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The fifth SBGN forum (SBGN5) was held on September 2 and 3, 2009, in Menlo Park, California, at SRI International. The workshop will take place in parallel of the 10th International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB 2009).

The annual SBGN Forum meeting is an opportunity for the SBGN community to meet face-to-face and discuss SBGN development. The meeting included presentations of SBGN specifications, implementation of support, as well as focused discussions about SBGN issues and future development.


Wednesday September 2

Time Topic Speaker(s) Slides Audio
8:00am Breakfast ready at the conference room
9:00am Introductions Huaiyu Mi (none) (none)
9:10am – 10:00am Software Implementation Chair: Frank Bergmann
SBW and SBGN Frank Bergmann slides listen
VISIBIOweb: a web-based visualization and layout service for biological pathways Ugur Dogrusoz slides listen
CellDesigner and SBGN Yukiko Matsuoka slides listen
EPE and SBGN Stuart Moodie slides listen
New developments for the VANTED system Christian Klukas slides listen
SBGN-ED: A VANTED Add-on for System Tobias Czauderna slides listen
10:00am '' Short break''
10:10am – 11:00am Constraint-based layout templates for SBGN Sarah Boyd slides listen
Mapping BioPAX to CellDesigner and SBGN-PD Anushya Muruganujan slides listen
SBGN representation of rule-based modeling Michael Blinov slides listen
Update on Arcadia Alice Villeger slides listen
10:55am Coffee break
11:15am libSBGN and SBGN-ML Chair: Alice Villeger
Update on the LibSBGN/SBGN format effort and discussion Alice Villeger slidesminutes listen to the discussion
1:00pm Lunch
1:45pm – 3:00pm Domains, features, and sites in ER Chair: Mirit Aladjem domain proposal 2 by Moodie
SBGN-ER and MIMs: emphasis on domains Mirit Aladjem slides and domain proposal 1 listen to the discussion
3:10pm – 4:40pm Process Description Discussion Chair: Stuart Moodie slides
– Announce PD L1 R1.1
                 – Discussion on proposed changes to PD L1 R2.0
                  \* Stadium state variables
                  \* Submaps should be real processes. How would this work?
                  \* Revisiting reversible processes
                  \* Should the Source and Sink glyphs be unified?                                                                                                    |                          |                                                                                                                        |                                                                                        |

| 4:40pm | Coffee break | | 5:00pm – 5:30pm | Roadmap, funding and governance of SBGN | Chair: Nicolas Le Novère | | | | | – Status of current specs - roadmap for the future ones – Avenues for future Funding? – Governance - organisation of the editorial elections – Next Hackthon and Forum meetings – SBGN Competition | | slides | listen | | 5:30pm – 5:35pm | Introduction to SBGN5.5 | Tobias Czauderna | slides | listen | | 5:35pm –  6:00pm | Housekeeping | Chair: Stuart Moodie | | | | | – What resources are available on sourceforge, e.g. mailing lists etc.  * svn projects names ProcessDiagram -> ProcessDescription  * issue tracking - move over to MantisBT  * SF project admins – Additional resources for libSBGN - svn project and mailing list. – - current state and evolution | | slides | listen | | 7:00pm | Dinner. Scott's Seafood Restaurant. 855 El Camino Real, Building #1 Town & Country Village Center, Palo Alto

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Thursday September 3

Time Topic Speaker(s) Slides Audio
8:00am Breakfast ready at the conference room
9:00am – 10:30pm Activity Flow Chair: Huaiyu Mi slides listen
PANTHER Applet Anushya Muruganujan slides listen
WikiPathway Alex Pico slides listen
10:30am Coffee break
10:50am – 12:30am Instances and generics - more focused on generics. Chair: Nicolas Le Novère listen to discussion
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm Discussion on instances Chair: Nicolas Le Novère listen to discussion
3:30pm Coffee break
4:00pm – 6:00pm Additional libSBGN discussion Chair: Alice Villeger minutes listen to discussion



Name Affiliation Group/Project
Mirit Aladjem NIH (USA) MIM
Frank Bergmann University of Washington (USA) SBW, Athena
Michael Blinov Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling, UCHC (USA) BioNetGen
Sarah Boyd Monash University (AU) Dunnart
Emek Demir MSKCC BioPAX
Ugur Dogrusoz Bilkent University (TR) VISIBIOweb
Samik Ghosh The Systems Biology Institute (JP) CellDesigner
Hiroaki Kitano The Systems Biology Institute (JP) CellDesigner,Payao
Christian Klukas IPK-Gatersleben (DE) Vanted
Nicolas Le Novère EMBL-EBI BioModels Database
Yukiko Matsuoka The Systems Biology Institute (JP) CellDesigner,Payao
Huaiyu Mi SRI International (USA) Panther Pathways
Stuart Moodie University of Edinburgh (UK) Edinburgh Pathway Editor
Anushya Muruganujan SRI International (USA) Panther Pathways
Alexander Pico The Gladstone Institutes, UCSF (USA) WikiPathways
Tobias Czauderna IPK Gatersleben (DE)
Alice Villeger University of Manchester (UK) Arcadia


A list of accommodation options is provided by ICSB 2009. SRI is not far from Stanford so these should be suitable. If you requested us to book you accommodation during registration then we will provide hotel details here when we have confirmed them.


As mentioned above, SBGN 5 will be held in in Menlo Park, California, at SRI International. The map below shows the location of SRI international.

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You can also click [here](/Media:SBGN5_map.jpg "wikilink") to view a static map with SRI, Sheraton Hotel, and Caltrain station labeled.

Most of the participants will stay at Sheraton Hotel Palo Alto. To get to the hotel from San Francisco Airport (SFO), you can take a taxi, which costs about US$85. You can also take train. Here is how. You first take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from SFO to Millbrae (see schedule). The ticket is $4.00. You first take the BART towards Pittsburg/Bay Point from SFO for one stop to San Bruno station, get off, and take the train in the opposite direction to Millbrae. You can use BART QuickPlanner to plan the trip. At Millbrae station, you switch to Caltrain (see Caltrain schedule). You need to walk over an overpass for the southbound train. Purchase the ticket to Palo Alto station from the ticket machine before getting on the train. The ticket costs $6.00. Take the southbound Caltrain towards San Jose, and get off at Palo Alto station, which is located in the Palo Alto Transit Center and is a couple of minutes walk to the hotel.

To get to SRI from the hotel, you go to the Transit Center (Palo Alto station), take the northbound Caltrain (towards San Francisco) for one stop, and get off at the Menlo Park station. Please note that the express trains do not stop at the Menlo Park station, so make sure to check the Caltrain schedule. You need to purchase the ticket from the machine before getting on the train. After getting off the train, you walk back to Ravenwood Ave., and turn left (northeast). SRI is at 333 Ravenswood Ave., which is about 10 minutes walk from the train station. Follow the sign and go directly to the main entrance in Building A. At the front desk, just mention that you are attending SBGN. Someone will be there to guide you to the conference room.

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If you are coming from the ICSB main venue (Stanford Memorial Auditorium), you can take the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle service (route map). Take Line A toward the Palo Alto Transit Center, and follow the direction above.

The weather in the San Francisco area during August and September is usually always very warm, with temperatures ranging from 75 °F – 100 ° (24 – 38 C). There is sometimes a chance of light rain, so make sure to bring a small umbrella and some light wet weather clothes.

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If you have any queries then please contact the organisers at sbgn-meeting at

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