AYRCOB, Asian Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology, began as a joint conference between young researchers from Japan and Taiwan in 2007. Since the first conference, AYRCOB has invited more young researchers across Asia. With this outstanding effort, AYRCOB has expanded to five organizing regions of Asia that have come together to host out meaningful conference.
In 2007, the board members of the 21st COE Program made decisions to educate its students by holding an international conference that would be wholly organized by students. Accordingly, students from Japan and Taiwan jointly collaborated and initiated the organization of the first conference. As a result, the Japan-Taiwan Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Systems Biology was held at the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan on March 9-13, 2008 with approximately 100 attendees.
Following the success of the first conference, the 2nd Japan-Taiwan Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Systems Biology took place on November 4-6, 2008 at the Computational Biology Research Center in Odaiba Tokyo, Japan; together with additional supports from newly recruited organizing committee members. The conference was held in collaboration with a series of academic forums on bioinformatics named Bioinformatics Week in Odaiba 2008 (BiWO2008), with nearly 200 attendees. The organizing committee members consisted not only of students, but also young Ph.D.’s from diverse research areas, making the scope of the conference wider in terms of both research areas and attendees.
The 3rd conference was a big turning point of AYRCOB’s conference series. With the addition of the word “Asian” added to its title, the conference has enlarged the scales of itself and welcomed newly recruited members from South Korea and Singapore to the organizing committee. Another change was the exchange of the words systems to omics in the title of the conference. Although the conference envisioned both systems and omics biology research throughout its history, the change explicitly declared that the foci of the conference were also on the importance of the rapidly advancing omics technologies. The AYRCOB successfully took place at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan on March 10-12, 2010.
The 4th AYRCOB was held at Biopolis, Singapore on December 1-3, 2010. As the conference was held at another country other than Japan or Taiwan, AYRCOB overtook another turning point in its growth. In addition, the growth of the conference inevitably brought much difficulty to the organization processes. The committee members were incorporated to resolve and openly discuss possible outcomes for future planning of the conference. Furthermore, a more systematized organizing process was implicated thus far, by recruiting subgroups to the committee such as international, local, program, budget and fundraising boards.
The 5th AYRCOB was held at University of Science and Technology in Korea, Daejeon on August 10-12, 2011. China, including Beijing Genomic Institute (BGI), have joined the AYRCOB organization since this year. In addition, we have introduced a two general chairs system for better organization. As a result, we promoted balanced discussions among organizers through new interesting programs, such as “Meet the experts”, “Call for collaborations”, “Highlight session”, which distinguishes our conference from others.
The 6th AYRCOB was held at the BGI’s head office in ShenZhen, China on December 20-21, 2012. BGI had considerably supported our conference and helped the successful open. During the two-day-event, many participants from each contries presented their researches and shared the brilliant ideas throughout the seven sessions with a different issue each other. Thanks to BGI’s goodwill, all participants had a chance to go on a field trip to the BGI laboratory, which is one of leading groups in this current genomic analysis and bioinformatics. Furthermore, the organizers arranged the membership training time for people to personally meet each other.
The 8th AYRCOB was held at Natioanl Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan on January 19-20, 2015. AYRCOB collaborated with Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference 2015 (APBC2015), a leading conference in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. There were more than 100 attendees and approximately a half of them performed their fascinating research. We also invited the seven keyote speakers to share with their outstanding research and unique experiences of their life in “Live with Today’s Speakers” session.