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Thursday
Jul312014

Call for Abstracts: Bioinformatics Education and Training breakout at InCoB 2014

New: A special track on Bioinformatics Education!

We are delighted to announce a new track on “Bioinformatics education and training” at InCoB 2014, chaired by Bruno Gaeta and David Lovell.

We are also delighted to invite you to submit abstracts for short oral or “fast-forward” poster presentations at this session using this link to the submission and registration system.

Be quick! The submission deadline is 10 June.

Key Dates for your Diary

10 June     Bioinformatics Education oral and Poster Abstract Submission Deadline
12 June     Author notifications
15 June     Earlybird Registration Deadline
31 July-1 August InCoB 2014 

Invited Speaker

Dr Michelle Brazas (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research) will be speaking as a representative of the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET)

Session Details

This breakout session on bioinformatics education and training is being organised as part of InCoB 2014 to foster networking and exchange of best teaching and learning practice in the region. 

As part of the session, abstracts are solicited for a “fast-forward” poster session collating as many initiatives in bioinformatics training and education in the region as possible. These will be very short talks (2-3 minutes) that will allow attendees to introduce themselves and their educational initiatives, as prelude to group discussion and networking. Depending on the number of submissions, some submissions will also be selected for short talks.

If you are involved in bioinformatics education and training please consider attending and submitting an abstract about your educational initiatives. The session aims to be as inclusive as possible.

The session is sponsored by a Connection Grant from the Australian Bioinformatics Network and Australian presentations will be collated into an online resource providing a snapshot of Australian bioinformatics education and training initiatives.

Session motivation and description:

Learning, education and training are regularly identified in surveys as the top needs of bioinformatics users. The field is fragmented, with many successful endeavours, but lack of communication and networking means that many educators develop their curricula in isolation and often have to reinvent the wheel.

Several professional groups including ISCB and EMBnet have provided forums for communication and exchange of ideas among bioinformatics educators, but their efforts have not had much penetration in the Asia-Pacific region. More recently GOBLET has formed with the specific goal of promoting education and training in computational biology and provide resources and forums for supporting educators in this field.

This session aims to bring together educators and trainers in computational biology for networking and exchange of ideas. It is intended as the first in an ongoing series of networking events with a focus on bioinformatics education and training in the Asia-Pacific region.