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Collaborative Work Environment Platform

The MIRRI Collaborative Work Environment (CWE) is an online platform that serves as a hub for interaction and support for collaborative activities among the MIRRI partners, and all the universe of MIRRI’s stakeholders. The CWE is a single access point to microbial resources, data and services as well as state-of-the-art facilities and expertise from MIRRI’s 50 plus member organisations in 11 European countries. Through the CWE, MIRRI provides a sustainable platform for enlarging knowledge base and scaling up of professional development in biosciences and biotechnology as well as for the sustenance of a competitive and resilient bioeconomy.

The CWE is a platform providing a set of tools to support the mission of MIRRI to create and consolidate a single, unified infrastructure to solve and mitigate the bottlenecks that impede faster microbiological-related developments in Europe. Through this, MIRRI intends to boost multinational collaboration by fostering rapid and reliable access to data, raw materials and expertise in its three key domains: Health & Food, Agro-Food, and Environment & Energy. Through the CWE, MIRRI strives to promote complementarity, reduce unwanted redundancy and continuously improve the capacity of its member organisations in order to preserve microbial materials in a coordinated (non-fragmented), traceable and cost-effective way. Thus, contributing to the reproducibility, integrity and cumulative character of research.

MIRRI envisions a bright future of greener, healthier and sustainable world, based on the preservation, study and valorisation of microbial resources and biodiversity.

The CWE has four main gateways:

This gate provides access to more than 70 types of services from over 50 of MIRRI’s member organisations to remotely, physically or digitally access microbial resources at national and international level. There are currently over 30 workflows to access MIRRI’s resources through the TransNational Access programme. The offered services vary between general and specific ones to the key industrial target sector. The offers range from general services such as deposits, molecular characterisation and bioassays to application-specific and integrated services catering to needs of the key industrial target sectors of MIRRI: Health & Food, Agro-Food and Environment & Enegry.

Visit MIRRI’s catalogue of services and the TNA programme.

This gate provides access to a database with over 400,000 isolates of microbial strains and state-of-the-art facilities from more than 50 biorepositories across Europe. MIRRI supplies eight groups of microbial resources and numerous facilities that would match the needs of three important industrial sectors:  Health & Food, Agro-Food and Environment & Enegry. MIRRI’s holdings include microorganisms of divergent nature such as archaea, bacteria (including bacteriophages), fungi (including yeasts), microalgae, eukaryotic viruses, and other microbiological material such as cell lines, natural or constructs carrying plasmids, DNA libraries, and genomic DNA. Thus far, over 20,000 strains of microorganisms have been identified and characterised annually and over 20,000 samples supplied per year through the member organisations of MIRRI.

 Search here to find MIRRI’s catalogue of strains.

This gate provides access to a common platform with and for a wide selection of experts from public domains, private companies, policymaking, academia, research and more. These clusters include experts from MIRRI’s member organisations and external members that belong to different classes of expertise with profound knowledge in their specialised areas such as legal and ethics, microbial taxonomy, cultivation and preservation, IT and data management.

Find out how you can contribute and access consultancy services here.


This gate provides access to a range of tertiary-level training courses and e-learning webinars covering different aspects of microbiology and biosciences. The courses are targeted towards a diverse group of users including scientists, mBRCs, entrepreneurs/industrials, high-school teachers, journalists and science communication professionals and policy makers. The courses also provide official academic schemes, different learning materials and workshops to train professionals from mBRCs and Culture Collections.

 See the list of T&E courses available.

MIRRI’s digital materials targeted to a broad audience and the catalogue of microbial resources are to be freely accessible and searchable online, therefore, open to any interested user. Access to the other services is to be restricted to users from academia, business, industry and public service (recognised institutions), and requires registration on the MIRRI platform and/or application to be granted access.

Depending on the purpose of the access, four different access modes are to be available: Excellence-driven, Market-driven, Technical-need-driven and wide. There are three types of access: Physical, Remote and Digital. Physical and Remote access follow the principles of the European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures, and offer new opportunities to users by providing qualified personnel and dedicated equipment.

For more information about access to MIRRI’s services, contact us at