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ECCO 2022


Dear ECCO members and interested colleagues,

on behalf of the ECCO Board, the Leibniz Institute DSMZ cordially invites you to the ECCO XL Conference from 27 – 29 September, 2022 in Braunschweig, Germany, and to the excursions offered on 30 September, 2022.

Join us to discuss New Horizons in Accessing Microbial Diversity – this year’s motto of ECCO XL. We will have the opportunity to assess The role of Culture Collections in Understanding and Mitigating Global Challenges as well as The Future of Digital Collections.

The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing, which entered into force on 12 October, 2014, remains more relevant than ever. Hence, Challenges of Sharing and Exchanging Resources will be another prominent topic of our meeting.

And finally, the two additional topics Emerging Collections and New Services are expected to uncover innovative future perspectives.

The registration is open now – until 16 August 2022!

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Braunschweig!

Best regards,

Jörg Overmann and the DSMZ Organizing Committee


Please register here for the ECCO XL meeting in Braunschweig.

Choose your payment option during registration! Invoicing is available now. For further inquiries please contact ecco2022(at)

Preliminary program

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For detailed information on the scientific program click here.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is closed.


For accommodation we have preselected hotels with specially negotiated prices. However, you may pick your hotel on your own.
Please note that accomodation before 27 September and after 30 September has to be organised by the participants themselves!


IntercityHotel Braunschweig
hotel information

27 – 30 September 2022

Business single room (including breakfast, WiFi, FreeCityTicket)110.00 EUR (incl. VAT) per night
Business double room (including breakfast, WiFi, FreeCityTicket)129,00 EUR (incl. VAT) per night

Room reservation possible until the 16th August, 2022 (download reservation template). Please indicate the keyword: “ECCO 2022”!

Terms & conditions for cancellations: Rooms can be cancelled free of charge until 14 days prior to arrival. In case of a cancellation outside this deadline (14 days prior to arrival) and/or no-show and/or early check-out there will be a charge of 90 % of the room rate.


Additional clause:
In the event of a renewed officially ordered lockdown or if the circumstance arises that it is impossible to make the booking or to hold the event on our premises, both contracting parties are entitled to suspend this contract without either party being able to claim damages.

Travel options

The closest airports to Braunschweig are

  • Airport Hannover (HAJ): about 75km to Braunschweig
  • Airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER): about 235km to Braunschweig

There are direct train connections from either Berlin (Berlin Hbf; duration: 1:25 h) or Hannover (Hannover Hbf; duration: 0:35 h) to Braunschweig (Braunschweig Hbf).
To book a train please visit:

The Intercity Hotel is a three-minute-walk away from the main station in Braunschweig.
Easiest ways to reach the conference hotel (Steigenberger Parkhotel) from main station (Braunschweig Hbf) by local public traffic:

  • Bus 429 (direction Rudolfplatz) to stop Holzhof (Volkswagen-Halle) or Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz
  • Bus 461 (direction P.T.B.) to stop Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz
  • Bus 420 (direction Rathaus) to stop John-F.-Kennedy-Platz
  • Tram 1 (direction Wenden) to stop John-F.-Kennedy-Platz
  • Tram 2 (direction Siegfriedviertel) to stop John-F.-Kennedy-Platz

From there you will reach the conference hotel in a short walk (ca. 10 minutes).
To view the schedules of the local public traffic please visit: