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.

Registrations are now closed.

All workshops are now full .

Reservations for places in the ABACBS-2018 Childcare are now closed.

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


  • Bioinformatics methods and software

  • Statistical bioinformatics

  • Computational genomics

  • Computational cancer biology

  • Evolution

  • Imaging data


The conference will feature:

  • 4 international keynote speakers

  • 4 national keynote speakers

  • 2 special invited speakers

  • Contributed talks, lightening talks and posters

  • COMBINE Student Symposium (Nov 26)

  • A series of symposia, workshops and meeting 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!


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

Invited Speakers


Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


Professor Kim-Anh Do

MD Anderson Cancer Centre

Key dates

Sep 17 (9am): Abstracts submission and travel bursary applications close

Sep 28: Abstract submission for Clinical Bioinformatics Symposium closes

Oct 22: Talk and posters presenters to be notified

Oct 24 (11:59pm): Early bird registration deadline

Oct 24-Nov 7: Call for abstracts for late-breaking posters

Nov 3 and Nov 11: Late breaking poster presenters to be notified

Nov 20 (11:59pm): Registration after this date will not include lunch/tea.

Nov 21: Registrations close.

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)

Conference 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

National Program Committee

Co-chairs: Professor Sarah Russell & Professor David Balding


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