2021 C-DEBI Virtual Meeting Series
Building on the enthusiasm of our first virtual annual meeting in 2020, we continue to bring the C-DEBI community together through a virtual meeting series. These virtual events will be held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop will contain about 90 minutes of programming, including invited speakers to give plenary tutorials and presentations, breakout sessions, and plenary Q&A sessions.
2011-2021 C-DEBI Annual Meetings
Members of the C-DEBI community met annually to report on and discuss presently-active, C-DEBI-funded research and education and outreach projects. The size of the meetings were limited to approximately 70 people to support well-integrated discussions; priority invitation was given to those C-DEBI participants with active grants who had not presented on their work previously.
2017-2022 Deep Subsurface Microbiology Collaborative Workshops
C-DEBI collaborates with external partners such as the Deep Life science community of the Sloan-Foundation funded Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) and the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) associated with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).
- 2017 workshops included the DCO-C-DEBI Deep Life Cultivation Workshop (5-6 November, Rotorua, New Zealand) organized by Jan Amend, Doug Bartlett and Fumio Inagaki, the first annual International Geobiology Society Conference (11-14 June, Banff, Alberta, Canada), the Axial Seamount Drilling Workshop (11-13 October, LDEO), and Assessment of the JOIDES Resolution in Meeting the Challenges of the IODP Science Plan (26-27 September, Denver).
- 2018 workshops included Microorganisms and Organic Carbon in the Marine Subsurface, (March 11-13, Knoxville, TN; workshop publication), C-DEBI/CCB (Center for Computational Biology) Evolution Workshop (March 22-23, Simons Foundation Flatiron Institute), and Deep Sea Mining Impacts on Microbial Ecosystem Services (April 18-19, Bigelow Laboratory).
- 2019 workshops included the 2nd annual International Geobiology Society Conference (June 9-13, Banff, Alberta, Canada), the Microbial Single Cell Genomics Workshop (September 22-26, Bigelow Laboratory), and the C-DEBI NextGen Workshop (November 9-11, Monterey, CA) organized by C-DEBI early career researchers Ben Tully, Jackie Goordial and Sarah Hu.
- Due to travel limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshops in 2020 included the Geobiology Gordon Research Conference (January 12-17, Galveston, TX), while the International Workshop on Microbial Life under Extreme Energy Limitation was postponed until 2022 (tentatively September 5-9, Sandbjerg Manor, Denmark).
2015-2017 Introduction to Bioinformatics Workshop
Designed to be interactive and hands-on by C-DEBI’s Bioinformatic Specialist, Dr. Benjamin Tully, the C-DEBI ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’ workshop provides a baseline for geoscientists interested in the basics of bioinformatic processing for microbial genomic data. The two-day workshop has hosted 34 researchers from C-DEBI member labs in three different instances of the workshop (Dec 2015, Dec 2016, and Feb 2017).
2015-2016 Research Focus Area Workshops
In 2015, the C-DEBI theme workshops were replaced by biome (basement and sediment) workshops integrated across the research themes to review the state of knowledge at the end of Phase 1. Subsequently, a workshop on the origins and movement of life was held in conjunction with the Deep Carbon Observatory in 2016.
2010-2014 Research Theme Team Workshops
In the initial phase of C-DEBI, the following four themes were the focus of C-DEBI research, providing a conceptual framework for scientific investigation supported by C-DEBI across a broad scientific community: Activity, Extent of Life, Limits to Life, and Evolution and Survival. For each of these themes, Theme Team Leaders regularly brought together experts within and outside of C-DEBI to identify new research directions within each theme. Based on these “think tank” conversations, the Theme Team Leaders developed Requests for Proposals for the initial phase of C-DEBI small grants and fellowship programs.
2008-2014 Kickoff and DEBI RCN (Research Coordination Network) Meetings
In 2008, a dedicated “kickoff” meeting identified circa 30 “founding members” and developed a framework for developing a community and a sustained institute for deep biosphere research. With the DEBI RCN, we held annual, theme-based meetings to address the research and coordination efforts of the growing deep biosphere community.