MoBE 2017: Microbiology of the Built Environment Research and Applications Symposium

October 10 – October 12, 2017

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are co-hosting MoBE 2017 (Microbiology of the Built Environment Research and Applications Symposium) at the National Academy of Sciences Building (2101 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC).

MoBE 2017 will highlight recent MoBE research, to explore emerging issues towards development of solutions-based approaches for bridging the gaps between research and applications.

The goal of the MoBE 2017 Symposium is to present the current state-of-the-science in understanding the formation and function of microbial communities in built environments, their impacts on human health, and how human occupants shape complex indoor microbiomes in relation to human exposure. The MoBE 2017 Symposium will bring together leading researchers and stakeholders to discuss MoBE findings pertinent to human health, safe drinking water, healthy built environments and urban design.

Join us as we explore current findings and discuss the exciting future of the MoBE research field pertinent to microbiology, infrastructure, building science, architectural design, engineering and city planning, policy, standards and technology development.

Keynote speakers

Ed Yong           The Atlantic
Susan Lynch University of California San Francisco
Marc Edwards Virginia Tech










Agenda topics

  • MoBE Science Here and Now
  • Implications of MoBE for Health and Design
  • Public Health and Indoor Microbial Communities
  • MoBE Insights on Microbial Exposure
  • Panel Discussion: Myth and Reality of MoBE Manipulation
  • From MoBE Research to MoBE Applications
  • The Building Science – MoBE Nexus
  • NAS Microbiomes of the Built Environment Consensus Study
  • Panel Discussion: Charting MoBE Research Priorities

Attendee registration opens March 1st.

Registration is free. MoBE 2017 is sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Zymo Research Corporation and BioMed Central’s Microbiome Journal.

MoBE 2017 will feature keynote speakers, invited session speakers and panelists. We invite young career scientists (Ph.D. students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Assistant Professors) to submit 300 word abstracts for (20) poster presentations (call for poster abstracts will open March 1st) of their MoBE-related work.

MoBE_2017 Poster Travel Awards !
We are deeply committed to promoting involvement of young career scientists.  The MoBE 2017 Planning Committee will offer 10 travel awards from the accepted poster abstracts.

For further information, please contact MoBE 2017 Chair, Lynn M. Schriml – using the form below.