ISCB SC RSG Turkey has become a paramount student initiative, organizing events that contribute to the developing computational biology and bioinformatics society in Turkey. We organize student symposiums attracting undergraduate and graduate students since 2012. We have been organizing our symposiums as satellite meetings to HiBiT (International Symposium on Health Informatics and Bioinformatics), which is the biggest bioinformatics meeting in Turkey. Being less formal and student-oriented organization, our student symposiums have been successful in encouraging early career researchers to meet and exchange their expertise in the area. Indeed, thanks to the previous symposiums, the active core members of the RSG Turkey has been growing regularly. So far, we had the symposiums in Cappadocia, Ankara, Mugla, Cyprus, Antalya, Izmir and ONLINE with the participation of students from different parts of Turkey.
This year, due to the COVID19 pandemic we are planning to organize a student symposium as a satellite virtual meeting to HiBiT 2021 to reach young researchers in Turkey. Unlike the previous symposiums, we extended the duration of the symposium for one more day and attempted to organize a hands-on workshop and career fair. We expect this year’s symposium will be as attractive as in previous years meeting for researchers. We hope one day to meet you at a student symposium without any health concerns!