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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.


ABiC 2014: We Salute You!

Q: What are all these people looking at?
A: Australian bioinformatics (quite possibly as presented by a bearded man in shorts)
This is to give a huge thank you to everyone who made the 2014 Australian Bioinformatics Conference an outstanding event on the Australian bioinformatics calendar, including

ABiC 2014 received support from The Australian Bioinformatics Network via one of this year's Connection Grants and I would like to thank Dr. Jovana Maksimovic, Dr. Katrina Bell, Dr. Dieter Bulach, Dr. David Goode, Dr. Alicia Oshlack and Dr. Torsten Seemann for making that pitch to the reviewers.

Just some of the words that survey respondents have already used to describe ABiC 2014Encouraging leaders and members of Australian Bioinformatics Communities

The ABN is about supporting and encouraging the kind of leadership shown by the ABiC 2014 Organisers. The ABN is also keen to help build on what has been started through ABiC and through The Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS, pron.ˈabəkəs) which is focused on the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology in Australia.

With that in mind, we are running a survey that is open not just to those who attended ABiC 2014, but also those who have an interest in an ABiC-style event next year. Already we have had a great response, and this post is to try increase the breadth of input from the community.

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!


A vision for Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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.

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