The RSG concept

The RSG-France project aims at creating a local group for the ISCB Student Council. Our mission is to establish a dynamic community of young bioinformaticians, active and well-connected in France.

What is the ISCB Student Council?

The ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology) is a scholarly society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. The ISCB hosts annual meetings, including the ISMB, the world’s longest running and largest bioinformatics conference (held jointly with the ECCB every other year in Europe).

The ISCB Student Council is the student organization of the International Society for Computational Biology. It is dedicated to promote the development of the next generation of computational biologists by facilitating opportunities of development for students and young researchers in the field of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The ISCB Student Council provides scientific events, networking opportunities, soft-skills training, educational resources and career advice, while attempting to influence policy processes affecting science and education.

What is a Regional Student Group (RSG)?

In 2006, the Student Council conceptualized ‘Regional Student Groups (RSGs)’ with the aim to promote interaction among students pursuing research in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Over the past few years, SC has successfully established 9 RSGs globally and the number is on a steady rise. Presently, the RSGs comprise of more than 1500 members across the world. RSGs conduct regional events and meetings to promote the professional development of students. RSGs also aim to serve as a bridge between the local industry and academia by providing career opportunities for the students.

Why was RSG-France created?

Nationally:

  • To put in place a national structure in bioinformatics dedicated to young bioinformaticians (e.g. inform about career opportunities in France),
  • To coordinate and unite colleagues, young or experimented, which can lead to fruitful discussions or collaborative projects, PhDs, post-docs,…,
  • To promote the involvement of young researchers in the bioinformatics community,
  • To function with the SFBI (French Society for Bioinformatics), setting up common goals and specific interests for young researchers.

Internationally:

  • To take part in a recognized international organization,
  • To take advantage from a structure already set up and highly dynamic,
  • Favour the involvement of young French researchers on an international level through the Student Council and allow them to see how the organizations function abroad,
  • To increase the visibility of France in the field of bioinformatics