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A second ELSA Workshop on Metagenomics and Related Techniques was held earlier this month and attracted around 140 registrants from across the Norwich Research Park.

Short talks showcasing the breadth and depth of the exciting metagenomics research being undertaken across Campus were given by nine Group Leaders from the Earlham Institute, the John Innes Centre, the Quadrum Institute and the University of East Anglia. Subjects covered included strain-resolved microbiomics, microbes of the nitrogen and organic sulfur cycles, plant-microbe interactions, the gut microbiome and disease, evolution of zoonotic pathogens and the use of metagenomics in diagnostics. The Plenary Guest Speaker was Professor Jeroen Raes from the Centre for Microbiology, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium who gave a fascinating talk on quantitative microbiome profiling in health and disease. By popular demand, a third workshop centred around metagenomics research on the NRP is being planned for the afternoon of Wednesday 5th May 2021 when there will be an opportunity for early career researchers to give short presentations on their research. Any ECRs interested in speaking at this workshop, please contact Colin Murrell: j.c.murrell@uea.ac.uk