Culture Collections

ECCO XXXIX. Virtual Meeting - One to day to go!

22-24 September 2021

ECCO Banner - Registration openOn behalf of the ECCO Board and the Local Organising Committee, Public Health England (PHE) Culture Collections would like to invite you to attend the 39th Annual Meeting of the European Culture Collections’ Organisation.

Following an unprecedented year and the postponement of the 2020 meeting due to COVID, this year the ECCO meeting will be held online for the first time in its history. Hosting of this meeting forms part of the centenary celebrations of PHE Culture Collections’ National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) one of the longest-established collections of its type which entered its 100th year in 2020.  

About the virtual meeting

Through six focussed sessions this virtual meeting aims to celebrate and debate culture collections, their history, present-day relevance and applications, and future direction. Topics include:

  • the role, validation and use of culture collections
  • access and benefit sharing
  • contributions to research and collaborative projects
  • microbiomes and the challenges of microbiome biobank development
  • the need for quality, safety, biosecurity and transportation standards
  • advances in bioinformatics and data management

Aims and objectives

ECCO annual meetings are a valuable forum for discussion and innovation on the future development of member collection activities. This year the meeting is hosted by Public Health England’s Culture Collections. The aim of the meeting is to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas and information about all aspects of culture collection activity. 


Online registration is now closed - please email if you wish to register for the event.


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Abstract submission is now closed

You are invited to submit an abstract by 23:59 BST on Tuesday 24 August, for potential oral or e-poster presentation at the virtual meeting.

Your abstract should demonstrate relevance to public health and the application of scientific methods to one of the following categories:

  1. Validation and use of culture collections
  2. Nagoya Protocol and ABS
  3. Microbiomes
  4. Culture collection projects and research
  5. Standards (quality, safety, biosecurity and transportation)
  6. Bioinformatics and data management


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