Over 50 Antarctic microbial datasets in mARS!

Earlier this month mARS reached a new milestone, when the 50thgeo-referenced and environmentally annotated microbial dataset was documented. Collectively, mARS now counts nearly 2000 samples that cover large parts of the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean. The registered datasets implement a wide variety of experimental methods, including culture collections, amplicon sequencing studies and environmental … Continue reading Over 50 Antarctic microbial datasets in mARS!


The Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Science is looking for a master or Postdoc in molecular ecology for a contract of limited duration (October 2018-September 2019) who will join the Antarctic team of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Data and Information Centre part of OD Nature. This team is in charge of the management of biodiversity … Continue reading Job announcement ANTARCTIC BIOLOGICAL AND MICROBIAL DATA MANAGER (m/f/x)

mARS Hands-on Training Workshop @ POLAR 2018

Sunday, 17 June 2018 Monday, 18 June 2018 9am – 5pm WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF Flüelastrasse 11 Davos Dorf room C157 If you are a polar (Antarctic or Arctic) microbial scientist who generates molecular sequence information from polar habitats, you might want to consider joining us for this training workshop. We … Continue reading mARS Hands-on Training Workshop @ POLAR 2018

mARS @ SCAR 2016

  SCAR MEETING Announcements: We will have a short presentation, demonstration of the data system followed by discussion and questions session at the SCAR Open Science meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Monday August 22nd. Please join us!! Date: Monday, 22 August Time: 13:00-14:00 Location: KLCC, Room: 307 On Friday August 26th we will have a … Continue reading mARS @ SCAR 2016

mARS White Paper

Creating the Microbial Antarctic Resource SystemDr. Alison Murray, Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, Desert Research InstituteDr. Bruno Danis, Marine Biology Lab, Université Libre de BruxellesDr. Anton Van de Putte, biodiversity.aq, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural SciencesDraft version 0.3 (July 2013)Capturing commentsWe are now welcoming comments on this White Paper in order to to give … Continue reading mARS White Paper

About this Blog

This Blog is intended to be a place for reflection on the setup and deployment of the new Microbial Antarctic Resources System (mARS). mARS is devoted to respond to the urgent need expressed by the Antarctic microbial research community to be able to discover and access existing data and to agree on operating procedures and … Continue reading About this Blog

mARS at the SCAR Conference

mARS organized an information workshop in the framework of the SCAR Open Science Conference, to inform the microbiologists community about the concept underlaying the initiative. Alison Murray and Bruno Danis gave presentations to inform the audience about the scope and potential of the project. These presentations are available on Slideshare. A good consensus was reached … Continue reading mARS at the SCAR Conference