MIRRI receives its ERIC plate from the European Commission

On 21 October 2022, MIRRI receives from the European Commission (EC) the MIRRI-ERIC plate, which signifies the formal recogniton of its European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status.

The ceremony takes place during the International Conference on Research Infrastructures, ICRI 2022, in Brno, Czech Republic.

The plate is handed over by Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General at the EC’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, and by Francisco Colomer, Chair of the ERIC Forum.

Receiving the plate, on behalf of MIRRI, is Marta Coelho Abrantes, from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

Read the full news release here.

MIRRI granted the ERIC status by the European Commission

Braga (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain), 13 July 2022 – On 16 June 2022, the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI), the pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure for the preservation, systematic investigation, provision and valorisation of microbial resources and biodiversity, has been granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by the European Commission (EC).
MIRRI thus becomes the 24th ERIC established since the very first one in 2011.

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Important information to MIRRI users about limitations on the access to resources/services in connection with entities located in the Russian Federation

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 user based in the Russian Federation or in the Republic of Belarus for accessing resources/services provided by MIRRI and/or any of its partner 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.

MIRRI Flash Webinar on the 2nd Transnational Access (TNA) Call

In the framework of its Transnational Access (TNA) Programme, run under the IS_MIRRI21 project, MIRRI will be holding a webinar for researchers, startups and SMEs on why and how to apply to the 2nd TNA Call, which is open until 15 May 2022 and aims to providing free-of-charge access to a selection of high-quality microbial resources, services and facilities.

The live webinar will take place on 23 March 2022, between 11:30 and 12:30 CET. After a brief presentation outlining the goals of the IS_MIRRI21 TNA Programme, MIRRI’s Access Officer will explain everything potential applicants need to know about the call – eligibility criteria, application procedure, current TNA offer, modalities of access, etc. -, followed by a slot for Questions & Answers.

Registration in the webinar is free, yet mandatory. To register, please click here.

For information about the TNA Programme and the 2nd TNA Call, please visit MIRRI’s TNA Programme Platform here.

MIRRI and British Embassy Lisbon join to support life science and biotechnology researchers on taking innovations to market

MIRRI is pleased to announce that it has entered a new collaboration with the British Embassy Lisbon and it has launched today the Biotech Business Mentoring Support (BBMS) Programme. Resulting from a partnership between these two organisations, and counting on the technical expertise from a UK-based consultancy firm, this pilot programme intends to provide tailored support for life science and biotechnology researchers, implementing a mentorship scheme to cover crucial research-to-market topics.

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MIRRI will take part in two more European projects to provide cutting-edge services for cancer research and for a sustainable agroecological transition

MIRRI is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the projects “canSERV – Providing cutting edge cancer research services across Europe” and “AgroServ – Integrated services supporting a sustainable agroecological transition”, both of which have been selected for funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.

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MIRRI has successfully held the webinars “Microbial resources for a green, healthy and sustainable future” and “Cutting-edge technologies for 2030 microbial Culture Collections”

On 18 and 19 November 2021, MIRRI has held the webinars “Microbial resources for a green, healthy and sustainable future” and “Cutting-edge technologies for 2030 microbial Culture Collections”.

A total of 390 participants, including 30 speakers, have joined the several sessions, discussing the decade ahead on aplying microbial resources and cutting-edge technologies for research and innovation in Health & Food, Agro-Food and Environment & Energy.

Video recordings of the webinars will be available soon.

For more details about the programmes, please visit https://www.mirri.org/mirri-webinars-microbial-resources-for-a-green-healthy-and-sustainable-future-cutting-edge-technologies-for-2030-microbial-culture-collections/.