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FAQ about postponing the conference

Information for Late-Breaking Results: Oral Presentations and Posters

Frequently asked questions
What is ECCB?
How do I contact the ECCB 2006 Conference Secretariat?
Who are the ECCB 2006 Conference Chairs?
What can I do to ensure my personal safety?
What language is spoken in Israel?
Do I need vaccinations to visit Israel?
What is the weather like in Israel?
What is the dress code in Israel?
What is the currency in Israel?
What is the timezone in Israel?
Will I be entitled to tax refunds on goods purchased in Israel?
Where do I register when I arrive?
Are travel fellowships available and what expenses do they cover?
Will Internet access be available?
What should I do if I lose something?
How should I prepare my oral presentation?
How should I prepare my poster?


What is ECCB?

ECCB, the European Conference on Computational Biology, is an annual scientific meeting devoted to the latest research in computational biology and bioinformatics. The conference is held in a different country each year. This year it will be held in Israel, at the Red Sea resort of Eilat.

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How do I contact the ECCB 2006 Conference Secretariat?

Diesenhaus-Unitours Conventions Department
P.O.Box 57176
Tel Aviv 61571
Israel
Tel: +972-3-5651313
Fax: +972-3-5610152
E-mail: eccb06@diesenhaus.com

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Who are the ECCB 2006 Conference Chairs?

The Program Chair is Prof. Haim J. Wolfson and the Conference Chair is Dr. Hershel Safer
Prof. Haim J. Wolfson
School of Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University
E-mail wolfson@post.tau.ac.il
Website http://www.math.tau.ac.il/~wolfson/

Haim J. Wolfson earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Tel Aviv University in 1985. He was a Senior Research Scientist at the NYU Robotics Lab (1985-1989) specializing in Object Recognition in Computer Vision. In 1989 he joined the Computer Science School of Tel Aviv University and has been a full professor there since 2000. He is the incumbent of the George and Maritza Pionkowski chair in Computer Aided Drug Design and served one term (2002-2004) as Head of the Computer Science School. He is a co-developer of the "Geometric Hashing" paradigm for Model based Object Recognition in Computer Vision, which is one of the leading geometric pattern discovery paradigms up-to-date. In the early 1990's he pioneered the introduction of Geometric Hashing and other Computer Vision based methodologies into Structural Bioinformatics, and is since conducting intensive research in the field in close collaboration with Prof. Ruth Nussinov from the TAU Faculty of Medicine. He is a co-founder and currently heads the TAU Bioinformatics study program. HJW has more than 130 publications in scientific journals, books and refereed conference proceedings.

Hershel Safer, Ph. D.
Bioinformatics Unit, Weizmann Institute of Science
E-mail hsafer@alum.mit.edu
Website http://bioportal.weizmann.ac.il/staff/hsafer.html

Hershel Safer received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Yale University in 1981, his M.S. in Operations Research from the Columbia University School of Engineering in 1984, and his Ph.D. in Management Science from MIT in 1992. He has been working in bioinformatics since 1993, when he helped found the bioinformatics group at Genome Therapeutics Corp. He has worked in and managed bioinformatics groups at Compugen, Zetiq Technologies, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Dr. Safer is in his second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computational Biology and is/has been on the Steering Committee of ISMB 2004 - 2007.

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What can I do to ensure my personal safety?

Personal security has become a prime concern for people traveling throughout Europe and the rest of the world, and is particularly so for many visitors to Israel. The topics that come up most frequently are street crime and terrorist incidents.

The incidence of street crime in Israeli cities is quite low. Visitors should always take care not to leave personal belongings unattended. Traveling with small amounts of cash is advised; use traveler's checks and credit cards when possible. Most hotels are equipped with safe deposit boxes for storing valuables. Delegates exploring the city should do so with groups and should consider taxi service when traveling outside of the main area of the conference hotel.

Eilat, where the conference is being held, has never experienced a terrorist attack, and it is far-removed from the center of the country, where terrorists have concentrated their activities. Several terrorist incidents have taken place in Egyptian cities that are not distant from Eilat, but they were on the other side of the international border; Eilat and the tourists there were not directly affected.

The conference venue and other public sites have security checkpoints at every entrance. All people entering the hotel are checked in a non-invasive manner by being swept with a metal-detecting wand. In addition, people must open their bags for inspection.

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What language is spoken in Israel?

The official language in Israel is Hebrew, though most people speak English as well. Various European languages are spoken, especially in hotels and stores. The official language of the conference is English.

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Do I need vaccinations to visit Israel?

No vaccinations are needed to visit Israel.

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What is the weather like in Israel?

The weather in Eilat is very pleasant in January, averaging 22°C (72°F). Always pleasant as a Red Sea resort, Eilat is especially attractive during the northern-hemisphere winter months.

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What is the dress code in Israel?

The dress code is informal for all conference activities. Head cover and comfortable shoes are recommended for touring, swimsuit is a must.

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What is the currency in Israel?

The Israeli currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS or ILS). Hotels and other organizations that deal with tourists often set their prices in US dollars. The exchange rate is approximately 4.5 shekel to the dollar; the exchange rate to the euro is a bit more variable. You can use online currency converters such as Yahoo Finance or xe.com to help plan your trip.

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What is the timezone in Israel?

During the conference, Israel will be on summer time and so will be three hours later than UTC / GMT. Visit www.timeanddate.com to compare times in different locations
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Will I be entitled to tax refunds on goods purchased in Israel?

At present, no value-added tax (VAT) is charged on purchases in Eilat. VAT is charged on purchases elsewhere in the country. Some stores refund VAT to tourists on the spot; most, though, provide a form that must be submitted to the tax office in the airport.


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Where do I register when I arrive?

The ECCB registration desk will be available at the conference venue, the Dan Eilat hotel. Signs in the lobby will indicate the location; you can also ask any of the hotel employees.

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Are travel fellowships available and what expenses do they cover?

We are endeavoring to secure funding for student travel fellowships. See the Travel Fellowships page for more details.

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Will Internet access be available?

Free wireless Internet access will be available in conference meeting areas. Workstations with Internet access will also be available in the Cybercafé; the amount of available equipment depends on whether or not the conference secures a sponsor for the Cybercafé.


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What should I do if I lose something?

Please check at the conference registration desk or at the main desk in the hotel lobby if you lose something.

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How should I prepare my oral presentation?

ECCB will provide computers for displaying conference presentations. Please bring your presentation on a CD or USB flash drive (disk-on-key). Come to the speakers’ ready room at least one hour before the start of your session to have an A/V technician load your presentation onto the conference network.

Both PC and Macintosh computers will be available. The PCs will run Windows XP and the Macs will run OS/X 10 (Classic may not be available). Both kinds of computers will be running English versions of Microsoft Office XP (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel).

If you would like to use other software, please contact the Conference Secretariat (eccb06@diesenhaus.com) as soon as possible to find out if the software you want can be made available.

VHS video, slide, and overhead (transparency) projectors will not be available.

In extenuating circumstances speakers may be able to use their own laptops, but we will avoid this to the greatest extent possible to prevent delays in the sessions. This must be arranged with the Secretariat in advance of the conference. If you do end up using your own computer and it is a Macintosh, it must have a VGA socket for the external display. Whether it is a PC or a Mac, please bring it to the speakers’ ready room as soon as you arrive at the conference to verify with an A/V technician that it is compatible with the conference’s equipment.

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How should I prepare my poster?

Posters should be up to 100 cm wide by 150 cm high.

Please mount your poster on Monday between 7:00 and 18:30. Refer to the Conference Program for the number assigned to your poster; it may have changed from what is posted on the web. The poster boards will be cork, and pushpins will be available for mounting your poster. Posters should be removed by Wednesday at 15:30.

Please make sure that the poster is easily legible from at least 2 meters (6 feet) away: the title and section headings should be at least 3.5 cm high and lettering in the rest of the poster should be at least 1 cm high.

The heading should include the title and authors, as well as the authors’ institutions and where the institutions are located. Sections should be numbered in sequence to help guide the reader. Recommended sections include Abstract, Background, Aims, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

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