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NBIC conference 2010: first impression

On March 29 and 30, Lunteren was the place to be for the Dutch bioinformatics community. Here, NBIC hosted the fifth edition of its annual conference, which was for the first time organised as a 2-day programme. 

The first day, March 29, was dedicated to bringing together all researchers involved in a BioRange or BioAssist project. The 170 participants were treated to a busy, but diverse programme of theme sessions, project updates, poster presentations and social events, all aimed at exchanging information and findings and stimulating cross-project interactions. Next to friendly interaction, there was also room for 'fierce' competition: 50 researchers took part in the poster competition, where Bruno Tesson ("Multi-cell-type coexpression analysis of hematopoietic differentiation", Groningen Bionformatics Center, University of Groningen) emerged as the winner. Out of the 22 contestants in the project presentation competition, Robbie Joosten (Netherlands Cancer Institute) took home the gold for his presentation 'Preparing the PDB for structural bioinformatics at wARP 7.1'.

Conference crowd

The second day, March 30, was open to non-NBIC researchers as well. Approximately 230 participants gathered to be brought up to date on the latest developments in the field by renowned researchers such as Yair Field, Paul Kersey and Mark Musen. In addition, scientific highlight from within NBIC were presented by Barend Mons, Jaap Heringa and Harold Verstegen. Next to these inspiring presentations, the programme featured the Application Showcase in which 11 NBIC researchers participated. This year's winner was Martijn Dijkstra (Center for Medical Biomics, University of Groningen, Groningen) for his application R/GPU. Bas Vroling and Bas van Breukelen secured the 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  Also part of the programme was the presentation of the NBIC Young Bioinformatician Award to Lude Franke and the presentation of the results of the first 'hackathon'.

NBIC conference 2011

Next year, the NBIC conference will be organised on April 19-20, 2011.

The day before the conference (April 18) other meetings are planned, such as the PhD retreat organised by RSG Netherlands.

Please mark these dates in your agenda!