Please mark your calendars for Exploring Microbiome Opportunities in Agricultural and Life Sciences, a CALS-led symposium dedicated to exploring the role of the microbiome in biological research across the UW-Madison campus.

The one-day symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Additional information and the opportunity to register can be found here.

Recent work in this field has highlighted its importance in all areas of biology, and this symposium serves to bring researchers together to discuss and consider this maturing field of research. This symposium is highlighted by three plenary speakers:

  • Jo Handelsman, associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • James Prosser, professor chair of molecular and cell biology at the University of Aberdeen
  • Federico Rey, an assistant professor in the Department of Bacteriology at UW-Madison

A special roundtable discussion featuring program officers from the NIH, USDA, NSF and DOE will also be featured.

The hope of symposium organizers is that this event will serve as a forum for researchers to learn about the microbiome, share ideas, catalyze research and formulate collaborations.

The microbiome is described as the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms that share our body space.