The 13th International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB2014) will be held in Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. This year, the InCoB will be held earlier from 31st July to 2nd August 2014 to run back-to-back with the International Biophysics Congress 2014 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland (3-7 Aug).

The main host is Macquarie University, one of the leading research centres in Australia in the field of Bioinformatics. InCoB2014 will build on the established platform for experts and budding bioinformaticians to discuss and exchange ideas and thoughts on the development of bioinformatics in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 2002, InCoB has grown in its second decade to become one of the largest bioinformatics conferences in the Asia-Pacific region. This annual conference showcases the latest research and technologies in all areas of bioinformatics, and in recent years has been attended by practitioners from both biology fields and computing backgrounds in the Asia-Pacific region. As in the past, papers in the conference will be published in international, peer-reviewed journals, such as BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Systems Biology, BMC Genomics and PeerJ. Oral and poster presenters will have the opportunity to deposit their slides/posters with F1000 Posters.

The theme for InCoB2014 was decided at the InCoB2013 conference in Taicang, Shanghai, PR China, held from 20 to 22 September 2013. Key topics will include promoting the integration of bioinformatics, imaging informatics, clinical informatics and health informatics for understanding of complex biological and medical phenomenon. InCoB2014 will encourage the exchange of scientific breakthrough amongst participants, particularly among local participants in Australia, as this will be the first time in this decade that InCoB is coming to these southern shores. Hot bioinformatics topics on translational bioinformatics, population genetics, drug design and discovery, biomarker identification, systems biology, biological sequence analysis, expression data analysis, scalable data storage and other relevant subjects will be covered.