Microbiome Expert Working Group and Stakeholder Workshops
Over Autumn 2016 the Society held five multidisciplinary stakeholder workshops in Cardiff, Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Dublin. The workshop programmes can be downloaded below:Microbiome Stakeholder Workshop Agendas
The workshops collectively connected around 160 stakeholders, including representatives from academia, industry, government departments and agencies, and research funders. Participants discussed the opportunities from exploring and exploiting microbiomes across the themes of health, agriculture and food, and environment and sustainability. They also identified scientific, policy, and social gaps and issues that need to be addressed in order to deliver on these opportunities. The workshops aimed to facilitate networking and knowledge exchange between different fields and stakeholder groups, and the outputs are helping to inform report being developed by the Expert Working Group.
The workshop outputs were used to inform the Society’s Unlocking the Microbiome report, supplementary briefings on microbiome research for health, agriculture and food, and environment and biotechnology [link to landing page], and engagement with Research Councils and other stakeholders.
A summary of the workshops was published in the May 2017 issue of Microbiology Today.
For more detailed information about the outputs of the workshops please contact our Policy Team ([email protected]).
Microbiome Expert Working Group
The Society established a multidisciplinary Microbiome Expert Working Group to guide and inform the Microbiome Policy Project, including the Unlocking the Microbiome report and supplementary briefings.
Microbiome Expert Working Group membership
|Professor Julian Marchesi (Chair)||Cardiff University and Imperial College London|
|Professor Mark Bailey||Centre for Ecology and Hydrology|
|Dr Jessica Boname||Medical Research Council|
|Professor Nigel Brown||University of Edinburgh|
|Dr Lena Ciric||University College London|
|Dr Paul Cook||Food Standards Agency|
|Professor Rob Finn||EMBL-EBI|
|Professor Paul Freemont||Imperial College London|
|Professor Glenn Gibson||University of Reading|
|Dr Pat Goodwin||Microbiology Society Policy Committee Chair|
|Professor Colin Hill||APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork|
|Professor Penny Hirsch||Rothamsted Research|
|Dr Nicola Holden||James Hutton Institute|
|Dr Sharon Huws||Queen's University Belfast|
|Professor Roberto La Ragione||University of Surrey|
|Professor Trevor Lawley||Wellcome Sanger Institute|
|Professor Miriam Moffatt||Imperial College London|
|Professor Arjan Narbad||Quadram Institute|
|Professor Vincent O'Flaherty||NUI Galway|
|Dr Cath O'Neill||University of Manchester|
|Professor James Prosser||University of Aberdeen|
|Dr Declan Schroeder||The Marine Biological Association|
|Dr Karen Scott||Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen|
|Dr Linda Thomas||Editor, International Journal of Dairy Technology|
|Professor Chris van der Gast||Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Professor William Wade||Queen Mary University of London|
|Professor Jeremy Webb||University of Southampton|
|Professor Elizabeth Wellington||University of Warwick|
Image: Microbiome Expert Working Group meeting, July 2016. Microbiology Society.