Save the date for this consultation event on operationalizing omics & eDNA in ocean observation, taking place on 14-16 November 2022 (online)! This workshop will develop recommendations for the emerging Microbe Biomass and Diversity EOV.

The workshop will bring together national, regional, and global initiatives in omics and eDNA observation to mobilize and consolidate international expertise on omics-enabled GOOS Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs). The objectives of the event are to:

  • Consolidate progress since the 2020 consultation event on Operationalizing Omics & eDNA in Regional Ocean Observing (Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network under the UN Ocean Decade, Omic Biodiversity Observation Network under GEO BON, EMBRC-EMOBON, AtlantECO), also in terms of protocols and practices.
  • Develop recommendations to extend and develop specifications for the omics-enabled GOOS EOVs (with a particular focus on the emerging EOV on Microbe biomass and diversity).
  • Submit a formal recommendation to the GOOS BioEco Panel and global observing initiatives on the use of omics in integrated ocean observing.

This meeting will be an opportunity to synchronize on the progress of current European and global omics and eDNA ocean observing, to discuss the challenges specific to omics-powered EOVs, and develop recommendations on the essential elements and standards any EOV reporting protocol needs (mock communities, controls, calibration, normalization, replication, links with sensors development, etc.).

With that, we aim to bring the reality of omics ocean observing – from low to high capacity partners – into the writing of the EOV specifications, supporting their integration in global observing efforts.

The workshop is organized by Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Napoli (SZN), and European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), as part of EuroSea.

To express interest and receive more information about the event – please register here.