Established in 2018, the Global Omics Observatory Network (GLOMICON) seeks to create a consolidated, global community of practice focused on the use of comparable molecular and multi-omic (e.g. genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics) methods to both investigate and monitor biodiversity at all scales. Such levels of coordination are greatly needed to provide organisations such as the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) consistent data and improved global coverage in support of its Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs).
PacMAN’s aims and proposed execution are very much aligned with the needs GLOMICON seeks to address. Further, PacMAN’s focus addresses key gaps in global biomonitoring efforts, closely linked to multiple issues of societal concern. GLOMICON anticipates that PacMAN will provide it (and numerous overlapping networks) with thematic leadership in the detection of bioinvasions, while leveraging the considerable base of skills and knowledge in the GLOMICON network to maximize its global impact. GLOMICON will participate in the project Advisory Board.