The German Conference on Bioinformatics is an annual, international conference devoted to all topics in bioinformatics. Its tradition reaches back to 1985, and recent conferences have attracted about 250 participants from all over the world.

The 2009 conference is organized by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

The conference language will be English.

Satellite Workshop

On Thursday October 1st a GCB satellite workshop "Data Analysis in Systems Biology" will take place, which is arranged by "Arbeitsausschuss Bioinformatik" and "Arbeitskreis Systembiologie" of Dechema. more ...

Public talk

In the course of the conference Theo van Hintum will give a talk on
The role of bioinformatics in a global attempt to fight hunger

This talk is open to the general public and will take place on

Tuesday, September 29th, 17.30, Audimax

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Further Events

Immediately after the closing of GCB the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will have its Annual assembly also in Halle (Saale) from October 2nd to 4th focussing on

Computermodelle in der Wissenschaft - zwischen Analyse, Vorhersage und Suggestion

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Areas of interest at the German Conference on Bioinformatics 2009 are:

The focus is not limited to specific computational techniques or biological applications.
Scientists applying bioinformatics in life science - particulary in plant research - are encouraged to present their work at the GCB.

Invited Speakers

Ewan Birney (European Bioinformatics Institute)
Ensembl and ENCODE: Understanding our genome and its variation

David Fell (Oxford Brookes University)
Building and Analyzing Genome-Scale Models of Metabolism

Andreas Graner (Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben)
Challenges of utilizing plant genetic resources

Theo van Hintum (Centre for Genetic Resources, Wageningen)
The role of bioinformatics in a global attempt to fight hunger

Svante Pääbo (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
A Neandertal Perspective on Human Origins

Ulrich Schurr (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
Phenotyping of Plants: Quantification of Structure and Function - Concepts and Infrastructure

Time schedule see Program

Key Dates

First Call for Papers:   February 2009
Submission of Contributions: May 17, 2009 - extended to May 24, 2009
NOTE: Abstracts must be submitted by May 19th, 12:00 noon (CEST),
updates are possible until May 24th.
Notification of acceptance: June 29, 2009
Final version due: July 20, 2009
Submission of Poster Abstracts: August 9, 2009
Early registration deadline: August 21, 2009