Environmental Omics Synthesis Centre Synthesis Program
NERC/STFC Environmental Omics Working Groups
We have established ‘working groups’ that align with the STFC science program to address the three pillars of the NERC delivery plan; Benefiting natural resources, Resilience to natural hazards; and, Managing environmental change (Fig. 1). To address the challenges of a changing world requires interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial co-operation. Establishing shared goals between the NERC community with the skills and facilities supported by STFC, informed by key stakeholder priorities, is key to delivering innovative solutions to address environmental challenges and realise real-world impact. To kick-start and extend interdisciplinary collaboration between NERC and STFC researchers we will establish a number of tightly focused interdisciplinary working groups jointly designed by the two communities and informed by stakeholder needs (government and industry). We believe the EOS program is ideally placed to coordinate these communities given its long-term interaction with the STFC and the stated mission of the Omics community to deliver innovative omics solutions for a changing world.
Figure 1: Theme matrix for proposed working groups. The intersection between STFC science programs and NERC delivery plans shown are indicative areas that may be explored at the sandpit. However, proposals are not limited to these areas and we encourage innovative synthesis.
The Environmental Omics Synthesis (EOS) Center program goal is to develop the fundamental knowledge needed to integrate omics data into wider environmental analyses to address novel research questions. The synergy provided between omics approaches and STFC skills and facilities was identified at an early stage and lead to a successful NERC/STFC Futures Network program that built bridges between NERC and the high performance computing, earth observation and technology communities within the STFC. In the current phase of the EOS program we proposed a synthesis research program that would continue the partnership with STFC substantially enhancing the integrative nature of synthesis activities linking to the STFC key strategic goals of promoting world-class research, innovation and skills whilst addressing the strategic themes of seeking solutions to global challenges and stimulating effective knowledge exchange.