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Bioinformatics Focus On Analytical Methods (FOAM) 2013 was run as part of CSIRO’s Computational and Simulation Sciences and eResearch Annual Conference and Workshops, and sponsored by the CSIRO Bioinformatics Core and The Australian Bioinformatics Network (ABN).
The first half of FOAM 2013 was aimed at CSIRO bioinformaticians, computational biologists and quantitative bioscientists, recognising that this is a once-a-year opportunity for staff across Australia to get together to discuss CSIRO-specific issues.
The second half of the meeting wass aimed at bioinformaticians, computational biologists and quantitative bioscientists in general. Feedback to the ABN indicated a preference to hold bioinformatics-oriented meetings in conjunction with other events, rather than initiating a standalone conference (at least for the time being). CSIRO’s CSS conference gives us a great opportunity to hold a very affordable (i.e., free to members) ABN event at a great location in a citywith a high concentration of Australian life-science research.
We saw a diverse and engaging agenda of presentations, reflecting the breadth of research that falls under the heading “bioinformatics”. We encourage you to get a sense of the event by checking out those presentations uploaded to the Australian Bioinformatics Network Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/AustralianBioinformatics/tag/bioinformatics-foam-2013