BioSB 2019 conference

The BioSB 2019 conference was held on April 2-3, 2019 at congrescentrum De Werelt in Lunteren. You can find a photo impression here. The 5th edition of the Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology conference again attracted an impressive number of researchers and students from universities, UMCs and companies.

Scientific programme

The scientific programme of the conference was intensive, featuring keynote lectures, parallel thematic sessions, poster sessions, a hot topics session, four breakout sessions, and three ELIXIR-NL tracks but it also offered plenty of time for networking. The conference addressed the latest developments in bioinformatics, systems and computational biology, and their wide-ranging applications in life sciences & health, agriculture, food & nutrition.


The keynote speakers addressed: Circuits and devices for robust multicellular control (Mustafa Khammash, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, who gave a nice illustration of the main concepts of this talk using a Lego Mindstorm four-wheel drive), Evolution solutions in translational control (‘Not all proteins are born alike’) (Michal Linial, Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and Personalizing treatments using microbiome and clinical data (Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel).

Awards for 3 female scientists

Eva Brinkman winner of the BioSB Young Investigator Award 2019

At the conference, the BioSB research school awarded three prizes, this year all to female scientists. Eva Brinkman (SciLifeLab Stockholm) won the BioSB Young Investigator Award 2019.

Nienke Mekkes (a Master’s student (!) from the VU University Amsterdam) received the BioSB Oral Presentation Award 2019 with her presentation about the analysis of chromosomal breakpoints in colorectal cancer.

Jayne Hehir-Kwa (Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology) was awarded the BioSB Poster Award 2019 with her poster on next-generation phenotyping using computer vision algorithms in rare genomic neurodevelopmental disorders.

Social programme

After the conference dinner, the YoungCB organised a Pubquiz followed by the Blazing Harrows band who made the evening a real party. The party evening was followed by a refreshing run through the woods of Lunteren the next morning during the Morning run.

Organisers and sponsors

The conference was co-organised by the BioSB research school and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. ELIXIR-NL, DTL, and the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre were also actively involved in the organisation.  The conference was made possible by a number of sponsors: