28th Annual Workshop on Mathematical and Statistical Aspects of Molecular Biology

19th-20th March, 2018 University of St Andrews, Scotland



Bioinformatics and statistical genetics, twin themes of the long-running series of annual MASAMB meetings, have gained huge impetus from large-scale genome sequencing projects and development of high-throughput biological assay systems, including gene-expression, proteomic, metabolomic and single-cell genomics technologies. These immense data resources, and the underlying complexities of molecular and cell biology, provide exciting research opportunities for numerate scientists.

With typically around 80-120 participants from mathematics, statistics, computer science, bioinformatics, biology and related fields, the MASAMB meetings provide an intimate setting for exchanging ideas in methodological and applied research. Research students and scientists newly entering the field of genomic research are particularly welcome and encouraged to submit abstracts. Details of previous meetings are available at the MASAMB archive.

Likely topics for sessions this year

Next Generation Sequencing
Population Genetics
RNA Bioinformatics
Phylogeny and Comparative Genomics
Personalised medicine
Biological Networks
Systems Biology

Key dates

Registration opens December 15th, 2017
Abstract submission deadline February 1st, 2018

February 8th, 2018

Poster submission deadline March 1st, 2018
Registration ends February 12th, 2018

March 1st, 2018

Conference March 19th-20th, 2018



registration . submission . committees


The registration fee is

  • 90 GBP for students
  • 130 GBP for researchers
  • 200 GBP for industry participants

Fees include conference attendance, coffee, lunches, and conference dinner. To register now please click here

Programme committee

Maria Anisimova (Zürich University of Applied Sciences)
Rui Borges (Vetmeduni Vienna)
Oscar Gaggotti (University of St Andrews)
Andy Gardner (University of St Andrews)
Tanja Gesell (University of Vienna)
Antti Honkela (University of Helsinki)
Carolin Kosiol (University of St Andrews)
Andy Lynch (University of St Andrews)
Sylvia Paracchini (University of St Andrews)
Anne Smith (University of St Andrews)
Gergely Szöllösi (Eötvös University Budapest)


Submissions of abstracts for talks are closed now. However, we still accept submissions for posters till the 1st March 2018!

A one-half page abstract should be submitted through EasyChair. Please choose two session titles from likely topics that most closely match the topic of your talk/poster and enter them as Keyword 1 and Keyword 2. Other keywords can be added as wished. Note that abstracts will only be considered after an online registration form has been filled and the registration fees have been paid.

Local organising committee

Lianne Baker
Carolin Kosiol
Sylvia Paracchini
St Andrews Bioinformatics Unit (StABU)



travel . accommodation . meals



The Premier Inn in St Andrews has a block booking of 20 rooms for 72.00GBP per night (double room single occupancy) that can be booked as package during the registration. If you wish to share the room (e.g., twin room) please contact the Premier Inn mentioning “MASAMB” to get one of the reserved rooms.

Delegates can also  arrange their own accommodation.

Hotels, guest houses, B&B

Please note that St Andrews is a small town, so book early!



The conference is taking place in the Medical School lecture theatre.

Lunches and posters will also be in this building.




Coffee, tea and lunches will be provided.

There will be a conference dinner.

All other meals  to be arranged by delegates.



Directions to St Andrews by road, rail, or air.

Taxis from Edinburgh Airport can be cost effective if you share: Local taxi companies.



Tourist Information

University of St Andrews


St Andrews


Conference Venue


Conference Venue

Medical and Biological Sciences Building University of St Andrews North Haugh St Andrews Fife KY16 9TF