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Supporting biodiversity and ecosystem protection across land and sea – Open Call

2021-2022 Joint Call
“Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems
across land and sea”

Biodiversa+, the European Biodiversity Partnership, is pleased to announce that its 2021-2022 joint Call for Transnational Research Proposals on “Supporting biodiversity and ecosystem protection across land and sea” is now open.

CALL PRIORITIES
THEME 1: Knowledge for identifying priority conservation areas, establishing effective and resilient ecological networks, enhancing species-based protection and preserving genetic diversity
THEME 2: Multiple benefits and costs of biodiversity and ecosystem protection: synergies and trade-offs
THEME 3: Effective management and equitable governance to deliver bold conservation outcome

The call covers all environments, i.e. terrestrial, freshwater and marine. It also covers research on biodiversity conservation in the Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the EU.

CALL SCHEDULE
A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory submission of pre-proposals at the first step and submission of full proposals at the second step.

  • Deadline for pre-proposals submission (mandatory): Tuesday 30 November 2021, 15:00 CET (local time in Brussels)
  • Deadline for full-proposals submission: Thursday 14 April 2022, 15:00 CEST (local time in Brussels)

FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information, see the Open Call web site at https://www.biodiversa.org/1772

For general information on the call, contact the Call Secretariat: biodiversa.cs@agencerecherche.fr (Juliette Bettus, Céline Billière and Sophie Germann)

IT Officer position for MIRRI

IT officer position available at the Spanish Type Culture Collection – University of Valencia (CECT-UV), UV Science Park, Catedràtic Agustín Escardino Benlloch, 9, Paterna, Valencia.

Gross salary 38.000 €

The contract will be bounded to the project IS_MIRRI21, funded by Horizon 2020, to implement the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI).

Official call and procedure to apply: Soon available.
For contact information see below.

Estimated commencement date and duration: From November 2021 to February 2023. Prolongation possible subject to the availability of funds and extension of the project.

REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field. Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology or a related field.

PROFILE OF THE WORKING POSITION
IT officer specialized in programming and database management.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

  • Experience in web development tools (jQuery, Vue.js, Agilent, BootStrap, etc.)
  • Experience in web programming languages (php, Python, javascript, typescript, etc.)
  • Knowledge of cloud services PaaS and SaaS
  • Experience in relational (MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.) and non-relational (MongoDB, etc.) database management systems
  • Working experience in Internationally Distributed Research Infrastructures in particular, or at least in Research Infrastructures in general
  • Participation in research projects related with biodiversity (preferably) or with Life Sciences (in general) would be an asset
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written)

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the MIRRI applications generated within the project
  • Manage users according to specifications to ensure access and availability of the system resources
  • Give IT support to MIRRI’s Central Coordinating Unit
  • Contribute to the design of an interoperable virtual platform providing the MIRRI service offer, ensuring data privacy and security, in collaboration with the Center for Computer Graphics (CCG) based in Braga (Portugal)
  • Contribute, together with CCG, in the development of a MIRRI virtual platform to compile, prepare, enrich, store and process a large amount of heterogeneous data (different sources and formats), allowing access to data services related to biological material (MIRRI-IS)
  • Contribute, together with the MIRRI ICT team, to export the catalogue data of MIRRI Culture Collection partners to be incorporated into the MIRRI-IS database
  • Act as a link of MIRRI-IS with CECT-UV, CCG and LifeWatch (Spain)
  • Participate in the project’s tasks (assistance to meetings, elaboration of reports, etc.)
  • Willingness to travel to different European cities, mainly to Braga

CONTACT: jmlopez@cect.org

Exhibition “Extraordinary microorganisms”

Extraordinary Microorganisms


Escovopsis aspergilloides (Credits: Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands)

Photo exhibition on the occasion of the International Day on Microorganisms
September 17, 2021 – October 31, 2021

On the occasion of the International Day on Microorganisms (September 17), the exhibition “Extraordinary Microorganisms” (open until October 31) was inaugurated at the Turin Botanical Garden. 44 photos taken at 27 European research centers with sophisticated microscopy techniques are exhibited.

The exhibition was organized by the Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology and by the Mycotheca Universitatis Taurinensis (MUT) of the University of Turin with the collaboration of the European Culture Collections’ Organization (ECCO) and the support of the CRT Foundation.

The photographs are accompanied by a brief description in Italian and English of the role of that microorganism in the environment and in various biotechnological processes. Along the way, insights are offered through a QR-code system.



Aspergillus discoforus (credits Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrechts, Netherlands)

If you want to read more, see the following pages (in Italian):

Il futuro del cibo in 16mila ceppi

Da Repubblica, 17 settembre 2021, pag. 8, sez. CRONACA-BARI
Bari, nel Cnr il quartier generale dei microbi:
“Qui con 16mila ceppi studiamo il futuro del cibo”

La collezione di colture microbiche fra le più importanti in Italia, unica al Sud, è custodita nel seminterrato della sede barese del Cnr, il Centro nazionale delle ricerche Ispa: 16mila ceppi microbici tra funghi, batteri e lieviti – alcuni unici al mondo, come i lieviti dei vini del Salento – 8mila dei quali in catalogo e a disposizione della comunità scientifica internazionale, che costituiscono un patrimonio di inestimabile valore da tutelare e valorizzare.
Tre grandi frigoriferi, due di criocongelazione a quasi meno 150 gradi e l’altro di colture in fresco, conservano la biodiversità microbica dell’agroalimentare pugliese, ma non solo, al quale l’istituto barese lavora da trent’anni.
Dal quartier generale in via Amendola, con sedi secondarie a Lecce, Foggia, Sassari, Milano e Torino, i circa 600 tra scienziati, ricercatori e addetti, diretti da Antonio Francesco Logrieco, si dedicano alla ricerca nel campo della Scienza della produzione alimentare.
“Curiamo tutta la filiera dal campo alla tavola – spiega il direttore Logrieco – supportando anche le aziende agricole per produrre materie prime e alimenti sani e di qualità, partendo dai nostri prodotti tipici e dalla dieta mediterranea”

di Isabella Maselli

MIRRI Survey: maximizing its support for users’ projects

MIRRI needs to hear from you!

How can we help delivering the maximum value
from your projects, technologies or products?

The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure MIRRI is available to collaborate with researchers and companies on delivering the maximum value from research and innovation projects, technologies or products involving microbial resources. In order to continuously improve its positioning, it needs to hear from the (even potential) users of the resources and services that MIRRI provides.

MIRRI is now asking for your help. It would greatly appreciate if you could spend 10 minutes of your time to respond to its survey “How can we help delivering the maximum value from your projects, technologies or products”.

Fill the survey now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YDHF7YD!

MD21: Advances in Microbial Diversity

The 6th Conference on Microbial Diversity (MD2021) will take place online from 14 to 15 December 2021. The Microbial Diversity Conference is a biennial international event that brings together researchers and professionals from all over the world working on agricultural, environmental and food microbiology.

Previous editions have seen a multidisciplinary audience and included academic and industrial researchers, as well as basic scientists from 36 Countries to make for an exciting forum. The 6th Edition of MD is organized by the Italian Society of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Microbiology (SIMTREA), in collaboration with the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, France).

MD2021 will be focused on emerging topics of microbiology, ranging from the study of the metabolome to microbial ecology and the impact of microbes on the human society. The online event will allow researchers from anywhere in the world to take part in the discussions, with the aim to create a connected and collaborative community of microbiologists.

Being a part of this first-of-its-kind virtual MD conference will allow to share experiences, knowledge, research outcomes and best practices, and to hear from the scientists how to explore the hottest topics in microbiology, like never before. The organizing committee is also excited to offer an advocacy and policy platform to communicate to decision makers and the general public the relevance and importance of microbiology.

Chairman of the Scientific Committee of MD 2021: Luca Cocolin

Invited speakers
Nicholas Bokulich (ETH Zürich, Switzerland); Bas Teusink (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands); Rudolf Amann (Max Planck Institute, Bremen, Germany); Maria Marco (University of California, Davis, California); Sarah Lebeer (University of Antwerp, Belgium); Peter Vandamme (University of Ghent, Belgium); Korneel Rabaey (University of Ghent, Belgium); Pascal Saikaly (KAUST University, Saudi Arabia); Federico Aulenta (Italian National Research Council, Italy); Hadda Imene Ouzari (University Tunis El Manar, Tunisia); Loubna El fels (Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco); Petek Cakar (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey); Marcello Scalisi (Mediterranean Universities Union, Italy).

Scientific Committee
Chairman of the Scientific committee: Luca Cocolin President of SIMTREA, University of Turin;
Daniele Daffonchio, KAUST; Cinzia Caggia, University of Catania; Marilena Budroni, University of Sassari; Carlo Viti, University of Florence; Giovanna Felis, University of Verona; Maria Gullo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; Stéphane Chaillou, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique – INRAE.

Organising Committee
SIMTREA Board
E-mail address: secretariatmd21@simtrea.org;
Website: https://md21.simtrea.org/it/

Registration fee
The registration fees are as follows: 50 Euros for PhD Students and Students; 100 Euros for SIMTREA members and 120 Euros for NON-SIMTREA members and includes the access to all Congress Sessions and digital proceedings. One day registration is fixed to 50 Euros for PhD Students, Students and SIMTREA members, to 70 Euros for NON-SIMTREA members. Please, check deadlines on our website https://md21.simtrea.org/it/

Symposium on Appreciation and Conservation of Microbial Resources

The following event will be held in Spanish!


MIRRI and IS_MIRRI21 will be presented by Dr. Aurora Zuzuarregui from UVEG-CECT on September 8, 2021, at 15:50 CET, at the Chilean III Symposium on Appreciation and Conservation of Microbial Resources.

The agenda can be found at: https://www.cchrgm.cl/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Programa_III_SIMP_VAL.pdf

Free registration is still open. See here.

We kindly ask you to please share this announce with your colleagues who might be interested in participating.

IS_MIRRI21 Newsletter #3 is out!

The IS_MIRRI21 Newsletter #3 has been issued.

Here are some of its highlights:

  • MIRRI receives a delegation from the European Council
  • Four researchers awarded with funded access to MIRRI/IS_MIRRI21 facilities in 2021
  • The Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT: status and undergoing activities
  • IS_MIRRI21 and MIRRI’s participation in future events
  • Successful launch of IS_MIRRI21/MIRRI two matchmaking events
  • IS_MIRRI21 partners organize a public event for the World Microbiome Day 2021!
  • MIRRI launched its online platform at www.mirri.org

Register today and start receiving your copy of the IS_MIRRI21 Newsletters by email.

IS_MIRRI21 Newsletters intend to present the project to its wide-ranging target audiences and inform them about the relevant activities within the project and the achievements that the consortium expects to go in the direction of MIRRI’s stakeholders’ interests and aspirations.

IS_MIRRI21 challenges the users to communicate with it to continue strengthening the MIRRI community as never before and visit its website and social media to stay updated on IS_MIRRI21’s activities.

See all IS_MIRRI21 Newsletters here.

Up to today, three issues have been delivered and you can reach them singularly:
Newsletter #1
Newsletter #2
Newsletter #3

IT officer position for MIRRI

IT officer position available at the Spanish Type Culture Collection – University of Valencia (CECT-UV), UV Science Park, Valencia.

The contract will be bounded to the project IS_MIRRI21, funded by Horizon 2020, to implement the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI)

Estimated duration: from October 2021 to February 2023. Prolongation possible subject to the availability of funds and extension of the project. Gross salary 38,000 € / year.

REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology or a related field.

Official call and procedure to apply: https://links.uv.es/cect2/IT_Officer

See details in the official announcement leaflet.

CONTACT: jmlopez@cect.org

Webinar “Microorganisms are allies”


Register HERE

The one-hour webinar will be presented by partners and experts from the IS_MIRRI21 project with background in microbiology and biotechnology who will convey the messages based on their field and professional experiences. The event will be a combination of presentations, quizzes and videos with dedicated sessions for the audiences to ask questions and interact with the speaker.
The key objectives of the event are:

  • Present how EU funded projects such as IS_MIRRI21 are supporting the research and innovation ecosystem;
  • Give an overall overview of how culture collections are used to preserve biodiversity and the roles of microbes in the sustainability of the environment;
  • Discuss how microorganisms can be used by each and every citizen to create a sustainable world.

Agenda

11:00  Welcome and introduction to speakers
Tedora Aibu (SPI)
11:05  Demo session: Microbiome and Microorganisms for a Sustainable World
Anna Poli (UNITO)
11:20  Let’s play: Quiz on microbial biodiversity and sustainability
Giulia Cheloni (INRAE), Anna Poli (UNITO), Tedora Aibu (SPI)
11:30  Who we are and what we do in IS_MIRRI21/MIRRI
Tedora Aibu (SPI)
11:35  Culture collections and their role in microbial biodiversity preservation and exploration
Giulia Cheloni (INRAE)
11:45  Open floor: Q&A
11:55  Closing

Contact us
For any additional information, please contact us at Franciscorocha@spi.pt and tedoraaibu@spi.pt.

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