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Symbiomics: Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Symbionts

Objective

Symbiosis research is currently in the midst of a revolution as molecular techniques are leading to major breakthroughs in our understanding of interactions between animals and microbes. There is an emerging recognition that all animals are intimately associated with a complex community of beneficial microbes that are essential for their development, nutrition, and health. Thus, modern symbiosis research has become a newly emerging supra-disciplinary field with novel and innovative methods for examining microbial symbionts, the vast majority of which remain as yet uncultivable. As so often when novel technologies open up new areas of research, training for students lags behind. We propose to close this gap by offering a comprehensive and innovative training in the microbial ecology and evolution of animal symbionts. The proposed ITN Symbiomics will include 14 leading research groups as well as 4 top-tier participants from the private sector to provide 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) and 1 experienced research (ER) with an interdisciplinary and synergistic training. Cutting edge methods in molecular biology and image analysis will be used to analyze a broad range of hosts from protozoan and invertebrate animal groups. Symbiomics will provide training through a combination of local and network-wide activities that will include research, secondments, workshops and courses including soft skills training, networking and meetings, regular thesis committee meetings, and mentoring. By pooling the scientific, technological, and entrepreneurial expertise of the Symbiomics partners, this ITN will provide a synergistic research environment and training that extends far beyond what each partner would be able to offer with local training alone. At the end of their training, the early stage researchers will have the skills they need for successful careers in academia and industry in a broad range of disciplines in the fields of environmental, applied, and medical microbiology.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN
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Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 665 120,50
Administrative Contact
Heike Wojack (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 715 152,90
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Wagner (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 458 559,20
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
ángeles Sanchís (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 264 523,60
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aleona Blinova (Ms.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 249 398,60
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karin Olsson (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 450 630,40
Address
Domstrasse 11
17489 Greifswald
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bärbel Reimer (Dr.)
Ribocon GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 194 906,80
Address
Fahrenheitstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jörg Peplies (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France
EU contribution
€ 499 384,60
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ella Bouquet (Ms.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 284 788,90
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hanne Kiilsgaard (Ms.)