The 6th AYRCOB 2012
Publish Date: 2013-07-11

Introduction to AYRCOB

The Asian Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (AYRCOB) is a conference series for young researchers and students who are conducting their research in the fields of Computational, Omics and Systems Biology in Asia. The chief objectives of AYRCOB are to promote international exchange among young researchers in Asia and to deliver lectures given by leading researchers.

At AYRCOB, young researchers are given the opportunity to present their research in the forms of oral and/or poster presentations to their peers and invited professors from neighboring countries. Reflecting on the rapid growth of the conference each year, selections for the oral presentations have become very competitive, in which  the acceptance rate was 20% for the latest conference.

During each conference, ten distinguished professors are invited annually in each conference.  Not only do they give lectures on the most recent and exciting research topics, they also supply as ideal role models as upcoming and leading researchers. Lastly, both formal and casual exchanges among the young participants are also offered, providing valuable networking opportunities between fellow Asian nations. In consideration, AYRCOB is truly a unique and outstanding conference for motivated young researchers and students in Asia.

Among the various sponsors that have supported AYRCOB, the 21st COE Program Elucidation of Language Structure and Semantics behind Genome and Life System (1st and 2nd conferences); its succeeding program, the Global COE Program Deciphering Biosphere from Genome Big Bang (after the 3rd conference); and the University of Tokyo, Japan have been the principal supporters thus far. The two COE programs  aim to create a globally renowned research and education base at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences. Thanks to the support of the sponsors, each AYRCOB conference offers approximately 20 full-travel fellowships for the selected participants who has submitted outstanding manuscripts, as one of its greatest rewards. Because the GCOE program is a temporally limited program, it is yet undecided whether a continuous support will be provided. Thus, the organizers of AYRCOB are more than obliged to welcome new potential sponsors that wish to support the conference and groom young, innovative researchers from Asia as potential leading scientists in the rapidly advancing fields of Computational, Omics and Systems Biology. 

One of the most outstanding characteristics of AYRCOB is that the conference itself is organized by young students and Ph.D.’s. Furthermore, organizing the conference with colleagues from around the world is one objective of AYRCOB. We aim to provide enduring friendships and experiences with respect to the organizing members. From the outstanding performance of young students and Ph.D.’s, the Dean Prize of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences by the University of Tokyo has been awarded to the committee in 2009 and 2011 respectively.


Having initially begun in 2008, AYRCOB has held four conference thus far  in Hsinchu, Tokyo, Tainan and Singapore. The fifth AYRCOB is planned to be held in August 2011, Daejeon, Korea.

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, Hsinchu, Taiwan from March 9 – 13, 2008 with approximately 100 attendees from the two countries.

Following the success of the first conference, the 2nd Taiwan-Japan Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Systems Biology (“TJYoung2″) took place from 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 from both countries.
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 third conference was a big turning point of AYRCOB’s conference series. With the addition of the word “Asian” added to its title, the conference was extended to other Asian countries 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 Asian Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (“AYRCOB 2010″) successfully took place at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan from March 10-12, 2010.

The 4th Asian Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (“AYRCOB Singapore”) 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 from the four countries 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.