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2017 Environmental Genomics Workshop

Environmental characterization and monitoring requires access to different levels of biological information – from cells to whole ecosystems. This wide range of organizational levels has traditionally required the use of diverse methods of observation from the use of trapping and other invasive sampling approaches to toxicological / physiological tests on individual organisms or across populations and communities.
When considered at the spatiotemporal scale required for meaningful environmental monitoring applications, conventional technologies are not fully capable of addressing stakeholder needs. As such, the desire to acquire better tools for gaining biological information in environmental characterization has been relayed by stakeholders from academic institutions, regulatory agencies, and various industries.
The first International Workshop on Environmental Genomics held in June 2016 in St John’s, Newfoundland showcased challenges inherent in environmental characterization and monitoring, and provided an overview of the state of science and technologies involving environmental genomics. This second workshop will focus on transitioning from academic exercises to real-world applications, where environmental genomics tools must go through various checks and balances to be able to produce data at the scale and standards required in various environmental characterization and monitoring scenarios.
The unique blend of participants from academia, industry, and government will have an opportunity to share their experiences, brainstorm, and develop plans for collaborative projects to address the challenge of transitioning the applications of environmental genomics to real-world situations.
This 2-day workshop is organized and sponsored by ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Petroleum Research Newfoundland-Labrador, and Genome Atlantic. The following is the workshop Agenda:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7th 2017 – Social Activity – Complimentary (Optional)
  • 13:00 – 17:00 Two-hour Award Winning Boat Tour with O’Brien’s - Sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America along with millions of other seabirds. Visitors may also catch a glimpse of our humpback whales as they play along our shores!
THURSDAY, JUNE 8th 2017 – The Rooms – 9 Bonaventure Avenue – ‘Theatre’ – Level II
  • 08:00 – 08:30         Arrival and Breakfast
  • 08:30 – 09:00         Welcome & Introductions
  • 09:00 – 12:00          SESSION 1 – Current Monitoring Practices for Industry & Regulators
  • 12:00 - 13:00            Lunch Break
  • 13:00 – 15:50            SESSION 2 – Pilot Projects
  • 16:30 – 19:00            RECEPTION– The Rooms – Level III Atrium
FRIDAY, JUNE 9th 2017 – The Rooms – 9 Bonaventure Avenue – ‘Theatre’ – Level II
  • 08:30 – 09:00         Arrival and Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 11:00           SESSION 3 – Technical and BioInformatics Advances
  • 11:00 - 14:30              SESSION 4 - Integrating Environmental Genomics into Existing Regulatory                                                                                   Paradigms
  • 12:00 - 13:00             Lunch Break
  • 14:30 - 15:45               SESSION 5 – The Environmental Genomics Consortium
  • 15:45 – 16:00              Workshop Wrap-up
  • 16:00                            Adjourn
Please download the full 2017 Registration form HERE.
Please feel free to visit the 2016 International Workshop on Environmental Genomics webpage HERE.
For more information, please contact Lucie N’Guessan at (713) 817-6805 or



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