Student Council Symposium 2019

The Student Council Symposium is a forum for students, post docs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience, build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Key Dates

March 5, 2019

Abstract Call Opens

April 2, 2019

Student Council Travel
Call Opens

May 6, 2019
May 14, 2019

Abstract Call Closes

May 14, 2019

Student Council Travel
Fellowship Deadline

May 23, 2019

Abstract Acceptance

May 30, 2019

Student Council Travel
Acceptance Notification

June 30, 2019

Late posters Call Closes

July 21, 2019

Student Council Symposium

Industry talk: Dr. Fabian Birzele

We are proud to announce Dr. Fabian Birzele as a keynote speaker of the SCS 2019!

Fabian Birzele studied Bioinformatics in Munich and holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from the LMU in Munich that he completed in 2009 in the group of Ralf Zimmer. After his PhD he moved to a PostDoc at Boehringer Ingelheim implementing NGS technologies in drug research. In 2011 he joined Roche in Penzberg as bioinformatician working mostly on Oncology projects before he became a group leader for Oncology Bioinformatics in Basel in 2016. Today he is the head of a team of 30 bioinformaticians and biostatisticians called Bioinformatics and Exploratory Data Analysis (BEDA) who support drug development projects across different disease indications from very early stages (target identification and target assessment) down to clinical phase 2 in Roche's Early Research and Development organization (pRED).

Abstract call deadline extended

The 15th ISCB Student Council Symposium Organizing Team is delighted to announce the deadline extension of the Call for Abstracts to May 13, 2019 at 11.59 pm (GMT). All participants who have submitted an abstract to the SCS are eligible to apply to travel fellowships. The deadline for submitting the travel fellowship application is also on the 13th of May!!!

Second keynote announced: Dr. Barbara Treutlein

We are proud to announce Dr. Barbara Treutlein as a keynote speaker of the SCS 2019!

Dr. Barbara Treutlein is a Max Planck Research Group Leader, a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the Technical University Munich, and an Associate Professor at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zürich. She is being awarded the 2019 ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, due to her outstanding work in single-cell transcriptomics.

Dr. Barbara’s group uses and develops single-cell genomics approaches in combination with stem cell-based 2- and 3-dimensional culture systems to study human organogenesis in health and disease. In particular, they use stem cell-derived human organoids to model the development of human organs in vitro and to understand how cell fate is orchestrated in complex human tissues. Thus, she was one of the first to reconstruct the development of complex mammalian tissue, and to provide a molecular description of individual cell regeneration in the axolotl limb.

First keynote announced: Dr. Christophe Dessimoz

We are delighted to announce Dr. Christophe Dessimoz as a keynote speaker of the SCS 2019!

Dr. Christophe Dessimoz is a SNSF Professor at the University of Lausanne; an Associate Professor at the University College London and Group Leader at the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics. He is being recognized as the 2019 winner of the Overton Prize, which is awarded annually for outstanding accomplishments of early to mid-career scientists who are emerging leaders in computational biology and bioinformatics.

Dr. Christophe’s research seeks to better understand evolutionary and functional relationships among genes across many species. For this end, his team’s activities are divided between bioinformatics methods and resource development, and their application – typically with experimentalists. Dr. Christophe is renowned for his contributions and management of the OMA, a very highly regarded resource with important applications in protein function prediction. Besides that, his team also developed the tree viewer and the ALF genome evolution simulator.


SCS 2019 Travel fellowship application is open

We are pleased to inform that we are offering travel fellowships for students, postdocs, and young researchers to present a talk or poster at the 15th ISCB Student Council Symposium! The #SCS2019 will be held on the 21st of July, in Basel, Switzerland, preceding the ECCB/ISMB 2019!

Abstract Submission Deadline:May 6, 2019

SCS Travel Fellowship Deadline: May 13, 2019


Travel Fellowship Acceptance Notification: May 30, 2019

Visit the Travel Fellowships section for more information.