Lessons from a ten-year-long journey: Building a student-driven computational biology society across Turkey

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Kaya Y., Dönertaş H. M., Karakulak T., Can Saylan C., Gür E. R., Tatlidil E., ...More

F1000Research, vol.11, 2022 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 11
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.12688/f1000research.107886.1
  • Journal Name: F1000Research
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: 10 years, Iscb, Student council, Turkey
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022 Kaya Y et al.The Regional Student Group Turkey (RSG-Turkey) is officially associated with the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Student Council (SC). At the RSG-Turkey, we aim to contribute to the early-career researchers in computational biology and bioinformatics fields by providing opportunities for improving their academic and technical skills in the field. Over the last ten years, we have built a well-known student-driven academic society in Turkey that organizes numerous events every year and continues to grow with over 650 current members. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of RSG-Turkey, in this communication, we share our experiences, five main lessons we learned, and the steps to establish a long-standing academic community: having a clear mission, building a robust structure, effective communication, turning challenges into opportunities, and building collaborations. We believe that our experiences can help students and academics establish long-standing communities in fast-developing areas like bioinformatics.