This is the fourth quarter newsletter for the International Society for Biocuration.
The ISB EC has decided to discontinue the quarterly newsletter and instead use social media channels (Twitter and LinkedIn), our blog and our mailing list to disseminate news related to the Society. Thanks for reading!
Introducing the new 2019-2020 Executive Committee
The Election for new Executive Committee (EC) was held from October 14 – 20, 2019. We welcome two new members and two members stepped down having served three years on the committee.
Welcome to Ruth Lovering and Randi Vita! Thank you to Pete McQuilton and Andrew Su for your service.
Save the Date: Biocuration 2020 in Bar Harbor, Maine
January 24, 2020 – Abstract and Workshop Submission Deadline
March 6, 2020 – Notification of Acceptance
April 6, 2020 – Early Bird Registration Ends
May 8, 2020 – Registration Deadline
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Highlights
The EDI committee wrote a new Code of Conduct, which all members are expected to abide by.
Rachael Huntley performed a retrospective analysis of gender balance at past Biocuration conferences. The report is available from Zenodo.
We will submit a proposal to host another Equality, Diversity and Inclusion workshop at the Biocuration 2020 conference in Bar Harbor. We welcome feedback for discussion topics, please submit your ideas here.
We prepared guidelines for increasing equality, diversity and inclusion at Biocuration conferences, to share with conference organizers. Please see the document here. Feedback is welcome.
Save the Date: ICBO 2020
Planning your trips for 2020?
Why not visit the Italian Alps and learn about biomedical ontologies? The 11th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO) will be held September 16 – 19, 2020 in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Registration and submission dates coming soon! Conference website including keynote speakers and Bozen-Bolzano Information.
Funding available from the ISB
Microgrant funding is available to all ISB members to sponsor local and regional short meetings of ISB members to foster synergy of their work efforts.
We’d like to promote requests for funding that address issues surrounding diversity or accessibility. It’s simple to request funds and there is no deadline. More info is here.
Funding is available for you to visit another lab or group! To promote collaboration and exchange between biocuration groups ISB offers fellowships. The fellowship will fund the visit of a biocurator to another laboratory or organization with extensive experience in biocuration.
Travel Fellowship Recipients describe their experience at [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference
Earlier this year, the ISB launched a new travel fellowship opportunity to fund scholars to attend the [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference.
Qaaifah Gillani Syed, PhD Student at University of Kashmir, India and Zannatun Nayema, PhD Student at Kanazawa University, Japan were awarded the travel fellowships. A summary report is available here.
We still have several posts need filling https://www.biocuration.org/volunteer-opportunities/
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these positions.
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