MaCuMBA Summer School 2015: Sampling, Isolation & Cultivation of Marine Microorganisms

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General information

The MaCuMBA consortium is pleased to announce that the project will host a summer school on sampling, isolation and cultivation of marine microorganisms in July 2015. During this two-week course, participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts in the field and obtain first-hand experience of isolation and cultivation design along with various other techniques.

The course will be held from Monday 13 – Friday 24 July 2015. Participants will arrive on Sunday 12 July and depart on the afternoon of Friday 24 July. Morning lectures will be given by leading microbiologists who will present their ideas about the design of culture media, single cell isolation techniques, identification, and screening for bioactive compounds and their application by the biotechnology industry.

Demonstrations and hands-on practical work related to these topics will be carried out in the afternoons. In small groups, the participants will discuss and practice different isolation techniques for microbes including open seawater, marine sediments and substrates (e.g. seaweeds). A matrix of different marine systems, isolation techniques and culturing methods will be offered to the participants. Participants will design appropriate cultivation media and growth circumstances for photoautotrophic and chemoauto- and heterotrophic microorganisms. Enrichment cultures, dilution to extinction, batch and continuous cultivation, plate and cellto-cell communication will be part of the training. Aerobic and anaerobic cultivation will be possible under different environmental conditions. State-of-the-art identification techniques will be available for processing the samples.

The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ, will host the MaCuMBA summer school at its site in Texel, an island in the north of the Netherlands.

You can download the Summer School leaflet here.

Contact Person: Frida Kraanen (


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Venue: The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
Texel, Netherlands

The participants will be accommodated in Hotel de Pelikaan.



The registration fee is €975 and includes:

  • €100 admission fee
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks)
  • Transportation by bicycles
  • Social activities on arrival closing night
  • Accommodation in apartments of Hotel de Pelikaan.

Course participants are expected to arrange their own travel.


Technicians, PhD students and Postdoctoral scientists with background knowledge in microbiology (required) are invited to apply. The course is open to both MaCuMBA project partners and external applicants.

Application Procedure:

Please email Mrs. Frida Kraanen ( to apply. Applications should include: your name, address, institute affiliation, e-mail address, phone number, short CV and a short description of your research interests (max. one page). Applicants from outside the MaCuMBA project should include one reference letter.

Registration deadline: 16 March 2015

The selection committee will notify all successful and non-successful applicants before 20 March 2015.


Academic level: PhD, Lifelong Learning
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