Africa Virtual Conference on Bioinformatics 2009 (Afbix'09)

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Event Date/Time: Feb 19, 2009 End Date/Time: Feb 20, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 12, 2009
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Description

ver the last few years, Research in the fields of Bioinformatics and Computational biology has gained momentum within the African continent to study interactions of pathogen, hosts and vectors in relevant diseases. The concept of a 'virtual conference' is the first of its kind in Africa and this is an initiative of Bioinformatics Organization as well as students affiliated either to RSG Africa or RSG Morocco. The virtual conference organizers hope this opportunity will foster virtual interactions and collaborations among students as well as researchers and place Africa 'at par' with the rest of the world in terms of Bioinformatics and computational biology research.

Bioinformatics Organization (Bioinformatics.Org) has over 25,000 members and currently hosts over 100 projects that are related to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The Organization also offers online interactive tutorials on several relevant topics. The tradition of virtual conferences at Bioinformatics.Org dates back from with the start series of Bioinformatics to Systems Biology 2007 (BSB'07).

The most recent BSB'08 conference Bioinformatics to Systems Biology 2008 ignited a spark in the audience across the world through four keynote talks, other virtual presentations and posters. The conference brought together over 140 attendees both directly and indirectly from across the globe.

RSG Africa was founded in May 2007 and currently has over 500 members in Africa. Members are drawn from North, South East, West and South Africa. The group in collaboration with senior faculty has organized workshops which include training in Bioruby/ Bioperl, R and Bioconductor as well as a Basic course in Molecular Phylogeny. RSG Africa with Bioinformatics.Org have organized virtual meetings which include a virtual lecture titled "Bioinformatics meets new challenges: system Biology" delivered on 4th of July 2008. Bioinformactics.Org provided scholarships to selected RSG Africa members and with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a virtual hub; members took part in BSB'08 virtual conference.

RSG Morocco

RSG Morocco was founded on 21 March 2008 and currently has over 40 members from Morocco and also from others countries. The main goal of RSG Morocco is to strengthen the relationship and scientific exchange between students. RSG Morocco is participating in the organisation of this virtual meeting and will be the way that allow RSG Morocco members to take part in this virtual conference.

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The virtual conference will consist of a single track with oral and poster presentations. This is a first call for submission of abstracts; authors will indicate whether they are aspiring to have an oral presentation or a poster. The best abstracts from the oral presentation track will be invited for oral presentation, unsuccessful oral presentation abstracts will be invited for poster presentation. We strongly encourage members of RSG Africa, RSG Morocco, young investigators as well as research faculties to submit an abstract on their current work. The Program Committee will choose selected abstracts for oral as well as presentations. * The deadline for abstract submission : Monday 12th January 2009. * Notification of acceptance : Friday 30th January 2009. * Please submit your abstracts to afbixx@gmail.com