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BBSRC UK Multiscale Biology Network Meeting

Start date:

24 April 2017

End date:

25 April 2017


10h30 - 12h30


Earlham Institute

Registration deadline:

31 March 2017



About the event.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together key experts and early-stage scientists working on host-microbe interactions, including pathogen infections, commensals and microbiome level studies, to share novel scientific ideas on the multiscale investigation of host-microbe interactions and to provide an exciting opportunity to establish and improve cross-disciplinary and UK-wide collaborations.

After kick off with three keynote speakers on current challenges, the program provides structured study groups to discuss

1) novel methodological approaches;

2) potential future projects requiring participants from different disciplines;

3) the best ways to get funding for such multi-disciplinary projects. We will facilitate these goals with short presentations and brainstorming opportunities in coordinated team works, and with panel discussion with representatives of key relevant funding agencies and charities.

Detailed program is coming soon.


Day 1 - 24 April 2017



10:30 - 11:30

Arrival and registration with welcome drinks and small bites

11:30 - 13:00

Keynote talks: • Elaine Holmes (Imperial College London) • Sara Jabbari (University of Birmingham) • Sophien Kamoun (The Sainsbury Lab, Norwich)

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

1st Teamwork – on methods

15:30 - 17:30

2nd Teamwork – on projects

17:30 - 18:00

Leaders/representatives of the group discussions meet to provide feedback and update to make Day 2 more effective

19:00 - 21:00


Day 2 - 25 April 2017



09:00 - 10:30

2nd Teamwork – on successful projects discussions from Day 1; discussion of funding opportunities with funder representatives, senior experts, defining project objectives

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 11:45

Project presentations (~10 min / project, followed by short discussion)

11:45 - 12:30

Funding panel – opportunity to discuss funding of host-microbe interactions analysis on the multiscale level, panelists including representatives from UK funding agencies, and John King (University of Nottingham)

12:30 - 13:30

Departure and optional lunch

Further information.

Refreshments, lunch and dinner will be provided. There is no registration fee, and the MSB Network can provide a contribution to travel costs of up to £50 each for up to 40 attendees.

Call for Project

In principle, any project (or project idea) that involves host-microbe interactions is invited, even if it focuses only on the host or on the microbe side. Potential topics include (but not limited to) biofilm formation, rhizobiome or gut microbiome studies, antibiotic resistance, and host-pathogen modelling. Modelling approaches on molecular or population level are all encouraged to apply.

Funders talks and Posters

We will provide a platform to discuss field-specific questions and challenges with key funding agencies and charities. The output ideas of the study groups will have the chance to directly get a feedback from representatives of the research councils and charities about potential funding ways. In parallel, flash presentations and posters about your existing projects can also increase the visibility of your research.

Fees and accommodation.

We can arrange a cheap and pleasant accommodation at the campus on a discounted rate for participants (you can book the room through the registration).