PLOS Computional Biology published a paper written by among others Miranda D. Stobbe (former member of the Netherlands ISCB Student Council Regional Student Group), highlighting some of the benefits of participating in student conferences, and reviewing the challenges that were encountered when organizing them.
Sharing results, techniques, and challenges is paramount to advance our understanding of any field of science. In the scientific community this exchange of ideas is mainly made possible through national and international conferences. Scientists have the opportunity to showcase their work, receive feedback, and improve their presentation skills. However, conferences can be large and intimidating for young researchers. In addition, for many of the more prestigious conferences, the very high number of submissions and low selection rate are major limitations to aspiring young researchers aiming to present their work to the scientific community. To improve student participation and proliferation of information, regional student groups have successfully organized conferences and symposia specifically aimed at students. This gives more students the opportunity to present their work and receive valuable experience and insight from peers and leaders in the field. At the same time, it is an ideal way for students to gain familiarity with the conference experience.
PLOS Computational Biology publishes a series of articles that draws on the collective experience of the ISCB Student Council to demonstrate the effectiveness of a Regional Student Group (RSG) program. The goal of the series is to inspire students in the broader community to start similar initiatives. Each of the articles is written by authors from various RSGs that have had hands-on experience in the article topic.