Algal Biotechnology Techniques and opportunities for the sustainable bioeconomy 2019

Algal Biotechnology Techniques and opportunities for the sustainable bioeconomy 2019

Algae are aquatic and land plant-like organisms that can be used for a huge range of food products and sustainable food production pipelines. They are one of the most promising and emerging trends for the food industry - join one of our short professional development courses to find out more about how these amazing and versatile organisms can help your research and business. 

Following on from the success of our 2018 course, the aim of this professional development course is to provide introductory hands-on training and theory in algal biology, culturing, growth and subsequent molecular and metabolite analysis under laboratory and small to large scale growth facilities, as well as giving business information and networking opportunities specifically tailored towards the algal bioeconomy.

Description

Three two-day workshops will be offered in 2019 and participants can choose to attend one, two or all three events (requiring separate registration). The places and dates of the workshops are:

  • Fraunhofer Institute (Stuttgart, Germany): 12th - 13th November 2019 (registration open - see below)
  • A4F, Portugal: 25th - 26th November 2019 (registration open - see below)
  • University of Cambridge, Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) (Cambridge, U.K.): 12th – 13th December 2019 (registration open - see below)
  • University of Cambridge, Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) - Practical Algal Biotransformation Course (Cambridge, U.K.): 10th – 11th December 2019 (registration to open soon)
  • Matís ohf. (Reykjavík & Stykkishólmur, Iceland): October 2019 (registration closed, course completed)

Alongside core content on algal physiology, taxonomy, products and regulation, each location will specialise in one core theme (Cambridge - Algal Physiology and Omics; Matís – Micro- and Macro algal Biotechnology and Investment Opportunities and Fraunhofer - Algal Production, Harvesting, Processing and Nutraceuticals and Regulation).

Application

Who should apply?

The programme will provide an opportunity for postgraduate, postdoctorate and SME and multinational industry R&D managers, researchers and entrepreneurs to be trained in algal biotechnology research and to understand the opportunities available for its incorporation in the sustainable food bioeconomy.

Why should you apply?

The participants will learn the basis of the algal bioeconomy sector, the current state of our understanding of the biology and technology involved to implement it and the future opportunities for using algae in a number of EIT-Food themes, mainly sustainably sourced ingredients and feedstocks, bioremediation and nutrient recycling (zero waste) and carbon sequestration to reduce the climate change impact of the food industry. There is a strong positive resulting impact for the participants as they will leave with a solid understanding of the algal sector from which they can make informed decisions regarding investment and new possibilities to sustainably improve their own products and processes. We also aim to include new players in the algal sector so increasing the SME local network and job creation for companies wanting to expand into this area. In order for an industry market to be largely implemented and sustained a core base of skilled and informed workers is required. These workshops will start to implement and help a network of algal based researchers start or expand into this food sector. The first iteration of this course, held in 2018, received overwhelmingly positive comments from its participants, who confirmed their learning success and new contacts made through the networking opportunities that led to new collaborations and business contacts.

Learning objectives and outcomes

The programme will provide an unrivalled opportunity for students, academic and industry researchers and entrepreneurs to be trained in algal biotechnology research and to understand the opportunities available for its incorporation in the sustainable food bio-economy. The learning outcomes will be a solid grounding in algal bioengineering, culturing, growth, equipment and subsequent molecular and metabolite analysis and the related innovation challenges and opportunities in the algal sector.

The registration and information links for each course will be added to this site once open.

Germany course

Fraunhofer, Stuttgart, Germany

Dates: 12th - 13th November 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:

Registration deadline: October 31, 2019

Location: Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Nobelstraße 12, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany

Algal Production, Harvesting, Processing and Nutraceuticals and Regulation

Algae are microscopically small plants that can be used as raw materials for a variety of foods and sustainable food production. Their use is one of the most promising and emerging trends in the food industry.

Against this background, Fraunhofer IGB invites you to a two-day advanced training course on "Algal biotechnology and its potential for a sustainable bioeconomy". Interested parties can learn more about how these amazing and versatile organisms can help their research and their companies.

The aim of this training course is to provide a practical introduction to algae biology, cultivation, growth and subsequent molecular and metabolite analysis under laboratory conditions and in small to large breeding and extraction facilities.

The program addresses decision-makers from industry and other business representatives as well as researchers, especially postgraduates and postdoctoral students. The course offers them the opportunity to further their education in algae biotechnology research and to understand its potential within the framework of a sustainable food bioeconomy.

Agenda

Registration fee: 40 Euro

Students, junior researchers and members of the EIT Food Network can apply for a travel grant to attend the course. Please use the following application form in this link to apply. If you have any questions about the travel award, please contact Dr. Ulrike Schmid-Staiger.

Accomodation: For your stay in Stuttgart you can reserve a room in the guest house of the University of Stuttgart. Alternatively, you can find numerous accommodations close to the event in the hotel portal of the Stuttgart region.

Portugal Course

A4F, Lisbon, Portugal - Microalgae cultivation techniques - from laboratory to pilot scale

Dates: November 25 and 26, 9:00 h – 17:00 h

Microalgae are microscopically small plants and are the base of the food chain of the planet. This rich raw material can be used for a variety of applications, microalgae for human nutrition and animal feed, and for extraction of added-value compounds (vegetable protein, omega-3 and omega-6, pigments and antioxidants).

For this reason, we invite you to a two-day advanced training course on "Microalgae Cultivation Techniques – from Lab to Pilot scale", where we invite you to learn more about different techniques and best practices for microalgae production.

The aim of this professional development course in to familiarize participants with microalgae cultivation concepts, paying special attention to scale-up processes, large scale cultivation and downstream processing. The workshop will take place at A4F’s facilities in Lisbon, Portugal.

This workshop is mainly focused on the hands-on practical sessions and on having real experiences on microalgae cultivation, at lab and pilot scale. This microalgae training programme will provide attendees with the technical skills required to cultivate microalgae according to the industry’s best practices, and will allow them to get a sneak peek at the daily life of microalgae production facilities.

This course is part of a series of short professional development courses developed by the EU EIT-Food Initiative https://www.eitfood.eu/. The A4F course on algal large scale up systems complements the other algal biotechnology courses run at the University of Cambridge, UK; Fraunhofer, Germany and Matis, Iceland. The programme will provide an unrivalled opportunity for students, academic and industry researchers and entrepreneurs to be trained in algal biotechnology research and to understand the opportunities available for its incorporation in the sustainable food bio-economy. The learning outcomes will be a solid grounding in algal culturing, growth, equipment and subsequent analysis and the related innovation challenges and opportunities in the algal sector.

Program: Download Program

Registration: Online registration form

Registration deadline: November 8

Registration fee: 50 € (To make the 50€ payment, we will send the bank account details when we answer to each registration form)

Location: A4F – Algae for Future Headquaters, Estrada do Paço do Lumiar, Campus do Lumiar, Ed. E R/C, 1649-038 Lisboa (HTTPS://GOO.GL/MAPS/S5TTAV6O5WBDR5GS9)

Accomodation: For your stay in Lisbon you can reserve a room in Radisson Blue Hotel. Daily pick-ups and drop-offs from this hotel are also covered in the registration fee. Alternatively, you can find numerous accommodations in Lisbon city centre (Visit Lisboa).

UK transformation course (10-11 Dec)

University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences, Algal Innovation Centre (AIC), UK 

Dates: 10th – 11th December 2019

Workshop on “Expressing transgenes in Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum – a guide to commonly used methods for transformation of their nuclear genomes”

EIT-Food and Algae-UK are pleased to provide funding for the upcoming workshop “Expressing transgenes in Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum – a guide to commonly used methods for transformation of their nuclear genomes”, to be held at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge on 10th – 11th December 2019. This free workshop is part of the EIT-Food Algal biotechnology techniques and opportunities for the sustainable bioeconomy 2019 professional development course series. The course and its registration fee has been covered by EIT-Food and Algae-UK.

More information about EIT-Food can be found here: https://www.eitfood.eu/education/projects/algal-biotechnology-techniques-and-opportunities-for-the-sustainable-bio-economy and Algae-UK here: https://www.algae-uk.org.uk/

This is a practical workshop concentrating on Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum transformation. An introduction to different transformation methods and the basics of Golden Gate cloning using the MoClo syntax will be provided. Trainees are expected to already have a basic understanding of construct generation, cloning in E. coli and experience in handling microbes (i.e. good aseptic technique).

The workshop can accommodate up to 14 participants, free lunch and refreshments are provided on-site. See this link for agenda and more information: https://data.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/PlantMet/index.php/workshop-on-expressing-transgenes-in-chlamydomonas-and-phaeodactylum-a-guide-to-commonly-used-methods-for-transformation-of-their-nuclear-genomes/

Due to the limited places and background experience is required, the attendance is by application only (selection is based on experience, and to ensure a mix of delegates from academia and industry). Please register your interest by 5pm Friday 8th November, by emailing cambridge.plantmetabolism@gmail.com the following details:

Name

University/Institute/Company address

Are you a member of EIT-Food?

Please detail your experience in construct generation, cloning in E. coli and experience in handling microbes

How will this course benefit your career and research?

Would you require a travel/accommodation grant to help you attend this course?

Do you have access to the following instruments: Gene gun, NEPA electroporator, BioRad Gene Pulser electroporator

We will inform all successful delegates by 10am Monday 11th November 2019. If you have not heard from us after this time, please assume your application was not successful this time. We have a limited amount of travel and accommodation funding, details of this will be circulated to successful delegates.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Visa: You may need a Visa to attend the course. Please check your status here.

Should you need a Visa support letter please contact us as soon as possible as “last minute” requests will not be processed. Visa letters will only be provided 1: once the registration booking has been made, 2: applicants must provide us with a scan of their valid in date passport that contains a photo of the delegate, 3: applicants must provide us with a brief CV and where appropriate with a letter of support from their institute, saying they support the delegate attending the meeting, 4: the correspondence address for the letter. Visa costs are the responsibility of the delegate.

Accomodation: You will need to arrange your own accommodation, there are plenty of hotels and other accommodation in Cambridge. Reasonable rooms at the University can be booked here, please note that these fill up fast so please book soon.

Location and travel: The course will be held at the Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EA, UK. Travel information can be found in this site.

Supporting organisations: 

   

UK course (12-13 Dec)

University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences, Algal Innovation Centre (AIC), UK 

Dates: 12th – 13th December 2019

COURSE FULLY BOOK - WAITING LIST NOW OPEN  (OR JOIN ONE OF OUR OTHER COURSES IN GERMANY, ICELAND, PORTUGAL)

Algal Growth, Physiology and Omics

The aim of this professional development course at Cambridge is to provide introductory hands-on training and theory in algal biology, culturing, growth and subsequent molecular and metabolite analysis under laboratory and small scale pilot facilities. The workshop will run for two days at the University of Cambridge Algal Innovation Centre (AIC). The format includes a daily programme of lectures at the Department of Plant Biology teaching laboratory introducing delegates to algal biology, theory of techniques, SOPs and best practice. The demonstration of equipment for analysing algae will be carried out in the department and show casing of algal growth facilities at the Algal Innovation Centre glasshouse located in the botanic gardens will follow in the afternoon sessions. There will be a course and networking dinner on the Thursday evening. The programme will provide an unrivalled opportunity for postgraduate, postdoctorate and industry CEO, directors, researchers to be trained in algal biotechnology research.

Confirmed speakers/trainers to date: Dr Matt Davey (Univ. Cambridge), Prof. Alison Smith (Univ. Cambridge), Dr Anne Jungblut (Natural History Museum, London, UK), Dr John Bothwell (Univ. Durham, UK), Dr Elísabet Guðmundsdóttir (Matis, Iceland), Dr Payam Mehrshahi (Univ. Cambridge), Prof. Saul Purton (UCL, UK and Algae-UK), Dr Alla Silkina (Univ. Swansea, UK), Dr. Claudio Fuentes Grünewald (Univ. Swansea, UK), Dr Ulrike Schmid-Staiger (Fraunhofer, Germany), Prof. Mike Allen (PML, UK), John Macdonald (AlgaeCytes Ltd. UK), Jacob Searle (Varicon Aqua Ltd, UK), Dr. Lorraine Archer (Univ. Cambridge), Dr. Maarten van der Kamp (EIT Food Director of Education).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please register and pay using the Cambridge online sales link above.

Fee: The £50 fee includes mid-morning and afternoon refreshments and the course dinner. Lunch is not provided. The fee is not refundable if you cancel after the 31st October 2019. Additional guests for training dinner: A charge of £40 will be made for additional guests. Only two additional guests per delegate are allowed for the dinner only. This will be detailed in the course form that will be emailed to all delegates after registration.

Visa: You may need a Visa to attend the course. Please check your status here.

Should you need a Visa support letter please contact us as soon as possible as “last minute” requests will not be processed. Visa letters will only be provided 1: once the registration booking has been made, 2: applicants must provide us with a scan of their valid in date passport that contains a photo of the delegate, 3: applicants must provide us with a brief CV and where appropriate with a letter of support from their institute, saying they support the delegate attending the meeting, 4: the correspondence address for the letter. Visa costs are the responsibility of the delegate.

Accomodation: You will need to arrange your own accommodation, there are plenty of hotels and other accommodation in Cambridge. Reasonable rooms at the University can be booked here, please note that these fill up fast so please book soon.

Location and travel: The course will be held at the Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EA, UK. Travel information can be found in this site.

Travel grants: There is a limited number of travel grants for delegates requiring financial assistance. These are prioritised for students, early career researchers and start-up companies who are part of the EIT Food. Non-EIT Food member delegates may also apply though funding is not guaranteed. Please contact Dr Matt Davey for travel grant application details.

Further information and programme: Information will be provided in September. 

Once registration and payment are complete, we will email you a delegate information form, please look out for this email and send it back to us as soon as possible.

Once the course is full (only 30 places available) you can request to be on the waiting list by emailing Dr Matt Davey.

Supporting organisations: 

Iceland course

Matís ohf., Reykjavík, Iceland

Dates: 23rd & 24th of October 2019

REGISTRATION CLOSED, course completed

LOCATION: Matís ohf. / Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, Vínlandsleið 12, 113 Reykjavík, Iceland

The aim of this professional development course is to showcase the opportunities that algae offer the biotechnological industry, including their use for food, feed, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and other applications for bioactive compounds. The course will offer a brief introduction to basic algal biology, taxonomy and physiology, and how those are linked to potential biotechnological uses. The course will then present business aspects of algal biotechnology, including markets, consumers and possibilities for entrepreneurship. A specific focus will be on an “Icelandic perspective”, presenting examples of Icelandic companies successfully utilizing, producing and marketing algae, both within the micro- and macroalgal sector. The course will also highlight the potential that the diverse environments of Iceland and their algae (e.g. marine, hot springs, glaciers, etc.) offer for the use in food and biotechnological application.

The workshop will run for two days, with one day of talks given at the facilities of Matís ohf. in Reykjavík and the second day consisting of a tour of algal companies located in the South-West of Iceland. The programme will provide an unrivalled opportunity for a broad variety of stakeholders from academia, governmental authorities and industry, including students, researchers, managers and entrepreneurs, to interact with each other and obtain a broad and relevant introduction to the opportunities of algal biotechnology. 

 

Registration: https://matisevents.com/algal-biotechnology/

Important information:

FEE: A non-refundable course fee of € 40 is required for registration. The fee includes tea & coffee, lunch on the first day and food and refreshments during a “mixer” on the first evening. Lunch and dinner will be at own expenses during the second day trip.

LOCATION AND TRAVEL: The course will be held at facilities of Matís ohf. / Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, Vínlandsleið 12, 113 Reykjavík, Iceland. Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements, but further information will be sent out to registered participants. If you require a Visa to travel to Iceland and require a support letter, please contact the organizers (rene@matis.is).

TRAVEL GRANTS: There is a limited number of travel grants for delegates requiring financial assistance. These are prioritized for students, early career researchers and start-up companies who are part of the EIT Food. Non-EIT Food member delegates may also apply though funding is not guaranteed. Details can be found on the registration webpage.

ACCOMODATION: You will need to arrange your own accommodation and we suggest using websites like booking.com, airBnB, etc. to make a reservation. Matís is easily reachable by car or public transport from all parts of Reykjavík; further information will be sent out to registered participants.

NO. OF PARTICIPANTS: The course is limited to 30 participants.

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

FRAUNHOFER
MATIS
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Project team

Dr Matt Davey (CAMBRIDGE COURSE)
Institution

University of Cambridge

Contact details

mpd39@cam.ac.uk

Dr. Ana Lucía Vásquez-Caicedo (GERMANY COURSE)
Institution

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology

Contact details

analucia.vasquez@igb.fraunhofer.de

Dr. Ulrike Schmid-Staiger (GERMANY COURSE)
Institution

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology

Contact details

ulrike.schmid-staiger@igb.fraunhofer.de

Dr Hordur G. Kristinsson (ICELAND COURSE)
Institution

Matis, Iceland

Contact details

hordur@matis.is

Dr René Groben (ICELAND COURSE)
Institution

Matis, Iceland

Contact details

rene@matis.is

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