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International Conference on Bioinformatics

International Conference on Bioinformatics
Location(s)Shenzhen, China (2017)
Years active22
Previous eventInCoB 2017
Next eventInCoB 2018
Organised byJinyan Li, Lan Ma (2017 chairs)

The International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) is a scientific conference on bioinformatics aimed at scientists in the Asia Pacific region. It has been held annually since 2002.[1] Originally organised by coordination between the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) and the Thailand National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in 2002, the meeting has since been the flagship conference of the APBioNet, where APBioNet's Annual General Meeting is held.

Scientific publications

Since 2006, InCoB has been partnering with BMC Bioinformatics to publish an InCoB Special Conference Issue of top papers presented at the conference.[2] In 2007, an additional tie-up with the Bioinformation journal was established in addition to the BMC Bioinformatics issue.

Technological placeshifting

Since 2007, InCoB held in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has been placeshifted in an additional location in a developing country venue, namely the Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU) through the advanced videoconferencing project of APAN and TEIN2. In 2015, InCoB was organised jointly with the International Conference on Genome Informatics in an attempt to increase effectiveness and scalability.[3]

Satellite training workshops

Since 2007, at the VNU site coordinated by the Institute of Biotechnology Hanoi (IBT), InCoB coordinated with the International Union for Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (IUBMB), the Federation of Asian Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) and APBioNet to hold a two-week bioinformatics training course with course faculty from Karolinska Institutet, NCBI and National University of Singapore, supported by the S* Alliance for Bioinformatics Education and BioSlax, a software development project hosted at NUS as part of an ASEAN SubCommittee on Biotechnology (SCB) project. This collaboration with IUBMB and FAOBMB continues in 2008 with a bioinformatics education workshop in Taipei, Taiwan, where the main meeting of InCoB 2008 will be situated.

Past and present conferences

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (October 2017)
Conference[1] Location(s) Hosting Institution(s)
InCoB 2002 Bangkok, Thailand
InCoB 2003 Penang, Malaysia
InCoB 2004 Auckland, New Zealand
InCoB 2005 Busan, South Korea
InCoB 2006 Delhi, India
InCoB 2007 Hong Kong, China; Hanoi, Vietnam Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
InCoB 2008 Taipei, Taiwan
InCoB 2009 Singapore
InCoB 2010 Tokyo, Japan
InCoB 2011 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
InCoB 2012 Bangkok, Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency, BIOTEC, KMUTT
InCoB 2013 Taicang, China
InCoB 2014 Brighton-Le-Sands, New South Wales, Australia
InCoB 2015 Odaiba, Japan
InCoB 2016 Singapore
InCoB 2017 Shenzhen, China Tsinghua University
InCoB 2018 New Delhi, India Jawaharlal Nehru University
InCoB 2019 Jakarta, Indonesia Universitas YARSI
InCoB 2020 Asia-Pacific and Beyond Virtual


  1. ^ a b "Where InCOB Has Been – International Conference on Bioinformatics". Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  2. ^ Schönbach, Christian; Verma, Chandra; Bond, Peter J.; Ranganathan, Shoba (22 December 2016). "Bioinformatics and systems biology research update from the 15th International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB2016)". BMC Bioinformatics. 17 (S19): 524. doi:10.1186/s12859-016-1409-7. PMC 5259976. PMID 28155668.
  3. ^ Schönbach, Christian; Horton, Paul; Yiu, Siu-Ming; Tan, Tin; Ranganathan, Shoba (2015). "GIW and InCoB, two premier bioinformatics conferences in Asia with a combined 40 years of history". BMC Genomics. 16 (Suppl 12): I1. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-16-S12-I1. PMC 4682400. PMID 26679412.
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