The International Conference on Bioinformatics

Next Conference: InCoB 2017

The International Conference on Bioinformatics is a conference series first started in Bangkok, Thailand in 2002. Since then, the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) has adopted this conference and grown the conference to become one of Asia’s oldest and largest conferences on bioinformatics, with special focus on bioinformatics amongst life scientists.

In 2005, InCoB was part of a festival of international events on bioinformatics called BIOINFO’2005 in Busan, South Korea, where the meeting of the Association for Asian Societies for Bioinformatics (AASBi) also took place.

InCoB was one of the first conferences to publish our top conference papers in international peer-reviewed impact-factored journals such as the BMC BioMed Central family of journals starting in InCoB 2006, Delhi India.

The Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network of bioinformatics practitioners throughout Asia, the Pacific and beyond, has teamed up with local national bioinformatics organisers each year to mount InCoB with every greater success.

In InCoB 2007 Hong Kong, live sessions were narrow-casted to Hanoi to enable the region’s developing country budding bioinformatics researchers to have a chance to take part and learn from others.

In InCoB 2008 Taipei, we partnered the FAOBMB (Federation of Asian Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists) in running special bioinformatics workshops.

In InCoB 2009 Singapore, we were the first to feature a Nobel Laureate keynote speaker. In addition, InCoB was able to launch an APBioNet initiative on Minimum Information About a Bioinformatics Investigation (MIABI).

By InCoB 2010 Tokyo, we were having multiple journals featuring our top papers in multiple tracks. To date, we have our top papers published in several journals including BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Genomics, Immunome Research, IPSJ Transactions and Bioinformation. This year was the year we launched the BioDB100 initiative, which is the aim of gathering 100 bioinformatics databases which are MIABI-standards compliant under one interoperable framework.

InCoB in its tenth year, with the endorsement and joint organisation between APBioNet and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), the foremost global organisation for bioinformatics and computational biology in the world, was designated as InCoB/ISCB-Asia Joint Conference 2011, and was the biggest bioinformatics and computational biology event of the year in Asia. The conference was also organized in collaboration with the International Immunomics Society (IIMMS) and the Malaysian Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (MaSBiC). InCoB/ISCB-Asia Joint Conference 2011 featured key initiatives, such as the MIABi standards (Minimum Information about a Bioinformatics Investigation), the BioDB100 project (100 bioinformatics databases compliant with MIABi) and discussed the proposed BioSW100 project (100 bioinformatics interoperable software). Key issues in Biocuration, in particular, the recent support by APBioNet of the BioDBCore joint initiative of the International Society for Biocuration (ISB) and BioSharing was featured prominently. In addition, policy issues such as the ISCB’s Public Policy Statement of Open Access to Scientific and Technical Research Literature was explained to garner wider support amongst Asia Pacific researchers.

In recognition that it has been ten years since the inception of InCoB in Bangkok in 2002, InCoB2012 will be hosted again by Thailand during October 3 – 5, 2012 at the newly renovated world-class Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, Thailand. The main hosts are National Science and technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the umbrella organization overseeing the previous hosts of InCoB2002, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) as well as King Mongkut’s University of Technology (KMUTT), one of nine National Research Universities in Thailand and an education pioneer in the field of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics. InCoB2012 will include the latest bioinformatics and related topics on agroinformatics, population genetics, drug design and discovery, systems biology, biological sequence analysis, expression data analysis, scalable data storage and other related subjects. There will be pre-conference tutorials, special sessions, panel discussions, competitions, and technical visits to the Thailand Science Park, the country’s leading integrated R&D hub, home to NSTDA.

Where InCoB has been held

InCoB 2016 Singapore
InCoB 2015 Tokyo, Japan
InCoB 2014 Sydney, Australia
InCoB 2013 Taicang, China
InCoB 2012 Bangkok, Thailand
InCoB 2011 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
InCoB 2010 Tokyo, Japan
InCoB 2009 Singapore
InCoB 2008 Taipei,Taiwan
InCoB 2007 HongKong SAR, PRC
InCoB 2006 Delhi, India
InCoB 2005 Busan, South Korea
InCoB 2004 Auckland, New Zealand
InCoB 2003 Penang, Malaysia
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InCoB 2002 Bangkok, Thailand
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