On January 24, 2017 we held a 90 minute symposium titled “Microbiology of the Built Environment: Implications for Health and Design” at the National Council for Science and the Environment Conference (NCSE) conference in Washington, DC. Thank you to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for sponsoring this event. The NCSE conference integrates science and policy, and this year attracted over 800 participants from the federal government, state and local governments, academia, business, and non-governmental organizations. The overall theme of the conference was “Integrating Environment and Health.”
One goal of the symposium was to “engage the broader scientific and policy community in microbiology of the built environment research to ensure continued interest.” It was exciting to have the opportunity to present MoBE research on select topics to the policy community and hear questions and comments at the end.
Symposium speakers in order of appearance included Dr. Karen Dannemiller, Dr. Michael Morowitz, Dr. Amy Pruden, Dr. Jade Mitchell, and Dr. Mark Weir. Topic areas included the indoor microbiome and childhood asthma, the influence of the hospital microbiome on neonatal development, the microbiome of premise plumbing systems, and examples of risk modeling. Special thanks to Dr. Lynn Schriml for coming to announce the 2017 MoBE conference to be held in October.
We hope that you will enjoy the video linked here if you were unable to attend in person. The link is: https://youtu.be/iu-9UTIZvQM