ECCO 2019

XXXVIII Annual Meeting of the

European Culture Collections' Organisation

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Turin together with the Mycotheca Universitatis Taurinensis (MUT) and the Turin University Culture Collections (TUCC) are delighted to invite you to the 38th Annual Meeting of the European Culture Collections' Organisation (ECCO) which will be held in Turin (Italy), from 12th to 14th June 2019 at the University of Turin.

The focus of ECCO 2019 is on "Microorganisms as tools to win the current societal challenges and support European strategies in bioeconomy".

Microorganisms are expected to play a pivotal role in the progress of bio-economy, allowing the achievement of the long-term goal to develop a competitive, resource-efficient and low carbon economy by 2050, as established by the European Commission. The ECCO 2019 meeting is aimed at providing an insight into the innovation ecosystem promoted by Culture Collections and shows its influence in policymaking and sustainable bio-economy in the European Union, whose market is currently about € 2.4 billions and employs 22 million people. The transition in a changed EU policy context and towards a new environmental, social and economic reality, will rely on the advancement in technology of a range of processes, as well on the achievement of a breakthrough in terms of technical performances and cost effectiveness, and will depend on the availability of sustainable biomasses and advanced knowledge on the potentialities of microorganisms. In this landscape, the microbial Biological Resource Centers (mBRCs) are fundamental to guarantee to Bioscience and Bioindustry not only to access to a broad range of high quality bioresources and the latest technology but also to foster knowledge transfer, education and training.

We look forward to seeing you in Turin.

The Organizing Committee

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