We need your help!
One of the goals for microBEnet in 2014 is to host/organize/support targeted workshops within the broad area of the microbiology of the built environment. In the past we’ve been involved in a number of general workshops since the field was so new. Now we’d like to focus more on specific areas where people feel that a workshop would be useful.
So let us know what those areas are. Post a comment here, post ideas on Twitter, e-mail Jonathan or myself, mail an actual letter (yeah right).
Here’s a list of ideas to get started:
Animals in the Built Environment (we’re already planning to do this sometime)
Software Carpentry for Built Environment Researchers
Open hardware and sensor development for the built environment community
Closed ecosystems (e.g. the space station, Biosphere, nuclear submarines)
Culturing from the built environment (i.e. the need to improve culture methods and produce reference genomes)
Data visualization, Data Sharing, Social Media,
Potential impacts of the Volcker rule limiting propitiatory trading by financial institutions on the microbiology of the built environment (just to see if you read this far).