Advances in Computational Biology – Fostering collaboration among women scientists
The first Advances in Computational Biology conference will bring together researchers working on systems biology, omics technologies, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing with applications to biology, both in the public and private sectors. It will foster collaborations between women scientists and provide an excellent opportunity for women bioinformaticians worldwide to present their work and share ideas about their research.
The conference is organised by the Bioinfo4Women programme from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the joint IMIM-UPF Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB). The programme will include poster and oral presentations, as well as keynote talks from highly-respected women scientists in the computational biology field. Organisers are seeking support from relevant women in science, politics and advocates for gender equality in science, particularly in computer science and bioinformatics.
The conference will count with the confirmed Chairwomen: Alison Kennedy, director of the STFC Hartree Centre, Janet Kelso, group leader of the Minerva Research Group for Bioinformatics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and Nuria Lopez-Bigas, group leader of the Biomedical Genomics Research Group at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine Barcelona.
The Advances in Computational Biology conference is open to everyone, but, for a change, the organizers and presenters of this conference will all be women. The aim is to draw attention to the existing gender bias that negatively impacts women scientists and specifically visualize and promote the research done by women. An important focus of the conference is also to provide the right environment to promote networking, especially for young women researchers.