Frequently Asked Questions



Who or what is COMBINE?

COMBINE is a student-run Australian organisation for researchers in computational biology, bioinformatics, and related fields. COMBINE is the official International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Regional Student Group (RSG) for Australia, and a subcommittee of The Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS). We aim to bring together students and early-career researchers from the computational and life sciences for networking, collaboration, and professional development.


I can no longer attend a COMBINE event. Can I get a refund?

For most events we will happily give you a refund if you email us at least a week before the event (minus any transaction fees). Check the event page for event-specific policies. Please contact the event organiser or if you have any questions.


Can COMBINE run a workshop at my institute?

Get in touch with us at and we’ll help you organise it!


How can I get involved in my local COMBINE branch?

  • Check who runs your local branch or email us at and we’ll put you in touch.
  • Check if there are any local events coming up. It’s a great way to meet your local community!
  • No local branch near you? Start one!


How can I become a bioinformatician?

Good question!