Second Biennial
UCSC-QB3 Symposium on Bioinformatics:
Predicting the structure and function of proteins

(Informal post-CASP Workshop)
Earth & Marine B206
University of California, Santa Cruz
7-8 Dec 2002

I would like to invite all the attendees of CASP5 to stay on the Central Coast an extra couple of days for informal talks at UCSC. Other bioinformatics researchers who'll be in the Monterey Bay Area are also welcome.

The symposium is Saturday Dec 7 and Sunday Dec 8. Researchers (primarily attendees of the CASP5 conference on prediction of protein structure) are invited to present any interesting work they have done recently as half-hour talks (25 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions). Ideally, speakers will be talking about something different from any presentation they might give at CASP. By scheduling the symposium after CASP there will be no "scooping" of CASP results.

This meeting replaces the December meeting of the Bay Area Bioinformatics discussion group.

There is a tentative schedule of speakers posted at Abstracts will be added soon.

There will be no refereeing of papers, no proceedings, no money involved. We won't be arranging hotels, meals, or any of the other things that can complicate running a conference. (It is the off-season for Santa Cruz hotels, so finding a reasonably-priced room should not be hard.) You can also search Google for Santa Cruz hotels.

QB3 (University of California's Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research) has agreed to sponsor the coffee breaks at the symposium. We are looking (though not very hard) for industry sponsorship for lunch or receptions. If no industry sponsor comes to us, we'll probably car pool down to Mission Street for lunch. Please contact us if your company would like to sponsor the conference.

There will be a list of local bars and restaurants available at the workshop, so that people can gather informally in small groups Saturday evening.

Our reason for holding this conference is to get a bunch of interesting speakers to talk at UCSC. The incentive for others is an excuse to stay a little longer in California, and perhaps to talk about some more speculative work that isn't ready for a real conference or journal publication.

Speakers are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis (more or less). Registration is not necessary, except for speakers. (Since we aren't providing anything but the room, we don't really need to know in advance how many are coming.) Prospective speakers should contact Katy Elliott ( ) and let her know

The UCSC campus is located at the intersection of Bay and High Streets in Santa Cruz (see directions). There will be signage at the base of campus indicating the general direction of the symposium. Whether you come in through the main entrance or the back entrance (at the intersection of High Street and Heller Drive), please park in the Core West parking structure. The parking structure is located in the upper left corner of the campus, at the corner of McLaughlin and Heller Drives, across from the Baskin School of Engineering (see maps, and click on the upper center part of the main campus map to zoom in on that part of the campus). Additional signage will direct you to the symposium, which is in Earth and Marine Sciences B206, about five minutes' walk via Steinhart Way (also viewable on the same section of the campus map). Parking on campus is free on Saturday and Sunday.

This announcement can be found at

The web page and schedule for the first UCSC symposium is still available.