Unlocking the Microbiome

15 Nov - London, UK

The Microbiology Society will be launching its policy report 'Unlocking the Microbiome', informed by our Microbiome Policy Project, at The Royal Society in London.

Overview

Overview

Microbiome research is a rapidly developing area of science, utilising advances in technologies such as metagenomics, to investigate and exploit the communities of micro-organisms associated with humans, plants, animals, and environments such as soils and oceans. Scientists are exploring diverse opportunities from this research, including for human and animal health and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, industrial biotechnology and tackling antimicrobial resistance. However, scientific, translational and social challenges and considerations need to be addressed to build and apply our knowledge of microbiomes.

This event will launch the Microbiology Society’s report ‘Unlocking the Microbiome’, which explores opportunities and challenges for microbiome research identified over the course of our Microbiome Policy Project. It will also provide an opportunity for multidisciplinary networking and knowledge exchange between researchers, funders, learned societies, policy advisers and other stakeholders interested in microbiome research.

Join us for an engaging discussion about the opportunities and challenges of microbiome research, relating to issues including: potential clinical, agricultural and environmental innovations; public communication of research; promoting interdisciplinary research; regulation and ethics; big data issues, and more.

Programme

Programme

12:00–13:00 Networking lunch
13:00–16:00

Talks and panel discussion. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Julian Marchesi, Professor of Human Microbiome Research and Professor of Clinical Microbiome Research, Cardiff University and Imperial College London
  • Dr Lindsay Hall, Microbiome Research Leader, The Quadram Institute
  • Professor Jim Prosser, Chair in Environmental Microbiology, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Rob Finn, Team Leader, Sequence Families, European Bioinformatics Institute – EMBL-EBI
  • Dr Fiona Brennan, Research Officer - Soil and Environmental Microbiology, Teagasc – The Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  • Professor Penny Hirsch, Plant and Soil Microbiologist, Rothamsted Research & Dr Matthew Ryan, Curator, Genetic Resource Collection, Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) – The UK Plant Microbiome Initiative
  • Peter Burlinson, Strategy and Policy Manager, BBSRC
  • Dr Beth Greenhough and Dr Carmen McLeod, University of Oxford – Oxford Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project and Good Germs Bad Germs Project
16:00–17:00 Networking reception and address by The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

 

How to attend

How to attend

This event is free to attend however spaces are limited. If you’re interested in the event, or require further information, please contact policy@microbiologysociety.org stating your name, organisation and briefly outline your reasons for wanting to attend.

Venue

Venue

This event will be taking place at The Royal Society.

The Royal Society
6–9 Carlton House Terrace
St James's
London
SW1Y 5AG