The 6th European Student Council Symposium (ESCS) was co-organized by the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB/ELIXIR-ES) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), with the participation of RSG-Spain. The conference took place on 6th September 2020 virtually, as a satellite event of the European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB2020).
The ESCS2020 brought together 344 participants from 19 different countries. This event consisted of two poster sessions, two keynote speaker talks, six oral talks and four flash talks carried out by students, a round table about mental health in academia and an online social event.
Students submitted 74 abstracts of which 10 were chosen for oral and flash talk presentations:
The program at a glance:
“Extending the small molecule principle to all levels of biology”. Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain
Nikolina Sostaric: “Molecular dynamics shows complex interplay and long-range effects of post-translational modifications in yeast protein interactions”. KU Leuven, Belgium.
Miguel Rodriguez Galindo: “Germline de novo mutation rates on exons versus introns in humans”. Center for Genomic Regulation, Spain.
Loic Lannelongue: “The Green Algorithms project: quantifying the carbon impact of bioinformatics and genomics”. Cambridge-Baker Systems Genomics Initiative (Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge), United Kingdom.
Edgar Garriga Nogales: “The Regressive alignment. A new horizon for the MSA”. Center for Genomic Regulation, Spain.
Asma Yamani: “A sequence-based approach to classify activation/inhibition relationship of protein-protein interaction (PPI) using machine learning techniques”. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.
Ina Maria Deutschmann: “Effects of environmental selection on the global-ocean microbial interactome”. Institute of Marine Sciences, Spain.
Sabrina Ali: “Exploration of SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease Inhibitors from Existing Antiviral Drugs”. Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.
Feibo Duan: “Interactive visualization of 3D biological model in holographic pyramid”. Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden University, the Netherlands.
Raul Pérez-Moraga: “A drug repurposing strategy for COVID-19 treatment based on topological data analysis (TDA) and persistent homology-derived protein-protein similarities”. ESI International Chair@CEU-UCH, Spain.
Kishan KC: “Interpretable sparse encoding of sequences for protein-protein interaction prediction”. Rochester Institute of Technology, United States.
“Confounder-aware systems in medical approaches”. Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany.
The discussion started with Sofia Forslund, Dr. Patrick Aloy, Sayane Shome and Nazeefa Fatima who spoke about their personal experience and mechanisms for dealing these mental health issues.
Several members of RSG Spain were involved in organizing the Symposium. Originally the event would have taken place near Barcelona but going online made it more challenging for the organization. The social event was prepared by Lluís Revilla, one of our social media managers and representative of the outreach committee. Alberto Langtry, member of the organizing committee of the ECCB2020 hosted a session, two members were selected to give a talk and many attended and listened to the discussion panels and talks and key notes. Alba Álvarez, chair of the program committee; Raquel Benitez, member of the program committee, and Sara Monzón, president of RSG-Spain, were reviewers in charge of selecting both, the oral presentations and the flash talks.