Committees and ROLES

Executive committee

From 2nd November 2016, the ABACBS executive committee is

  • Tony Papenfuss (President)
  • Vacant (Vice-President)
  • Melissa Davis (Treasurer)
  • Joshua Ho (Secretary)
  • Nicola Armstrong (Ordinary member)
  • David Lynn (Ordinary member)
  • Alan Rubin (Postdoctoral/ECR Representative)
  • Harriet Dashnow (Student Representative).

Past executive members

  • Ashley Waardenberg (Vice-President; 2014-2017)
  • Liam Fearnley (ECR Representative; 2016)
  • David Lovell (Secretary; 2014-2016)
  • Andrew Lonsdale (Student Rep; 2014-2016)

Call for Expressions Of Interest in the ABACBS Vice President position

In line with Section 57 of the ABACBS model rules of association, the executive committee will appoint a new Vice President to fill the current vacancy. The appointed member will have all of the responsibilities and have the full voting privileges of Vice President. The position will be held until the next election, which will be held at the Annual General Meeting during the ABACBS-2017 national conference in Adelaide.

To ensure that this process is as open as possible and to assist in identifying the best candidates, the ABACBS Executive Committee is calling for Expressions Of Interest in the position. In order to nominate for this position, you must have been a member of ABACBS for at least 10 working days.

Please submit your Expressions Of Interest consisting of a brief statement (<300 words) about why you are interested in nominating for Vice President and what you would like to undertake in the role via email to committee@abacbs.org by April 5. Enquiries and questions can be directed to the same address. The Committee will select a new Vice President from the nominees at the April executive meeting.

Call for Expressions of Interest in the new ABACBS Professional Bioinformatician Representative position

Recognising the diverse types of bioinformaticians and in order to increase representation for professional or non-academic bioinformaticians within the executive committee, ABACBS is establishing a new Professional Bioinformatician Representative position.

The position will represent members who are based in a variety of non-academic roles, including core facilities, service roles, infrastructure-related roles, or industry. The role will require:

  • Establishing Terms of Reference,

  • Establishing a mailing list of professional bioinformaticians,

  • Representing the interests of professional bioinformaticians in discussions, including the executive committee teleconference each month, and

  • Representing professional bioinformaticians, along with other members of the executive, to external bodies.

In the first instance, the position will be an appointed role (similar to the National Conference Coordinator or subcommittee chairs). However, we will move to create a new elected position of Professional Bioinformatician Representative (similar to the Student and Post-doctoral Representative positions) at the next AGM. Formally, the position will be non-voting until established as an elected position, but the executive is a highly collegiate group and this representative role adds an important voice to the discussion.

Please submit your Expressions Of Interest consisting of a brief statement (<300 words) about why you are interested in nominating for the role of and what you would like to achieve via email to committee@abacbs.org by April 5. Enquiries and questions can be directed to the same address. The Committee will select a new Vice President from the nominees at the April executive meeting.

COMBINE student sub-committee

  • President: Leah Roberts
  • Vice President: Zac Gerring
  • Treasurer: Klay Saunders
  • Media and communications: Shila Ghazanfar, Luke Zappia and Glen van den Bergen
  • Training: Soroor Hediyeh-Zadeh
  • ABACBS student representative: Harriet Dashnow

The COMBINE website is here.

Education and training sub-committee


Chair: Annette McGrath
Members:  Bruno Gaeta, Maria Doyle, Katherine Champ, Richard Edwards, Sonika Tyagi, Kim-Anh le Cao, Soroor Zadeh (COMBINE Rep), Harriet Dashnow (ABACBS Exec Rep)

To stay up to date and get involved with the Education and training sub-committee join our mailing list by sending an email here: abacbs-education-request@unix01.wehi.edu.au

You can contribute to the conversation on the mailing list at any time by emailing abacbs-education@unix01.wehi.edu.au .

National conference coordinator

Mirana Ramialison

Conference Organising Committee

David Lynn (Convener of ABACBS Conference 2017)