BePAc216 17-18 November Ghent

Exploring the hidden depths of the proteome

Aula_Vol_2This two-day symposium will cover an exciting part of contemporary proteome science presented by excellent speakers. The conference will take place on 17-18 November 2016 at the University Aula in Ghent, Volderstraat 9, 9000 Gent, Belgium. This year Ghent University celebrates its 200th anniversary!

This meeting gathers young and experienced scientists alike from Belgium and surrounding countries to discuss proteomics (young scientists should surely check out the new EuPA initiative called YPIC, the Young Proteomics Investigator Club). The meeting caters to current and prospective users of proteomics as well as experts in the field, with an emphasis on applicability of current knowledge. The central theme of the meeting is “Exploring the hidden depths of the proteome“, because we want to focus on the harder, but all the more interesting parts of the proteome. And we have some very promising names:

Thursday, November 17

  1. Plant proteomics
    • Norbert Rolland (CNRS, Paris, France)
      • “From subcellular proteomics to non-canonical chloroplast proteins”
    • Kathryn Lilley (Centre for Proteomics, Cambridge, UK)
      • “Challenges in assigning the subcellular location of proteins”
  2. Break-out session (meet the expert): Data Analysis
  3. Computational Proteomics
    • Juan Antonio Vizcaíno (EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK)
      • “Mining the hidden proteome using hundreds of public proteomics datasets”
    • David Fenyö (NYU School of medicine, New York, US)
      • “Proteogenomics”

Friday, November 18

  1. Complex PTM analysis
    • Tiziana Bonaldi (IFOM-IEO, Milan, Italy)
      • “Quantitative MS-proteomics to study histone post-translational modifications and chromatin plasticity, in basic and clinical research”
    • Claire Eyers (Institute of Integrative Biology, Liverpool, UK)
      • “The bottom to top of NF-kB signalling”
  2. Break-out session (meet the expert): Challenging MS samples
  3. Proteomics on unexplored genomes
    • Sebastien Carpentier (Laboratory of tropical crop improvement, KU Leuven, Belgium)
      • “Quantification and identification of allele specific proteins in a polyploid non-model crop: integration of transcriptomics and proteomics.”
    • Lennart Martens (Department of Biochemistry, Compomics, Belgium)
      • “Into to the heart of darkness: teasing useful data from unknown genomes”

Sponsored talks:

Waters:A new QTof multi-mode acquisition strategy for maximising product ion selectivity, specificity and sensitivity” (Hans Vissers)

Bruker:From label-free quant to proteoform profiling : increasing Biomarker Discovery success rate” (Pierre-Olivier SCHMIT)

Thermo:Advanced proteomics workflows for label free quantification experiments and protein structure analysis.” (Samy Memmi)

Sciex: “Early Detection Biomarkers for Ovarian Cancer.” (Robert Graham)

You can share the program to convince your collaborators to attend by downloading our bepa2016flyer.

During the lunch break-out session young investigators can engage in a scientific discussion with experts on specific, technical challenges in proteomics. This time it is not about the final results, but about the way to get there! And experts will guide you. For the first “Data analysis” session with Prof. J. A. Vizcaíno and Prof. D. Fenyö, we might hear diverse questions as “why is it so hard to detect (rare) modifications?”, “what is this false discovery rate (FDR) all about and why should it be 1%?”, “what is the use of a p-value in determining differential protein expression?”, “what is all this machine  learning I keep hearing about?”… On November 18th, the break-out session will give you the opportunity to ask questions to Prof. T. Bonaldi and Prof. C. Eyers on challenging MS samples: “How can I decide on what quantitative approach to use?”, “How complex can I make my protocol when I want to do label-free MS?”, “how do you quantify PTMs?”…

Please make sure to register for these break-out sessions while signing up for the conference!

Participants are encouraged to present their latest work as poster or oral presentation.

Oral presentations

Up to twelve submitted scientific contributions will be selected for a 15 minute oral presentation in the four sessions depicted above. Note that the session subject titles all are broad, so there should be a way to get everybody in there!


EXTENDED DEADLINE: Poster and oral abstracts of up to max 400 words should be submitted before November 11 2016. Just register below and you will be given the chance to submit the abstract.

All selected abstracts will be collected in the conference proceedings book.

In order to stimulate young scientists, three poster awards will be presented.


Registration fees:

  • Student: €75
  • Regular Delegate: €100
  • Industry Delegates: €150

And hey! You will become a member of BePA (and EuPA) by registering, for the same price! If you do not want that, just check the dedicated box in the registration form.

Hotel arrangements

We encourage all nationals as well as international young investigators to share their expertise at our meeting. Please contact the Ibis hotel for a discount rate of €100 for a single and €118 for a double room, breakfast included!

e-mail:, to Ruben Maes and mention booking reference: BePac2016.