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PLOS Computational Biology Symposium 2016

We are pleased to invite you to attend a PLOS Computational Biology Symposium at the National Institutes of Health. The details of the event are as follows:

“Computational Biology: Past, Present, and Future”

Friday, 16th September 2016
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Room 620, Building 35A
NIH Main Campus

Entry is free and no registration is required.

The Symposium will be chaired by Editors-in-Chief Ruth Nussinov and Jason Papin, and the journal’s Founding Editor-in-Chief, Philip E. Bourne.

Keynote addresses will be given by the following speakers:


David J. Lipman
National Center for Biotechnology Information
National Institutes of Health
Pathogen Genomics for Food Safety: Challenges and Opportunities





Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
Navigating the Cellular Landscape Through New Imaging Technologies




Bert Vogelstein
The Johns Hopkins University
The War Against Cancers and the Critical Role of Computational Biology




The Symposium agenda also includes two Discussion Panels served by PLOS Computational Biology editors from a range of fields. The morning panel will discuss the “Biggest challenges and greatest opportunities in computational biology over the next 10 years”. The afternoon panel will discuss “How computational biology – and computing in general – will affect human health”. Attendees will be encouraged to participate when these topics are opened to the floor.

View the full Symposium agenda here.

In addition to this, we are honoured to announce that Dr. Michael Gottesman, Director of Intramural Research at the NIH, will give a concluding talk on ‘A Vision for the Future’ at 3:00 PM, followed by some closing remarks from Ruth Nussinov.


Note: We encourage participants from the wider community, so we encourage you to share this invitation with your colleagues or with anyone who would be interested in attending.

There is no need to register but if you know you intend to come, we would appreciate it if you could let us know:

Please send any questions about the event to

We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the Symposium.


Opportunity for PhD students/Early Career Researchers:

We are looking for researchers to be involved in a live blogging campaign to provide coverage of the Symposium. This is an opportunity for PhD students/ECRs who are interested in blogging for PLOS to network within the field and take part in scientific discussions whilst participating in public outreach.
We welcome volunteer bloggers from all backgrounds and experience who can commit to writing 1-2 high quality posts about the symposium.

Once written, blog posts will be shared via the PLOS Computational Biology Field Reports page for the Symposium and through PLOS’ social media channels. This is our second year running live blogging for events; examples of posts written previously by our volunteer bloggers are available here.

In acknowledgment of your time and effort, you will receive a PLOS Computational Biology t-shirt.

Any researchers that are interested in being involved with this initiative should contact us at with information about their background and how they would like to contribute by Monday 12th September. We will then follow up with individuals with more information shortly after.




  1. […] PLOS Computational Biology Symposium, September 16, 9:30am – 4:00pm ET, on the NIH Bethesda campus. The agenda includes two discussion panels served by PLOS Computational Biology editors from a range of fields. The morning panel will discuss the “Biggest Challenges and Greatest Opportunities in Computational Biology over the Next 10 Years”. The afternoon panel will discuss “How Computational Biology Will Affect Human Health”. Register here. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be webcasted here. […]

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