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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

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) in October 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.

Timeline of the programme

The 2 day courses will be run in three locations, and registration will be independent for each:

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CAMBRIDGE COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - 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*** PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT THE ICELAND AND GERMANY COURSES WILL BE OPEN FOR REGISTRATION SOON

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

Please register at this website: https://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/plant-sciences/algal-biotechnology-techniques-and-opportunities-for-the-sustainable-bioeconomy/algal-biotechnology-techniques-and-opportunities-for-the-sustainable-bioeconomy

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. 

Deadline for registration is the Friday 31st August 2018 for the Cambridge course

There will be a £40 registration fee.

Important information:

FEE: The 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 August 2018.

VISAS: You may need a Visa to attend the course. Please check your status here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

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

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: https://www.universityrooms.com/en-GB/city/cambridge/home

LOCATION AND TRAVEL: The course will be held at the Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EA. Travel information can be found in this site: https://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/about/finding

Information on the AIC can be found here: https://www.cambplants.group.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-bioenergy-initiative/AIC

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 (mpd39@cam.ac.uk) for travel grant application details.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND FINAL PROGRAMME: Information will be provided in August.

 

Matís, dates TBC, Algal Biotechnology and Investment Opportunities: Matís ohf. / Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, Vínlandsleið 12, 113 Reykjavík, Iceland.. More information and registration to follow.

Fraunhofer, 21-22 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 to follow.

For further questions regarding this course please contact Dr Matt Davey (mpd39@cam.ac.uk)

 

Project Leadership

  • Name: Dr Matt Davey
  • Organisation: University of Cambridge

Participating organisations