Workshop on Education
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National Yang Ming University

Workshop on Education in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

You are cordially invited to participate in a workshop on education coordinated and sponsored by IUBMB and FAOBMB

DATE: Thu 23 Oct 2008
TIME: 2pm - 5.30pm
National Yang Ming University
Taipei, Taiwan

Come and join in this meeting and shape the future of Biology if you
  • have a basic understanding of Bioinformatics
  • and a deep passion in bioinformatics education

  1. PANELISTS: Please fill in the following QUESTIONNAIRE
    IF you are unable to make the panel discussion, please send us your ppt with recorded audio.
  2. PARTICIPANTS WHO WISH TO BE PART OF A BLUE RIBBON PANEL for drafting and vetting the white paper, are to answer the questionnaire above and send CV to jean -at- for an invitation to be sent to you. We plan to submit a paper to an impact factored journal reporting on our findings.
  3. The Questionnaire will be summarised for discussion during the Workshop: See workshop format
  4. The feedback will constitute the material for the workshop.


  Vladimir Brusic
Director of Bioinformatics
Cancer Vaccine Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School
  Jong Bhak
Korean Bioinformation Center (KOBIC)
  Shoba Ranganathan
Chair Professor of Bioinformatics
Dept of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
ARC Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics
Macquarie University
and invited keynote speakers from InCoB and FAOBMB


Over the past two to three decades, the world has witnessed how Information Technology (IT) has expanded the practice of biological research from the observational and experimental, to the informational and the computational. Traditional boundaries of computing in biochemistry from computational analysis in enzyme kinetics, pharmacokinetics, nerve conduction and structural biology have greatly expanded to include sequence analysis, genome informatics, microarray informatics, machine learning, natural language processing, database and text mining, bioimage processing, cell and systems simulation, graph theory and networks in signalling and metabolic pathway analyses, etc.

The inability of the traditional life science curriculum to cope with this shift in centre of gravity towards the informational and the computational has led to a burgeoning of post-graduate courses and training workshops in bioinformatics and computational biology. While the already trained needed re-training in such educational activities, the yet-to-be trained surely deserve some planning, at least, to modify and re-mould the traditional biochemistry and molecular biology curriculum in the life sciences, to include skills in bioinformatics and computational biology, skills which are increasingly expected
of biochemists and biologists in the research laboratory and in industry.

Beyond the skills level, and at a more fundamental level, the way in which biochemists and molecular biologists think about living systems, has now got to change. From a reductionist approach, the so-called ante-disciplinary revolution commands the future
of biology to adopt approaches that are able to routinely focus on multiple molecular events from the integrative context of a systems level perspective. From the ability to monitor and measure a multiplicity of parameters to the facility of capturing, storing, curating, analysing and maintaining these data, we need to take a much needed re-look at our curriculum and the way we educate a new generation of biologists and biochemists.

This workshop discusses on these issues involved in the education in bioinformatics and computational biology. Four breakout groups will be formed, followed by two cycles of plenary meetings for group sharing.


Last Updated: 2 October; 25 September 2008
First Created: 26 Aug 2008 Tan Tin Wee