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Planetary Biology Workshop

May 16, 2022 @ 08:00 May 17, 2022 @ 17:00 CEST

EMBL-SciLifeLab workshop on the theme Planetary Biology

The purpose of the workshop is to enhance connectivity between researchers at both, SciLifeLab and EMBL, to identify new collaboration ideas, and to promote joint technology and infrastructure resource development within Planetary Biology.

This is one of many workshops that will follow the conclusion of the MoU between SciLifeLab and EMBL in 2021.

The workshop is a hybrid event. Physical location is the EMBL Heidelberg campus, where in-person attendance is limited. Allocation of spaces is on a first-come first-served basis. 

Please note: there are two separate registration links for on-site or virtual participation. In case you sign up for on-site participation but your availability changes, please make sure to inform the responsible contacts.

The workshop will include talks on a broad set of themes including:

  • Biodiversity Genomics & Reference Genome Sequencing
  • Ecology & Evolution
  • Biogeochemistry & Ecosystems
  • Data-driven Planetary Biology,

As well as invited keynote speakers and panel discussions.

Day 1, Monday 16th May, 2022

13:00Welcome and opening remarks

Edith Heard
Director General of EMBL

Olli Kallioniemi
Director of SciLifeLab
13:10Introduction and overview of Planetary Biology

Detlev Arendt
Planetary Biology Co-Chair, Senior Scientist, Group Leader, EMBL

Olga Vinnere Pettersson & Stefan Bertilsson
Co-Leads Planetary Biology Capability, SciLifeLab
13:30Session 1: Biodiversity Genomics & Reference Genome Sequencing (15 mins + 5 mins Q&A per speaker in each session)
Moderator
Peter Harrison, Genome Analysis Team Leader, EMBL-EBI

Speakers
Fergal Martin, Vertebrate Annotation Coordinator, EMBL-EBI

Kerstin Lindblad Toh (remote), Professor in Comparative Genomics, Uppsala University, Scientific Director of Vertebrate Genome Biology, Broad Institute

Detlev Arendt, Planetary Biology Co-Chair, Senior Scientist, Group Leader, EMBL

Ove Nilsson, Group Leader Control of Flowering Time and Tree Phenology, Umeå Plant Science Center
14:50 Coffee break
15:10Session 2: Ecology and Evolution

Moderator
Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Co-Lead Planetary Biology Capability, SciLifeLab

Speakers
Love Dalén, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Research Leader at Center for Palaeogenetics, Stockholm

Michael Dorrity, Group Leader Structural and Computational Biology, EMBL

James Sharpe (remote) , Head of EMBL Barcelona, Group Leader in Tissue Biology and Disease Modelling

Anna Rosling, Group Leader Ecology and Evolution in Soil Fungi, Uppsala University
16:30Keynote by Mark Blaxter
Wellcome Sanger Institute
17:15Summary and Q&A

Day 2, Tuesday 17th May, 2022

09:00Arrival and Coffee
09:30Keynote by Martin Polz
University of Vienna
10:20Session 3: Biogeochemistry & Ecosystems
(15 mins + 5 mins Q&A per speaker in each session)
Moderator
Stefan Bertilsson, Co-Lead Planetary Biology Capability, SciLifeLab

Speakers
Michael Zimmermann, Group Leader in Structural and Computational Biology, EMBL

Flora Vincent, Incoming Group Leader in Developmental Biology; Post Doctoral Fellow at Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

Sara Hallin, Professor at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Mark Dopson, Professor at the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Linnaeus University
11:40 Break
12:40Session 4: Data-driven Planetary Biology

Moderator
Oliver Stegle, Associate Group Leader in Genome Biology, EMBL

Speakers
Tomas Roslin (remote), Professor at the Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Peer Bork, Director of EMBL Heidelberg, Group Leader in Structural and Computational Biology, EMBL

Anders Andersson, Group Leader in Environmental Genomics, Royal Institute of Technology

Anna Kreshuk, Group Leader in Cell Biology and Biophysics
14:00Summary and Q&A
14:15Coffee break
14:45Panel Discussion 1: Technological Infrastructure Needs for PB Research

Moderator
Stefan Bertilsson, Co-Lead Planetary Biology Capability, SciLifeLab

Panelists

Yannick Schwab, Team Leader Volume Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy and Head of Electron Microscopy Core Facility, EMBL

Timo Zimmermann, Team Leader Advanced Light Microscopy Technology Development and Service Provision, EMBL

Linda Sandblad, Scientific Platform Director Cellular and Molecular Imaging, Umeå University, SciLifeLab

Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Project coordinator at Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Uppsala University; Co-Lead Planetary Biology Capability, SciLifeLab

Annika Johansson, Head of Swedish Metabolomics Centre, Umeå University, SciLifeLab
16:00Short break
16:10Panel Discussion 2: Data Collection in PB Research

Moderator
Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Co-Lead Planetary Biology Capability, SciLifeLab

Panelists
Rainer Pepperkok, Director of Scientific Core Facilities and Scientific Services, Team Leader Membrane traffic and Organelle Biogenesis, EMBL

Stefan Bertilsson, Professor in Functional Ecology of Freshwaters, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Director of the Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science (SITES); Co-Lead Planetary Biology Capability, SciLifeLab

Fredrik Ronqvist, Professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural History; Swedish Biodiversity Data Infrastructure (SBDI)
16:40Panel Discussion 3: Data Management and Processing in PB Research

Moderator
Fergal Martin, Eukaryotic Annotation Team Leader, EMBL-EBI

Panelists
Guy Cochrane (remote), Team Leader Data Coordination and Archiving, EMBL-EBI

Blokeshwaran Manoharan, Expert in Metagenomics; National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden (NBIS)

Johan Rung, Head of Data Center, SciLifeLab
17:00Conclusion and Closing Remarks



Scientific committee SciLifeLab

Stefan Bertilsson, SLU
Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Uppsala University

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