For some months now, Australian bioinformaticians and computational biologists have been meeting towards re-forming a national professional society.
This hasn't been "secret-bioinformaticians-business"... far from it: the committee is open to all and welcomes participation of anyone with a genuine interest in the science and profession of bioinformatics.
And the purpose of this post is to let you know that we have
- arrived at a workable society name: ABACBS (pron ˈabəkəs)
- figured out that an incorporated association is a good plan (the lawyers agree!)
- drafted rules and an application for association
- drafted a succinct statement of the society's aims and vision.
The aim of this post is to let you know what's going on and encourage you to provide feedback on the aims and vision that have been drafted.
ABACBS: draft aim and vision for your comment
Bioinformatics and computational biology deal with the management, analysis and interpretation of biological information, especially at the molecular level.
The Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS, pron. ˈabəkəs) is focused on the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology in Australia.
ABACBS aims to
- strengthen the science and profession
- encourage and support students
- provide representation and advocacy
- promote interaction and awareness
of bioinformatics and computational biology.
The vision of ABACBS is
- for people to understand why bioinformatics and computational biology are important
- for excellence in the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology
- for good career opportunities in bioinformatics and computational biology.
What do you think?
The idea here is to come up with a vision and aims for a professional society that members want to support
- They have to be specific enough to mean something to all members (i.e., not too vague, not too narrow)
- They have to be within the scope of the society (i.e., relevant to bioinformatics and computational biology)
- They also have to be within realms of possibility for the society (e.g., encouraging bioinformatics students seems possible; sequencing the genomes of all bioinformatics students is probably a little ambitious)