European Culture Collections’ Organisation (EURO-ECCO)

The aim of the organisation is to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas and information about all aspects of culture collection activity.

Membership

Membership location: 61 members from 22 European countries

Membership scope: corporate membership is open to representatives of any microbial resource centre that provides a professional public service on demand and without restriction; that accepts cultures for deposit, provides catalogues of holdings and that is housed in countries with microbiological societies affiliated to the Federation of the European Microbiological Societies (FEMS). In addition, member collections must be registered with the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC). The organisation welcomes sustaining and individual members.

Membership type fee (currency) Notes
Individual Member €50 per annum Membership is open to representatives of any microbial resource centre that provides a professional public service on demand and without restriction.  Applications for Membership are made to the Secretary. New members are accepted by exisiting members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The candidate members (or Secretary, if not present) introduce themselves at the AGM and their membership is determined by majority vote.
Non-commercial corporate member with 1 – 4 fixed full time positions €50 per annum
Non-commercial corporate member with 5 or more fixed full time positions €200 per annum
Commercial Corporate Members €200 per annum

How to join

Contact Marijke Hendrickx at secretary@eccosite.org

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