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Boundaries of Bioinformatics symposium



Bioinformatics is one of the fastest growing fields in the world. Huge amounts of data are generated and without the proper analyst, the overview will soon be lost.This is where the classical bioinformatician comes into play. However there is more in it for the bioinformaticist then this classical story. Exactly how broad is bioinformatics? We will try to find out during this symposium!

B.o.B. is a symposium organized by studievereniging Exon and is aimed at students in the field of bioinformatics to get a better understanding of how broad the field of bioinformatics can be. During this symposium there will be speakers from both companies and research groups. Students from across the country can get in contact with each other during either this symposium, or during the Biocafe which will be hosted by the RSG, part of NBIC.

B.o.B. will be held on the 4th of June. Lunch and free wifi will be provided.


Current program
The current program is shown below. Companies can expose themselves in the lunchbreak.

The dayhost will be Prof. Dr. Anton Feenstra.

Reception and registration 09:30 – 10:15 uur
Welcome and opening 10:15 – 10:20 uur
Dr. Arjan Gittenberger - Diving into bioinformatics... much more then DNA and protein analysis 10:20 – 10:50 uur
Dr. Sacha van Hijum - The study of microbial consortia: from genomics to metagenomics  11:00 – 11:20 uur
Dr. Sven Warris - Software engineering 11:30 – 12:00 uur
Lunch, stands and poster presentations 12:00 – 14:00 uur
BSc. Ralph van der Pols - BioInformatics - Have Fun, Make Money, Save Mankind  14:00 – 14:30 uur
MSc. Marijn Kraakman - Games for healthcare 14:40 – 15:10 uur
Dr. Yassene Mohammed - On bioinformatics, bioinformaticians, and the real world 15:20 – 15:50 uur
Closing of the symposium + BioCafè (hosted by RSG) 16:00 – 18:00 uur



The RSG (Regional Student Group) in the Netherlands is a group of students (mostly PhD and Master students) and young scientists in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology who aim to initiate and stimulate scientific discussion as well as collaboration between students. They strongly believe that there is a lot to learn from each other and there is nothing more inspiring than working on new ideas together.

To achieve this, the RSG closely collaborates with the Netherlands Bioinformatics Center (NBIC) and the International Society of Computational Biology Student Council (ISCB).

The RSG brings students together in an informal atmosphere by initiating a series of lectures by renowned Dutch scientists (BioCafé) usually in a café/bar. Moreover, RSG Netherlands organises interesting workshops, company visits and student retreats.

On Tuesday the 4th of June 4th, the PhD-students network RSG Netherlands is organizing another biocafe. This time RSG Netherlands will not be alone in organizing this event as the biocafe will be a part of the “Boundaries of Bioinformatics” symposium, organized by Exon student organization in Leiden. During this Biocafe a panel of experts from industry and academia will discuss their view on bioinformatics related topics. The panel members will interactively share their professional opinions on different statements about the diversity of the field, work prospects and finally the possibilities, limitations and future of the field.
The discussion will be held in an informal and open setting with drinks and snacks, where the audience is stimulated to ask questions to individual panel members or to the panel in general.

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