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11th International Conference on Chemical Structures (ICCS 2018)

The International Conference on Chemical Structures (ICCS) takes place every 3 (4) years in Noordwijkerhout since 1973. It is one of the key conference in Cheminformatics also touching several research fields related to Bioinformatics. The Call for Papers is open (until Feb. 1st 2018), the conference takes place from May 27-31st, 2018.

Supporting Societies: ACS CINF, CSA Trust, CSJ, GDCh CIC, KNCV, RSC, SCS

Metagenomics Analysis with MEGAN6 [Frankfurt, Germany, 17 - 19 October 2017]

In a Nutshell:
- Learn the fundamentals of NGS
- Understand read alignment to a reference database
- Preprocess alignment files for MEGAN6
- Explore results in MEGAN6
- Write small scripts for batch analyses

Scope and Topics:
This introductory workshop provides an intensive training in how to use MEGAN6.

MEGAN6 is a comprehensive toolbox for interactively analyzing microbiome data. It comprises all the interactive tools you need for your metagenomics analysis.

Taxonomic analysis using the NCBI taxonomy or a customized taxonomy such as SILVA
Functional analysis using InterPro2GO, SEED, eggNOG or KEGG
Bar charts, word clouds, Voronoi tree maps and many other charts
PCoA, clustering and networks
Supports metadata
MEGAN6 parses many different types of input

All participants will learn how to use both the Community and Ultimate Editions of MEGAN6. For the latter, everyone will get a free 30 day license key.


Der Fachgruppenbeirat lädt herzlich zur nächsten Mitgliederversammlung und zur Wahl des Beirats der Fachgruppe Bioinformatik (FaBI) ein. Sie wird am 20. September 2017 während der GCB 2017 ( in Tübingen stattfinden.

Ort: Hörsaal N6, Hörsaalzentrum der Universität Tübingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 16, 72076 Tübingen

Beginn: 17:00 Uhr

Ende:   19:00 Uhr

Auf der Tagesordnung der öffentlichen Sitzung stehen folgende Punkte:

  • Verleihung des Dissertationspreises
  • Kurzer Bericht des Beirats
  • die GCB 2018 und Folgejahre
  • Wahl des Beirats 2017 - 2020

RNA-Seq Data Analysis Workshop [9 - 12 October 2017, Leipzig]

In a Nutshell:
- Learn the essential computing skills for NGS bioinformatics
- Understand NGS analysis algorithms (e.g. read alignment) and data formats
- Use bioinformatics tools for handling RNA-Seq data
- Compare different approaches for differential expression analysis
Scope and Topics:

The purpose of this workshop is to get a deeper understanding in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) with a special focus on bioinformatics issues. Advantages and disadvantages of current sequencing technologies and their implications on data analysis will be discovered. You will be trained on understanding NGS data formats and handling potential problems/errors therein.

All workshop attendees will be enabled to perform important first tasks of NGS data analysis themselves. The course layout has been adapted to the needs of beginners in the field of NGS bioinformatics and allows scientists with no or little background in computer science to get a first hands-on experience in this new and fast evolving research topic.


de.NBI Summer School on Cloud Computing for Bioinformatics at JLU Giessen [2017]

The German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) presents the rst Summer School on Cloud Computing for Bioinformatics that is organised at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen from June 25th until July 1st 2017. Recently, the BMBF provided a total of 6 Mio € as additional funding for the de.NBI network to establish a federated Cloud Computing infrastructure that will provide more than 15,000 CPU cores as well as storage capacities free of charge to academic research groups and and individual researchers working in the field of computational biology. 

Therefore, this de.NBI Summer School will focus on the utilisation of Cloud Computing infrastructures for bioinformatics. During the training, participants will gain insight into state-of-the-art Cloud Computing technologies and learn how to efficiently utilize Cloud Computing resources to develop and deploy scalable bioinformatics tools. Participants of the workshop could bring their own tools, which will then be used in a Cloud Computing environment.

Further details are available online.


4th International Symposium on Systems Biology of Microbial Infection (SBMI)

The systems biology of microbial infection aims to understand the interaction between hosts and pathogens by the integrative combination of experiment and theory. The focus of this symposium is on the interaction between the immune systems of humans or animals and bacterial or fungal pathogens. We welcome contributions that, for example, concentrate on

  • unraveling pathogenicity mechanisms by a systems biology approach,
  • reconstructing cellular networks based on time series data,
  • analysing spatio-temporal aspects of infection processes,
  • identifying diagnostic biomarkers and potential drug targets,
  • exploring strategies for personalized therapy.

You are cordially invited to attend this international symposium that takes place biennially at the HKI-Center for Systems Biology of Infection in Jena, Germany.


The symposium will be held on September 21-22, 2017.


The symposium will be located in the city of Jena, Germany, at the HKI-Center for Systems Biology of Infection that is part of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll Institute (HKI), Beutenbergstrasse 11a, 07745 Jena, Germany.

Invited Speakers (all confirmed):

Collateral sensitivity network outlines the path to
targeted strategies against resistance

Lejla Imamovic
Bacterial Synthetic Biology, Technical University Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Mathematical Modelling of Streptococcus pneumoniae
Colonization, Invasive Infection and Treatment
Reiko J. Tanaka
Faculty of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Systems Biology of Tuberculosis
January  Weiner
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany
Meta Systems Biology and Network-Based Drug Design
Hans V. Westerhoff

Professor of Synthetic Systems Biology and Nuclear Organization, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor of Microbial Physiology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor of Systems Biology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom


You are invited to submit your abstract for a presentation of your recent work not later than June 15, 2017.


NEW FORMAT "Tandem-Talk": You can now choose between three options for your presentation, which are the usual poster and talk presentations as well as a tandem-talk presentation. A tandem-talk will be given by two speakers on the same topic, i.e. the speakers will switch back and forth one or more times during their common presentation. In this way, we want to strengthen the idea of systems biology and naturally expect an experimentalist and a theoretician to team up in such a tandem-talk. We think that this enables to more comprehensively represent both aspects of a systems biology project. To support this format, speaking time for tandem-talks will be twice as long as for normal talks.



For early bird registrations before August 1, 2017, the participation fee is 100 € per person.

Late registrations after August 1, 2017 are welcome at a participation fee of 130 € per person.


For more information, abstract submission and registration, please visit:


13th German Conference on Chemoinformatics - November 05.-07.2017

The divison Chemistry-Information-Computer (CIC) of the German Chemical Society cordially invites you to participate in the 13th German Conference on Chemoinformatics.

The conference will take place

November, 05. - 07., 2017

in Mainz, Germany.

The aim of the conference is to reflect and highlight the new role of cheminformatics in the modern information world. It will span a wide range of subjects related to the use of computers in chemistry, pharmacy, materials science and biology from chem- and bioinformatics to explicit modelling and from industrial applications to fundamental academic research.

Confirmed Speakers:

* Evan Bolton        NCBI, USA  

* David Case         Rutgers University, USA

* Bettina Keller     FU Berlin, Germany  

* Frank Kertscher    IBM Watson, Germany 

* Nadine Schneider   Novartis, Switzerland  

* Walter Thiel       MPI Mülheim, Germany     

* Jörg K. Wegener    Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium

There will be sessions on:

* Big Data and Deep Learning           * Molecular Modelling

* Chemical Information                 * Protein Modelling

* Chemoinformatics and Drug Discovery  * Simulations

* Databases and Data Handling          * Structure Determination

* Material Sciences                    * Target and ADMETox prediction

The scientific programme will include plenary and contributed lectures, posters and software presentations. The deadline for submissions of oral contributions and research telegrams is May 31, 2017. The deadline for poster submissions is August 30, 2017.

See more details at or the attached call for papers.

Registration will open in May 2017 at:


International Workshop on Statistical Modelling (IWSM) 2017

The 32nd edition of the International Workshop on Statistical Modelling (IWSM) takes place in Groningen (NL) in 2017 (3-7 July 2017). IWSM  is one of the major activities of the Statistical Modelling Society, founded with the purpose of promoting and encouraging statistical modelling in its widest sense. The spirit of the workshop has always been to focus on problems motivated by real life data and on solutions that make novel contributions to the subject. The atmosphere of the workshop is friendly and supportive, with no parallel sessions, with the aim of stimulating the exchange of ideas and experiences related to statistical modelling. Papers focusing on applications with important substantive implications as well as methodological issues are welcome. Submissions by students and young researchers are particularly encouraged.



Workshop on Computational Models in Biology and Medicine 2017

Joint workshop of the GMDS/IBS-DR working groups "Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics" and "Mathematical Models in Medicine and Biology"

March 2nd-3rd, 2017, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany

Workshop outline

This workshop intends to bring together researchers from different research areas such as bioinformatics, biostatistics and systems biology, who are interested in modelling and analysis of biological systems or in the development of statistical methods with applications in biology and medicine. A flyer of this workshop is available here.

Keynote speakers

    Michael Meyer-Herrmann, Helmholz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
    Korbinian Strimmer, Imperial College, London
    Arne Traulsen, MPI for Evolutionary Biology, Plön


    Bioinformatics in Infection Research
    Systems Biology and Modelling of the Immune System
    Bioinformatics in Personalized Medicine
    Open Topics

Registration and submission of abstracts

Registration to the workshop is free as long as places are available.
Register and submit your abstracts here. Abstracts may be submitted until January 21st, 2017.

Workshop venue

The workshop will be hosted in the lecture hall "Bayerhörsaal" at the clinical center "Klinikum am Bünteweg" of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Bünteweg 9, 30559 Hannover. The lecture hall is easily accessible by public transport. For details, please check the University's web page.