Netherlands Bioinformatics Conference 2011

More than 200 people visited the sixth edition of the NBIC conference, April 19-20. The plenary programme included keynote lectures, workshops and several competitions.

Satellite meetings were organised by the PhD students network RSG Netherlands, the BioInformatics Industrial User Platform (BIUP) and the Netherlands Society on Biomolecular Modelling (NSBM). All these groups together created a lively atmosphere, inside (and outside) the conference venue ‘De Werelt’ in Lunteren.

057_thr19042011_74Keynote speakers:

  • Bas van Steensel – Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • Phil Bourne – University of California San Diego
  • Ewan Birney – EMBL-EBI, United Kingdom


Beste lecture: Fiona Nielsen, PhD student at the Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics (CMBI, UMC St Radboud Nijmegen) won the prize with her lecture ‘CATCHprofiles: Clustering and Alignment Tool for ChIP profiles’.

Two prizes were available for the poster presentations. One prize was offered by the BioInformatics Industrial User Platform (BIUP), which organised a satellite meeting during the NBIC conference. They judged the posters from a industrial point of view. Patrick Koks (Wageningen UR) received the prize for his poster about ‘eBiomics: an e-Learning environment on bioinformatics for life-scientists’.

The other poster prize was given to the poster which was “liked” the most by the conference participants, who could show their appreciation by “Facebook like stickers”. Wouter Meuleman (NKI/TUD) found the most stickers on his poster about ‘Dynamics and evolution of genome – nuclear lamina interactions’.

117_thr20042011_74The third competition was the application showcase, where researchers could show the applications they developed. Three out of ten were selection for the final presentations on stage. Bas Vroling (CMBI) presented GPCR-specific PDF reader and was with 92 votes the winner of the application showcase award.

The winner of the NBIC Young Investigator Award 2011 was Dr. Yang Li, Groningen Bioinformatics Centre,University of Groningen. She is awarded with a cash prize of 2.500 Euro funded by NBIC BioRange and BioWise programmes.

Visit the photo impression of the conference.