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Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC)
The Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC), founded in 1907 by Enric Prat de la Riba, is an academic, scientific and cultural corporation aimed at high level scientific research, particularly concerning all aspects of Catalan culture. Its field of action comprises the Catalan-speaking territories. It is structured into 5 sections (History-Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Sciences and Technology, Philology, and Philosophy and Social Sciences) and has 88 affiliated societies, which form an integral part of the academic and organisational structure of the Institute as autonomous bodies.
The participation of the IEC as a centre for the dissemination of research and the promotion of the elements of Catalan culture helps position Barcelona and Catalonia as a world reference in the field of bioinformatics. It annually organises, in collaboration with Bioinformatics Barcelona, the Conference on Bioinformatics in order to establish a meeting point for the whole community of bioinformatics scientists in Catalonia.
The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Section of the Catalan Society of Biology, part of the IEC Biology Sciences Section, aims to foster the interaction between scientists working on this discipline as well as to attract researchers from theoretical fields (mathematics, statistics, physics, etc.) and computational fields related to biology.
Along with annually organising, in collaboration with the BIB, the Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, this Section also carries out the "Viquimarató de Bioinformàtica", in collaboration with Amical Wikimedia and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), with the aim of expanding Wikipedia articles concerning diverse aspects of bioinformatics and other related disciplines, such as genomics and proteomics, thereby helping to open up the institution and the Wikipedia resources to the community knowledge volunteers and a wider presence of the Catalan language on the Internet, and to offer new platforms for the promotion of the sciences among Catalan researchers and promoters.