UCSC/QB3 Symposium on Bioinformatics

(Informal post-CASP Workshop)
Engineering Auditorium
University of California, Santa Cruz
2-3 Dec 2006

All bioinformatics researchers and students are welcome to attend our free symposium. We would particularly like to invite all the attendees of CASP7 to stay on the Central Coast an extra couple of days for informal talks at UCSC.

The symposium is Saturday Dec 2 and Sunday Dec 3. Researchers (primarily attendees of the CASP7 conference on prediction of protein structure, but also other bioinformatics researchers who are in the neighborhood) are invited to present any interesting work they have done recently as 40-minute talks (40 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.

There is a tentative schedule of speakers posted at, with pointers to abstracts on

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'll probably car pool down to Mission Street for lunch, though CASP is a week earlier this year, so restaurants on campus are likely to be open.

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 Kevin Karplus ( ) and let him know

The UCSC campus is located at the intersection of Bay and High Streets in Santa Cruz (see directions). If we remember, 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 Engineering Auditorium. Parking on campus is free on Saturday and Sunday in most lots:

This announcement can be found at

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