NBIC Conference 2008
The NBIC Conference 2008 was organised on March 5 and 6 as a two-day conference in ‘De Werelt’ conference hotel in Lunteren, where 175 researchers with a background in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science and life sciences gathered to discuss the latest developments in bioinformatics in a lively setting.
Antoine van Kampen,scientific director of NBIC, opened the conference with an overview of NBIC projects, which was followed by thematic sessions with oral presentations from bioinformatics researchers who are working in these projects. To broaden the scope of the programme, three key-note speakers were invited from scientific disciplines adjacent to bioinformatics. Carole Goble (University of Manchester) presented ‘The seven deadly sins of bioinformatics’ taking the perspective of information and workflow management. Key points in her presentation were: share, re-use and use (open source).
Christian Conrad (EMBL, Heidelberg) presented in his lecture a fully automated platform for genome wide RNAi screens in live cell-based assays.
The final lecture was given by Piero Carninci from Japan (RIKEN, Genome Science Laboratory). He showed how the complexity of transcriptome data can be analyzed by high-throughput sequencing analysis.
Lectures and oral presentations were interchanged with interactive poster sessions and three parallel workshops in diverse topics: Taverna (workflow management), Usability & Valorisation and Speed reading.
In the evening researchers demonstrated the software they have developed in a market-like setting. A jury nominated three applications for the final: a plenary presentation in front of the conference audience. The audience voted for the prize winner: Thomas Kelder (University of Maastricht) and his tool for community-based pathway creation, visualization and online collaboration: www.wikipathways.org. Prizes were also awarded for the best oral presentation (Miaomiao Zhou, Radboud University Nijmegen, on LocateP, a software tool to predict the subcellular-location of bacterial proteins on a genome-wide scale) and best poster (Jeroen de Ridder, Delft University of Technology; development of logic networks to derive associations between mutations causing tumour development).