SCS Africa 2019

The Student Council Symposium is a forum for students, post docs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience, build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Key Dates

September 3, 2019

Abstract Call Opens


Student Council Travel
Call Opens

October 10, 2019

Abstract Call Closes


Student Council Travel
Fellowship Deadline


Abstract Acceptance


Student Council Travel
Acceptance Notification


Late posters Call Closes

November 11, 2019

Student Council Symposium

Second keynote announced: Dr. Amel Ghouila

We are delighted to announce Dr. Amel Ghouila as a keynote speaker of the SCS Africa 2019!

Talk Title: "Leveraging open science and collaborative research for better health outcomes"

Dr. Amel Ghouila is a bioinformatician working for the pan-African bioinformatics network H3ABionet supporting researchers and their projects while developing bioinformatics capacity throughout Africa. She has a background in computer sciences with a PhD in Bioinformatics from the LIRMM, Montpellier. As part of H3ABioNet, Amel leads the Machine Learning and big data for application to health group focusing on exploring the use of ML tools to improve health outcomes.

She also coordinates the sustainability and outreach activities within H3ABioNet aiming at developing strategic public outreach plans including audiences such as governments, patients, and youth.

Amel is an Open Science and Open Education advocate dedicating time for designing curricula, organizing trainings, and leading engaging discussions. Much of this work is meant to challenge traditional scientific workflows and promote the open science culture in Africa. She was awarded an Open Science Fellowship from the Mozilla Foundation and was nominated as one of the “50 People Who Are Making the Internet a Better Place.”

She is the general secretary for the African Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB) and the founder of Technovation Tunisia, the non-profit is dedicated to teaching young girls coding and entrepreneurship skills while addressing challenges in their communities as part of the global Technovation challenge program.


First keynote announced: Dr. Christine Orengo

We are delighted to announce Dr. Christine Orengo as a keynote speaker of the SCS Africa 2019!

Talk Title: "Looking for LUCA – and other evolutionary tales"

Christine Orengo is a computational biologist, whose core research has been the development ofrobust algorithms to capture relationships between protein structures, sequences and functions. She has built one of the most comprehensive protein classifications, CATH, used worldwide by tens ofthousands of biologists, and central to many pioneering structural and evolutionary studies.

CATH structural and functional data for hundreds of millions of proteins has enabled studies thatrevealed essential universal proteins and their biological roles, and extended characterisation of biological systems implicated in disease e.g. in cell division, cancer and ageing. CATH functional siteshave revealed protein residues implicated in enzyme efficiency and bacterial antibiotic resistance.

This data also identified genetic variations likely to be driving human diseases and the drugs that canbe repurposed to offset the pathogenic effects. Christine is a President Elect of the International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology an Elected member of EMBO since 2014, and a Fellow of ISCB. She is a founder of the European ELIXIR 3D-BioInfo Community inStructural Bioinformatics.


Call for abstracts is open

We are delighted to announce that call for abstracts for the ISCB Student Council Symposium Africa 2019 is now open. The Symposium will be held on the 11th of November, in Kumasi, Ghana, preceding the ISCB Africa 2019! We welcome abstracts from students, postdocs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

All abstracts will be considered for poster and oral presentations and the outstanding ones will be awarded. Submission deadline is on Oct 10, 2019

If you are ready to submit, click here to see the guidelines and proceed with the submission.