Time to register for “Microbiomes of the Built Environment” meeting

UPDATED 4/15/16: See ASBMB Today’s Storify of the event.

You’re invited to attend the first public meeting of Microbiomes of the Built Environment: From Research to Application, a new consensus study that will examine the formation and function of microbial communities in built environments, the impacts of such microbial communities on human health, and how human occupants shape complex indoor microbiomes.

The meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern at the National Academy of Sciences Building (map).

This meeting will begin with perspectives from the study’s sponsoring organizations — which are the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Institutes of Health – on the context for the study, how it relates to their missions and what they see as key research needs.

The meeting will continue with presentations from researchers in the field to provide an overview of topics that will be considered by the study committee, including what’s known about microbial community assembly and function, the sources of microbes in the built environment, and the potential routes of human exposure.

The meeting will conclude with a public comment session that will give participants the opportunity to share information or ideas they would like the committee to consider.

Seating is limited, so register today to attend in-person or via webcast.

Questions or comments? Please email us at: builtmicrobiome@nas.edu.

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