11th International Conference on Chemical Structures on May 27-31 2018, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands

The 11th International Conference on Chemical Structures (ICCS) will take place in 2018. It will continue a well-established conference series that begun in 1973 as a workshop on Computer Representation and Manipulation of Chemical Information sponsored by the NATO Advanced Study Institute and thereafter was held under its new name every third year starting in 1987. The 2018 conference will build on the experience of the past successful editions to offer a strong scientific program which covers all aspects of cheminformatics and molecular modeling, including for example structure-activity relationships, virtual screening, modeling metabolite networks, etc. Participants discuss research as well as relevant technological and algorithm developments in handling and visualization of chemical structure data, workflows for complex cheminformatic analysis and machine learning. The conference fosters cooperation among organizations and researchers involved in the increasingly interwoven fields of cheminformatics and bioinformatics and combines in-depth technical presentations with ample opportunities for one-on-one discussions with the presenters.

The 11th edition will be held, one year out of phase with the intended triennial frequency, from 27-31 May 2018 at the beautiful Conference Center in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

The conference is jointly supported by:

  • Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Chemical Structure Association Trust (CSA Trust)
  • Division of Chemical Information and Computer Science of the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ)
  • Chemistry-Information-Computer Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)
  • Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Swiss Chemical Society (SCS)

For more information, please see: http://www.int-conf-chem-structures.org/home.html

Chemical Structure Association Trust to Present Mike Lynch Award to Dr. Rudy Potenzone

April 11, 2018: The Chemical Structure Association Trust (CSA Trust) is pleased to announce that it will present the triennial Mike Lynch Award to Dr. Rudy Potenzone. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage outstanding accomplishments in education, research and development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and properties, and the award is named after Professor Mike Lynch, who was a pioneer in cheminformatics and the Honorary President of the Chemical Structure Association.

Rudy Potenzone is a seasoned veteran in molecular modeling, cheminformatics, and bioinformatics, and as well as being an expert practitioner of the art, he has led teams to deliver cutting-edge software products for researchers and scientists for over 25 years. He thus fully embodies the characteristics required of a recipient of the Mike Lynch Award.

Rudy’s career in informatics started at American Cyanamid, where he led a team to support 500 users of the Chemical Group Research Division. He moved to Polygen/Molecular Simulations (now part of BIOVIA) and managed a team that developed the QUANTA and CHARMm molecular modeling systems.

Rudy then moved to cheminformatics, chemical literature, and information retrieval, and as Director of the Research and New Product Development Department at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) played a key role in planning and developing the SciFinder product which opened up the world of published chemical information and literature directly to chemists via its intuitive graphical user interface. After CAS, Rudy focused on systems to manage internally generated information, and at Molecular Design Ltd. (MDL – now part of BIOVIA) he oversaw the development of the Isentris system to replace ISIS, as well as Assay Explorer for managing screening information, and DiscoveryGate for unified access to published data. From MDL, he moved to LION Biosciences as CEO of US Operations, working on the strategic plan for the company’s innovative integrated information platform.

From LION, Rudy moved on to bioinformatics, and at Ingenuity Systems (now part of Qiagen), he developed the roadmap for a comprehensive, human-curated biological pathway knowledgebase and associated tools. Rudy then moved back to internal chemical information management at CambridgeSoft (now part of PerkinElmer) where he managed teams working on electronic lab notebooks, and eventually oversaw the full cheminformatics product portfolio of PerkinElmer Informatics. From PerkinElmer, Rudy moved to Microsoft and exploited his extensive customer and product experience to direct Microsoft’s efforts as worldwide industry strategist for the pharmaceutical industry, including products such as SQL Server, FAST, Office, Azure, HPC, and CRM.

Rudy is currently VP of Marketing for the TranSMART Foundation, which is an emerging global, open source, public/private partnership community that is developing a comprehensive, informatics-based analysis and data-sharing cloud platform for clinical and translational research.

Rudy’s career and contributions have spanned the whole gamut of informatics disciplines that impact the biopharma industry; and they have also kept pace with and anticipated the evolution of informatics tools from individual, chemistry-focused, point applications to today’s open source, cloud-based, bench-to-bedside informatics platforms.

The CSA Trust is pleased to recognize and honor Rudy’s substantial contributions to cheminformatics with the Mike Lynch Award, which will be presented at the 11th International Conference on Chemical Structures (http://www.int-conf-chem-structures.org/) to be held in the Netherlands in May 2018.

About the CSA Trust
The CSA Trust (www.csa-trust.org) is an internationally-recognized, registered charity which promotes education, research and development in the field of storage, processing and retrieval of information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds.

Phil McHale, CSA Trust Awards Committee



Beilstein Bozen Symposium 2018 Information and Noise: Chemistry, Biology and Evolution Creating Complex Systems on 5-7 June 2018

The Beilstein Bozen Symposium 2018 on Information and Noise: Chemistry, Biology and Evolution Creating Complex Systems will be held on 5–7 June 2018, in the Hotel Jagdschloss Niederwald, Rüdesheim, Germany.

This symposium will address the chemical and information processes involved in the creation of complex systems. This covers areas of research where chemistry, physics, biology and informatics come together. It will examine not only current theories for molecular evolution – but will also cover transitions in information: from chemistry to biology to life; how do complex molecules arise; what defines a complex chemical system; systems biology, compartmentalization and networks; chemistry and information; evolutionary biology and minimum sufficient information for evolution to start; retrosynthesis (microbiology definition) of metabolic pathways.

Registration is open; please see our website for more details: http://www.beilstein-institut.de/en/symposia/bozen

Talks will be on the 5th, 6th and 7th June. Traveling to and from on the 4th and 8th.

Speakers include:

Stefan T. Arold / King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Luca Cardelli / Microsoft Research
Irene Chen / University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Tim Clark / Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Lee Cronin / University of Glasgow, UK
Antoine Danchin / Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition, Paris, France
Ken A. Dill / Stony Brook University, New York, USA
Andrew Ellington / The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Ramon Grima / University of Edinburgh, UK
Philipp Holliger / MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
Ulrich Kutschera / University of Kassel, Germany
Victor de Lorenzo / Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, Madrid, Spain
Lara K. Mahal / New York University, USA
Thomas Ouldridge / Imperial College London, UK
Juli Peretó / Universitat de Valencia, Paterna, Spain
Doug Philip / University of St. Andrews, UK
Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo / University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain
Susan Stepney / University of York, UK
Ajit Varki / University of California, San Diego, USA
David H. Wolpert / Santa Fe Institute, USA

The Beilstein-Institut hosts this interdisciplinary symposium every two years. The secluded setting and the limited number of participants, provide a very convivial atmosphere for the ready exchange of thoughts and ideas. Please see our website for information about previous and other symposia: www.beilstein-symposia.org

There are still some slots available for poster presentations. Please see the website for more information.

The hotel is located on the Rheingau heights above Rüdesheim.  Rüdesheim is located ca. 50 km west of Frankfurt airport which can be reached by almost all airlines from Europe and Overseas. Travel by train is via Mainz and Wiesbaden to Rüdesheim.

We would be delighted to be able to welcome you there. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Martin G. Hicks, Ph.D.


The 2018 International Conference on Search, Data and Text Mining and Visualization on 23-24 April 2018

The  IC-SDV meeting takes place in Nice, France, on 23-24 April 2018 for an intensive two days. Venue is the Hotel Plaza in central Nice. The meeting provides an international forum for those in the field of advanced search applications, data and text mining, and visualization technology. The primary focus is on tools for intelligence and the meeting examines the requirements of specialists in scientific and technical information. A new focus is on Machine Learning, Machine Translation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning in the area of Scientific Information. We decided to combine the topics of the ICIC and II-SDV-Meeting and we will run only one conference in Europe in 2018.

The meeting will be of interest to those who wish to update themselves and keep in touch with the leading edge of information search and analysis technologies; it features approximately 22 speakers for the two days. There will be an adjacent, focused exhibition to complement the conference programme and workshops on Sunday (22 April) and Wednesday (25 April).

For more information, please see: http://www.haxel.com/ii-sdv/2018/meeting

Christoph Hazel, General Manager
Dr. Haxel Congress and Event Management GmbH
Liesingbachstr. 224 // 1100 Vienna // Austria


Applications Invited for CSA Trust Grants for 2018 – March 30, 2018 Deadline

The Grant Program was created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds, are invited to submit applications.  Application deadline for the 2018 Grant is March 30, 2018.

CSA Trust Supports the 11th International Conference on Chemical Structures

CSA Trust Supports the 11th International Conference on Chemical Structures (http://www.int-conf-chem-structures.org/home.html)

The CSA Trust is pleased to add its support to this prestigious and influential conference, and the call for papers is now open.

The conference also offers the opportunities for workshops, sponsorship and exhibiting products.

Please see the following PDF file for more details – 11th-ICCS-Slide.

Chemistry on Mobile Devices: Create, Compute, Collaborate – RSC CICAG one-day meeting

Wednesday 7 September 2016, Centre for Molecular Informatics, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Mobile devices are now ubiquitous: it is estimated that there are over two billion smart phones and tablets in use globally, each with the computing power to handle most of a chemist’s needs. This meeting will explore the many ways that mobile devices could become the chemist’s essential companion, from consuming content to performing computational calculations, from electronic notebooks to devices accessing cloud-based resources, and much more. The meeting will be relevant for:
  • Chemists who currently use mobile devices and are seeking to expand and optimise their usage;
  • Chemists looking to get started with use of mobile devices for teaching and research in academia or industry;
  • Anyone interested in learning about the range of chemistry tools available for use on mobile devices.
For more information and booking details, please follow this link: http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/22602/chemistry-on-mobile-devices-create-compute-collaborate

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