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BERAC Grand Challenges Report Workshop

All Berkeley Lab staff are invited to attend a one-day internal workshop to develop new program concepts related to the recently released Grand Challenges for Biological and Environmental Research: Progress and Future Vision report. The Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) produced the report for the DOE Office of Sciences’ Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER).

The purpose of this workshop is to develop program concepts spanning multiple Divisions, Areas, and disciplines at Berkeley Lab that can offer solutions to the outlined challenges. At the workshop, attendees will hear highlights from the report and participate in breakout groups with staff from across the lab. The workshop structure is designed to encourage networking between attendees and allow for creative, unrestrained thinking. The workshop organizers would like attendees to submit breakout topic suggestions. The breakout sessions will be facilitated to identify compelling strategic visions for Berkeley Lab to pursue.

The workshop will begin at 8 AM on October 16 in Wang Hall, Room 3101. Attendance will be limited to 75 participants, so register as soon as possible. Special transportation will be arranged for off-site locations (JGI, Aquatic Park, and Emery Station).

The BERAC Grand Challenges report highlights scientific challenges and possible action items related to BER and the research it funds: Biological Systems Science, Earth and Environmental Systems Science, Microbial to Earth Systems Pathways, Energy Sustainability, and Data Analytics and Computing. The report also covers how BER and other DOE User Facilities, research infrastructure, and emerging technologies can be instrumental in addressing these challenges.

The workshop is sponsored by Berkeley Lab and will be organized by a multi-Area team. Contact Katy Christiansen (Biosciences), Ali Douraghy (EESA), Kjiersten Fagnan (CSA), Melissa Summers (ESA), and Corinne Scown (ETA) with your questions.