The three German genome research networks and the industry-led joint project “GenoMik plus Industry” together with DECHEMA e.V. jointly organise the workshop “Microbial Genome Research in the Age of Ultrafast Sequencing Technologies” which will be held in Frankfurt/Main, Germany on June 5 and 6, 2008.
The workshop is a follow-up meeting of a status seminar which took place in Frankfurt/Main 10 years ago. The main objective of the status seminar entitled “Microbial Genome Research in Germany” which was held in January 1998 was the critical evaluation of the status of microbial genome research in Germany. An important outcome of the meeting was the conclusion that German research in microbial genomics was loosing ground compared to world-class research and that there was an urgent need for comprehensive funding of this research field.
In retrospect the status seminar prepared the ground for various funding activities of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) in microbial genomics during the past years. Today, ten years later, it is about time to review the success of the funding activities and to evaluate the state-of-the-art of German microbial genome research. The main objective of the meeting is the presentation of novel ultrafast DNA sequencing technologies which currently revolutionise research in life sciences and their use in microbial genome research. Topics of the workshop include the application of the novel technologies in genome research on bacteria relevant in medicine, agriculture and biotechnology as well as in metagenome analyses for the exploitation of bacterial diversity. Further important topics refer to systems biology and to synthetic biology.
The members of the Scientific Committee are looking forward very much to welcoming you in Frankfurt to this timely workshop covering a research field which holds great promise for human benefit in the future.
Prof. Dr. A. Pühler
(Chairman of the Scientific Committee)
- Technologies and Technology Platforms
- Microbial Genomics
- Pan-/ and Supragenomes of Metagenomics
- Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology
- Industrial Biotechnology
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