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Algal Biotechnology Techniques and opportunities for the sustainable bio economy

Algal Biotechnology Techniques and opportunities for the sustainable bio economy

  • Professionals
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • For everyone

Algae are microscopic plants 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.

Programme description

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.

The workshop will initially run for two days at the University of Cambridge Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) (27th-28th September 2018). Similar courses will then be run at Matís (Iceland) and Fraunhofer (Germany) in November. Alongside core content on algal physiology, taxonomy, products and regulation, each location will specialise in one core theme (Cambridge - Algal Physiology and Omics; Matís - Algal Biotechnology and Investment Opportunities; Fraunhofer - Algal Production, Harvesting, Processing and Nutraceuticals and Regulation). 

Who should apply

The programme will provide an opportunity for postgraduate, postdoctorate and 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.

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.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  Matis, ICELAND

November 6-7th, 2018, Reykjavík, Iceland

More information and registration at this link:  https://matisevents.com/eit-food-algal-course/

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”, high-lighting the diverse environments of the country that hosts algae (marine, hot springs, glaciers, etc.) and their potentials for biotechnology, as well presenting examples of Icelandic companies successfully utilizing, producing and marketing algae.

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 fee: 5000 Icelandic Krona (ISK)

Two travel grants of € 500 each are available for PhD students and early-career postdocs that have registered to attend the course in Iceland. Forms to apply for a grant will be send out to registered participants and the applicants are expected to write a short text about how the participation in the Algal Biotechnology course should help to advance their career. A committee of the course organizers will decide who will receive the travel grants based on the motivational text and the circumstances of the applicants, e.g. country the student/postdoc is traveling from, etc. There is no entitlement of an applicant to receive a travel grant and the decision of the committee is final. Travel grants will be paid out after the course has been completed.

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

Dates for Iceland course: November 6-7th, 2018

Accomodation and travel: Please read the information and links here: http://matisevents.com/venue-and-pracitcal-information/ PLEASE ARRANGE YOUR OWN ACCOMODATION. Due to the popularity of Iceland as a tourist destination, accommodation in Reykjavik can be limited and expensive when booked last minute. Registered participants should therefore make travel arrangements and hotel bookings as soon as possible. For bookings we suggest to use popular travel sites, like www.booking.com or www.tripadvisor.com.

Contact: Dr René Groben at rene@matis.is

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  Fraunhofer, GERMANY

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th November 2018, Algal Production, Harvesting, Processing and Nutraceuticals and Regulation

Fraunhofer Institute of Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Nobelstr. 12, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany. More information and registration below and at these links in ENGLISH and GERMAN: https://www.igb.fraunhofer.de/de/events/algen-biotechnologie-kurs.html AND https://www.igb.fraunhofer.de/en/events/algal-biotechnology-course.html

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 programme is aimed at researchers and companies, in particular postgraduates, postdoctoral students and interested parties from industry. The course offers them the opportunity to further their education in algae biotechnology research and to understand its potential in the context of a sustainable food bioeconomy.

Please use our online form to register: https://www.igb.fraunhofer.de/de/events/algen-biotechnologie-kurs/anmeldung.html

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 (under contacts). https://www.igb.fraunhofer.de/en/events/algal-biotechnology-course.html If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ulrike Schmid-Staiger: ulrike.schmid-staiger@igb.fraunhofer.de

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

Dates for Germany course: 11/26/2018  -  11/27/2018, 9.00 – 17.00 h

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. https://www.campus-guest.de/en/ AND https://www.stuttgart-tourist.de/en/hotel-stuttgart

 

 

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CAMBRIDGE COURSE IS NOW COMPLETE BUT WE HOPE TO RUN THE COURSE AGAIN NEXT YEAR - PLEASE EMAIL Dr Mercedes Hernandez-Gomez at (Mercedes.Hernandez-Gomez@admin.cam.ac.uk) AND Dr Matthew Davey at (mpd39@cam.ac.uk) IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO ON THE WAITING LIST***

Cambridge, 27th – 28th September 2018, Algal Growth, Physiology and Omics: Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EA, UK.

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. The course dinner on the first day will include an after-dinner talk on algal biotechnology. The programme will provide an unrivalled opportunity for postgraduate, postdoctorate and industry CEO, directors, researchers to be trained in algal biotechnology research.

Project Leadership

  • Name: Dr Matt Davey (CAMBRIDGE COURSE)
  • Organisation: University of Cambridge
  • Name: Dr. Ana Lucía Vásquez-Caicedo (GERMANY COURSE)
  • Organisation: Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Name: Dr. Ulrike Schmid-Staiger (GERMANY COURSE)
  • Organisation: Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Name: Dr Hordur G. Kristinsson (ICELAND COURSE)
  • Organisation: Matis, Iceland
  • Name: Dr René Groben (ICELAND COURSE)
  • Organisation: Matis, Iceland

Participating organisations