Microbiome Symposium

Exploring Microbiome Opportunities in Life Sciences and Agriculture

Fall of 2017: A colloquium dedicated to the study of the microbiome

“Microbiomes: People and the Planet” will feature speakers from UW-Madison and other institutions presenting microbiome-related work in the biological, environmental and social sciences. The seminar series is open to the campus community, and is also being offered as a special topics class to encourage student participation. For more information about the colloquium and its offering as a special topics class, click here.

Exploring Microbiome Opportunities in Life Sciences and Agriculture

In the spring of 2016, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted Exploring Microbiome Opportunities in Life Sciences and Agriculture, a symposium dedicated to exploring the role of the microbiome in biological research across the UW-Madison campus.

If you were not able to attend the symposium, you can watch the recordings here:

  • Session 1:
    • Dean Kate VandenBosch
    • Dr. Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Session 2:
    • Dr. James Prosser, Chair in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Aberdeen
    • Dr. Federico Rey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bacteriology at UW-Madison.
  • Session 3:
    • Dr. Joshua Hyman, Director of the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center DNA Sequencing Facility
    • Dr. Garret Suen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bacteriology at UW-Madison.
  • Session 4:
    • Dr. H. Gert de Couet, Division Director for the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) of the National Science Foundation
    • Dr. Joseph Graber, Program Manager and Team Lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Genomic Science Program
    • Dr. Lita Proctor, Program Director for the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) at the National Institutes of Health
    • A panel discussion featuring Jo Handelsman and the program officers.

Recent work in this field has highlighted its importance in all areas of biology and this symposium serves to bring researchers together to discuss and consider this maturing field of research.

The microbiome is described as the ecological community of microorganisms and their collective genetic material that inhabit an environmental niche.

Our hope is that this symposium will serve as a forum for researchers to learn about the microbiome, share ideas, catalyze research, and formulate collaborations.