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

Keynote : Dr. Nuria Lopez-Bigas

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 Dr. Lopez-Bigas's group here

Keynote title: “On the quest for Cancer Drivers”


Keynote : Dr. Kris Laukens

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

Keynote title: “Making sense of unexplained proteomics and metabolomics data with pattern mining approaches”

In this talk he will introduce some of the key challenges that the proteomics and metabolomics field are currently facing. A major fraction of mass spectrometry data remains still unexplained, especially in discovery workflows. Quality issues, artefacts, lack of (complete and representative) reference libraries and structural modifications are just a few of the major issues when we try to identify proteins or small molecules. He will discuss how they have (attempted to) come up with solutions that are based on pattern mining techniques. First, he will also discuss their efforts to find associations between unexplained parts of information with frequent pattern discovery techniques, and reveal how they can help to elucidate fractions of unassigned proteome and metabolome data. Second, he will present solutions to efficiently search libraries while allowing structural modifications, i.e. so called open library search. He will place these in the broad context of improved quality of proteome and metabolome analysis workflows.


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!