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The EU project ‘Implementation and Sustainability of Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure for 21st Century IS_MIRRI21’, which is being carried out also by the Institute of Agricultural and Food Biotechnology, has entered its final phase. This 3,5-year Horizon 2020 project aims to support research, development and innovation in the use and preservation of microbial life for the purpose of basic and applied scientific research, preservation and exploitation of microorganisms through the implementation of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) and securing its long-term sustainability.

The implementation of the IS_MIRRI21 project will conclude on the 31st of July 2023 and on this occasion, on the 12-16th June, a closing event, organized by the Project Coordinator – Universidade do Minho took place in Braga, Portugal. The event was organized jointly with the ICCC15 International Conference on Culture Collections. In addition to thematic sessions, the General Assemblies of the MIRRI consortium took place, during which the presentations of the achievements within individual work packages of the IS_MIRRI21 project were delivered.

IBPRS-PIB has been responsible for the coordination of WP8 – ‘Consolidation and Enlargement of Membership’. The person coordinating WP8 is Joanna Bucka-Kolendo, Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology, who presented the progress in expanding the MIRRI consortium. Beside Ms. Bucka-Kolendo, the event was attended by other people involved in the implementation of the WP8 tasks – Justyna Nasiłowska, M.Sc., Head of the Collection of Industrial Microorganisms, Department of Microbiology and Agata Wierzbińska, M.A. from the Department of Research Coordination, Scientific Information and Marketing, IBPRS-PIB.