i5K Coordinating Group

17 January 2024

11:00-12:00 EST

Meeting Chair: Marc Halfon

Attending: Kristen Panfilio, Monica Poelchau, Marc Halfon, Teresa Shippy, Sarthok Rahman, Sue Brown, Jay Evans, Brad Coates, Glenn Hanes, Josh Benoit, Rena Schweizer

Regrets: Duane McKenna, Brian Scheffler, Rob Waterhouse

  • Approval of previous meeting’s minutes.
  • New member introductions
  • Congratulations on Sharon Roberts’ retirement
    • Email list now maintained by Marc Halfon
    • New calendar invites?
  • Working group highlights (can change order)
    • Community building and outreach

AGS request for 2 presentations:

  1. Monica Poelchau: i5K overview
  2. Rena Schweizer or Michael Branstetter: Applications in the Beenome100

AGS Organizing Committee representative from i5K. Seek volunteers from others in the i5K, but Josh Benoit will be the backup.

i5K lunch - recruitment opportunity? Organized by Monica.

i5K mission statement: need to send to Samuel Rund. Monica, please forward link to the i5K revamp document to Brad.

  • Standards - none
  • Exec committee - none
  • Training
  • Genome Project Coordination
  • Working group additional items (example: AGS organization discussion from the Outreach WG)
  • Other items from the community germane to the cc (e.g. relevant EBP updates, new funding opportunities, meetings/conferences)

  • Discussion on role of i5k at AGS Kenya this summer. Feedback sought for planned 2-hr i5k session.

    • Details of the meeting are as follows, wherein they are requesting that the Coordinating Committee provide two presentations & corresponding presenters for the planned i5K session:
  • 1) A presentation that outlines the i5K (which could include recruitment aspects), and
  • 2) a presentation on a specialized topic or application.

  • Lastly, due to i5K lunches being held at past AGS (led by Monica), is there plans to hold an analogous lunch at the upcoming meeting in Kenya?

  • Meeting details:
  • Arthropod Genomics Symposium (AGS) 2024 co-hosted by the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), June 25-27, 2024 Nairobi, Kenya. Location KCB Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya; Website and registration links up Feb 1, 2024

  • Sessions

* Insecticide Resistance

* Transgenics / gene drive

* Microbiome

* i5K:

* Vector Genomics

  • Brief update on PAG 2024:
    • Monica gave a talk on the i5k Workspace@NAL, and presented 2 slides on i5k, including 1 on the working groups and recruitment. Thanks to Brad for the stock slides!
    • There’s a small but substantial contingent of arthropod researchers that attend PAG now, including 5 arthropod-related sessions.

NEXT MEETING: 21 February 2024

11:00-12:00 EST