The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has approved a grant to host a workshop on viruses in the built environment. Building on the success of the foundation’s Microbiology of the Built Environment program, the workshop will convene researchers from academia and government agencies to address questions about the viral community and its dynamics in the built environment, the built environment’s effect on the ecology and evolution of viruses, and methodological hurdles. The objectives of the workshop are to (1) identify key research questions and gaps that will help trigger new research and focus existing research on viruses in the built environment, and (2) build capacity and strengthen ties between researchers and funding agencies in this area, to contribute toward the long-term sustainability of the field.
The one-day workshop will be held in the spring of 2019 and will take place at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington. For more information on this workshop, please contact the workshop organizers, Linsey Marr at Virginia Tech (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kyle Bibby at the University of Notre Dame (email@example.com).