The BCCM collections take part in the new European research infrastructure 'Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure' (MIRRI). MIRRI provides access to a wide range of micro-organisms, their derivatives and the associated information. In addition, the scientific expertise of the participating collections is made available for fundamental and applied research.
The formal recognition of the status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) took place on Friday 21 October at the International Conference on Research Infrastructures, ICRI 2022, in Brno, Czech Republic. The MIRRI-ERIC plaque was presented by Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, and Francisco Colomer, Chair of the ERIC Forum to Marta Coelho Abrantes, Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT).
Belgium is a founding member of MIRRI-ERIC and the consortium 'Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms' (BCCM) is the Belgian node of MIRRI-ERIC. (https://www.mirri.org/about/member-countries/).