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UCSC/QB3 Symposium on Bioinformatics

(Informal post-CASP Workshop)
Engineering Auditorium
University of California, Santa Cruz
10 Dec 2010

All bioinformatics researchers and students are welcome to attend our free symposium. We would particularly like to invite all the attendees of CASP9 to stay on the Central Coast an extra day for informal talks at UCSC.

The symposium is Friday Dec 10. Researchers (primarily attendees of the CASP9 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 http://compbio.soe.ucsc.edu/workshop-2010-schedule.html, with abstracts at http://compbio.soe.ucsc.edu/workshop-2010-abstracts.html.

There will be no refereeing of papers, no proceedings, and 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 (the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences) has agreed to sponsor the coffee breaks and lunches at the symposium. In order for them to do this, we need fairly accurate counts of how many people will be attending. To this end we are asking that people who are coming register by Nov 24th using the form we have set up at pingg.

There will be a short list of a few local bars and restaurants available at the symposium, so that people can gather informally in small groups Friday 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 archival conference or journal publication. Presenting material that has already been published but deserves wider dissemination is also welcome.

Speakers are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis (more or less). Prospective speakers should contact Kevin Karplus (karplus@soe.ucsc.edu ) and let him know

(The schedule is now full, but we might be able to squeeze in one last speaker.)

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 left 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. Google Maps has a better map of campus, but (as of 3 Sept 2010) searching for UCSC buildings results in ludicrously wrong markers, often 2 miles from the correct placement. If you zoom in, you get the building names.

Parking on campus is free on Saturdays in most lots, but you will need a visitor parking permit on Friday. Permits will be available for $6 at the kiosk at the base of campus.

Alternatively, one can take the SCMTD bus from downtown (convenient if you are staying at the University Inn) for $1.50. Any of routes 10-20 goes to UCSC. Buses will not be on school-term schedule, so there will only be a few per hour.

This announcement can be found at http://compbio.soe.ucsc.edu/workshop-2010.html

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