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 24, 2016

Abstract Call Closes

July 15, 2016

Abstract Acceptance

July 22, 2016

Late Poster Submission

Aug 5, 2016

Late Poster Acceptance

Aug 5, 2016

Travel Fellowship

September 3, 2016

European Student Council

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


First ESCS 2016 keynote confirmed

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kris Laukens is the first confirmed keynote for ESCS 2016! Dr. Laukens is a bioinformatics researcher at the Biomedical informatics research center (biomina) and the Advanced database Research and Modelling (ADReM) group at the University of Antwerp. His research interests consist of bioinformatics and data mining approaches to build computer models of biological systems.

Learn more about him here


European Student Council Symposium 2016 Announced

We are happy to announce that the 4th European Student Council Symposium 2016 will take place on Saturday 3rd September during ECCB 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.

The symposium includes ice-breaking, oral presentations, keynote talks, poster presentations and an evening social event that gives you the opportunity to get to know fellow young scientists from all over Europe in a casual setting.

The key dates are announced on this website. Abstract submission opens on Monday April 25 and closes on June 24. Registration details can be found on the ECCB 2016 website ( More information will be announced soon (confirmed keynotes, program, social event, travel fellowship, awards, etc.) so please visit this website regularly.

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!

Best Regards,

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


ESCS2016 Chair and Co-Chair Announced

We are Happy to Announce the Chair and Co-Chair. Annika Jacobsen from VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Kevin Schwahn from Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany will chair and co-chair this years European Student Council Symposium.


ESCS2016 Website Online

The European Student Council Symposium 2016 Website is now online. Our organising committee is working very hard to ensure that this edition of ESCS will be the best one yet. See you all in The Hague!