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Special Session
Special Session on
Training in Bioinformatics
 - SSTB 2013

11 - 14 February, 2013 - Barcelona, Spain

Within the International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms - BIOINFORMATICS 2013


Allegra Via
Universita di Roma "La Sapienza"



For Bioinformatics, the transition to an established, free-standing scientific discipline has been a difficult one. Part of the challenge has been that, being intimately connected to the forefront of data-generation and discovery in Biology, it is constantly dealing with moving targets: the massive accumulation of data and fast rates of discovery call for new methodologies, each of which must be designed, tested, validated and deployed. Bioinformatics therefore plays catch-up with the technologies, as they develop. This situation is compounded by the difficulties in defining the curriculum. In consequence, Bioinformatics Education, multidisciplinary as much as required, is not standardised, and most of what people really need cannot be taken from the formal educational system alone. Furthermore, the field moves so quickly that it is easy to become quickly out of date, and this places a growing demand on the need for specialised training, under constant update.

In Bioinformatics, training (the acquisition of specialised skills) is provided in stand-alone courses, workshops and summer courses. Practical hands-on courses can cut time/effort by a factor of 4 to 6 compared to self-tuition. However, efficient training requires tuned methodologies. The availability of such training events and good practice guidelines is still relatively scarce. Moreover, the work and cost involved in organising them is often underestimated, so care should be taken to optimise and advertise them well.

Training clearly plays an important role. The interdisciplinary character of Bioinformatics constantly creates new needs. Many of these needs occur at different stages of the traditional research career, often during PhD or Postdoctoral projects, but also at more senior levels. As Biology continues to transition into an information-based science, the need for training at all levels will continue to grow.

In planning Bioinformatics Training it is of paramount importance to promote good practice in all aspects, from the development of suitable educational materials and course curricula, to the choice of efficient trainers and the specification of adequate learning environments.

This special session proposes to bring together opinion-makers in the field in order to promote vigorous discussions on:

- methodologies of training
- layout of training plans (roadmaps)
- deployment of training content using IT
- documentation, lecture notes, and handouts
- planning on a multi-country scale

Short Papers (position paper type) are welcome on a variety of related subjects, in particular on

- training challenges and good practice
- design of training events: identifying the course objectives and the optimal training methodology
- finding the optimal theory vs practical ratio
- measurement of training efficiency/quality
- planning of training venues
- use of e-learning, b-learning, and m-learning platforms in Bioinformatics
- target group and trainer selection

Authors should present original work or new reviews.


Available soon.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Google Scholar, Semantic Scholar, and Microsoft Academic.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


BIOINFORMATICS Special Sessions - SSTB 2013