The 16th RECOMB Comparative Genomics Satellite Workshop, was held during October 9-12,
2018, in Magog-Orford, Québec, Canada.

We thank the members of the Steering Committee, Marília Braga, Dannie Durand,
Jens Lagergren, Aoife McLysaght, Luay Nakhleh, and David Sankoff, and organizers
of past editions of the conference, Cedric Chauve and Nadia El-Mabrouk, for their 
guidance and support all along the organization process.

We thank the members of the Program Committee as well as the additional reviewers for
their diligent work reviewing the manuscripts and conducting thorough discussions on
the manuscripts to inform the evaluation process.

We also thank the members of the local organizing committee, Ayrin Ahia-Tabibi, Faizy
Ahsan, Sarah Belhamiti, Alan Cohen, Ali Fotouhi, Jean-Michel Garant, Pierre-Étienne
Jacques, Safa Jammali, Esaie Kuitche, Manuel Lafond, Jean-Pierre Perreault, 
Sébastien Rodrigue, Michelle Scott, Fanny Thuriot, Anais Vannutelli, and Shengrui 
Wang, the students in particular, for all their efforts and generosity in organizing
the conference. 

Special thanks to Karine Bolduc, Lynn Lebrun, and Yves Tremblay from the Department
of Computer Science and the Faculty of Science at Université de Sherbrooke for 
their great help in the local organization, the accounting and the conference

We also address our many thanks to the six keynote speakers who gave wonderful talks, 
and attended the whole conference despite their very busy schedules: Belinda Chang, 
Dannie Durand, Christian Landry, Gwenaïl Piganeau, Xavier Roucou, and Jesse Shapiro. 
Many thanks also to Dannie Durand, Gwenaïl Piganeau and David Sankoff for their
presentations at McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke on the sidelines 
of the conference.  

Last but not least, we would like to thank all the session chairs, participantts, speakers and poster 
presenters, for attending the conference and contributing to the discussions, and for 
the high quality of the presentations.

The workshop would not have been possible without the generous contribution
of our sponsors:
- Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé - UdeS
- Faculté des sciences - UdeS
- McGill University
- Programme de soutien à la tenue de colloques scientifiques étudiants - UdeS
- Fonds institutionnel de soutien aux activités étudiantes - UdeS
- Département d'informatique - UdeS
- Département de Biochimie - UdeS
- Département de Biologie - UdeS
- Calcul Québec
- Regroupement des étudiants de maîtrise et de doctorat de l'UdeS (REMDUS)
- Regroupement des étudiants chercheurs en Médecine de l'UdeS (RECMUS)

The conference benefitted from the posting calendar of events on the International
Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) website. We used the EasyChair system for 
submissions, reviews, and proceedings formatting, and the conference proceedings were
published as a volume in the Springer Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI 11183) 
series. Extensions of a selected set of papers presented at the conference will be
published in Algorithms for Molecular Biology.

Thank you until next edition at RECOMB-CG 2019 in Montpellier !

Mathieu Blanchette (McGill University) and Aïda Ouangraoua (Université de Sherbrooke)