[Microbiology] Call for Applications: Pan-microbial Trait Ecology, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via microbio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Mon Jan 23 13:58:31 EST 2017

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, 
"Pan-microbial Trait Ecology," to be held June 14-16, 2017, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *This workshop aims to lay the groundwork for a mechanistic 
trait-based framework for different microbial taxa by combining several 
fundamental fields, from genomics and metabolic modeling to community 
ecology and ecosystem modeling. We will identify key traits that can be 
used in community and ecosystem models and outline ways to derive such 
traits from known microbial genomes and metabolic networks. We will 
explore several biological and computational challenges within this 
topic, such as linking cellular metabolism to phenotypic traits, 
developing multidimensional models, reducing model complexity, modeling 
trait evolution at different levels and expanding metabolic models to 
the level of microbial communities. The workshop will bring together a 
highly interdisciplinary and diverse group of researchers at different 
stages of their careers, which will enable multiple intellectual 
synergies. The workshop output should stimulate the broad participation 
of applied mathematicians, computational microbial biologists, community 
ecologists and ecosystem scientists in developing trait-based frameworks 

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville;

*Co-Organizers: *Elena Litchman, Michigan State Univ.; Christine Hawkes, 
Univ. of Texas, Austin; and Chris Klausmeier, Michigan State Univ.

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_microbes

Participation in NIMBioS workshops is by application only. Individuals 
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and 
successful applicants will be notified within two weeks after the 
application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, 
and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

*Application deadline:* March 26, 2017

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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