Developing NERC's omics strategy - Community workshop

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2 May 2018 (Wednesday)

NERC aims to develop its current and future strategy for environmental omics research. To achieve this, we are organising a one-day community workshop, with the support of a focused working group, to provide NERC with evidence and advice on the future direction of environmental omics and to provide recommendations on the capability of the community to deliver omics based research.

NERC's current strategy for omics was developed by the community following a tender exercise in 2010 and the first conclusion of the resulting NEOMICS report recognised omics is a highly dynamic field. This remains true today and, as a result, there is a need to consider the changes in technology and new scientific understanding required to develop a current and future strategy for environmental omics.

The workshop also provides an opportunity for the community to consider potential service capabilities that would support a new omics strategy.

Objectives of the workshop

  • To engage the environmental community in:
    • exploring key research opportunities within environmental omics (now and in the future)
    • exploring external factors that influence and impact on environmental omics (now and in the future).
  • To help develop NERC's strategy for environmental omics.
  • To help consider capabilities needed to support a future strategy and omics research.

Workshop outputs

The results from the workshop will be collated into a report with the help of the working group, which will then be used to inform NERC's strategy for omics. This report will also be used to support the future NERC strategy for supporting omics capability through services or facilities.

How to attend

We aim to offer places to everyone who would like to attend but, due to limitations in the venue capacity, we will allocate numbers across institutions should all places become full.

If you wish to apply to attend this workshop, please complete the online registration form. The closing date for registration is 16:00 on 17 April 2018. Submission does not guarantee attendance.

Once registration is confirmed, you will be asked some questions to aid the organisation and structure of the workshop.

Workshop details

The workshop will take place on 2 May 2018 in Birmingham. Tea and coffee will be available from 09:00 for a 09:30 start. The workshop will conclude by 16:30. Full details of the venue and an agenda will be made available to workshop participants in advance of the workshop.

NERC will pay travel costs associated with attendance. Please note that only standard class travel will be reimbursed. If you are unsure of what you can and can't claim, please refer to the research council travel, subsistence and expenses (PDF) - external link policy.


For further information about this workshop, please contact:

Emma Payne
Programme Manager, National Capability Commissioning

Simon Kerley
Head of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Hannah Pearson
Senior Programme Manager, National Capability Commissioning