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MIRRI key results

22 activities successfully run in 22 months and new ones to come

MIRRI opens 2022 reporting its key results
and unveils future strategic lines

Braga (Portugal), 04 January 2022

The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) has reported today on the key implementation and operational advances it has achieved over the past two years. These results have been on the basis of MIRRI’s recent distinction with the “Landmark” status on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap 2021, among the leading European research infrastructures in several scientific domains, as well as sustaining MIRRI’s application to obtain the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status, for which a decision is expected very soon.

Read more here or download the News Release.

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

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

MIRRI @ Ecomondo

La prof.ssa Giovanna Cristina Varese, Coordinatrice di MIRRI-IT, ha introdotto MIRRI e il contributo della Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT con la presentazione “I mille volti dei microorganismi per la salute del suolo e lo sviluppo sostenibile: il ruolo della Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT” nell’ambito del Webinar “Il mondo dei microrganismi del suolo: una risorsa da valorizzare per proteggere e salvaguardare la salute e la qualità dei suoli agricoli, le produzioni agroalimentari e l’ambiente“, organizzato da ENEA il 9 giugno 2021 sulla Piattaforma Digitale di Ecomondo come parte delle Digital Green Weeks.

Il suolo è una risorsa naturale di grande valore che contiene la più grande quantità di biomassa vivente dell’intero pianeta. La complessa rete di interazioni che si instaurano tra la moltitudine di esseri viventi presenti nel suolo contribuisce al mantenimento del suo stato di salute ed è alla base di beni necessari alla nostra sopravvivenza.

Il webinar ha voluto essere un momento di approfondimento e confronto sugli strumenti da mettere in atto per la difesa del suolo e la valorizzazione della biodiversità microbica. Garantire e promuovere la gestione sostenibile del suolo sta diventando sempre di più una priorità strategica e un tema trasversale che collega le aree della sicurezza alimentare, del cambiamento climatico, della biodiversità e della desertificazione.

L’infrastruttura di ricerca MIRRI rappresenta la più grande infrastruttura europea che si occupa di salvaguardare la biodiversità microbica e garantire la conservazione e la distribuzione dei microorganismi per favorire la sostenibilità ambientale, sviluppo biotecnologico e crescita della bioeconomia. Consorzi microbici multifunzionali composti da diverse specie con tratti complementari o sinergici sono i candidati di eccellenza per favorire l’aumento della produttività in presenza di stress biotici e abiotici, e contrastare il degrado del suolo, riducendo l’input di pesticidi e fertilizzanti azotati. La sfida è valorizzare la biodiversità microbica del suolo per aiutare la transizione agroecologica dell’agricoltura verso sistemi che salvaguardano il suolo e forniscono diete sani e sostenibili, in grado di conciliare i bisogni umani con la salute del Pianeta.

La presentazione è accessibile tramite questo link: MIRRI @ Ecomondo (PDF, Italiano).

IS_MIRRI21 virtual events

Matchmaking for Horizon Europe opportunities and MIRRI membership

15 and 17 June 2021, 14:00 CEST
Held on the ZOOM platform

Register HERE for both events.

Organised by the University of Minho (UMinho) and Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) in collaboration with the RI-VIS H2020 project

Key presenters
Nelson Lima (University of Minho, UMinho); Joanna Bucka-Kolendo (Institute of Agricultural and Food Biotechnology, IAFB), Rosa Aznar (University of Valencia, UVEG-CECT), Gerard Verkleij (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen, KNAW), Isabel Carvalho Oliveira, Maria João Fernandes, Cristiana Leandro and Daniel Carapau (Portugal-Europe R&I Network, PERIN)

Background
Implementation and Sustainability of Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure for the 21st Century (IS_MIRRI21) is a three-year project funded under the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. IS_MIRRI21 is a scientific project that aims to establish a pan-European research infrastructure called Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) as a sustainable entity with a set of its own diverse services and offers. IS_MIRRI21 took-off in February 2020 with 14 European partners and eight third parties, 20 of which are academic institutions and research infrastructures. The consortium members of IS_MIRRI21 are jointly working with the objective of alleviating the current fragmentation of bio-resource holdings and information, eliminating duplication and redundancy at the national and pan-European level.

MIRRI, as a sustainable end-product, intends to connect biological resource holders and researchers in order to facilitate the efficient delivery of resources and services and meet the needs of innovation in Life Sciences and biotechnology by driving collaboration across borders and disciplines. MIRRI is made up of more than 50 member organisations including academic institutions, microbial Biological Resource Centres (mBRCs), Culture Collections (CCs) and experts from 11 European countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation and Spain). MIRRI is a non-profit RI designed through the collaboration of European research institutes, universities, culture collections and consultancy organisations with a special focus on the domains of Health & Food, Agro-Food, and Environment & Energy. MIRRI’s services and offers are supplied through the resources and expertise of its members to induce and sustain transnational cooperation and coordination in research and innovation within the sectors of Life Sciences and Biotechnology. In its present capacity, MIRRI holds over 600,000 strains of microorganisms and microbiological resources, over 70 different types of services (including training, education and consultancy offers) with more than 30 workflows and has more than 300 direct participants and beneficiaries in the organisation.

MIRRI will soon be recognised as an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) to serve users from biosciences and bioindustry by facilitating access to a broad range of high quality bioresources and data in a legally compliant way. Through collaboration with other research infrastructures and by working with public authorities and policy makers, MIRRI contributes to the advancement of research and innovation in Europe to create a sustainable, competitive and resilient bioeconomy.

Whether as an expert, a Member State, an academic institution or a culture collection, MIRRI offers its members the opportunity to be part of a large and dynamic laboratory as a whole, sharing and exchanging knowledge, providing services, gaining visibility and playing a unique role in the European scientific research and innovation landscape of Food, Health, Agriculture, Energy, Environmental Sciences and more. MIRRI’s membership is open to a range of stakeholders in the global innovation community. With the objective of exploiting MIRRI’s resources through collaboration with other RIs in Europe and Latin America thereby advancing bioscience innovation and research, these two events have been set up with the aim of presenting opportunities to bring innovation actors in Life Sciences and biotechnology to the same table. In synergy with RI-VIS, a Horizon 2020 funded project designed to increase the visibility of European research infrastructures (RIs) to new communities in Europe and beyond, IS_MIRRI21 partners and innovation actors from Research and Development (R&D) frameworks in Europe will present funding opportunities for joint collaboration in the above-mentioned domains and how to become a member of MIRRI’s network.

Agendas
Both agendas for the webinar on 15 June and workshop on 17 June can be found here as well as in the web site of MIRRI-IT at Agenda of IS_MIRRI21 virtual events: Matchmaking for Horizon Europe opportunities and MIRRI membership.

Where to register?
Registration for both events is free but compulsory in order to receive the links and updates prior to the event. Registration is open until the launch of the events.

Registration link: https://forms.gle/fYr6f3rHchNjG3yF9

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

MIRRI introductory video


We have the pleasure of sharing with you the introduction video for IS_MIRRI21.

The video is available on the IS_MIRRI21 website and YouTube channel.

MIRRI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda 2021-2030

Putting microbes at the service of society and the bioeconomy

MIRRI discloses its
Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
for 2021-2030


Braga, Portugal, 25 March 2021

The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI), a pan-European research infrastructure that brings together over 50 scientific institutions, from 11 countries, has disclosed today 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 the economy.

Historically used by humankind for its own benefit (for example, in food processing and preservation processes), microbial resources are today widely used by bioindustries in multiple applications, such as the production of medicines (for example, vaccines and antibiotics), food and beverages, biofertilizers, biopesticides, biofuels, or in the treatment and valorisation of waste and residues.

According to the Executive Director of MIRRI, Luís Soares, “the new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda reveals MIRRI’s Vision to boost the use of microbial resources by the scientific community 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 will face, such as those related to the circular economy, human and planetary health, food security and safety, climate transition, decarbonisation or biodiversity”, adding that “MIRRI’s Strategic Agenda can serve as an inspiration for governmental authorities and for other agents of society and the economy in defining policies, programmes and initiatives that can lead to a more sustainable development”.


MIRRI’s Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda 2021-2030 is available for download at www.mirri.org.

MIRRI-IT Scientist visiting MIRRI-ES HeadQuarters

UMCC Curator Luciana De Vero is hosted at the Colección Española de Cultivos Tipo (CECT) for 1 week.

Her visit is allowed in the context of the Erasmus+ staff mobility for training. The training targets mainly the improvement of the quality management system of Unimore Microbial Culture Collection (UMCC), which will promote the relations with other BRCs and Microbial Culture Collections across Europe.

More opportunities are sought in the near future in the context of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure MIRRI.

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