History of SoIBio
In 2002 the RIB (Iberoamerican Network for Bioinformatics) was created as a joint collaborative project of several research groups working in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The groups who started this initiative were from Spain, Portugal and several Latino American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, etc), and they organized a first meeting in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Following this start up, a series of academic and scientific events were organized under the support of RIB till 2008. In fact, between 2002 and 2008 the network promoted four scientific meetings on Bioinformatics in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), Malaga (Spain) and Santiago (Chile). In 2005, the Spanish Government provided official financial support to the RIB for three years, helping to the organization of such meetings and to the development of scientific collaborations between scientists from different countries within this region. In this way, the idea of setting up a international scientific society was evolving and became mature and formal in 2009 in a specific meeting where the SoIBio (Iberoamerican Society for Bioinformatics) was founded. In this way, SoIBio aims to promote research and development on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in the international region of Iberoamerica.