History

History

1st Japan-Taiwan Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Systems Biology

In 2007, the board members of the 21st COE Program made decisions to educate its students by holding an international conference that would be wholly organized by students. Accordingly, students from Japan and Taiwan jointly collaborated and initiated the organization of the first conference. As a result, the Japan-Taiwan Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Systems Biology was held at the National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan from March 9 – 13, 2008 with approximately 100 attendees from the two countries.

2nd Taiwan-Japan Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Systems Biology

Following the success of the first conference, the 2nd Taiwan-Japan Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Systems Biology (“TJYoung2″) took place from November 4-6, 2008 at the Computational Biology Research Center in Odaiba Tokyo, Japan; together with additional supports from newly recruited organizing committee members. The conference was held in collaboration with a series of academic forums on bioinformatics named Bioinformatics Week in Odaiba 2008 (BiWO2008), with nearly 200 attendees from both countries.
The organizing committee members consisted not only of students, but also young Ph.D.’s from diverse research areas, making the scope of the conference wider in terms of both research areas and attendees.

3rd Asian Youth Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology

The third conference was a big turning point of AYRCOB’s conference series. With the addition of the word “Asian” added to its title, the conference was extended to other Asian countries and welcomed newly recruited members from South Korea and Singapore to the organizing committee. Another change was the exchange of the words systems to omics in the title of the conference. Although the conference envisioned both systems and omics biology research throughout its history, the change explicitly declared that the foci of the conference were also on the importance of the rapidly advancing omics technologies. The Asian Youth Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (“AYRCOB 2010″) successfully took place at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan from March 10-12, 2010.

4th Asian Youth Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology

The 4th Asian Youth Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (“AYRCOB Singapore”) was held at Biopolis, Singapore on December 1-3, 2010. As the conference was held at another country other than Japan or Taiwan, AYRCOB overtook another turning point in its growth. In addition, the growth of the conference inevitably brought much difficulty to the organization processes. The committee members from the four countries were incorporated to resolve and openly discuss possible outcomes for future planning of the conference. Furthermore, a more systematized organizing process was implicated thus far, by recruiting subgroups to the committee such as international, local, program, budget and fundraising boards.

5th Asian Youth Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology

The 5th Asian Youth Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (“5th AYRCOB in Korea”) was held at University of Science and Technology in Korea, Daejeon on August 10-12, 2011. AYRCOB organization was extended to five countries by including Beijing Genomic Institute (BGI), China. In addition, we have introduced a two general chairs system for better organization. As a result, we promoted balanced discussions among organizers through new interesting programs, such as ‘Meet the experts’, ‘Call for collaborations’, ‘Highlight session’, which distinguishes our conference from others. We expect the success of the 5th AYRCOB in Korea will be continued during future AYRCOBs.

6th Asian Youth Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology

The 6th Asian Youth Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (“6th AYRCOB ShenZhen China”) was held at the BGI’s head office in ShenZhen, China on December 20~21, 2012. BGI had considerably supported our conference and helped the successful open.  During the two-day-event, many participants from each contries presented their researches and shared the brilliant ideas throughout the 7 sessions with a different issue each other.  Thanks to BGI’s goodwill,  all participants  had a chance to go on a field trip to the BGI laboratory, which is one of leading groups in this current genomic analysis and  bioinformatics.  Furthermore, the organizers arranged the membership training time for people to personally meet each other.

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