Applications to the EuroMiRC Advanced Studies Course first edition will soon be open – applicants can submit their proposals from February 6th to February 15th, 2023.
Course fees for the first edition can be waived under the IS_MIRRI21 project! (See eligibility criteria here)
The European Advanced Studies Course on Microbial Resource Centres (EuroMiRC) aims to create a new generation of highly qualified professionals that will work in microbial Culture Collections (CC) or in the more advanced concept of Microbial Resource Centres (mBRCs).
The teaching body of this Advanced Studies Course assembles a critical mass of microbiologists with long and internationally recognised research, innovation, and education experience, belonging to different CC/mBRCs that are partners of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure-European Research Infrastructure Consortium (MIRRI-ERIC). The prepared curricular programme is designed to give science professionals the skills and knowledge they need to take on greater responsibilities on the management of microbial resources.
General objectives of EuroMiRC:
EuroMiRC intends to impact beyond the borders of CC/mBRCs by covering competencies required at different phases of the CC/mBRCs lifecycle. The EuroMiRC curricular programme is designed to:
integrate scientific competences and management skills to access, preserve and supply microbial genetic resources and other related services;
disseminate skills on management of Microbial Resources Centres under quality control standards and in compliance with the legal frameworks;
appraise the valorisation chain of the microbial diversity long-term preservation.
What will the programme cover?
The EuroMiRC curricular programme actively encourages lifelong learning and interactions among students and CC/mBRCs staff. This will create among the alumni the sense of belonging to a professional community that shares common approaches and language, and that is knowledgeable in scientific and bioindustry areas in which specific CC/mBRC outperform. By the end of this course, students will be able to:
explain the role of CC/mBRCs resources as an asset for the advancement of life sciences and biotechnology;
describe the most frequent long-term microbial preservation methods;
formulate strategies to implement a long-term microbial preservation plan;
design operation strategies taking into consideration the long-term impact of quality control and risk assessment at CC/mBRC;
implement strategies on CC/mBRC to fitness for the intended purpose under different legal, standards and regulatory requirements;
recognise the different options to apply information technologies and data management tools to CC/mBRC.
Who should apply?
The EuroMiRC vision is to develop a new generation of CC/mBRCs professionals who recognise the necessity of undergoing advanced training to acquire state-of-the-art technical and managerial skills tailored to provide and perform better CC/mBRCs services to the user communities. EuroMiRC is primarily aimed at:
Doctoral students (3rd cycle);
and any professionals that want to acquire high-level international and management-oriented competencies on Microbial Resources Centres.
How will EuroMiRC function?
The course is hosted by University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) and will take place in blended learning (b-learning) format between March 1st and July 14th, 2023.
Find out more about the curricular programme, application procedure, eligibility criteria, and selection process of the EuroMiRC course here!
Congratulations to seven researchers from Europe and Latin America!
The TNA programme aims at financially and logistically supporting the access (on-site and remotely) of external users to the IS_MIRRI21 partners’ research facilities across Europe to carry out their research projects. After a successful 1st TNA call, IS_MIRRI21 launched the 2nd TNA call on February 1st, 2022, and extended the deadline for submission of proposals until May 31st, 2022.
The project partners are delighted to announce that seven researchers from four different countries – Portugal, Italy, Spain and Chile – have been awarded in the 2nd TNA Call. The owners, TNAs requested and access providers can be found on the next page.
Congratulations to all the awardees of the 2nd TNA Call!
Ana Igual Wöllstein (Spain); Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi strains produced in vitro; Access at BCCM-MU
Carina Menezes (Portugal); From the isolation of cyanobacteria, over their cultivation and preservation, to their characterization; Access at BCCM-ULC
Chiara Lauritano (Italy); In vitro screening and testing of Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC); Access at UL-MSCL
Giovanni Andrea Vitale (Italy); Archaea, bacteria, yeast and filamentous fungi from the UVEG-CECT public catalogue; Access at UVEG-CECT
Joana Domingues (Portugal); Identification of fungi in pure culture; Access at KNAW-WI
Marina Carrasco-Acosta (Spain); Identification of fungi in pure culture; Access at MUT-UNITO
Victor Manuel Ignacio Gallardo Muniz (Chile); Food Mycology; Access at MUM-UMinho
In line with the positions of the European Commission and the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, MIRRI informs its user communities that, until further notice, requests for accessing resources/services provided by MIRRI partner organisations located in the Russian Federation will not be considered. Moreover, requests submitted to MIRRI by users based in the Russian Federation or in the Republic of Belarus for accessing resources/services provided by MIRRI and/or any of its partners organisations will also not be considered. MIRRI joins the voices of all who are calling for peace, mutual understanding and tolerance. MIRRI promotes scientific excellence beyond all national boundaries, but this is only possible in a context of peaceful cooperation banning all forms of violence.
Applications for the 2nd Transnational Access Call (TNA) are still OPEN, submit your proposal until May 15th, 2022!
The TNA programme provides free-of-charge access to facilities, a wide-range of microbial resources and services that our IS_MIRRI21 partners have made available for the scientific community. The TNA online portalis available with full details on the eligibility, access providers, submission and reporting rules and guides, and how to apply.
On Wednesday, 23rd March 2022 11h30 CET we will hold a live webinar with the Access officer and the 9 IS_MIRRI21 partners participating to the ongoing call. After a brief presentation outlining the goals of the IS_MIRRI21 TNA programme, we will explain everything you need to know about the 2nd TNA Call (eligibility, application procedure, current TNA offer, modalities of access, etc.). If you have any concern or doubt regarding your proposal, this webinar is the perfect opportunity for you to get all your questions answered!
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