ABACBS-2018 National Conference, Melbourne

The ABACBS Annual Conference brings together members from all over Australia to enjoy the opportunity to interact and hear fantastic stories about bioinformatics and computational biology research with an emphasis on how the computational research is done.

Dates: November 26-28, plus associated symposia and workshops on Nov 26, 29 and 30.

Conference overview:

The conference will feature:

  • 4 international keynote speakers
  • 4 national keynote speakers
  • 2 special guest invited speakers
  • contributed talks, lightening talks and posters
  • COMBINE Student Symposium (Nov 26)
  • a series of other symposia and workshops focusing on topics that are highly relevant to our community.

Location: Arts West, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

We look forward to seeing you at ABACBS-2018!


Registration, abstract submission and application for travel bursaries are now open!


International Keynote Speakers


Professor Nancy Zhang

Statistics Department, University of Pennsylvania


Associate Professor Maitreya Dunham

Genome Sciences, University of Washington


Professor Leming Shi

Pharmacogenomics, Fudan University


Dr Chris Saunders

Senior Staff Bioinformatics Scientist, Illumina

National Keynote Speakers


Dr Ann-Marie Patch

QIMR Berghofer


Dr Eleni Giannoulatou

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute


Dr Nick Hamilton

Institute for Molecular Biology, University of Queensland


Professor Michael Stumpf

Melbourne Integrative Genomics, University of Melbourne

Special Invited Speakers


Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


Professor Kim-Anh Do

MD Anderson Cancer Centre

Key dates

Sep 10: Abstracts and travel bursary applications close

Early October: Notification of talk/poster

Oct 24: Early bird registration deadline

Mid-Nov: Registration after this date will not include lunch/tea.

Nov 26:

COMBINE Student Symposium 2018 (Full day)
ABACBS-2018 associated meeting: Research Computing & Bio IT Workshop (Half day)
Evening: ABACBS-2018 National Conference Opening and ABACBS Awards

Nov 27:

ABACBS-2018 National Conference, Day 1
Conference dinner

Nov 28:

ABACBS-2018 National Conference, Day 2

Nov 29:

ABACBS-2018 associated symposia and workshops:
Bioconductor Hands-on Training Day (full day)
Clinical Bioinformatics Symposium (half day - AM)
Docker Containers and Singularity Images for Bioinformatics Pipelines Workshop (half day - PM)
Machine Learning for Healthcare Workshop(half day - PM)

Nov 30:

ABACBS-2018 associated symposia and workshops:
4th Bioconductor Asia Meeting (full day)
Best Practice for Developing Bioinformatics Software Workshop (full day)

Organising Committee

Co-convenors: Dr Melissa Davis & Professor Tony Papenfuss

Professor David Balding
Associate Professor Joshua Ho
Dr Kristy Horan
Roxane Legaie
Jiaping Liu
Dr Milica Ng
Dr Bernie Pope
Youwen Qin
Dr Alan Rubin
Professor Sarah Russell
Dr Andrew Siebel
Dr Clare Sloggett

Contact: conference@abacbs.org