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Conferences and Meetings on Genomics and Bioinformatics

BMTL2017 — Bringing Maths To Life

Dates: 07 Jun 2017 → 09 Jun 2017

Location: Naples, Italy

Abstract: Advances in high-throughput technologies in omics-related fields have changed the approach to the understanding of biological phenomena. The vast amounts of data made available by the -omics revolution is generating torrents of data, often referred to as big data. Dealing with big data in turn calls for generation of techniques, technologies, models, storage infrastructures and collaborative platforms to capture the often unexpected features of complex biological systems. Bringing Maths to Life 2017 will bring together leading scientists in mathematics, biology and computational biology working in different fields to create a scientific platform for data sharing, to learn about big data and -omics novel developments, and to confront ideas and realities through case studies and practical experiences. The workshop, as a mélange of different fields, will consist of selected contributions for open discussion to present and confront the most updated results at the interface of mathematics and biology in three main sessions: 1) Data: Acquisition, Pre-processing and Storage in different omics datasets; 2) Information: Data analysis, Novel -omics technologies, Application of deep learning to different -omics datasets; 3) Knowledge: Integration of different -omics data, System biology of -omics data.

Topics: General Mathematical Research and Multidisciplinary Events, Systems Biology and Computational Biology


Related subject(s): Systems Biology and Computational Biology

VIZBI 2017 — Visualizing Biological Data Conference

Dates: 14 Jun 2017 → 16 Jun 2017

Location: Sydney, Australia

Abstract: VIZBI 2017, the 8th international meeting on Visualizing Biological Data, will be held 14–16 June 2017 at the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by The University of Sydney, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and Destination New South Wales. VIZBI 2017 features keynotes from Daniel Keim, Tamara Munzner, and Drew Berry, in addition to talks from 18 world-leading researchers showcasing visualizations transforming how life scientists view data and driving key advances in molecular biology, systems biology, biomedical science, and ecology. The conference brings together a diverse community, including bioinformaticians, data scientists, computer scientists, and experimentalists, as well as medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists. VIZBI 2017 will be part of Vivid Sydney - a spectacular festival of light, music, and ideas - strong synergies between these events give extra incentive to make the trip to Sydney.

Topics: Visualization, bioinformatics, life sciences, biology, genomes, animation.


Contact: Dr. Sean O'Donoghue / Dr. James Procter; Phone: [+61 2 8005 1015]; Email:

BIOMATH 2017 — International Conference on Mathematical Methods and Models in Biosciences

Dates: 25 Jun 2017 → 30 Jun 2017

Location: Skukuza Camp, Kruger Park, South Africa

Abstract: The conference is devoted to recent research in life sciences based on applications of mathematics as well as mathematics applied to or motivated by biological studies. It is a multidisciplinary meeting forum for researchers who develop and apply mathematical and computational tools to the study of phenomena in the broad fields of biology, ecology, medicine, biotechnology, bioengineering, environmental science, etc. Contributed talks in any of these fields are invited for presentation at the conference. Participants need to submit a one-page abstract indicating clearly the significance of the reported results for the advancement of knowledge in bioscience and/or biotechnology. Abstracts submission deadline: February 28, 2017. Proceeding of the conference will be published in volume 6 (2017) of the journal "BIOMATH" and in a special issue BIOMATH of the Wiley journal "Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences." Papers submission deadline: June 30, 2017.


Related subject(s): Applied Mathematics (in general)

NERC - CGR Metagenomics Course

Dates: 29 Jun 2017 → 30 Jun 2017

Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Abstract: This bioinformatics course is presented by the Centre for Genomic Research and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It primarily focuses on practical computer sessions designed to provide delegates with hands-on experience of the informatics involved in analysing metagenomic and metagenetic datasets. The 16S rRNA gene profiling (metagenetics) and shotgun sequence based metagenomics are now well established and can be utilised to characterise complex populations. The course will provide a 2-day introduction to the conceptual and practical issues involved in analysing such datasets, generated from the Illumina NGS platforms.

Topics: Bioinformatics, Workshop, Metagenomics, Shotgun Sequencing, Metagenetics, Qiime, 16S rRNA.


Related subject(s): Systems Biology and Computational Biology, Molecular Biology.

EMBO | EMBL Symposium: From Single- to Multiomics: Applications and Challenges in Data Integration

Dates: 12 Jul 2017 → 14 Nov 2017

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Abstract: The current speed at which novel high-throughput technologies are developed and large-scale biological data are produced offers tremendous opportunities for enhancing our molecular understanding of biological systems. One of the biggest challenges will be to interpret these large-scale biological “omics” data and to develop computational and statistical approaches to generate a coherent biological model that will enable us to address novel questions about the consequences of genetic and environmental perturbations in complex biological systems.

Topics: proteomics, genomics, metabolomics, structural biology.


Contact: Email:

PBio 2017 — ICA3PP Workshop: PBio 2017 (proceedings published by Springer LNCS) + Special Issue in Journal of Computational Biology (IF: 1.537, Q1)

Dates: 21 Aug 2017 → 23 Aug 2017

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Abstract: We seek original, high-quality research papers, clearly focused on the application of Parallelism to any possible Bioinformatics problem. With regard to the Bioinformatics problems, many different alternatives exist: bioinformatics applied to biomedicine and drug design; biological sequence analysis, comparison and alignment; motif, gene and signal recognition/discovery; molecular evolution; phylogenetics and phylogenomics; determination or prediction of the structure of RNA and protein; DNA twisting and folding; gene expression and gene regulatory networks; deduction of metabolic pathways; microarray design and analysis; proteomics; functional genomics; molecular docking; design of DNA sequences for molecular computing; etc.


Topics: Parallel and distributed algorithms in Bioinformatics, Workload partitioning strategies in Bioinformatics, Memory-efficient algorithms in Bioinformatics, Parallel tools and applications in Bioinformatics, Data-intensive Bioinformatics (including Big Data storage and processing), Multicore computing in Bioinformatics, Multithreaded computing in Bioinformatics, Cluster computing in Bioinformatics, Supercomputing in Bioinformatics, Cloud/Grid/P2P computing in Bioinformatics, Volunteer computing in Bioinformatics, Hardware accelerators (GPUs, FPGAs, etc.) in Bioinformatics, Heterogeneous computing in Bioinformatics, Green computing in Bioinformatics, Mobile computing in Bioinformatics, Emerging parallel programming models in Bioinformatics, Parallel performance evaluation, analysis, and optimization in Bioinformatics, Parallel visualization, modelling, simulation, and exploration in Bioinformatics.

Contact: Miguel A. Vega-Rodriguez; Email:

Related subject(s): Grid-, Distributed- and Parallel Computing, Cloud Computing

GDVI — Genomic Data Visualization and Interpretation

Dates: 11 Sep 2017 → 15 Sep 2017

Location: Berlin, Germany

Abstract: The advent of rapid and relatively cheap massively parallel sequencing has dramatically increased the availability of genome, transcriptome, and epigenome profiling. Analysis workflows and published best practices are also now available to process raw sequence data into alignments, variant calls, expression estimates, etc., in relatively standardized file formats. Interpretation and visualization of these data, often consisting of thousands to billions of data points, and extracting biological meaning remains a serious challenge. In this workshop we will explore a number of best-in-class visualization tools, and provide working examples that demonstrate important principles of ‘omic interpretation strategies.


Topics: R, Bioinformatics.

Contact: Physalia-courses; Phone: [+49 15771084054]; Email:

Related subject(s): Biology

EMBO | EMBL Symposium — The Mobile Genome: Genetic and Physiological Impacts of Transposable Elements

Dates: 11 Oct 2017 → 14 Oct 2017

Location: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Abstract: The meeting will stimulate interdisciplinary discussions on various key topics including the impact of mobile DNA on genome structure and evolution, novel advances in the mechanism of transposition and transposon defense as well as the developmental and physiological roles of transposition.


BIOINFORMATICS 2018 — 9th International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms

Dates: 19 Jan 2018 → 21 Jan 2018

Location: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Abstract: The purpose of the International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of computational systems, algorithmic concepts and information technologies to address challenging problems in Biomedical research with a particular focus on the emerging problems in Bioinformatics and computational biology. There is a tremendous need to explore how mathematical, statistical and computational models can be used to better understand biological processes and systems, while developing new methodologies and tools to analysis the massive currently-available biological data. Areas of interest to this community include systems biology, sequence analysis, biostatistics, image analysis, network and graph models, scientific data management and data mining, machine learning, pattern recognition, computational evolutionary biology, computational genomics and proteomics, and related areas.


Contact: Vera Coelho; Phone: [+351 265 100 033]; Email:

Reference: Conference Service