Microbes and Social Equity Virtual Symposium 2022
Session 4: “Community engagement and collaboration”
Thursday, July 21, 12:30 ~ 16:00 EST
Scope: Due to the interconnectedness of microbial processes and social justice, many types of microbial research could benefit from closer collaborations with communities impacted directly by the public health, environmental and climate justice implications of microbiomes. Some styles of microbiome research would yield more positive outcomes if the collaboration was built around mutual long-term goals, instead of specific projects, and if it was initiated during project conceptualization instead of after the project has been designed. This session will explore different styles of interdisciplinary collaborations centered on community needs, such as community advisory boards, community partnerships, community-led research design, and how to implement this into microbiome research.
Learning Objective of Session: Attendees will learn 1) approaches to community-centered collaborations, 2) how to leverage community professionals (e.g. health workers) in a ‘train the trainer model’ , 3) how to start ethical conversations around environmental samples & broader experimental design, and 4) how to emphasize collaborations - including public health, government, policy makers, etc. as a collaborator and how to ask for their help/mindful collaborations.
Format of talks: Four 30-min lecture-style talks from researchers who have successfully built research collaborations with communities.
Format of breakout rooms: Each room creates a plan for engagement, around a designated topic area (e.g. environment restoration).
This symposium is hosted by the Microbes and Social Equity Working Group and the University of Maine Institute of Medicine.
You must register for each of the 5 sessions. The full speaker list and program can be found at: