SoilSoc Courses

Microbial resource centers and preservation of microorganisms


Time: May 2-May 6, 2011

Level: MSc course, also PhD students can apply

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Course secretary: Iina Hepolehto

Organiser: Kristina Lindström, HU-AF
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Place: Viikki, Helsinki

Language: English

Pre-required knowledge: B.Sc. level microbiology

Course fee:
50 euros for non-NOVA students

Application deadline: 31th March 2011, online course registration is now OPEN

Course plan: Microbial resource centres are gaining increasing importance as the value of biodiversity resources is recognised in society. The recently established Finnish Microbial Resource Centre Organization (MICCO) will celebrate its inauguration by organising an international seminar and a course in April 2011. The five-day course will deal with preservation and documentation of microbial cultures in collections, with emphasis on quality issues and structures of BRC:s. By combining the seminar with the course, we can reach a wide audience and offer high-quality lectures and teaching to the students by invited international experts.

Course schedule: To be posted soon

Link to course symposium program: »»

Lodging organised by course host:Students organize their own lodging and also pay for their meals.

Description:The course is organized around the international inauguration Symposium of MICCO, the Finnish Microbial Resource Centre Organization: “Protecting Biodiversity with Microbial Resource Centres”, which is held on 5 May.

The students will join the symposium and listen to all the presentations. Speakers are e.g. Dr. David Smith, CABI, Global Biological Resource Centre Network (GBRCN): Building up a global network of biological resource centres; and Dr. Philippe Desmeth, World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), BCCM/BelSPO: Access and benefit sharing of microbial resources under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The other days deal with lectures and group work around the following topics:

  • The concept of BRC (Biological Resource Centre) - Structure, quality, management and tasks of a BRC.
  • Preservation of microorganisms - Different preserving methods and their theoretical background.
  • Cryopreservation and lyophilization – Theory and practice.
  • Presentation of group work (posters and discussions).