VIB organizes the 4th edition of Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences

On March 10-11, the 4th edition of Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences will take place in the Provinciehuis in Leuven, Belgium.


Bioinformatics has quickly become an integral part of life sciences research by enabling innovative computational approaches in an increasingly data-dense environment. Inspired by the sold-out editions in 2016, 2018, and 2020, VIB is organizing this fourth edition to highlight recent developments in bioinformatics research and to showcase its impact on medical, agricultural, and biotechnological research.

Alex Botzki, Head of the VIB Informatics Core, launched this VIB Bioinformatics series in 2016:

‘I am happy to see the Applied Bioinformatics conference series evolve over the past years by following latest developments in computational biology which set the scene for more and more breakthroughs in modern data-intensive life sciences research.’

The conference has attracted many internationally renowned speakers. Anna Kreshuk (Cell Biology and Biophysics, EMBL Heidelberg, DE) will open the session on Image analysis. Smita Krishnaswamy (Yale School of Medicine, US) ​ will focus on deep representation learning methods that are applied to a variety of datasets from cancer biology, immunology, … In the session ‘Proteomics and metabolomics’ Niko Beerenwinkel (ETH, Zurich, CH) will present ‘Computational analysis of tumor single-cell sequencing data’. ‘Integrative analysis of multi-omics data’ is the research topic of Britta Velten (German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), DE & Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK).

In addition to the plenary presentations, 70 young researchers will present their work during one of the poster sessions. Over 200 people will join the conference live or virtually.

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About VIB

VIB’s core mission is to generate disruptive insights in the molecular underpinning of life and to translate these actively into impactful innovations for patients and society. VIB is an independent research institute where some 1,800 top scientists from Belgium and abroad conduct pioneering basic research. As such, they are pushing the boundaries of what we know about molecular mechanisms and how they rule living organisms such as human beings, animals, plants, and microorganisms. Based on a close partnership with five Flemish universities – Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Hasselt University – and supported by a solid funding program, VIB unites the expertise of all its collaborators and research groups in a single institute. VIB’s technology transfer activities translate research results into concrete benefits for society such as new diagnostics and therapies and agricultural innovations. These applications are often developed by young start-ups from VIB or through collaborations with other companies. This also leads to additional employment and bridges the gap between scientific research and entrepreneurship. VIB also engages actively in the public debate on biotechnology by developing and disseminating a wide range of science-based information. 

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