Earlier this year, I wrote about science conferences that I wanted to attend in 2010. Unfortunately, my plans changed and I left academia for a job in industry. Now, my focus is broader than just neurobiology and cancer, and I need to consider meetings that concentrate on biomarkers, computational biology, bioinformatics, systems biology and/or genomics/proteomics. Thus, it’s time to compile a new list of scientific meetings.
Even though it’s only September, 2011 will be here before we know it. Since abstracts are usually due several months before a conference, I need to decide which ones I’m going to attend so that I can submit an abstract and prepare a poster on my research. Indeed, one of my reasons for attending a science meeting is to meet people and share with them what I’m working on. From a business perspective, my attendance also helps to market the services offered at Covance’s Biomarker Center of Excellence (COE) as I’m the Biomarker COE’s Computational Biologist.
As I discussed in my January post, my conference goals are to (i) stay abreast of what’s hot in the field, (ii) network and make contacts, (iii) learn about new approaches for data analysis and integration and/or (iv) learn about new findings and approaches in biomarkers.
If you’re reading this and have an opinion — either positive or negative — on any of the conferences I’ve listed below, please let me know. I’m only planning on attending three or four conferences next year, so your feedback would be appreciated. Also, if I’ve missed a conference that you think is valuable and is focused on computational biology and/or bioinformatics (know what the difference is?), systems biology or genomics/proteomics, please let me know.
- RECOMB 2011, the 15th Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology
March 28 – 31, 2011; Vancouver, BC
- ICSB: International Conference on Systems Biology
8th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference
December 9 – 11, 2010; Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado
Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference 2011
May 2 – 4, 2011; Athens, Ohio
- 19th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology & 10th European Conference on Computational Biology
July 15 – 19, 2011; Vienna, Austria
- Bio-IT World Conference & Expo
April 12 – 14, 2011; Boston, Massechucets
- Wellcome Trust Conference: The Genomics of Common Diseases 2011
July 20 – 23, 2011; Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
- FGED: International Meeting of the Functional Genomics Data Society
Not yet scheduled (link is to the MGED meeting schedule)
- Genome Informatics (CSHL)
November 1 – 5, 2011; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York
- BioSysBio Conference
Not yet scheduled (link is to the BioSysBio homepage)
- Systems Biology: Networks (CSHL)
March 22 – 26, 2011; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York
January 13 – 15, 2011; Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
- Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB)
January 3 – 7, 2011; Hawaii
- NF Conference
June 11 – 14, 2011; Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- GTCbio Biomarker Discovery and Development Conference
October 20 – 22, 2010; San Francisco, California
In this list, I’ve tried to cover both the major meetings as well as small, focused conferences.
If I’ve missed anything, please let me know!
- Wellcome Trust: Scientific Conferences
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: 2011 Meetings and Conferences
- Cambridge Healthtech Institute: Conferences
Walter Jessen is a digital strategist, writer, web developer and data scientist. You can typically find him behind the screen something with an internet connection.