■ My GIW 2000 Experience
For a Spanish PhD student, assisting a scientific congress in Japan is, of course, an amazing experience, not only
for the contents and the importance of a workshop of this type, but also for the opportunity to visit a city like Tokyo. I must say that the trip was possible in part thanks to the grant supplied for the Japanese Society of Bioinformatics (Thank you very much for this support!).
The increasing importance of Bioinformatics in Genomics and, in general, in Molecular biology is now indisputable and this idea was latent in the oral presentations as well in
the subjects of the posters and software demonstrations. On the other hand, when I had to present a report about the workshop to my working group in Spain, and I tried to classify the posters, I realized the difficulty of categorize many of them in just one aspect of Bioinformatics. This is another very clear conclusion to extract from the congress: the huge diversity of subjects and the theme overlapping in the projects.
The preceding conclussion is valid for any Bioinformatic congress today, this is true, but in my opinion, what makes the GIW2000 special is that this year was the eleventh edition! Ten years ago, a Genomic Informatic Work‐shop was already organized in Japan!... and, if one revise the themes of the first edition,there are justthe same diversityand importance of themes than today. To finish,if I have to mention a point to improve for the next workshop,I 'd like to
say that the lack of English versions of the leaflets of some commercial companies,was,in my opinion,the only negative point to solve.
Thank you very much to all authors,organizers and staff. See you next year...I hope.
Juan Carlos Oliveros Collazos
Protein Design Group,CNB/CSIC Universidad