Bifx India Virtual Conference 2010
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February 12-13, 2010
- First announcement and CfP:
Saturday, October 1, 2009. Announced
- Conference dates: February 12 and 13, 2010
Registration starts October 25, 2009. *CLOSED*
- Registration deadline:
Late Registrations until February 5, 2010!*CLOSED*
- Deadline for applications for virtual hubs:
Monday, December 20, 2009. Extended until January 31, 2010*CLOSED*
- Final Program: Announced on February 6, 2010
The Bifx India Virtual Conference 2010 (Bifx10), which is the first of its kind in India, is organized by Bioclues.org, supported by the Bioinformatics Organization and Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet), regional affiliate of International Society for Computational Biology. The dates for the conference are the 12th and 13th of February 2010, which fall on a Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Research in the fields of bioinformatics and systems biology has gained momentum within the Indian subcontinent over the last few years. And now, having brought the first "Virtual Conference on Bioinformatics" to the continent of Africa with Bifx09, Bioinformatics.Org announces the first of its kind in India.
The virtual conference organizers hope this opportunity will not only foster virtual interactions and collaborations among students and practitioners but will also allow students to listen to scientists within and across India, who are among the top researchers in the world in bioinformatics and computational biology.
Bioinformatics Organization (Bioinformatics.Org) has over 25,000 members and currently hosts over 400 projects that are related to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The Organization also offers online interactive tutorials on several relevant topics. The tradition of virtual conferences at Bioinformatics.Org dates back to Bioinformatics to Systems Biology 2007 (BSB07).
The most recent conferences Bifx09, Bioinformatics to Systems Biology 2008 (BSB08) ignited a spark in the audience across the world through four keynote talks as well as other virtual presentations and posters. The conference brought together over 140 attendees both directly and indirectly across the globe.
Bioclues.org was founded in 2005 and currently has over 1200 members across 34 countries, mostly from India. In September 2008, Bioclues.org was recognized by Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network, APBionet.org. Bioclues.org organized several courses on site and virtually, besides starting virtual classroom and e-mentoring to the student community. Bioclues.org has successfully finished three virtual projects, while a couple more projects are under continual development.
(Based on alphabetical order of the surnames)
- Dr. Anshu Bharadwaj, IGIB, New Delhi:
- Dr. Søren Brunak, CBS, Denmark Technical University:
- Dr. Thomas Knudsen,National Center for Computational Toxicology, EPA, United States.
- Dr. Andrew Lynn,JNU, New Delhi.
- Dr. GPS Raghava IMTECH, Chandigarh, India:
- Dr. Shoba Ranganathan, Macquaire University, Australia
- Dr. David Reif, National Center for Computational Toxicology, EPA, United States.
- Dr. Russel Thomas, The Hamner Institute, United States
- Dr. Chandra Verma, A-Star, Singapore Cancelled
- Dr.Tin Wee Tan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
- Please click here to find the book of abstracts
- Please click here to find the registrants
- Program subjected to change
(All times Indian Standard Time (IST); please check the World Clock)
- 09:30-10:30 - Keynote 1: Dr. GPS Raghava IMTECH, Chandigarh, India: Protein secondary structure prediction
- 10:40-11:00 - Coffee break with virtual networking
- 11:00-11:40 - Dr.Tin Wee Tan and Asif M Khan, National University of Singapore, Singapore: Sequence diversity in emerging infectious agents: Case study on West Nile Virus
- 11:50-12:10 - Dr. Chandra Verma, A-Star, Singapore: Protein Flexibility and interactions with peptides/small molecules Cancelled
- 12:10-13:10 - Lunch Break with virtual networking
- 13:10-14:00 - Dr. Shoba Ranganathan, Macquaire University, Australia: The Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet)
- 14:00-14:20 - Presentation on Bioinformatics.org by J.W. Bizzaro
- 14:20-15:10 - Dr. Thomas Knudsen,National Center for Computational Toxicology, EPA, United States. Virtual Embryo: HTS data to multicellular models
- 15:10-15:20 - Coffee break with virtual networking
- 15:20-16:00 – Dr. Russel Thomas, The Hamner Institute, United States. Genomics to Predict the Tumorigenic Potential of Chemicals.
- 16:00-16:50 – Dr. David Reif, National Center for Computational Toxicology, EPA, United States. A computational framework for the profiling and prioritization of environmental chemicals
- 16:50-17:40 - Keynote 2: Dr. Søren Brunak, CBS, Denmark Technical University: A large-scale analysis of tissue-specific pathology and gene expression of human disease genes and complexes
- 17:40 - Adieu for the day
- 09:00-09:10 - Recap of Day 1
- 09:15-10:30 - Dr. Anshu Bharadwaj, IGIB, New Delhi: Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD)- An Open Collaborative Drug Discovery Model for Tuberculosis
- 10:45-12:30 - Virtual posters with Break. *Please click here to find the book of abstracts
- 12:30-13:30 - Group Discussion on Bioinformatics to Systems Biology in India: Grand Challenges; Emphasis on how of improving bioinformatics skills to match expectations of international community.' Moderator: Dr. Andrew Lynn
- 13:30-14:00 - Closing remarks : Vote of thanks, conference wrap-up and adieu! by Dr. Tiratha Raj Singh
The virtual conference will consist of a single track virtual posters displayed online. We strongly encourage bioclues.org members, various student clubs, young investigators as well as research faculties to submit an abstract on their current work. The Program Committee will choose selected abstracts for virtual poster drive.
- Please submit your abstracts to core<at>bioclues<dot>org *CLOSED*
Registrants from India
- For students: 500 INR has to be deposited in State Bank of India Account # 31020123586, BIOCLUES, Jhalwa Branch Code: 10891 clearly mentioning your name along with your e mail to edu<at>@bioinformatics<dot>org CCing core<at>bioclues<dot>org
- For hubs: Please e mail aforementioned address
Registrants other than India
- $30 USD commercial & government
- $20 USD non-profit & students in developed countries
- $10 USD non-profit & students in developing countries
- Online (register with the Bioinformatics.Org educational website)
- Mail-in form (for all payments)
- $200 USD per HUB with 20 participants or less
- $300 USD per HUB with approximately 30 participants.
Please direct payment questions to edu<at>@bioinformatics<dot>org CCing core<at>bioclues<dot>org
The application for the hub should include the following details:
- Your names
- Level of education
- Research interest(s)
- Two paragraphs explaining why you would like to participate in Bifx10
The conference will be held virtually with Bioinformatics Organization as the host. Bioclues.org will identify several hubs within the sub-continent that will avail the conference to participants. The major requirement for a hub is uninterrupted internet, conferencing facilities and a room to host several conference participants. The following HUBs will participate in the virtual conference;
- South African National Bioinformatics Institute(SANBI), Belville, South Africa
- Faculty of Science & Technology, ICFAI University, Dehradun,India
- Bioinformatics Division, IIIT, Allahabad, India
- School of Biotechnology, Jammu University, India
- CompBio Discussion's Group, Vellore Institute of Technology, India
One of the objectives of Bifx10 is to provide aspiring Scientists especially from the developing world,an opportunity to publish in leading journals. High quality articles will be recommended to the peer reviewed journals including Bioinformation Journal.
Logistics: Presenter & hub connection
- 1. You will need a computer with Windows or Mac OSX.
- 2. You will need a fast Internet connection using an Ethernet cable. IMPORTANT: Do not use wireless, since it will cause your connection to drop.
- 3. You will need a headphone/microphone combination and a webcam with 320x240 or 640x480 resolution. A microphone with a foam windscreen is strongly recommended. Test that these work at least a day before the event/course.
- 4. Set your computer's screen resolution to 1024x768.
- 5. Increase the font size on any applications that you will be showing. (This should also be a consideration when making slides.)
- 6. Log in as guest to the URL provided (TBA). (If your computer is behind a firewall or the port is blocked, try changing the "connection type" to use "Port 80".) A host from Bioinformatics.Org will moderate.
If you cannot connect or communicate with the host online, call the technical staff via Skype number (TBA).
- 7. Make sure your cell phone is silenced.
- 8. Make sure your computer isn't playing audio on speakers or capturing/recording desktop sounds (“stereo mix”). Your microphone should be your only capture/recording device.
- 9. Make sure your microphone is positioned below your chin, if using a headset. This will help prevent audio “popping” from your breath.
- 10. When you are ready to begin, click on the “Lock” button in the upper-left frame. The volume should always be less than maximum.
- 11. Click on the “ShowMyDesktop” button in the lower-left frame. If you do not see this button or you see “Install ShowMyDesktop”, call the technical staff via Skype number (TBA).
- 12. Click on the green “Start” button (show the entire desktop).
- 13. Anything you now see on your desktop (such as a slide show) will be seen by the attendees.
IMPORTANT: Host and guest messages in the chat box will be indicated by an audio chime. If you hear that, please look at the chat box.
- 14. When finished, click on the red “Stop” button.
Additional information for hubs
One person should be in-charge to communicate during conference on behalf of the hub.
The webcam should be placed such that the audience are captured.
A projector will be needed to project the conference proceedings on a wall visible to all participants.
A public address system will be needed with audible enough speakers - connected to the computer to project sound to the audience.
For hubs with presenters: the presenter should be in a different location from the audience to prevent problems with audio feedback. This is the simplest approach. Otherwise, you may need to turn off the public address speakers during the presentation. You will at least need a separate computer for the presenter.
Additional information for presenters
Please liaise with Jeff (edu<at>bioinformatics<dot>org) so that he can assist you pre-record your presentations before the main Bifx10 conference.
He will firstly give you a tour of the Megameeting software to be used for the same, before the actual recording to be done on the Bioinformatics.Org servers.
NB: The recorded presentations will be available after the main conference to anyone in the world who will not have been able to attend the main event and will also act as a backup in case you the presenter experiences any technical problems on the conference day.
- Student Club invitations
- Arun Gupta
- Chirag Matkar