Recruiting members of the iEvoBio 2012 Organizing Committee

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Hilmar Lapp

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Oct 2, 2011, 2:01:55 PM10/2/11
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iEvoBio, the conference on Informatics for Phylogenetics, Evolution,
and Biodiversity, is a recently founded satellite conference held in
conjunction with the Evolution meetings. iEvoBio aims to be a forum
bringing together biologists working in evolution, systematics, and
biodiversity, with software developers, and mathematicians, both to
catalyse the development of new tools, and to increase awareness of
the possibilities offered by existing technologies (ranging from mega-
scale data analysis to rich visualization). The inaugural meeting was
held in 2010 (see http://ievobio.org/2010) and received wide acclaim;
the second one, held in 2011 (see http://ievobio.org/2011), was
similarly successful and productive. The conference is poised to
establish itself as a self-sustaining annual event and a must-attend
for researchers, developers, and users of informatics resources in our
fields.

For the 2012 iEvoBio conference, to be held in junction with the 2012
Evolution Meetings in Ottawa, Canada, we are seeking new members to
join us on the organizing committee. Aside from being enthusiastic
about the conference itself, we are particularly interested in people
with research pursuits that involve integrative, interdisciplinary,
and synthetic questions, and a commitment to promoting the reuse of
data, information, and software.

Serving on the iEvoBio organizing committee entails attending weekly
conference calls, and sharing responsibility for making the conference
happen at all stages, including crafting communications such as calls
for abstracts, managing content contributions from participants, and
budgeting.

The iEvoBio organizing committee shapes and manages the entire event,
from start to finish. As such, participating in the committee
provides ample opportunities for people with ideas, wild or not, to
conceive innovative program elements towards iEvoBio’s social
objectives of fostering participation, interaction, and collaboration,
and to make those happen. The committee has been marked by an open-
minded, highly constructive, but also deeply professional climate.
Serving on the committee is actual work, but also provides a unique
opportunity to collaborate with like-minded people who one may not
otherwise get to work with, on a product for the benefit of our
community and the advancement of our science.

To apply, fill out a short online application form at http://bit.ly/okxqS1
by October 15th, 2011. We expect the organizing committee to have
at least 6-7 members, and thus currently at least 4-5 seats are
available to be filled through this call. This call is open to people
at all professional “grades” and our hope is that at least one, and
hopefully more, seats will be filled with graduate or postdoctoral
students. We (see the undersigned below) will sort through the
applications and reach a decision within one week after close of
applications. If you have any questions about the conference or the
committee, we encourage you to resolve these before applying by
contacting us (see email addresses below).

Please feel free to re-send, tweet (http://bit.ly/qyYT0s), or share
this message as needed. Thanks!

On behalf of the future 2012 iEvoBio Organizing Committee,
Rob Guralnick (robert.g...@colorado.edu), University of Colorado
at Boulder
Hilmar Lapp (hl...@nescent.org), National Evolutionary Synthesis
Center (NESCent)

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