European Student Council Symposium 2016

The ISCB Student Council and its European Regional Student Groups are organizing the fourth European Student Council Symposium to be held on Saturday, September 3rd during one of the Tutorials/Workshop Days of ECCB 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.

The European Student Council Symposium is a forum for students and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience, build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Key Dates

April 25, 2016

Abstract Call Opens

June 13, 2016

Travel Fellowship Call Opens

June 24, 2016

July 12, 2016

Abstract Call Closes

July 15, 2016

July 22, 2016

Abstract Acceptance

July 22, 2016

Late Poster Submission

July 22, 2016

Travel Fellowship Call Closes

Aug 5, 2016

Late Poster Acceptance

Aug 5, 2016

Travel Fellowship

September 3, 2016

European Student Council

Abstract decision is now available

We would like to thank all of the authors who submitted abstracts to present at the fourth European Student Council Symposium at the Hague. We are glad to inform you that after a thorough peer review, decisions are now available. Please visit the following link to check decision on your abstract.


The Abstract Call for ESCS 2016 has been extended to 12 July

The abstract call for oral presentation has been extended to 12 July 2016. We are pleased with the quality of all the abstracts submitted to the European Student Council Symposium so far, and look forward to receive even more. Your abstract will be considered for an oral presentation if submitted before 12 July 2016 and for a poster presentation if submitted before the late poster submission deadline on 22 July 2016.


Call for abstracts for ESCS 2016

Abstract submission for oral and poster presentations is open for the 4th European Student Council Symposium (ESCS) 2016.

You can submit your abstract here:

For registration details, please visit

We welcome students and young researchers from all areas of computational biology to join our community. Please help us spread the word by using the hashtag #ESCS16 on social media.

We look forward to welcome you in The Hague!

Annika Jacobsen and Kevin Schwahn,
chair and co-chair, ESCS 2016


Third ESCS 2016 keynote confirmed

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Yves Van de Peer is the third confirmed keynote for ESCS 2016! Dr. Van de Peer received his PhD in 1996 from The University of Antwerp, Belgium, on the use of ribosomal RNAs as molecular markers for inferring phylogenies. Currently, he is Professor in Bioinformatics and Genome Biology at the Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Ghent University, Belgium. He is also VIB Group Leader in the Department of Plant Systems Biology, Ghent, Belgium and part-time professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research group is a center of excellence in gene and genome annotation, comparative and evolutionary genomics and top-down systems biology. Yves Van de Peer has a particular interest in gene and genome duplications. He is associate editor of, amongst others, The Plant Journal, BMC Bioinformatics, Genome Biology and Evolution, and Current Plant Biology. He published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to several books. His work has been cited over 30,000 times,

Learn more about him here .


Second ESCS 2016 keynote confirmed

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nuria Lopez-Bigas is the second confirmed keynote for ESCS 2016! Dr. Lopez-Bigas is an ICREA Research professor at the University Pompeu Fabra. She is leading the Biomedical Genomics group dedicated to the computational study of cancer at the genomics level.

Learn more about her group here