Training on preservation of microorganisms (incl.cyanobacteria) – Belgium, Sep. 2018

The Belgian consortium of culture collections of microorganisms is organizing a training on the preservation of bacteria, fungi, cyanobacteria or diatoms from the 18th to 21st of September 2018 as explained by the PDF in attachment.

More details on the programme are given on the website ‘
Note that this training is modular, with a main training of 3 days on one type of biological material and one optional day dedicated either to another type of biological material or to a seminar on the practical management of culture collections (including Quality Management System and the legal requirements).

If you know scientists who could be interested, please forward them the information!

Annick Wilmotte,
Promotor-Curator, BCCM-ULC Cyanobacteria Collection

“Safeguarding Biodiversity Data for the Future”, Brussels, 27-28 February 2018

An invitation by Aaike De Wever, distributed by Annick Wilmotte:

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to invite you for our event “Safeguarding Biodiversity Data for the Future”. This conference & workshop of the “Saving Freshwater Biodiversity Research Data” project will take place at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences on Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th February 2018.

During this conference we specifically aim to share the lessons learned from the project and put our work in a broader perspective. Three keynote speakers will provide their view on working with large datasets, the need for Open Data and Open Science.

  • Jonathan Chase from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) will share insights from his work on biodiversity synthesis.
  • Jörg Freyhof based at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) will offer a global perspective on biodiversity observation data based on his experience in working on the EU BioFresh project and the Group on Earth Observation Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON).
  • Julia Stewart Lowndes from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) will present a strong case for Open Science sharing the story of building the Ocean Health Index.

The workshop on Biodiversity Data Management on day 2 represents an excellent opportunity to get guidance and learn simple tricks to improve your day-to-day data management. In the afternoon, we give an introduction into biodiversity data standardisation and publication and offer the opportunity to choose between hands-on data transformation exercise and working with microbial ecology data. This workshop is highly recommended for students and researchers looking to improve their data management skills.

Get inspired and learn what you can do for “Safeguarding Biodiversity Data for the Future” during our conference on February 27th and workshop on February 28th! Have a look at the full program in attachment, register at: and motivate your colleagues to join as well.

You can download the agenda here.

Looking forward to welcome you there!

With best regards,
Aaike De Wever
Operational Directorate Natural Environment
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
tel.: +32(0)2 627 43 90

Scientist/curator for coordinating and developing R&D activities and management of the cyanobacteria collection – Belgium

The ULC collection is one of 7 decentralized biological resource centers integrated within the Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM) ( The consortium with complementary expertise offers high quality microbial and genetic
resources as well as a broad-ranging service portfolio and scientific expertise for industry and academia. BCCM runs a multi-site ISO 9001 quality management system. The ULC collection is specialised in cyanobacteria (

There is an open position for a Scientist/curator for coordinating and
developing R&D activities and management of the cyanobacteria collection.

All applications must be received no later than 07/09/2017 at 23:59 (CET) at

Download details for this position here.

For more information, you can contact Dr Annick Wilmotte in the e-mail above.





Two PhD students are recruited to work in the BRAIN-BE project MICROBIAN at the Universities of Ghent and Liège, Belgium – including field campaigns in the Antarctic !

Project In the BelSPO funded MICROBIAN project (Microbiome diversity and function in the Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica), coordinated by the Laboratory of Protistology and Aquatic Ecology, remote sensing analysis of soil crusts in a high latitude cold desert will be combined with field experiments and metagenomics studies to map their spatial distribution, community composition and metabolic capabilities. In addition, phylogenetic and physiological studies will be conducted on newly isolated bacteria and cyanobacteria, known to be present and highly abundant in the region from previous metagenomics analyses.

Your tasks will be organized to design two complementary theses:

  1. Participation to field campaigns to the Antarctic. The first campaign is planned for Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018 and includes sample collection for DNA and RNA analyses, mapping of soil crusts using drones and in situ measurements (i.a. PAM fluorometry), setting up and maintaining of field experiments.
  2. Library preparation for amplicon and shotgun based metagenomics and subsequent bioinformatics data analysis.
  3. Isolation, cultivation, phenotyping and genotyping of Polar microorganisms using a range of growth conditions.
  4. Analysis and interpretation of remote sensing data and georeferencing and mapping of sampling locations.

Deadline for applications is 28 May 2017.

Visit the Euraxess webpage of this job offer for more information.