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Are you working with non-model organisms?

  • Tired of fellow bioinformaticians cheerfully aligning their reads to the umpteenth draft of a reference genome before lunchtime?
  • Faced by masses of diverse data with hardly any structure to prop it up?
  • Sick of reminding folks that the genome you are studying is an autodecaploid, two orders of magnitude larger than Homo sapiens motley assortment of DNA?

Well, help is at hand!

Actually, no.

But at least the folks at TGAC and Bioplatforms want to find out more about the ordeal confronting you.

Click here to answer a short (10 minute) survey...


You too can post to!

We're fairly sure Lord Kitchener would want you to post to tooAs part of the evolution of the Australian Bioinformatics Network, I am encouraging others to do what Tony Papenfuss, Liam Elbourne and one or two others have done:!

Yes! Any registered member of can post jobs, events, articles, what have you.

And the more who do, the more benefit we can deliver via this online platform.

We've already provided some instructions on how to do this.

For those of you who prefer a walk-though, here's how...






This is what 110 people said about ABiC

Bring on the pie charts!!! Arrrgh!Many thanks to those who shared thoughts and ideas about ABiC 2014 and beyond.

Results are in and you can read them in summary by clicking here, or why not analyse them yourself with this raw data?

Congratulations to Nathan Watson-Haigh, Nicholas Blackburn and Monther Alhamdoosh winners of the survey's amazing prizes (ABN T-shirts... yeah, stay calm folks).

Onwards to 2015!


The Australian Bioinformatics Network evolves...

Another great moment in evolutionOne of the hallmarks of robust biological networks is their ability to absorb and adapt to change, ideally becoming even more successful in the process.

Discussions are underway to do just that with The Australian Bioinformatics Network as its Director, Dr David Lovell steps down to accept a new role as Professor and Head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queensland University of Technology.

This coincides with the establishment of the Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS), so the discussions are now underway between the ABN’s funding partners (CSIRO, EMBL Australia and Bioplatforms Australia) and ABACBS about building on the ABN’s achievements and infrastructure under the stewardship of the Society.

Over the past two-and-a-half years, The Australian Bioinformatics Network has grown steadily, with over 700 members registered at, the “information hub” established to support Australian bioinformatics communities.

The ABN has supported and encouraged leaders and members of Australian bioinformatics communities through funding and communication for events including the Sydney Bioinformatics Research Symposia, Bob Kuhn’s UCSC Browser Roadshows, and the recent (and well received) Australian Bioinformatics Conference.

The ABN has been instrumental in the establishment of ABACBS and for the Network now to become part of this professional Society is a very natural and desirable evolution indeed.

David looks forward to participating in and contributing to the Australian Bioinformatics Community in his new role.


ABiC 2014 and beyond... survey closes today

Just a quick note to say that you have until midnight tonight to shape the future of Australian bioinformatics (for today anyhow).

How can you shape the future of Australian bioinformatics?

Good question! Keep working hard for science. Be kind to each other. Maintain a healthy lifestyle... that sort of thing, I guess.

As for shaping the future of Australian bioinformatics conferences, you can do that by sharing your thoughts via this link.

The survey asks questions about ABiC 2014 (in a way we hope will capture views of participants and non-participants) and also solicits your ideas and preferences for an ABiC-style event next year.

Please help build and strengthen Australian bioinformatics by sharing your thoughts!