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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.

IS_MIRRI21 Newsletters

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, two issues have been delivered and you can reach them singularly:
First Newsletter #1
Second Newsletter #2

IS_MIRRI21 Transnational access (TNA) Call opens

The first call for proposals from the IS_MIRRI21 Transnational access (TNA) programme opened on the 25th of January 2021

The first call under the Transnational Access programme of IS_MIRRI21 has been launched on January 25, 2021.
This call for proposals invites users from research organisations and companies (in the fields of biotechnology, agro-food, pharmaceuticals, environment, etc.) to apply for funded access to one or several of the 14 IS_MIRRI21 partners facilities across Europe.

The TNA offers on-site and remote access to a wide variety of microbial resources and facilities to conduct scientific studies.
The TNA online portal is now available with full details on the eligibility, access providers, submission and reporting rules and guides, and more.
Applicants are required to contact the access officer (tna@mirri.org) for pre-feasibility evaluation of their projects prior to the submission of the proposal.

The list of services, products and facilities as well as the workflows can be found on the TNA Catalogue.

For more information, visit the TNA PORTAL at: https://ismirri21.mirri.org/project-platforms/tna/.

IT manager position at CECT – Valencia

Call now open until July 15. IT manager position available at The Spanish Type Culture Collection – University of Valencia (CECT-UV)

See the Call (Catalan and Spanish)


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

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute in the development and testing of the applications generated within the project.
  • Develop tools for the interconnection of the project applications with other Research Infrastructures applications.
  • Monitor performance of information technology systems to determine cost and productivity levels, and to make recommendations for improving the IT infrastructure.
  • Help define IT infrastructure strategy, architecture, and processes.
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software issues related to internal IT.

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 2-5 years of experience working in IT operations.
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written).

Qualifications/skills:

  • Firm grasp on IT infrastructure and operations best practices.
  • Proven working experience in IT management or relevant experience.
  • Experience in metadata, ontologies, integration and interoperability of data, security and usability.
  • Knowledge of cloud services PaaS and SaaS.
  • Proficiency in web scripting languages (php, Python, etc.).
  • Experience in web development tools (jQuery, Vue.js, Agilent, BootStrap, etc.).
  • Hands-on experience with xml.
  • Experience in relational (MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.) and non-relational (MongoDB, etc.) database management systems.
  • Working experience in Research Infrastructures and in Life Sciences research projects would be an asset.

If you are interested please contact Aurora Zuzuarregui.

IS_MIRRI21 Executive Director Call

The Call to hire the IS_MIRRI21 “Executive Director” will be officially open on the 2nd July, 2020, for 15 business days

See the Official Call



An international selection tender is open for recruitment in the form of an uncertain term contract concluded under the Labour Code, of 1 (one) doctoral position for the exercise of scientific research activities in the scientific area of management and leadership in S&T in the scientific areas of biology, microbiology, biotechnology, bioengineering, or other related experimental life sciences, business management and economics, political science and management, for the project IS_MIRRI21 – Implementation & Sustainability of Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure for 21st Century, Ref. 871129, financed by the European Commission, with a view to the development activities as “Executive Director” within the research infrastructure MIRRI during the lifetime of IS_MIRRI21 project (max. 36 months) with the follow key responsibilities and accountabilities of the role:

  • with the Project Coordinator, assist to administrate the IS_MIRRI21 project including the Management Backoffice;
  • prepare decisions, programs and policies for adoption by the General Assembly;
  • implement decisions, programs and policies adopted by the General Assembly;
  • prepare and submit to the General Assembly proposals for the strategy on the collaboration with other Research
    Infrastructures;
  • prepare the procedures of the establishment connexions between the MIRRI national nodes and the Central
    Coordination Unit (CCU);
  • engage and develop strong linkages with MIRRI Members and potential Members and their ministries, funding
    agencies, policymakers, stakeholders and other important opinion makers to implement and enlarge MIRRI;
  • chair the Interim National Coordinators Forum of MIRRI;
  • evaluate aspiring new Country Members or Observers to join MIRRI;
  • lead high level interaction with European and international bodies and initiatives such as the EC, ECCO, WFCC, etc.;
  • engage MIRRI in collaborations with the Life Sciences ESFRI Research Infrastructures;
  • represent MIRRI in the Executive boards of the H2020 cluster projects, such as EOSC-Life, and in various meetings
    and projects involving Health & Food ESFRI Research Infrastructures, including the ESFRI Life Science (Health & Food) strategy board or the ESFRI forum;
  • promote coordination with public relations and dissemination activities of MIRRI.

IS_MIRRI21 Brochure available

MIRRI is in its construction phase to be established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) under the EU law. It already includes over 53 microbial Biological Resource Centres and Culture Collections belonging to 10 National Nodes with over 300,000 strains.

IS_MIRRI21 is a Horizon 2020 project aimed at implementing MIRRI and securing its long-term sustainability.

See and read the IS_MIRRI21 Brochure and discover how the project will support research, development and innovation in the use and preservation of microbial life for the purpose of basic and applied scientific research.

LifeWatch is hiring a Project Manager

LifeWatch ERIC Project Manager for ENVRI-FAIR

LifeWatch ERIC is looking to hire a Project Manager for ENVRI-FAIR Project.

  • LOCATION: LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre premises in Lecce (Italy) and LifeWatch ERIC Statutory Seat in Seville (Spain)
  • POSITION: Full-time, 12 months with the possibility of renewal on a yearly basis for a maximum of 36 months in total
  • DEADLINE for applications: 30 June 2020

Further information is available in the Work with us section of the LifeWatch ERIC website.

LS RI resources for COVID-19

Launch of LS RI Website with COVID-19 Resources

A new website, lifescience-ri.eu, brings together the vast services of 13 Life Science (LS) Research Infrastructures (RIs) in order to advance research in the life sciences.
This website aims to be a common source of comprehensive information about the 13 European LS RIs, their activities, offers, news and funding opportunities. Their joint service catalogue allows to identify which RI might be able to meet a certain user need. The success stories illustrate how access to RI resources can advance research projects.
While content is still being added to the site, a dedicated page on LS RI resources for research on COVID-19 is now available. Please take a careful look at what services and resources are being made available immediately for the scientific community at large.

IS_MIRRI21 Virtual Kick-off Meeting

The Kick-off Meeting of the new European Project IS_MIRRI21 is being held virtually today and tomorrow.

About 50 researchers from more about 20 parnters are watching the presentations given by Workpackage leaders and participating in a intense and lively discussion.

The Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT is represented by Cristina Varese, Luciana De Vero, Giancarlo Perrone and Paolo Romano, each of them representing her/his Institution, that is partner of the project.

On the first day, presentations on Project Management, Outreach and Dissemination, Research, Governance, Trans-National Access and Training will be given.
On the second day, presentations on the Collaborative Working Environment, Enlargement and Sustainability will follow.
The closing session will allow to define an action plan and to provide all partners with administrative guidelines.

EMMRI – Call for applications


The “Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures” (EMMRI) is an International management development Programme jointly developed by European Research Infrastructures in the context of the RItrain EU funded project and tailored to the specific needs of Research Infrastructures.
It is designed to give experienced science professionals the skills and knowledge they need to take on greater managerial responsibilities.

Please refer to the following document for an overview: EMMRI III Master programme at a glance.

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