BioSB 2016

Looking back to a vibrant BioSB 2016

On 19 and 20 April, more than 350 people working in bioinformatics or systems biology gathered in Lunteren for the annual Dutch Bioinformatics & Systems Biology conference.

Photo impressionIMG_9634Photography by Bas van Breukelen

This year’s programme was highly diverse, featuring keynote lectures, parallel thematic sessions, an evening poster session, three ELIXIR-NL tracks and an entertaining evening programme. 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 added value of interdisciplinary collaboration clearly emerged from several presentations.


For instance, Daniel Huson shared his experiences in his keynote lecture about the computational analysis of microbiome sequencing data. “It was an eye opener to sit next to somebody who was using my software. It was horrifying”, he said.



Other keynote speakers:


Sander Tans, FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), Amsterdam
Stochasticity and homeostasis in cellular metabolism





Mick Watson, Director of ARK-Genomics. The Roslin Institute, R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh, UK
Bioinformatics, genomics and metagenomics applied to farm animal health
and food security




Jonathan Karr, Institute and Department for Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
Toward whole-cell models for science and engineering


Adriano Henney


Adriano Henney, Executive director of the VHP Institute (Virtual Physiological Human Institute for Integrative Biomedical Research), Leuven, Belgium
Advancing Predictive Medicine



With more than 350 participants, the conference welcomed a record number of participants. Chair of the session ‘Genotype/Phenotype and disease’ Ko Willems Van Dijk (LUMC) says: “The number of participants was impressive this year. Our session was well-visited and very interactive.“


Three prizes were awarded during the conference:

Sara Pulit (UMC Utrecht) is the winner of the BioSB Young Investigator Award 2016

Two poster prizes:

1st prize winner: Erdogan Taskesen (TU Delft)
Poster title: Epigenetic analysis of patients with FTD/MND indicate a role for pathways involved in neurological development and calcium ion binding

2nd prize winner: Amin Allahyar (TU Delft)
Poster title: Disesase specific network with application in network based outcome prediction


“The exceptional quality of the theses and posters that were submitted illustrates that the Dutch bioinformatics and systems biology community is doing very well”, says Chair of the Award Committee Berend Snel.


The conference was made possible by our sponsors:



The conference was co-organised by the BioSB research school and Wageningen University & Research Centre. 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 (#BioSB2016), find more information on the conference website, download the abstracts of the sessions, or read the poster abstracts.

Visit the conference website!