BioSB is the national community in the field of bioinformatics and systems biology research. It has a strong background in integrative molecular research across all areas of the life sciences.

BioSB acts as a parent organization for YoungCB, the official Regional Student Group (RSG) of the International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB).

International review committee 2017:

Overall, we consider BioSB to be a unique programme of national importance and relevance – indeed, ‘a National Treasure’, of which BioSB members should be proud.”

BioSB is committed to train the next generation of computational life scientists. Our challenging and inspiring education programme covers essential topics in bioinformatics and systems biology, taught by expert teams.

BioSB contributes to Digital Life Sciences through its expertise in scientific method development and education in the field of bioinformatics and systems biology.

You can join BioSB as a member. Members can propose and vote for BioSB board candidates and other matters presented at the BioSB members meetings. Members can join the scientific and education committee and thereby influence the direction of the conference and course program and actively contribute to the Dutch Bioinformatics and Systems Biology community. Read more


The DTL team supports the BioSB research school.

Femke Francissen
Event & office manager



Jaap Heringa Jaap Heringa

  • Chair BioSB
  • Director, Centre for Integrative Bioinformatics VU University
  • Email: j.heringa[at]vu.nl
Perry Moerland

  • Communications & Education BioSB
  • Assistant professor Bioinformatics Laboratory, Academic Medical Center
  • Email: p.d.moerland[at]amc.uva.nl 
Ilja Arts

  • Science BioSB
  • Professor of Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases at Maastricht University, Scientific Director of the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology , and Principal Investigator at CARIM
  • Email: ilja.arts[at]maastrichtuniversity.nl
Patrick Kemmeren Patrick Kemmeren

  • Finance & annual conference BioSB
  • Head of the Kemmeren Group at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Executive committee member of the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center
  • Email: p.kemmeren[at]prinsesmaximacentrum.nl 


Education committee

Dick de Ridder Dick de Ridder

  • Chair Education committee BioSB
  • Professor Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics Group, Wageningen University
Natal van Riel

  • Vice chair Education committee BioSB
  • Associate Professor of Systems Biology and Metabolic Diseases,
    Department of Biomedical Engineering, TU Eindhoven

Members of the Education committee:

  • Dick de Ridder, Wageningen UR (Chair)
  • Natal van Riel, TU Eindhoven (Vice chair)
  • Chris Evelo, Maastricht University
  • Miaomiao Zhou, Avans Hogeschool Breda
  • Aljoscha Wahl, TU Delft
  • Bas van Breukelen, UMC Utrecht
  • Celia van Gelder, Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences
  • Perry Moerland, Amsterdam UMC (AMC)
  • Lauren Dupuis, Maastricht University
  • Architha Ellappalayam, WUR (YoungCB)


Hottopics committee

  • Meike Wortel, UvA
  • Nikolaos Strepis, Erasmus MC
  • Aridaman Pandit, UMC Utrecht
  • Evert Bosdriesz, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Li-Ting Chen, UMC Utrecht

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General documents

General members assemblee

Here you can find the minutes of the meetings of the General Member Assembly:

BioSB Review 2017

On April 3rd 2017 an international review committee was invited to review the BioSB research school activities. The documents concerning the review meeting will be shared with you below.

The BioSB research school builds on the bioinformatics community developed by the (former) Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC) and the systems biology community developed by the (former) Netherlands Consortium for Systems Biology (NCSB) / Netherlands Platform for Systems Biology, both technology centres funded by the Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI).

  • Established in 2014
  • First BioSB conference 2015
  • First member’s assembly 2016
  • International review 2017