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Affiliated Regional Groups & Collaborations
The student council seeks ties with local organisations related to Computational Biology, in order to exchange information about events and opportunities for students.
Call for Collaboration
It is being recognised that to become a world leading scientist, having a good record of publications is just not enough. Increasingly, having a network of contacts is playing a major role in the process of developing a successful scientific career. One consequence of this is the proliferation of scientific societies, representing a meeting point for ambitious young scientists, looking for a broader network of contacts and opportunities.
The ISCB Student Council is the student organisation of the International Society for Computational Biology. ISCB is the major global organisation for computational biologists which for example organises the largest conference in computational biology, ISMB, on a yearly basis.
The Student Council has been created in 2004, to organise events for students and young researchers. It also represents the students voice on the board of directors for ISCB. Some highlights of previous events include talks on "How to write a paper", "A career in Bioinformatics" and discussion sessions with senior scientists on ISMB 2005. The Student Council organised the first International Student Symposium in Computational Biology, on ECCB 2005. We also organise events which encourages interactions between students and future employers (see http://www.iscbsc.org/business/brcplans.htm).
We have noticed that students are especially keen to organise events at a local level. In order to create more such opportunities the Student Council is currently setting up a framework to encourage interactions between students, companies and academia. We can aid the organisation of regional events by providing information, advertisement, reviewers, and contacts with senior academics and businesses.
The student council also seeks ties with related organisations, in order to exchange information about events and opportunities for students. We have a regular newsletter to inform our members of current events, representation on the major conferences in Computational biology (ISMB, ECCB,RECOMB) and a website (http://www.iscbsc.org/) to inform students.
In the longer run we also seek to combine efforts on matching students with employers and organisation of conferences. Sharing expertise on web technology, teleconferencing and business relations could also prove to be a valuable for both parties. To start, we would like to increase awareness of each others organisations, events and opportunities for students through means of representation on conferences, advertisement in new letters and links on websites.
Constitution of Regional Student Group (RSG)
Regional Student Groups will have several positions of leadership. Initially we propose to have a President and a Secretary:
terms and regulations. Money paid however, is not refundable, as stated in point 5. The SC Regional Student Group Subcommittee (see Student Council Terms) would make recommendations to the Faculty Sponsor on whether the RSG should be allowed to continue to operate. The RSG would be able to operate only with the continued support of the Faculty Sponsor.
Expectations of support from ISCB-SC to the newly setup RSG:
1. A representative position in the SC leadership board. 2. Access to SC web space within the SC infrastructure. 3. A platform to facilitate practicing newly acquired organizational and soft skills in an environment that motivates and challenges people to get to their next desired level of scientific accomplishment. This includes: a. A start-up kit which contains guidelines for formation and conductance of RSG. This package shall include application procedures, budgeting guidelines and other rules of conduct. b. Sharing of protocols and expertise for hosting events ("ISCB Student Council Regional Meeting", etc.). c. Access to the existing database containing contact information for companies of interest. d. Support for holding local events, through marketing and “know how”. e. Acknowledgement of the RSG on ISCB and ISCB-SC web sites.
Interested Groups who are racing to be first to set up an RSG in their area of interest are:
• Rocky Mountain area – USA • Singapore • Research Triangle, NC • Fortaleza, Brazil • London, Oxford, Cambridge • Montgomery County Area, Washington DC (BioMeet) • Canadian Bioinformatics Group • JSBi (The Japanese Society for Bioinformatics )
An RSG in Singapore has the potential to become the leading RSG, pioneering itself as the first one established world-wide.
Some of the relevant resources developed by the Student Council in recent times are as follows:
ISCB Student Council recent Activities • 2nd ISCB Student Council Symposium (SCS2) at ISMB 2006, Fortaleza, Brazil. http://iscbsc.org/scs2.htm featuring keynote lectures, oral presentations and a poster session, awards, Surveys, Social Events for under-graduate, graduate students and Post- docs. It provided a unique opportunity to meet fellow students and researchers for networking and exchange of ideas. PLoS has agreed to post two of the best presentations to submit for their PLoS track of ISMB. SCS3 is being planned for next year in Vienna. BMC Bioinformatics was very pleased with the response in SCS2 and has doubled its sponsorship award for next year. • BioSysBio 2007, Manchester, UK http://biosysbio.com/ is the next major event and will gather some of the world leading authorities in Systems Biology and the nascent field of Synthetic Biology. • Biomeet initiative o As part of the biomeet initiative, BioMeet, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA was successfully carried out to bring the members of both universities and industry together for network and scientific discovery. http://iscbsc.org/business/BioMeetRTP2006/ o Biomeets are optimal for conveying Bioinformatic aims to business, academic, and governmental institutions and having collaboration between academia and industry. The aim is to "think globally, acting locally". • After the success of SCS2, ISCB-SC had been invited to conduct a Poster session in InCoB, India, Dec. 2006 • For more information on our activities present and future please refer to