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Meeting will include series of workshops which will explore tools of the DOE Systems Biology Knowledge Base (KBase).

JGI to Host 15th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

  • 2020-02-13T23:46:00.000+0000
  • Bay Area
  • Author: JGI

The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a world leader in generating genomes of plants, fungi, algae, microbes and complex microbiomes and characterizing how they factor into managing the complex biogeochemical processes on the planet. Data from thousands of these projects are made freely available to the public for comparative analysis through JGI’s data portals.

The JGI will be hosting its 15th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting and associated workshops March 22nd-26th, 2020 at the Oakland Convention Center/Oakland Marriott City Center. The lineup of Meeting speakers represents the rich diversity of research disciplines and perspectives supported under the JGI umbrella, as well as features other thought-leaders advancing new omics strategies and harnessing emerging technologies fueling science discovery. The JGI Annual Meeting agenda can be viewed here.

On March 22nd-23rd there will be a series of workshops for exploring the tools of the DOE Systems Biology Knowledge Base (KBase) tailored for different skill levels in microbial isolate analysis, metabolic modeling and functional genomics. Concurrently on March 23rd will be an all-day Algal & Fungal Workshop with JGI staff and collaborators who will guide participants in developing new proposals to submit for Community Science Program and Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science (FICUS) free resources that are available via peer-reviewed submission system. JGI also works with companies through strategic partnership mechanisms such as Cooperative Research & Development Agreements and fee-for-services arrangements for work relevant to DOE mission areas of bioenergy and bioproducts, as well as carbon and other nutrient cycling, and bioremediation processes.

The main Meeting (March 24th-26th) will be preceded by the Viral EcoGenomics & Applications (VEGA) Symposium (March 22nd-23rd), headlined by keynote speaker Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley. The goals of this Symposium include bringing together a community to foster discussions about capturing and characterizing uncultivated viruses, understanding their role in natural ecosystems, and exploring functional viral genetic diversity to accelerate innovative biotechnology and other industrial applications.

March 1st is the deadline to register for both the JGI Annual Meeting and VEGA.

There are still opportunities to sponsor the Meeting and/or VEGA Symposium. Sponsorship levels include primetime lightning talks to apprise the gathering of 500+ participants about the company’s products and services. The sponsorship/exhibition opportunities are described in the prospectus here. Contact David Gilbert for questions regarding sponsorship/exhibiting.