Why are we doing this?
Reintegrating biology into a unified and integrated field could be the tipping point for many exciting and transformative scientific discoveries. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is interested in hearing from research community about the opportunities and challenges for integrating across the subdisciplines of biology. We have already heard some feedback from the community through our virtual Town Halls and the big questions that could be answered by reintegrating across biological subdisciplines. These big questions were synthesized into the following broad categories:
- What is the unexplored potential in biological evolution?
- How do biological traits and phenotypes scale across life?
- How do biological entities interact and communicate through life?
- How do biological species and systems achieve resilience and robustness?
- How do we predict structure and function in biology?
- How could we manipulate biological systems to further understand the rules of life?
For more details on the categories follow this link.
We now plan to convene a diverse set of researchers representing the breadth of the biological subdisciplines for a two and half day jumpstart meeting where we can tackle how reintegrating biology may advance these broad biological themes and others.
What is a Jumpstart?
Jumpstarts bring together researchers from across scientific, technical, and design disciplines to develop new and innovative ideas for future exploration. These short workshops (2.5 days) maximize diverse expertise to break down a broad topic into actionable challenges and opportunities. You can expect facilitators to orchestrate many fast-paced interactions to explore the thematic area, resulting in discussions among the community of scientists about future areas of opportunity.
How do I apply?
The application is a competitive process designed to maximize a diverse set of expertise for each event location.
Registration is now closed.
What is the timeline?
Applications are now open for attendance at one of four simultaneous events December 4-6, 2019. These applications will close on October 28, 2019, 5 pm EDT. Notifications for selection to attend are scheduled to be made on November 1, 2019. Members of the steering committee team will arrange travel for each participant. Travel and meeting costs for each selected participant will be covered using funds in NSF award EF-1940791.