Over 120 persons from 25 countries, including 8 CEI Member States, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine, attended the "First International Conference BelBI 2016" in Belgrade on 20-24 June.

The event, organised by the  Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Belgrade, offered the chance to highlight and debate various aspects of bioinformation systems.  

Highly relevant topics such as information technologies, which are necessary for analysis and understanding huge amounts of generated data, were explored during the gathering. Another important issue covered was the application of computer science and informatics in the domain of precision medicine, which is researching for new remedies against debilitating diseases (e.g. cancer and neurodegeneration) and drug development.

Possible cooperation and perspectives were successfully discussed during the Roundtable session. All participants concluded on the continuation of the biannual organisation of the same or similar conferences in the future, which had grown out of the communities of previous conferences. Furthermore, they agreed on supporting the establishment of a Regional Bioinformation Network.

Selected papers of the talks will be published in three international journals. Other contributions will be distributed in a Book of Proceedings.

The conference was co-financed by the CEI Cooperation Fund.
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