Report about the 11th Israeli Bioinformatics Symposium, May 2015

The 17th Israeli Bioinformatics Symposium, the annual meeting of the Israeli Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ISBCB), was held on May 26th, 2015, at Tel Aviv University (TAU). Approximately 300 people attended the meeting, which was chaired by Tal Pupko of TAU.

Jens Lagergren of KTH Royal Institute of Technology gave the opening keynote presentation: "The species-tree aware approach in phylogenomics." Ruth Nussinov of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health received a a special Life Time Award in tribute to her seminal contributions to bioinformatics research.

The conference continued its tradition of introducing new faculty to the local community. This year's roster included Igor Ulitsky of Weizmann Institute for Science, Shiri Freilich of Volcani center, Einat Hazkani-Covo of The Open University, Julia Shifman from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Eyal Privman and Mor Peleg from Haifa University.

Prizes were awarded for the three best student posters of the 53 that were exhibited:

At the ISBCB business meeting, the Board of Directors of the Society was updated. Chen Keasar of Ben Gurion University was elected president. Sagi Snir from Haifa University and Ranit Aharonov from IBM Research joined the board. Ranit also joined the Review Committee. Yael Mandel-Gutfreund retired from the board and was replaced by Shai Shen-Orr from the Technion.