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A workshop on experimental methods,
informatic tools, and theory

6-12 January 2013

Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona

Targeted for senior graduate students and for post-docs, the goal of this workshop is to continue the successful SCOR Working Group meetings (2006-2009) effort to train new viral ecologists, while also mapping out direction for the field.

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW (detailed schedule now available here)

Sunday, 6 January Arrival at Tucson Airport, shuttles to Biosphere 2 in Oracle
Monday- Tuesday, 7-8 January Question-driven emerging methods concepts and discussion
Wednesday, 9 January Biosphere 2 tour in morning, Q-driven concepts and hands-on informatics training in afternoon
Thursday-Friday, 10-11 January Hands-on informatics training and theory discussions
Saturday, 12 January Workshop concludes after breakfast, shuttles from Biosphere 2 back to Tucson airport


PARTICIPANT LIST available here

Attendees' preparation needed in advance of the workshop:

1) Literature review. Read the 20 key papers recommended by the Invited Teaching Staff that were sent by email and can be downloaded here.
2) prepare a <1 minute research summary (Mya Breitbart has a very sharp "hook" for those that try to go over!)
3) register to get a free account at VIROME ( and metaVIR (
4) prepare a poster for the two day poster session (posters can be up to 42 inches wide and 48 inches tall). There is no poster printing available at Biosphere 2, so please bring your poster.

Workshop payment details:

Registration and housing will cost $472, and we can receive checks for payment as follows:
The check should be made out to "UA Foundation" and be sent to
Brian Morton
Senior Business Manager
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, BSW310
1041 E Lowell Street
PO Box 210088
Tucson AZ 85721-9190

Please note that your registration fee does NOT count as a tax deductable payment.


Registration is now closed.

Meeting details or sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Matthew Sullivan (

Steering Committee:

Matthew Sullivan, University of Arizona (Chair)
Mya Breitbart, University of South Florida
Angus Buckling, University of Oxford
Martha Clokie, University of Leicester
Maureen Coleman, University of Chicago
Debbie Lindell, Technion University

Ruth-Ann Sandaa, University of Bergen
Joshua Weitz, Georgia Inst. Of Technology
Steve Wilhelm, University of Tennessee
Willie Wilson, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science
Eric Wommack, University of Delaware
Mark Young, University of Montana

Supported in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Biosphere 2 Institute, a scientific think tank and research incubator that addresses scientific Grand Challenges that require solutions combining expertise from a broad range of scientific fields.

Corporate sponsorship from AMNIS, FISHER, MILLIPORE, and SAGE SCIENCE is also gratefully acknowledged.

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aerial view of the University of Arizona and Tucson, Arizona aerial view of Biosphere 2


The meeting will be held at Biosphere 2 in Oracle, just north of Tucson, Arizona, USA. During the mid-workshop break on Wednesday, tours of the local area will be offered.

Biosphere 2, B2 Conference Center

Located in the beautiful northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Biosphere 2 is a unique structure now run by the University of Arizona as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.

The B2 Conference Center comprises a fully networked Campus Village of 28 Santa Fe-style casitas holding 106 double-capacity sleeping rooms and a number of double-occupancy offices. Complete with in-suite kitchens, living areas, and high-speed internet access, the 3-5 bedroom casitas are all in easy walking distance and provide the perfect place to unwind and socialize in-between or after meetings. There are eight meeting rooms available in various sizes to accommodate both large and small groups. All meeting rooms are equipped with white boards, LCD projectors and Wi-Fi.

Outdoor facilities for relaxation and informal discussion are available around campus, featuring magnificent views of the Catalina Mountains. There are numerous hiking opportunities in the immediate vicinity of the campus, with abundant wildlife, including deer, blue herons, coyotes, bobcats, and more.