WS 3 - Long term conservation of marine microbial resources

Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa - Long term conservation of marine microbial resources

ASSEMBLE workshop at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Scotland

Cryo vats

17-18 February 2011

Marine microbes are an under-explored and as yet virtually unexploited biotechnological resource. Future biotechnologies will have an absolute requirement for long-term preservation techniques (freeze-drying and cryopreservation). This 2 day course will include: lectures on the fundamental science of long-term preservation and"hands on" application of conventional as well as novel preservation techniques.

Topics covered:

  • Cryopreservation theory and application
  • Freezing and conserving in liquid nitrogen
  • Freeze drying theory and preparation
  • Health and safety implications in cryopreservation
  • Ownership, Intellectual Property and microbial diversity
  • Data management

The course will be led by tutors with more than 40 years combined experience in developing and applying preservation techniques for the conservation of biotechnological resources. Tutors include: Drs John Day, Roland Fleck (NIBSC), Dave Green, Keri Page and Svenja Heesch

Demonstrations of state of the art freeze-drying and cryopreservation equipment from Linkam Scientific Instruments Ltd and Planer plc will be included.

Cost free for up to 2 participants from each ASSEMBLE Partner or 450 GBP per person, plus VAT, including meals, 3 nights accommodation in The Oban Bay Hotel and local transport.

Go to for more information and to download an application form. Please register by Friday 21st January 2011.