[Computational-biology] Call for Site Proposals: ACM Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Vasant Honavar via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by honavar from cs.iastate.edu)
Sun Apr 24 14:40:05 EST 2011

Call for Site Proposals: ACM-BCB 2012
Site proposals for the Third ACM Conference on Bioinformatics and
Computational Biology (ACM-BCB 2012) are invited from interested
groups. ACM-BCB is the official conference of the ACM SIG
Bioinformatics (http://www.sigbioinformatics.org/ ) . Site proposals
should be no longer than 2 page ASCII text (66 lines, 80 columns).
Proposals must be submitted by email to the current ACM SIG
Bioinformatics Director of Conferences (Vasant Honavar,
honavar from cs.iastate.edu) with the subject: "ACM-BCB site proposal -
YEAR" (e.g., "ACM-BCB site proposal - 2012") no later than May 31,
2011. The venue for ACM-BCB 2012 will be announced during ACM-BCB 2011
which is being held in Chicago (http://acmbcb.org/ )
Site proposals should cover the following topics:
•	Geographic Region: For 2012, the preferred location is North
America. In the future, we will consider rotating the location to
other regions (Europe, Asia, etc.)
•	Potential dates: Potential dates should be chosen so as to avoid
conflicts with major conferences in related areas (ISMB, BIBM, CSB,
•	Site city:
➢	The city should be located near a major airport, within 1-2 hours of
regular train service and/or 45 minutes of cab/shuttle service. The
airport should be served at least two airlines with regular service
through a major international airport to the 4 major continents of SIG
Bioinformatics attendees: Asia, Europe, North and South America.
➢	The city should have one or more conference venues that can
accommodate conferences with 300-600 attendees, including suitable
facilities for 4-6 concurrent tutorials or workshops with up to 100
attendees each. The venues should include facilities with one to 3
large center screens, with unobstructed views, and projectors and
audiovisual equipment appropriate for plenary sessions. The venue
should include suitable reception and banquet facilities. Please do
NOT contact possible venues regarding availability or cost. ACM
negotiates the cost, availability, and contracts directly with
candidate venues. However, you may include estimates based on your
knowledge of recent conferences, especially ACM conferences (if any),
held at the venues under consideration. A sample list of possible
venues with a 1-line description addressing logistics (time to get
there, need for transportation) would be useful. The availability of
low-cost or subsidized venues e.g., the conference facilities at a
major university would be a plus.
➢	The city should have hotels that can house 500-700 people (attendees
and their guests) within easy access to the possible venue. The
availability of inexpensive accommodations for student participants is
a plus.
•	Conference Organizers:
➢	The proposal must include the name and affiliation of an active
member of the SIG Bioinformatics community based in or very close to
the proposed site city who is willing to serve as general chair; this
may eventually require a statement of support from the chair's
institution, and possibly administrative and organizational support.
➢	The proposal may include: 2 co-chairs, one of whom must be local;
The names and affiliations of a few other candidates that the chair
can enlist to serve on the committee, notably a local person as local
arrangements chair, a publicity chair, treasurer, etc.
➢	The proposal must not include the names of program committee chairs
(The ACM SIG Bioinformatics Board of Directors will select the program
•	Dates and conflicts: Please indicate which dates have conflicts with
major local events, etc. that could interfere with the availability of
either the proposed site or the proposed conference organizers. The
proposed dates should consider conflicts with major conferences on
related topics (ISMB, AAAI, IEEE BIBE, IEEE BIBM, RECOMB, PSB, etc.)
The dates of ACM-BCB will ultimately be selected by the SIG
Bioinformatics Executive Committee, based on the proposals received
and feedback from surveys conducted by SIG Bioinformatics.

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