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International Conference on Bioinformatics 2002: North-South Networking, 6-8 February 2002, Bangkok, Thailand

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This conference will provide a forum for bioinformatics scientists from around the world to present their work, to obtain advanced information from experts, and to learn about research models for several developing countries. Networking for research cooperation between scientists of various disciplines, such as biology, computer science, physics, and mathematics, will also be established. Specific objectives of the conference are as follows:

  • to stimulate contact and interactions between people who have interests and activities in the field of bioinformatics
  • to exchange scientific knowledge among researchers internationally
  • to facilitate cooperation and networking among scientists in both developed and developing countries

Bioinformatics is of growing importance to the world as a tool of life science research. It incorporates and integrates several scientific disciplines together– namely, biological sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, and computational sciences–to create "a book of life".

In contrast to scientific work in many other disciplines, bioinformatics research can usually be carried out just by using a high-end personal computer and a good Internet connection without any other major equipment or expensive chemicals. Its success is, therefore, not necessarily limited to the developed world. A group of bioinformatics scientists who have a deep understanding of the scientific discipline related to information theory and biology can be successful anywhere in the world. Bioinformatics is also important in enhancing the capability of biologists in the developing world to design experiments competently and interpret the data obtained effectively so that they can apply their work to solve the problems of developing countries, which may not attract the interest of scientists in the developed world.

The three-day conference program will consist of plenary lectures in the morning and parallel sessions (three per day), a poster exhibition, and minisymposia in the afternoon. In addition, there will be at least one preconference workshop. Topics to be addressed during the conference include application of information theory in biology; evolutionary biology; phylogenetics; data mining and knowledge discovery in molecular databases; opened sources bioinformatics; high-performance computing for computational biology; human genome variation; protein structure prediction; genome, pathway, and interaction bioinformatics; bioinformatics for biodiversity; bioinformatics for drug design; bioinformatics and control of infectious diseases; bioinformatics for agricultural research; computer modeling in physiology; and strengthening bioinformatics capability of developing countries.

Approximately 500 scientific participants from around the world are expected to attend this conference.

For further information, contact Mr. Prasit Palittapongarnpim, M.D., Deputy Director, BIOTEC, 15th Floor, Gypsum Metropolitan Tower, 539/2 Sri-Ayudhya Road, Ratchadevi, Bangkok, Thailand; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +66 2 6425322 31, Ext. 228; Fax: +66 2 2488304; Web site: http://incob.biotec.or.th.

> Published in Chem. Int. 23(3), 2001

* Sponsorship by IUPAC attests to the quality of the scientific program and indicates the host country's assurance that scientists from all countries may participate.
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