M. D. McNally | January 13, 2020
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is the leading professional society in the field of computational biology and bioinformatics. ISCB aims to advance understanding of living systems through computation and communicate scientific advances worldwide, by providing high-quality meetings, publications, and knowledge dissemination, as well as by actively facilitating training, education, employment, career development, and networking.
The ISCB Board of Directors is responsible for the direction and future of the Society. The Board consists of around 30 volunteer leaders who act and think strategically, setting goals and strategies for the future with input from members, stakeholders, and committees.
One of ISCB's prominent committees is the Communities of Special Interest (COSI) Committee, which is responsible for the development, progression, and overall management of all ISCB COSIs. The COSI Committee is made up of two representatives from each COSI. Each COSI is built around a major research theme within computational biology or important activities such as networks of training, mentoring and/or support. Currently, there exist 20 ISCB COSIs. Some examples are: 3D-SIG: Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics; Education: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Education and Training; EvolCompGen: Evolution & Comparative Genomics; JPI: Junior Principal Investigators; MLCSB: Machine Learning in Computational and Systems Biology; Microbiome; and NetBio: Network Biology.
Because ISCB perceives the COSIs as an important and integral part of the Society, it has been decided that the COSI Committee is to elect in staggered terms three COSI representatives to serve as Directors on the ISCB Board of Directors. Each representative is to serve a three-year term (one representative starting in 2019, another starting in 2020, and a final one starting in 2021), with the option to be re-elected for a second term. Dr. Tijana Milenkovic has been elected to the ISCB Board of Directors to represent the Society's COSIs starting 2020.
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