This is to acknowledge and applaud everyone who made the 2014 International Conference on Bioinformatics such a great event last week, including
- the conference organisers APBioNet and Macquarie University
- the sponsors and supporters: NSW Goverment, MQ Biofocus, Business Events Sydney, Australian Bioinformatics Network
- the industry exhibitors: QIAGEN, Millenium Science and AB SCIEX
- the speakers and poster presenters, and
- the delegates who came from far and wide.
A special thank you goes to Shoba Ranganathan for injecting tremendous vision, energy and leadership into the event, and for helping bring it to Sydney this year.
It's always nice to get an award, but to me, this is indeed special because it symbolises APBioNet's support for and appreciation of the ABN's approach, particularly that
"We recognise that there are many Australian Bioinformatics Communities organised around local, regional, national, international and special topics of interest. We want to support and encourage these communities, their leaders and their members."
Consistent with this, the ABN was able to support participation at InCoB by members of COMBINE and The Research Bazaar, two more "communities" whose efforts are helping to build and strengthen bioinformatics in Australia.
Another delight from InCoB 2014 stemmed from The Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network's and the Australian Bioinformatics Network's participation in GOBLET, the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training.
Through that, and thanks to the initiative of Bruno Gaeta and support from Bioplatforms Australia, InCoB delegates got a chance to hear from and interact with Michelle Brazas (bioinformatics.ca) and Vicky Schneider (The Genome Analysis Centre). Michelle and Vicky generated great energy and interest around learning, education and training in bioinformatics.
More will follow on this topic, but for now, I'll leave you with some first impressions from Vicky.
InCoB 2014: We salute you! ...and look forward to next year's meeting in Japan.