Human Genome: Book of Essential Knowledge, which reviewed the science and implications of the Human Genome Project.

Professor Janet Thornton is group leader at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). She is a leading scientist in the field of structural bioinformatics, and uses computational methods to understand protein structure, function and evolution. She was Director of EMBL-EBI from October 2001 to June 2015, and played a key role in ELIXIR, the pan-European infrastructure for biological data, since its inception. She started her career as PhD student at the UK NIMR before she became post-doc at Oxford. She then held a joint appointment at University College London and the Bernal Chair in the Crystallography Department at Birkbeck College. Professor Thornton is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a member of EMBO and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida this summer!

Bart Cuypers and Ben Siranosian
SCS2016 Chair and Co-chair


Student Council Symposium 2016 Announced

We are happy to officially announce the Student Council Symposium 2016 (SCS2016) on July 8, 2016 at ISMB2016 in Orlando, Florida. The program will be similar to SCS2015 last year - there will an ice-breaking event, 2 keynotes, oral sessions and a poster session. However, to give students even more opportunity to communicate orally about their work, we will also include a session of flash presentations. These fast-paced, 5 minute presentations are designed to redirect interested attendees to your poster and network.

There will also be a social event at a nearby watering hole following the symposium. We feel this is a great way to network and get to know attendees of SCS2016 in a more casual setting, especially if you are staying for the rest of ISMB.

This year, again, we will have a stunningly nice location at the Swan and Dolphin hotel in Disney World. According the ISMB website, ISMB attendees will even get a discount for the park! Unsurprisingly, Orlando is called "The Theme Park Capital of the World" since it contains 5 of the 10 most visited theme parks the world (7/10 in North-America) and 4 of the most visited water parks in the US.

Hereby, we announce the key dates (see left). Abstract submission opens February 1 and closes April 22. We hope you will submit plenty of abstracts for talks and posters, as only you can make this event a success. Please check out this website regularly as more information will become available soon (keynotes, travel fellowships, the program, etc.).

Warm Regards,

Bart Cuypers & Ben Siranosian

SCS2016 Chair and Co-chair