ioinformatics and environmental ‘omics are both rapidly evolving disciplines, and as such even over a three year time frame different subjects are likely to evolve as topical. Therefore, over the duration of this project the core network team will need to have latitude to identify new areas for workshop themes that will meet the following criteria: significant scientific questions; potential for collaboration between bioinformatics and environmental ‘omics; and relevance to environmental issues. We will in particular take a future-oriented approach, seeking to identify emerging areas which can be shaped by these collaborative innovations.
Different workshop themes will entail different workshop participants. The members of the STFC/NERC Bioinformatics & Environmental ‘Omics Network will help to populate each workshop appropriately by identifying relevant individuals and also other networks that should be represented. We will seek to include individuals from a mix of career stages within each workshop, so that junior and senior researchers from both the STFC and the NERC communities can take part together.
At the outset, indicative workshop themes for exploring joint STFC and NERC development of the potential of bioinformatics and environmental ‘omics include:
- Novel data structures, novel algorithms and ontologies. The bioinformatics challenges raised by environmental ‘omics are widely recognised, but both the detailed nature of these challenges and effective approaches for addressing them require further development. This initial workshop will establish an e-science and computational foundation that will underlie and be revisited by subsequent workshops.
- Linking environmental ‘omics to other large scale data structures and models, for example those involving climate and other major environmental cycles.
- The interplay between environmental biological processes and human health, for example environmental toxicology and environmental pollution as a source of health-threatening antimicrobial resistance.
- Modelling complex biological interactions underlying basic ecosystem services and their resilience to environmental change.
- An award of £298K was made to support the interface programme
- Workshops and reports will be posted as they become available
Dr Tracey Timms-Wilson
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB
Tel: 01491 692271
- STFC/NERC Environmental Working Groups
- NERC Environmental: Omics A Community Vision
- Newton Fund / British Council / FAPESP Researcher Links Workshop
- EON (Environmental Omics) Network
- Omics Synthesis Centre
- Mathematics and Informatics for Environmental ‘Omic Data Synthesis (‘Omics) programme
- Discipline Hopping Scheme
- STFC/NERC Bioinformatics & Environmental ‘Omics Network
- International Environmental Omics Conference