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ISB (Final) Newsletter - December 2019

This is the forth quarter newsletter for the International Society for Biocuration. 

The ISB EC has decided to discontinue the quarterly newsletter and instead use social media channels (Twitter and LinkedIn), our blog and our mailing list to disseminate news related to the Society. Thanks for reading!

Introducing the new 2019-2020 Executive Committee

The Election for new Executive Committee (EC) was held from October 14 - 20, 2019. We welcome two new members and two members stepped down having served three years on the committee. 

Welcome to Ruth Lovering and Randi Vita!

      Thank you to Pete McQuilton and Andrew Su for your service.

You can read Ruth and Randi's bios (as well as those of the other EC members here). All meeting minutes from the EC meetings are available online here.

Save the Date: Biocuration 2020 in Bar Harbor, Maine

The 13th International Biocuration Conference will be held from May 17-20, 2020 in Bar Harbor, Maine, hosted by Jackson Labs. Registration is now open. Check the website for more details.


January 24, 2020 - Abstract  and Workshop Submission Deadline
March 6, 2020 - Notification of Acceptance
April 6, 2020 - Early Bird Registration Ends
May 8, 2020 - Registration Deadline


Madeleine Braun, Jackson Labs
Ambroise Wonkam, H3A Africa
Fiona Brinkman, Simon Fraser University
Russell Thomas, National Center for Computational Toxicology

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Highlights

The EDI committee wrote a new Code of Conduct, which all members are expected to abide by.

Rachael Huntley performed a retrospective analysis of gender balance at past Biocuration conferences. The report is available from Zenodo

We will submit a proposal to host another Equality, Diversity and Inclusion workshop at the Biocuration 2020 conference in Bar Harbor. We welcome feedback for discussion topics, please submit your ideas here.

We prepared guidelines for increasing equality, diversity and inclusion at Biocuration conferences, to share with conference organizers. Please see the document here. Feedback is welcome.

Save the Date: ICBO 2020

Planning your trips for 2020?

Why not visit the Italian Alps and learn about biomedical ontologies?

The 11th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO) will be held

September 16 – 19, 2020 in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

Registration and submission dates coming soon!

Conference website including keynote speakers

Bozen-Bolzano Information

Issues with renewing your membership resolved

There have been some known issues with membership renewals, but this should be resolved now. Please contact us at if you continue to have any issues.

Funding available from the ISB

Microgrant funding is available to all ISB members to sponsor local and regional short meetings of ISB members to foster synergy of their work efforts.
We’d like to promote requests for funding that address issues surrounding diversity or accessibility. It’s simple to request funds and there is no deadline. More info is here.

Funding is available for you to visit another lab or group! To promote collaboration and exchange between biocuration groups ISB offers fellowships. The fellowship will fund the visit of a biocurator to another laboratory or organization with extensive experience in biocuration.

Travel Fellowship Recipients describe their experience at [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference

Earlier this year, the ISB launched a new travel fellowship opportunity to fund scholars to attend the [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference.

Qaaifah Gillani Syed, PhD Student at University of Kashmir, India and Zannatun Nayema, PhD Student at Kanazawa University, Japan were awarded the travel fellowships.

A summary report is available here.

Volunteer Opportunities

We still have several posts need filling
Please contact us at if you are interested in any of these positions.

Share your news and ideas with the ISB

Have an upcoming event, news, new publication or anything else that you’d like to highlight for the ISB community? Let us know. We can share your blog posts on our website, or share content on our mailing list.

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