Student Council Symposium 2014

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 9, 2014

Symposium Submission

May 9, 2014

Symposium Submission
Closes -- extended

May 16, 2014

Symposium Submission
Acceptance Notifications

May 23, 2014

Student Council Travel
Fellowship Deadline

May 30, 2014

Late Poster
Submission Deadline

June 3, 2014

Late Poster
Acceptance Notification

June 4, 2014

Travel Fellowship
Acceptance Notifications

July 11, 2014

Student Council Symposium

Thank you!

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!

We plan to publish the proceedings from this symposium in BMC Bioinformatics soon. So stay tuned!


Extended abstract submission deadline - May 9th

We are pleased to announce that the call is now open for the submission of abstracts to the 10th ISCB Student Council Symposium, to be held on the 11 of July 2014 in Boston, USA, as a satellite meeting of the International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB).

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 of young scientists, build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

We encourage you to submit an abstract to showcase your work at the Symposium’s poster session. As the central part of our symposium, 10 abstracts will be selected for an oral presentation. Awards will be given to outstanding posters and presentations. Travel fellowships will be available and candidates with accepted abstracts will be invited to apply.

Important Dates:
May 9, 2014: Abstract submission deadline
May 16, 2014: Acceptance notifications
May 23, 2014: Travel fellowship deadline
June 4, 2014: Travel fellowship acceptance notification
July 11, 2014: Student Council Symposium

Submit your work at .

For updates and news, keep an eye on symposium website .

We look forward to receiving your abstract.


Second Keynote Announced

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ashlee Earl is the second keynote for SCS2014! Dr. Earl is a Research Scientist and Group Leader of Bacterial Genomics at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard.  She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Louisiana State University and postdoctoral training from Harvard Medical School with Dr. Roberto Kolter.  Having combined genomics and experimental data throughout her studies of bacterial evolution and physiology, Dr. Earl joined the Broad Institute to more directly apply genomics to the improvement of human health.  

At Broad, Dr. Earl has led development and analytical efforts for a portfolio of large, collaborative bacterial genomics projects associated with the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), and the NIAID-funded Genome Sequencing Center for Infectious Disease (GSCID).  She chaired the Single Cell and Reference Genome Working Groups for the HMP, and led the comparative analysis and publication that established priorities for selecting the "most wanted bacteria" from the human body for sequencing.  For GSCID, Dr. Earl oversees more than a dozen projects that involve methods development, sequencing, and analysis of over 10,000 bacterial isolates. These projects include the EnteroGenome Project, to understand the emergence of multiple drug resistance within enterococci by sequencing and analyzing 400 commensal and hospital-adapted strains, and the Tuberculosis Antibiotic Resistance Catalog Project, to describe the genetics of drug resistance from sequencing and analyzing over 2,000 globally-acquired strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  Dr. Earl, together with her team of computational scientists, anticipate that these analyses will lead to major advances in health. 


First keynote speaker confirmed

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Bartel is the first confirmed keynote for our symposium! Dr Bartel is a Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Member of the Whitehead Institute, Molecular Biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He received his Ph.D.  Virology from Harvard University working with Dr Jack Szostak. Dr. Bartel's research focuses non-coding RNA using evolutionary/computational analyses, high-throughput molecular measurements, detailed biochemical analyses, and phenotypic analyses Learn more about Dr. Bartel here.