BBC 2013 - Bioinformatics at all scales of life

The 8th edition of the BeNeLux Bioinformatics Conference will be held in Brussels (Belgium) on December 9-10, 2013. (photos above courtesy of Nikolaj Tatti)

The conference is organised by the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, which have recently joined their efforts in the bioinformatics field with the creation of the Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels (IB)2.

The BeNeLux Bioinformatics Conference is an annual conference that started in 2005, bringing together researchers from the Benelux and beyond to strengthen national and international connections in all fields of bioinformatics. The exchange will focus on advances in bioinformatics and applications in the areas of methodology development, biotechnology, and health.

The theme of this year conference is: "Bioinformatics at all scales of life"

The bioinformatics research field is inherently interdisciplinary and combines biology with different approaches from computer science, mathematics, ...

The aim of this discipline is to tackle biological problems by means of data analysis and modeling. These biological problems arise at all scales of life: at the genome level, at the protein level, at the cellular level, or at the level of a complete organism, like plants, or mammals.

The topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to: the study and modeling of biological networks (genes regulatory networks, protein-protein interaction networks, metabolic networks, ...), structural bioinformatics (modeling and study of the structures of biomolecules and their interactions), and the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data or micro-array expression data.

We hope you all have a successful conference, with plenty of networking and sharing of information that can stimulate ideas and collaborations.