Media Advisory: First International Workshop on Environmental Proteomics hosted by Colorado State University Jan. 18-22

Note to Reporters: Workshop registration is closed, however members of the media interested in attending the workshop should contact Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0757 or

WHAT: Researchers from Colorado State University are convening leading scientists from around the world at the First International Workshop on Environmental Proteomics in an effort to assess the current state of this emerging field, identify challenges and develop a roadmap to enable the use of proteomic tools to environmental and ecological applications.

WHEN: Jan. 18-22, 2010

WHERE: Keystone Resort Conference Center in Keystone, Colo.

DETAILS: During the past decade, the application of genomic tools to the environmental sciences revolutionized scientific understanding of the diversity of microscopic life. Over the next decade, the investigation of the metaproteome – the collective set of proteins from all organisms in any ecosystem – is likely to spur a second revolution as proteins provide insight into the functionality of these complex communities.

This new scientific field is known as Environmental Proteomics and is enabled by newly developed mass spectrometry tools. Thirty-five experts from around the world will present their current research and plan for the further development in this new field.

The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Enzymes in the Environment Research Coordination Network.

For more information on the workshop and to view the agenda, visit