Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CRG Symposium: Computational Biology of Molecular Sequences. 10-11 November

Registration is open for the CRG symposium organized by our Bioinformatics and Genomics programme. This meeting will host internationally reknown scientists in the Bioinformatics field. Just to cite some: Smith, Tramontano, Ponting, Sankoff, Koonin, Bairoch, Brunak... Below you'll find the symposium overview and the complete list of speakers. 

Advances in methods to sequence nucleic acids, coupled with more general advances in automation, robotization, and multiplexing, have resulted in the capacity to survey the phenomena of life in a global manner and with unprecedented resolution. As a result, Biology, traditionally an analytic science in which the natural world is dissected in its elemental components in order to be comprehended, is becoming a synthetic science, in which the phenomena of life is approached in more systemic way. In parallel, Biology, a science in which human effort  been directed until very recently towards data acquisition, is increasingly becoming a discipline in which data is obtained with almost no human intervention, and the effort is being directed towards data analysis. Computational systems to store, analyze and model biological data have thus become an essential part of research in Biology. The connection between Biology and Computation, however, runs much deeper as we are coming to realize that the unfolding of the instructions in the genome is, stricto senso, a computation on the DNA sequence.  Biology, thus, cannot be understood without Computation. The two-day CRG symposium on “Computational Biology of Molecular Sequences” will bring together renowned Computational Biologists from around the world, including both pioneers in the field, as well as promising young scientists. Presentations, discussions and dialogue during the Symposium will contribute to survey the status of a discipline that, at the intersection of Biology and Computation, will have an enormous impact on the world of the XXIst century.
Confirmed Speakers
Amos BAIROCH Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and University Geneva, Geneva CH
Mathieu BLANCHETTE McGill University, Montréal CA
Søren BRUNAK Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby DK
Philipp BUCHER Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC), Lausanne CH
Brendan FREY University of Toronto, Toronto CA
Mark GERSTEIN Yale University, New Haven US
Nick GOLDMAN European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton UK
Tim HUBBARD Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton UK
Eugene V. KOONIN National Center for Biotechnology Information, Bethesda US
Gene MYERS Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn US
Chris PONTING University of Oxford, Oxford UK
David SANKOFF University of Ottawa, Ottawa CA
Ron SHAMIR Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv IL
Temple F. SMITH BioMolecular Engineering Resource Center, Boston US
Terry SPEED Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville AU
Peter STADLER Universität Leipzig, Leipzig DE
Gary STORMO Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis US
Ana TRAMONTANO Sapienza University, Rome IT
Michele VENDRUSCOLO University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK
Martin VINGRON Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin DE


  1. Just one day for the symposium, you can follow the last news in the symposium's microsite.

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