18 months since its launch, IS_MIRRI21 has now implemented the first TransNational Access call, soft-launched the MIRRI Collaborative Work Environment (CWE), disclosed its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2021-2030, hosted visits from representatives of the European Commission in its MIRRI-CCU and finally, has taken yet another step towards attaining the MIRRI-ERIC status. Now, IS_MIRRI21’s consortium is sprinting to finalise the CWE and acquire deeper understanding of its users in the domains of Health & Food, Agro-food, and Environment & Energy in order to meet their needs squarely.

On 16 April 2021, the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union officially requested the European Commission to set up MIRRI as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, MIRRI-ERIC. Five countries have already engaged to become a member of MIRRI-ERIC: besides the hosting countries Portugal and Spain, also France, Latvia and Russia are on board. Other countries, like Belgium and Poland, are finalising their national procedures and intend to join MIRRI-ERIC as founding members.

MIRRI aims to extend its membership with other countries, including a high number of microbial Biological Resource Centres and Culture Collections. Interested partners are invited to get in touch with the Central Coordination Unit through info@mirri.org

MIRRI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2021-2030 and MIRRI’s services

This year marks a great accomplishment for MIRRI!

On 25 March 2021, MIRRI disclosed its “Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda 2021-2030”. Under the motto “Microbial resources for a green, healthy and sustainable future”, the agenda intends to anticipate major trends and opportunities for the valorisation of microbial resources (i.e., microorganisms/microbes and their derivatives) for the sustainable development of society and bioeconomy. The new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda reveals MIRRI’s vision to boost the use of microbial resources by scientific communities and bioindustries, until the end of this decade, in response to some of the greatest societal, environmental and economic challenges that Europe and the World is facing, such as those related to the circular economy, human and planetary health, food security and safety, climate transition, decarbonization and biodiversity.

Click here to keep reading and see the MIRRI SRIA!

Keep up with new updates from MIRRI through its LinkedIn page! 

 MIRRI receives a delegation from the European Council 

On 8 June 2021, MIRRI was honoured with a visit by a delegation of 40 Economic Advisors from the European Commission and other members representing 27 countries. Having the MIRRI-CCU (headquarters) at the University of Minho, MIRRI was selected among a few research projects and spin-offs to take part in the exhibition and showcase its work. MIRRI’s team presented its mission, organisation and activities, and disseminate its Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda 2021-2030.

Read more about the visit of the European Commission at the MIRRI-CCU!


Four researchers awarded with funded access to MIRRI/IS_MIRRI21 facilities in 2021

(left to right: Fortunato Palma Esposito, Agapi Doulgeraki, Assunta Saide and Roksana Majewska)

The first four users awarded by MIRRI’s IS_MIRRI21 project during the 1st TransNational Access (TNA) call were announced in June 2021. Launched in January 2021, the TNA programme financially and logistically supports on-site and remote access to a wide variety of microbial resources, laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities and technological platforms in 14 MIRRI/IS_MIRRI21 research infrastructures across Europe.

The TNA users have the opportunity to build networking relationships with experts in areas pertinent to their research field, and further their research and professional development through training and exchanges with fellow scholars, facilities’ staff, and other senior researchers.

Awardees will be granted access to IS_MIRRI21 resources and facilities from July to November 2021

See the list of our first four awardees! Click here 

Italians do it… microbiologically!
The Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT: status and undergoing activities

In 2017, five public Italian Institutions (University of Torino, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, University of Perugia, National Research Council, and San Martino Polyclinic Hospital) agreed to co-found the Joint Research Unit, MIRRI-IT, with the aim of supporting the adhesion of Italy to MIRRI and creating its Italian node. MIRRI-IT aims to facilitate communication between institutions, culture collections and stakeholders in Italy and other member states, and to overcome fragmentation in the availability and accessibility to resources and services.

MIRRI-IT communicates through a website where information and news regarding unit can be found (http://www.mirri-it.it/). In recent months, the scientific committee of MIRRI-IT has restarted its activities after the stop due to COVID-19, planning the organisation of several working groups, which operate in different topics concerning collections, research and management. Through its well-rounded new scientific structure, MIRRI-IT will definitely match the purposes of IS_MIRRI21 Work Packages, functioning as a productive interface between the individual Italian collections and European institutions and stakeholders.

For more information, you are welcome to get in touch by email with the Coordinator, Prof. Varese, at coordinatore@mirri-it.it

Read more about the activities and focus of MIRRI-IT here.

IS_MIRRI21 and MIRRI’s participation at the Latin American Federation for Culture Collections (FELACC) workshops in 2021

On 9 March and 20 April 2021, the project partners, University of Minho and University of Valencia, represented the work of MIRRI and IS_MIRRI21 at the Latin American Federation for Culture Collections (FELACC) workshop entitled ‘Ex situ Preservation and Data Management in Collections of Microbial Cultures’. The event hosted more than 500 researchers, students and specialists from various countries and was conducted in Spanish and Portuguese with the intention of inviting and engaging audiences from European and Latin American countries. The virtual workshops aimed at gathering international scientific communities interested in ex situ preservation of microorganisms and data management to empower and expand collaborative networks across the globe. The event was divided into two modules: professor Nelson Lima (MUM) and professor Rosa Aznar (CECT) presented the importance of the culture collections in microbiodiversity preservation and MIRRI’s paper on providing microbial-based green solutions to societal challenges. Both MUM and CECT also had the opportunity to show the microbial services provided by MIRRI and their work on microbial preservation through the online, non-synchronous poster presentation session and abstract book.

Click here to read more.



Successful launch of IS_MIRRI21/MIRRI two matchmaking events

The partners IS_MIRRI21 launched two side-events on 15 and 17 June at the RI-VIS H2020 project, Latin America-Europe Symposium on Research Infrastructures. The events were co-organised by the coordinator of IS_MIRRI21, the University of Minho (UMinho) and Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) from Portugal and connected more than 120 actors from Europe, Africa and Latin America. In addition, the events had honoured speakers from the PERIN Network (Daniel Carapau, Isabel Carvalho Oliveira, Maria João Fernandes and Cristiana Leandro) who presented funding opportunities from Pillar I and II in the Horizon Europe programme. The expected outcomes of both events were to present the tools, i.e., funding opportunities for collaboration and showcase MIRRI’s capability to meet the needs of its users. Moreover, IS_MIRRI21 and MIRRI participated in the panel discussion ‘Future of Latin America-Europe Research Infrastructure Collaborations’ on 17 June through the partner Institut Pasteur (Raquel Hurtado-Ortiz) who represented MIRRI at the Latin-America- Europe Symposium on Research Infrastructures main event, organized by the RI-VIS and EU-LAC ResInfra projects. The event hosted around 100 people with the aim of strengthening international cooperation in science and technology for addressing major global issues such as climate change, infectious diseases, food security, and natural disasters.

Read more about IS_MIRRI21’s presence at the RI-VIS Latin America – Europe Symposium on Research Infrastructures and see the recording of the events here.

IS_MIRRI21 partners organize a public event for the World Microbiome Day 2021!

IS_MIRRI21 partners, University of Turin (UNITO), Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) and Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRAE) hosted a webinar on 27 June 2021 to celebrate the #WorldMicrobiomeDay by engaging with researchers, students and citizens and debating about the value of microorganisms and their role in sustainability. As one of IS_MIRRI21’s missions to communicate scientific knowledge and discoveries with the world, this event was designed to be fun but educational with presentations, quizzes, videos and open discussion sessions. The event hosted 77 participants from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The motto of the event was ‘Sustainability of the environment through symbiotic living with microorganisms that are not only as powerful but also allies in this venture’. Indeed, microorganisms are our supporters and their positive roles should never be underestimated or overlooked.

See the recording of the webinar here .

MIRRI launched its online platform (www.mirri.org) to the public on 24 March 2021. The website offers a user-friendly, comprehensive, and resourceful platform to researchers and lay users. The new platform is based on a single point access incorporating the concept of “Collaborative Work Environment” (CWE), developed by MIRRI.

The CWE is a dynamic environment for sharing knowledge, exchanging experiences and collaborating towards common goals in research and innovation. It presents a forum to bring together partners and users from various communities, scientific areas and industry stakeholders

You can visit mirri.org to find more about MIRRI’s mission, organisation, and partners, and to access our broad offer of microbial resources, data, services and expertise. You are welcome to participate in the upcoming events, workshops and activities from MIRRI and its partners shared on the website calendar. More features, including training, specialized courses, access opportunities, and expert and legal clusters, are coming soon.

Click here to learn more about MIRRI CWE


    IS_MIRRI21 new introduction video and more  

What a fun way to learn about IS_MIRRI21!

We have the new IS_MIRRI21 introductory video with a synopsis of IS_MIRRI21’s mission, objectives, partners, expected outcomes and impact. The animated video is fun, simple and interactive. Watch the video here.

Moreover, you can find education videos created by MIRRI’s partners to engage with students and citizens. These videos can be found on the IS_MIRRI21 website and YouTube Channel to show you one- or two-ways microorganisms play a major role in our health, diet and sustainability. For now, we present two videos developed by UNITO on Marine fungi and Microbiome and Microbes for a Sustainable World.
Click here to see the videos.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement nº 871129. This document reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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