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Special session :"Bioinformatics in France"

Tuesday, July 25 2023


The French bioinformatics community is rich and diverse. It brings together many actors from the academic and industry domains. The "Bioinformatics in France" is a ISMB/ECCB2023 special session organized by the SFBI (French Society of Bioinformatics) and it will give a broad view of bioinformatics in France.

This afternoon session is open to all ISMB/ECCB attendees. First, the actions and goals of the main French groups in bioinformatics (SFBI, GdR-BIM, IFB-Elixir) will be presented. Then, we will invite you to listen to researchers from our community who will share their latest and most innovative research work. All the session will have that very special “french flavor”.

To take the time to exchange, we will continue our discussions during a poster session followed by a French style culinary evening. In addition to its scientific dynamism, we hope to show you how friendly our community is.

Keywords: France, community, Elixir, ecology and evolution, genomics, metagenomics, population genomics, algorithms, knowledge representation, databases, structural bioinformatics and proteomics, machine learning, systems biology

Important dates

Thursday, April 20, 2023 Abstracts Submission Deadline
Monday, April 24, 2023 Late Poster Submissions Open
Thursday, May 11, 2023 Poster Acceptance Notifications
Thursday, May 18, 2023 Late Poster Submissions Deadline
Thursday, May 25, 2023 Late Poster Acceptance Notifications

Organizing Committee 

Sandra Dérozier
SFBI member
Jouy-en-Josas, France
Anna-Sophie Fiston-Lavier 
SFBI president
(ISEM) France
Guy Perrière
Former SFBI president
University of Lyon, France
Marie-France Sagot
University of Lyon, France

Program - Tuesday, July 25

1:50 pm

Opening speech - Marie-France Sagot & Guy Perrière

1:55 pm

French Society of Bioinformatics (SFBI) - Anna-Sophie Fiston-Lavier & Sandra Derozier

2:15 pm

French Research Group in Bioinformatics (GDR-BIM)

2:30 pm

European network of bioinformatics platforms (IFB-elixir) - Anne-Francoise Adam-Blondon

3:00 pm

Flash talks 

3:30 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm

Flash talks

4:30 pm

Keynotes speakers - Flora Jay - "Design and application of deep neural networks for population genetics"

5:15 pm

Keynotes speakers - Yann Ponty

6:00 pm

Poster session  

7:00 pm

French event (by invitation only)



- Flora Jay -

CR CNRS, LISN, Université Paris-Saclay
(LISN= Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Sciences du Numérique / interdisciplinary computer science laboratory)

"Design and application of deep neural networks for population genetics"

As population genetic datasets keep increasing in size, it is common to observe millions of genomic markers sequenced for hundreds of individuals, opening the possibility of answering intricate biological questions. However, extracting relevant information from these genomic datasets is not trivial due to their size, the complexity of the underlying mechanisms, and sometimes impossible due to privacy rules that govern several human genome databases. Deep learning approaches have recently been introduced at different levels of population genetics for parameter inference, data visualization, or generation. I will give a short overview of current applications of discriminative and generative neural networks in this field and present some advances we made in designing architectures for evolutionary inference and data generation.


- Yann Ponty -



Call for Abstracts

Only poster submissions will be accepted. Few abstracts will be selected for flash presentations.


The SFBI provides a limited number but high discount codes for the all SFBI members before the 30 March 2023. You need to get the discount code prior the registration on the ISBM/ECCB2023 website. No discount will be applied after this date. Participants can choose to register to join live in Lyon or virtually. However, no discount will be applied on virtual registration fees.

Click here to submit a discount code application.


ISMB/ECCB fees (without VAT)

Final fees for SFBI members

members ISCB - professional



members ISCB - postdoc



members ISCB - student



non-members ISCB - professional



non-members ISCB - postdoc



non-members ISCB - student



*ISCB membership


The GDR-BIM provides fellowships for phD students and postdocs presenting at the conference.

For ISCB members, ISCB also offers conference (travel and registration) fellowships to any member in good standing with priority going to members from low or middle income countries as well as students and postdoctoral fellows to attend the ISMB/ECCB 2023 conference.




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