Attending the ISMB/ECCB 2017 conference, which was held with full of action at the beautiful city, Prague, Czech Republic was an unforgettable experience. I was there to present an abstract on my work in methods for estimating species diversity from data at the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) student council symposium. ISMB/ECCB 2017 is my first time at an international conference dedicated to computational biology.
The student council symposium happened prior to the main conference and was full of interesting talks by students, mainly from the USA and Europe and 2 including me from the land down under were there.
Abstracts of the talks presented at the ISCB student council symposium 2017 are available for a read at http://symposium.iscbsc.org/sites/default/files/SCS2017_booklet_web.pdf
The conference kick-started with an inspirational keynote by Aviv Regev, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Cambridge, the United States with the attendance of many researchers, despite the fact the event was held in an evening. One could certainly feel the excitement and inspirational vibes within the room.
Four days full of talks, posters, discussions, meetings, industrial booths, networking and refreshments followed next. ISMB/ECCB 2017 certainly put together a significant amount of researches that are being conducted in different areas of computational biology, separating them into 15 Communities of Special Interest (COSI) s. https://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2017.
Being a part of ISMB/ECCB 2017 is a dream come true. It gave me an opportunity to communicate my work to other researchers and receive their feedback. The event also inspired me to do what I want to do: wander into to the wonders of the unknown, because we are all in it together.