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

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12 – 24 July 2015, Texel, The Netherlands

The MaCuMBA summer school on sampling, isolation and cultivation of marine microorganisms takes place from Monday 13 – Friday 24 July 2015 July 2015. During this two-week course, participants will interact with experts in the field and obtain first-hand experience of isolation and cultivation design along with various other techniques.

Course description

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.

Confirmed lecturers

Ada Librada Canedo (Pharmamar, Spain)

Alexander Pretsch (Sealife Pharma, Austria)

Catarina Cucio (University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands)

Cendrella Lepleux (German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ), Germany)

Colin Ingham (Microdish, the Netherlands)

David Scanlan (University of Warwick, UK)

Dominique Marie (Station biologique de Rosco, France)

Francisco Rodriguez-Valera (Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH), Spain)

Gaëtan Burgaud (University of Western Brittany Brest (UBO), France)

Gijs Kuenen (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)

Gwenaelle LeBlay (UBO, France)

Hans Slagter (NIOZ, The Netherlands), Austria)

Helena Vieira (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Henk Bolhuis (NIOZ, the Netherlands)

Jerry Reen (University College Cork (UCC), Ireland)

John Day (Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Scotland)

Jörg Overmann (DSMZ, Germany)

Jörg Peplies (Ribocon, Germany)

Lynn Paterson (Heriot-Watt University, UK)

Mohammed Jebbar (UBO, France)

Silvia Cretoiu (NIOZ, the Netherlands)

Thomas Vanagt (e-Coast, Belgium)

Ulrich Tillich (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)

Location & Accommodation

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

The participants will be accommodated in Hotel de Pelikaan (


For inquiries contact: Frida Kraanen (

Further information

Further information can be found in the Summer School leaflet. To view and download the Summer School leaflet, click here.


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