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Portugal will host European Research Infrastructure

For the first time, Portugal will host the headquarters of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in Microbiology. The Iberian candidacy was prepared by Prof. Nelson Lima, from the Mycotheca of the University of Minho - Center for Biological Engineering and Prof. Rosa Aznar, from the University of Valencia (Spain), with institutional support from the FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology), the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, and the Secretary of State for Research and Innovation, from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO).

MIRRI (Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure) is a European infrastructure that is in the process of becoming an ERIC, becoming an independent legal entity. Its Coordination Unit will be located at the University of Minho and the computer services will be operated at the University of Valencia.

This new entity aims to facilitate access to a large amount and variety of European microbiological data and resources. MIRRI will promote access to experts in this field and to the MIRRI collaborative platform, in order to foster research and development in the field of biotechnology and to find solutions to societal challenges. In this way it also seeks to enhance the interaction between academia and bioindustry.

MIRRI-ERIC's presence on Portuguese territory will also contribute to greater visibility for the work carried out by the scientific community and the business sector in the area of microbiology, as well as for all the national partners involved in the new infrastructure.

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