Micro B3 Agenda for Final Conference
2nd to 5th  November, 2015
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
Hertogsstraat 1 - 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Monday 2 November

Time Issue Room
14:00 – 15:00 Registration Main entrance
15:00 – 15:30 Welcome coffee Main entrance
15:30 – 16:00 Welcome and Introduction (chair Frank Oliver Glöckner) Auditorium
16:00 – 18:00 Session: OSD (WP2) and MyOSD (chair Mesude Bicak) Auditorium
16:00 – 16:20 WP2: Ocean Sampling Day, A Global Mega-Sequencing Campaign, Mesude Bicak (University of Oxford)
16:20 – 16:30 MyOSD: OSD meets Citizen Science, Julia Schnetzer (Jacobs University)
16:30 – 17:00 A Decade of Censusing the Microbial Ocean: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects, invited talk by Linda Amaral Zettler (Josephine Bay Paul Center/Brown University Department of Earth) AB member
17:00 – 17:30 Development of innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good environmental status: monitoring the oceans across multiple ecosystem components, invited talk by Angel Borja  (AZTI-Tecnalia), DEVOTES project Coordinator
17:30 – 18:00 Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System: the Atlantos project, invited talk by Simon Claus (VLIZ), AtlantOS project partner
18:00 – 18:30 OSD Movie Showcase (chairs Frank Oliver Glöckner and Mesude Bicak) Auditorium
18:30 – 20:30 Dinner Marble Room


Tuesday 3 November

Time  Issue Room
9:00 – 12:30 WP3, WP4 and WP5 Session: Interoperability across scientific domains and communities Auditorium
9:00 – 9:10 WP3-5 Continuum, introduction by WP leaders/chairs Dick Schaap, Guy Cochrane, Renzo Kottmann
9:10 – 9:25 SeaDataNet as building block for marine environmental data, Dick Schaap (MARIS)
9:25 – 9:40 EurOBIS as building block for biodiversity data, Simon Claus (VLIZ)
9:40 – 9:55 ENA as building block for genomic data, Guy Cochrane (EMBL-EBI)
9:55 – 10:10 The M2B3 standards and their legacy, Petra ten Hoopen (EMBL-EBI)
10:10 – 10:25 Horizontal interoperability between the 3 building blocks + vertical towards MB3-IS, Dick Schaap (MARIS)
10:25 – 10:40 Tara Oceans Data, Stephane Pesant (University of Bremen)
10:40 – 10:55 Ocean Sampling Day Data, Julia Schnetzer (Jacobs University)
10:55 – 11:00 Completion of work programme - closing statement by Guy Cochrane
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break Marble room
11:30 – 11:45 The Micro B3 Information System: Interoperable Bioinformatics and Data Integration for Marine Microbiology, Renzo Kottmann (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology)
11:45 – 12:00 A brief history of marine metagenomics, Rob Finn (EMBL-EBI)
12:00 – 12:15 Exploring the functional side of the Ocean Sampling Day metagenomes, Antonio Fernandez-Guerra (University of Oxford)
12:15 – 12:30 Innovative sampling infrastructure for improved temporal and spatial resolution of microbial biogeochemistry, Ian Salter (AWI)
12:30 – 13:00

ERA-NET MarineBiotech – future potentials and collaboration between academia and industry, invited talk by Torger Børresen (Innovation Fund Denmark)

13:00 14:30 Lunch Marble room
14:30 – 16:00 Industry Workshop "Collaboration between Academia, SMEs, and Industry - Transforming Inventions into Innovations in the fields of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology" organized by Ribocon Auditorium
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break Marble room
16:30 – 17:00 Industry Workshop "Collaboration between Academia, SMEs, and Industry - Transforming Inventions into Innovations in the fields of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology" organized by Ribocon Auditorium
17:00 – 18:00 Industry Workshop - Panel discussion (chair Jörg Peplies, Ribocon) Auditorium
18:00 – 18:30 Micro B3 Movie Showcase (chair Johanna Wesnigk) Auditorium
18:30 – 20:30 Dinner Marble Room


Wednesday 4 November

Time  Issue Room
9:00 – 11:00 Session: Biodiversity and community dynamics of marine microbial life (WP6) (chair Frédéric Partensky) Auditorium
9:00 – 9:20 WP6: Exploring ecosystems biology, Frédéric Partensky (CNRS Roscoff)
9:20 – 9:50 Assessing global plankton biodiversity patterns with high-throughput sequencing and imaging technologies, invited talk by Colomban de Vargas (Station Biologique de Roscoff), TARA Oceans project
9:50 – 10:20 OSD metagenome data to analyse small-scale processes with large-scale implications: the carbon-phosphorus cycle, invited talk by Francesca Malfatti (OGS- National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics)
10:20 – 10:40 Mapping the ocean microbiome, Carlos Pedrós-Alió (CSIC)
10:40 – 11:00 A holistic view of the plankton response to environmental perturbations, Daniele Iudicone (Stazione Zoologica di Napoli)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break Marble Room
11:30 – 13:00 Session: Training pipeline and stakeholder engagement (WP9) (chair Johanna Wesnigk) Auditorium
11:30 – 11:50 Capacity building through training and knowledge transfer in environmental bioinformatics, marine biodiversity and biotechnology – an overview for the Micro B3 Project, Johanna Wesnigk (EMPA -Bremen)
11:50 – 12:05 Micro B3 summer school: from sampling to analyzing microbial diversity & function, Anastasis Oulas (HCMR)
12:05 – 12:20 Priorities and strategies for marine biocatalyst discovery - training and dissemination, Dick Janssen (University of Grӧningen)
12:20 – 12:45 JPI Oceans: Pilot Actions, Capacity Building and Future Actions, invited talk by Tom Redd (JPI Oceans)
12:45 – 13:00 Innovative IP models: open research collaboration partnerships in marine biotechnology, Tom Dedeurwaerdere (University of Louvain)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Marble Room
14:30 – 16:00 Session: Bioinformatics tools for the discovery, description, and exploitation of new gene functions (WP7) (chair Dick Janssen) Auditorium
14:30 – 14:50 Exploring marine genomes for biocatalysts and bioactives., Dick Janssen (University of Grӧningen)
14:50 – 16:00 Exploiting  Systems Biology Platforms to develop innovative Bioactives for Therapeutic and Industrial applications, Fergal O'Gara (BIOMERIT)
14:50 – 16:00 Microbial diversity and enzyme discovery in cultivated and non-cultivated microbiomes from marine environments in Iceland, Viggó Marteinsson (MATIS)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break Marble Room
16:00 – 17:00 Session: Importance of data sharing and open access in environmental research – Micro B3 legal tools, CIESM charter (WP8) (chairs Tom Dedeurwaerdere and Michèle Barbier) Auditorium
16:00 – 16:20 Global scientific research commons under the Nagoya Protocol: Towards a collaborative economy model for the sharing of basic research assets, Tom Dedeurwaerdere (University of Louvain)
16:20 – 16:30 The CIESM Charter, for access to knowledge and to prevent the abuses of the ocean global commons, Michèle Barbier (CIESM)
16:30 – 17:00 The Nagoya Protocol and its implications for environmental research in the EU, invited talk by Chris Lyal (Natural History Museum of London)
17:00 – 18:00 Take home message – Recommendations and future research needs, Frank Oliver Glöckner (Jacobs University) Auditorium
18:00 – 20:30 Dinner Marble Room


 Thursday 5 November

Time Issue Room
9:00 – 11:00

General Assembly Meeting and debriefingchair Frank Oliver Glöckner.

Participants: GA representatives



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