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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.