European Conference on Computational Biology

European Conference on Computational Biology
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Athens, Greece (2018)
Years active 15
Previous event ISMB/ECCB 2017
Next event ECCB 2018
Attendance 1,500
Organised by Artemis Hatzigeorgiou, Pantelis Bagos (2018 chairs)

The European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) is a scientific meeting on the subjects of bioinformatics and computational biology. It covers a wide spectrum of disciplines, including bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, computational structural biology, and systems biology. ECCB is organized annually in different European cities. Since 2007, the conference has been held jointly with Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) every second year. The conference also hosts the European ISCB Student Council Symposium.[1][2] The proceedings of the conference are published by the journal Bioinformatics.



ECCB was formed with the intent of providing a European conference focusing on advances in computational biology and their application to problems in molecular biology. The conference was initially to be held on a rotating basis, with the idea that previously successful regional conferences (for instance, the German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB), the French Journées Ouvertes Biologie, Informatique et Mathématiques (JOBIM) conference and the British Genes, Proteins & Computers (GPC) conference) would be jointly held with ECCB if that region was hosting ECCB in that particular year.[3][4] The first ECCB conference was held in October 2002 in Saarbrücken, Germany and was chaired by Hans-Peter Lenhof.[5] 69 scientific papers were submitted to the conference.[3]

Partnership with ISMB

In 2004, ECCB was jointly held with the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference for the first time. It was also co-located with the Genes, Proteins & Computers conference. This meeting, held in Glasgow, UK, was the largest bioinformatics conference ever held,[6] attended by 2,136 delegates, submitting 496 scientific papers.[7] ISCB Board member and Director of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute Alfonso Valencia considers ISMB/ECCB 2004 to be an important milestone in the history of ISMB: "it was the first one where the balance between Europe and the States became an important part of the conference. It was here that we established the rules and the ways and the spirit of collaboration between the Americans and the Europeans."[8] The success of the joint conference paved the way for future European ISMB meetings to be held jointly with ECCB. In January 2007, ISMB and ECCB agreed to hold joint conferences in Europe every other year, beginning with ISMB/ECCB 2007.[9] This pattern has been confirmed to continue until at least 2017.[10]

List of conferences

ConferenceLocationVenueConference Chairs
ECCB 2002[11] Saarbrücken, Germany Saarland University Hans-Peter Lenhof, Thomas Lengauer
ECCB 2003[12] Paris, France Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Hans-Peter Lenhof and Marie-France Sagot
ISMB/ECCB 2004[13] Glasgow, United Kingdom Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Janet Thornton, David Gilbert and Cath Brooksbank
ECCB 2005[14] Madrid, Spain Palacio de Congresos de Madrid Roderic Guigó, Federico Morán, Alfonso Valencia, and Josep F. Abril
ECCB 2006[15] Eilat, Israel Dan Eilat Hotel Haim Wolfson and Hershel Safer
ISMB/ECCB 2007[16] Vienna, Austria Vienna International Centre Thomas Lengauer, Burkhard Rost, and Peter Schuster
ECCB 2008[17] Cagliari, Italy Cagliari Congress Center Anna Tramontano
ISMB/ECCB 2009[18] Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm International Fairs Marie-France Sagot, Eugene W. Myers, Gunnar von Heijne
ECCB 2010[19] Ghent, Belgium International Convention Center Ghent Yves Moreau and Jaap Heringa
ISMB/ECCB 2011[20] Vienna, Austria Vienna International Centre Burkhard Rost, Michal Linial, Peter Schuster, Kurt Zatloukal; 10th annual ECCB conference.
ECCB 2012[21] Basel, Switzerland Congress Center Basel Torsten Schwede and Dagmar Iber; in association with the 10th Basel Computational Biology Conference
ISMB/ECCB 2013[22] Berlin, Germany Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin Burkhard Rost, Anna Tramontano, Martin Vingron
ECCB 2014[23] Strasbourg, France Strasbourg Convention Centre[24] Marie-Dominique Devignes, Yves Moreau
ISMB/ECCB 2015[25] Dublin, Ireland Convention Centre Dublin Des Higgins, Alex Bateman, Janet Kelso
ECCB 2016[26] The Hague, Netherlands World Forum[27] Jaap Heringa
ISMB/ECCB 2017[10] Prague, Czech Republic Prague Congress Centre
ECCB 2018[28] Athens, Greece Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre Artemis Hatzigeorgiou, Pantelis Bagos

Planned Conferences

ISMB/ECCB 2019[29] Basel, Switzerland Congress Center Basel


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