Latin America Student Council Symposium '14

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

July 13, 2014

Symposium Submission

August 31, 2014

Symposium Submission

September 7, 2014

Late Submission

August 26, 2014

Notification of Acceptance

September 8, 2014

Travel Fellowship
Applications Opens

September 22, 2014

Travel Fellowship
Applications Closes

September 29, 2014

Travel Fellowship
Acceptance Notification

October 27, 2014

Student Council Symposium

3rd Keynote Speaker Announced

We are pleased to announce Prof. Peter F. Stadler as our third keynote speaker for the LA-SCS. 

Prof. Stadler grew up in Bern village (Lower Austria). He studied chemistry, mathematics, physics and astronomy at the University of Vienna. In 1990 he received his PhD with Peter Schuster in chemistry. 1990-1991 he was a postdoctoral fellow with Manfred Eigen (Nobel Prize in Chemistry) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. He habilitated in 1994 in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, where he worked until 2002, most recently as an associate professor. Stadler is since September 2002 Professor for Bioinformatics at the University of Leipzig, External since 1994 Faculty Member of the Santa Fe Institute and since 2010 corresponding member abroad, the math and science of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Also, since 2010 he is External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society affiliated with the MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences.  The general theme of his research is the search for a consistent understanding of biological processes (with an emphasis on (molecular) evolution) at the genotypic, phenotypic, and dynamical level. The techniques range from the analysis of the dynamical systems arising in chemical kinetics and population genetics, to large scale simulations of RNA evolution and the analysis of viral sequence data, to knowledge- based protein potentials, and to algebraic combinatorics applied to the study of fitness landscapes. He is one of the most cited structural and evolutionary biologists in Germany.

If you want to know more about Prof. Stadler you can check his laboratory webpage



Second Sponsor Announcement

We are really happy to announce that we have confirmed Nucleic Acids Research as our second sponsor.

Nucleic Acids Research will provide money in order to give prizes to Presentations and Posters from students.

We thank to all those people who worked to make this possible. We want to thank Nucleic Acids Research once more, adding that they have been sponsoring students events in the past, like the one organized by RSG Argentina in 2013, so we are really glad to have their support once more.


First Sponsor Announcement

We are really happy to announce that we have confirmed sbv IMPROVER (Systems Biology Verification) as our first sponsor.

The money we got from sbv IMPROVER will serve to cover general organization costs and travel fellowships for students who need economical help to assist to the event.

We thank to all those people who worked to make this possible and we thank once more to sbv IMPROVER for believing in our symposium and deciding to support us!


Late Submission and Travel Fellowships Announcement

Due to a number of requests we are pleased to announce that the deadline for submissions for the symposium will be extended till Sep 14th 2014. If you haven't submitted already, now is your chance to submit to LA-SCS ( We are also happy to announce that we will be able to offer Travel Fellowships to candidates. Instructions for applying to TFs will be sent by email to the corresponding authors after the close of submissions

We already have more than 40 works that have been submitted along with two excellent keynote speakers: Prof. Vitor Leite ( and Prof. Francisco Melo ( Don't lose the opportunity to become part of this event!

We hope to see you all in Belo Horizonte,

The LA-SCS Team


Second Keynote Announced

We are pleased to announce Dr Francisco Melo as our second speaker for the LA-SCS. Dr Melo is Member of the Board of Directors of the ISCB and Leader of the Molecular Bioinformatics Laboratory at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile.

Most of the work done at Dr Melo's laboratory focuses on the study of the sequence, structure and function relationships between proteins and nucleic acids. Through the analysis and processing of large amounts of experimental data, physical principles, statistical methods and artificial intelligence techniques, they study and analyze protein-DNA interfaces in order to predict binding sites, affinity and peptide inhibitors.

Dr Melo is also a co-author of the MODELLER software, one of the most widely used software in the field of protein structure prediction. 
Melo has developed software, databases and web servers for analyzing the stability of DNA-DNA interactions (dnaMATE), for studying protein ligand binding sites (ProBiSite), protein structures in general and to accurately estimate the gene expression levels of full transcriptomes from experimental data (SAGExplore).

Check out the lab web page ( for further information.


First Keynote Announced

We are pleased to announce Prof. Vitor Leite as our first speaker for the LA-SCS. Prof. Leite is a Research Scientist and leader of the Vitor Leite Research Group at the Departamento do Fisica at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil.  

Prof. Leite works mostly on the protein folding problem. The accepted theory known as energy landscape, uses the funnel potential energy as a fundamental concept in the understanding of protein folding.  Using minimalist and coarse-grained models we address basic aspects of the problem such as role of hydrophobicity, frustration, hydrophobicity and topology in folding process, and visualization and quantitative descriptors for the folding funnel.

Check the laboratory web page for further information.