UW Microbiome Symposium

Registration will soon close for Exploring Microbiome Opportunities in Life Sciences and Agriculture, a symposium dedicated to investigating the role of the microbiome in biological research across the UW-Madison campus. The event is hosted by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and is open to the entire university community.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences Building

This symposium is designed to explore opportunities in microbiome science, with the ultimate goal of building on current strengths at UW-Madison. We will be welcoming three plenary speakers: Dr. Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale; Dr. James Prosser, Professor Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen; and Dr. Federico Rey, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bacteriology at UW-Madison. A special roundtable discussion including program officers from the NIH, NSF, and DOE will also be featured. This is a great opportunity to bring scientists together and we look forward to continuing discussions and developing collaborations after the symposium.

The ‘microbiome’ is described as the ecological community of microorganisms and their collective genetic material that inhabit an environmental niche. The niche could be the human gut, cultivated fields, watersheds or fields. Understanding microbiome function can translate to human and animal health, environmental quality, and food safety, among other goals. Moreover, harnessing the genetic material of microbial communities will have applications in synthetic biology.

Registration is free, but we only have space for 200 and few spots remain.