This symposium will bring together glycochemists and biologists with experts in bioinformatics and computer sciences not only to look back at the roots of glycosciences 30 odd years ago but also to gather the perspectives of present and future applications of glycomics.

Glycomics, in the past considered a subfield of proteomics, has established itself and evolved to become an independent discipline which studies systematically the structures and functions of glycans in a cell or organism.

Consequently, boundaries to proteomics, genomics and metabolomics are crossed towards a systems-wide investigation of the various roles of glycoconjugates in cell-cell communication, recognition processes, signal transduction, molecular trafficking, modulation and regulation of molecular pathways in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes and in many other processes such as diagnosis and therapy of diseases.

Glycomics also encompasses further important areas, for example, combining bioinformatics and mathematics approaches to develop methods for data storage, analysis, and modelling functions and relationships.

Under the guidance of the MIRAGE Commission, this conference series also provides a platform to discuss current standards and the needs for additional standards in the glycoscience. The mission of MIRAGE (www.beilstein-mirage.org) is to establish guidelines for the reliable and accurate reporting of glycan data and to interconnect existing and future infrastructure entities to provide the glycoscience community services for the deposition, sharing, analysis and reuse of glycan data.

All participants are encouraged to discuss their latest results, approaches, and methodologies in experimental, theoretic and bioinformatics glycosciences.