BioSB 2017

BioSB 2017 revisited

The 3rd edition of the Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology conference was held on April 4-5, 2017 at congrescentrum De Werelt in Lunteren. The conference this year had a record number of participants: over 400 researchers and students from almost every university and UMC in the Netherlands, but also from institutes and companies visited the conference!

This year’s conference was organised by the BioSB research school together with the UMC Groningen and the University of Groningen. Read more about the organisers here.

Photos are now available in the photo gallery
Fotographer: Bas van Breukelen

This year’s programme was again highly diverse, featuring keynote lectures, parallel thematic sessions, and poster session, three ELIXIR-NL tracks and an entertaining evening programme with a very nice conference dinner followed by a Pubquiz organised by the YoungCB. The participants discussed the latest developments in bioinformatics, systems and computational biology, and their wide-ranging applications in life sciences & health, agriculture, food & nutrition.

The conference also featured an industry meeting organised by the Bioinformatics Industrial Users Platform.


The conference was preceded by the BioSB PhD retreat on April 3rd, organised by the Young CB. You can find a report about the meeting here.



On April 3rd an international review committee was welcomed to review the activities of the BioSB research school. During the BioSB members meeting on April 5, the review committee reported to the members about their findings and conclusions. The final report of the review committee, will be made available here.

You can read more about the programme of the conference at the conference website.

Some statistics

For the ones interested, this year’s conference was visited by:

  • 55 people from companies/industry
  • 90 PhD students
  • 140 ‘other’ researchers (PIs, postdocs)
  • 100 MSc/BSc students
  • 16 ‘other’ (organisers, keynote speakers)

Keynote speakers

This year’s conference featured five keynote speakers:

Sten Linnarsson, Karolinska Institute, Sweden


Lecture: An atlas of mouse brain cell types, read more



Boris Kholodenko, UDC Conway Institute, Ireland


Lecture: Getting Insights into Cell Biology by Modelling of Cellular Networks, read more



Ioannis Xenarios, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland


Lecture: Biocurations for model predictions: example of logical-based models, read more



Jens Nielsen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden


Lecture: Systems Biology of Metabolism: From microbial cell factories to obesity and cancer, read more


Teresa (Terri) Attwood, University of Manchester, UK


Lecture: The Road to Utopia: challenges in linking literature and research data, read more




Two prizes were awarded at the conference, both sponsored by the BioSB research school:

The BioSB Young Investigator Award 2017


Winner of the BioSB Young Investigator Award 2017 is: Ahmed Mahfouz (LUMC). Read more


The BioSB Poster Award 2017


Winner of the BioSB Poster Award 2017 is: Vittorio Tracanna, Wageningen UR, who won with his poster titled “Harnessing the soil microbiome for improved stress tolerance in crop plant”


A thank you to our sponsors!

The conference was made possible by our sponsors:


The conference was co-organised by the BioSB research school, the UMC Groningen and the University of Groningen. The BioSB research school aims to offer a vibrant national environment for the scientific development and education of integrative bioinformatics and computational (systems) biology.

Missed it?

If you could not join us this year, you may want to read participants’ tweets (#BioSB17), find more information on the conference website, download the abstracts of the sessions, or read the poster abstracts.

Visit the conference website!