Events

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR THE FINAL CONFERENCE OF EUALGAE COST ACTION

Date: February 26th & 27th 2019

Venue: IMDEA Energy, Madrid (Spain)

Conference structure (2 days): From the presented abstracts, 40 will be selected for Oral presentations (15 min presentation + 5 min questions) based on scientific relevance, Working Group balance, country balance and gender balance (evaluated by the Scientific Committee). From among the remainder, a selection will be made to attend the Conference, based on COST policies (Working Group balance, country balance, gender balance, etc.).

Conference book of 2-page extended abstracts and a Special issue in Algal Research from 20 selected oral presentations will be published.

ONLY ONE ABSTRACT PER RESEARCH GROUP WILL BE CONSIDERED

 Local Organizers: IMDEA Energy, Madrid (Spain)

Cristina Gonzalez (​cristina.gonzalez@imdea.org​)

Radoslava Metodieva (radoslava.metodieva@imdea.org) 

Scientific Committee:

Luisa Gouveia- LNEG, Portugal

Spyros  A. Gkelis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Roberta Congestri, University of Roma, Italy

Raul Muñoz, Universidad de Valladolid, España

Avigad Vonshak,  Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Israel

Maria Hayes, TEAGASC, Ireland

Christine Edwards, Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom

Abstracts MUST BE SUBMITTED TO radoslava.metodieva@imdea.org BEFORE December 22nd 2018.

See the text of the call here

APPLY FOR TRAINING SCHOOL 2018 – “Microalgal bioeconomy in modern society” – CLOSED

Event-Date: Monday, September 24th, 2018 to Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Venue: CNR- Area di Ricerca di Firenze, Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi, Florence, Italy

The third training school of the EUALGAE Action will be held in Florence (Italy) from 24th to 25th September 2018, organized by the CNR – Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi & University of Rome “Tor Vergata” as part of the EUALGAE ES1408 COST Action. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

Intensive course on the cultivation of microalgae for the production of food, feed, bioenergy and for wastewater treatment. Experts from academia and industry will elucidate the production and extraction of these bio-based products and their future perspectives in our modern society. Fundamental and practical aspects will be covered. Participation of young researchers and the exchange of experiences academia and industries involved in algal production and bioreactor construction is encouraged.

The course is oriented towards PhD students or equivalent experience students and Early Career Investigators (researcher whose career spun less than 8 years between the date of the PhD/doctorate).

Number of participants: 35 (25 grants)

There is no registration fee for the course & the students have the opportunity to apply for grants to partially cover their travel expenses, accommodation and meals.  EUALGAE COST Action offers 25 grants as follows:

  • 20 grants of 700 € for students from COST countries participating in the Action and
  • 2 grants of 50 € for students from Florence (Italy)
  • 3 grants of 300 € for Italian students from the rest of Italy

Application for participation and grants:

Applicants should send an email to info@eualgae.eu and attach in one single document:

  • A cover letter with a statement of interest of up to one page
  • Abstract about most relevant aspects of your research topic
  • Short CV including contact data and a list of publications, if any

Up to eight abstracts will be accepted for oral presentation whereas others can be presented as posters during the course.

 Keydates:

  • 31th of July – Submission of all applications
  • 24th August – Selection and announcement of participants

 Programme:

Find here the programme.

2 EUALGAE WORKSHOP OF ALGAE BIOPRODUCTS FOR EARLY CARREER INVESTIGATORS

6 March 2018 

Venue: Aristotle University Dissemination Center, Thessaloniki, Greece

The 2nd EUAlgae workshop for algal bioproducts successfully took place in Thessaloniki, Greece. Early Career Investigators and PhD students from countries participating in the EUALGAE COST Action ES1408 presented their projects on microalgae bioproducts. The workshop was hosted by Cyanolab AUTH. 

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Call for abstracts for the Second EUAlgae Workshop of Algae Bioproducts for Early Career Investigators

Date: March 6th 2018

Venue: Aristotle University Dissemination Center, Thessaloniki, Greece

Target attendees: Early Career Investigators (prioritized) and PhD students from countries participating in the COST Action EUALGAE (http://eualgae.eu/). Only those candidates selected for oral presentation will be reimbursed.

Workshop structure (1 day): 15 Oral presentations (15 min presentation + 5 min questions) selected based on scientific relevance (evaluated from the abstracts submitted to the Working Group Leaders). Selection criteria will also include Working Group balance, country balance and gender balance. ONLY ONE ABSTRACT PER RESEARCH GROUP WILL BE CONSIDERED

Local Organizers: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Dr. Spyros Gkelis (sgkelis@bio.auth.gr)

Abstract MUST BE SUBMITTED TO radoslava.metodieva@imdea.org BEFORE FEBRUARY 1ST 2018.

See the text of the call here

Second Training School “Microalgae processes: from fundamentals to industrial scale”

The second Training School “Microalgae processes: from fundamentals to industrial scale” was held in Almería (Spain) from 13th to 15th of September 2017. It was organized by the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Almeria (Spain), in collaboration with Fundación Cajamar (Spain).

The course was attended by 30 PhD students and students with equivalent experience from 11 COST countries (France, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom). The specialized lectures were given by senior researchers from 6 different institutions and the practical was given by senior researchers from the University of Almeria at the facilities of Fundación Cajamar. The third day of the school was devoted to technical lectures by companies’ representatives.

More information here.

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Apply for TRAINING SCHOOL 2017 – “Microalgae processes: from fundamentals to industrial scale”

Event-Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 to Friday, September 15th, 2017

The second training school of the EUALGAE Action will be held in Almeria (Spain) from 13th to 15th September 2017, coordinated by the University of Almeria as part of the EUALGAE ES1408 COST Action. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

This is an intensive course about microalgae based processes; on which expertise from academia and industry explain the major aspects of these processes. The course cover all the aspects related with microalgae based processes, from (i) the modelling of strains and light utilization, to (ii) the design and operation of photobioreactors, (iii) harvesting and processing of the biomass to achieve reliable products, and (iv) scale-up to commercial size. Fundamental and practical aspects will be covered always including the participation of young students and the exchange of experiences between the assistants.

The course is oriented towards PhD students or equivalent experience students in microalgae field from whatever fundamental area as microbiology, biology or biological/ biochemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry. The course is also intended to give those working in the industry an opportunity to upgrade their knowledge in microalgae biotechnology.

EUALGAE COST Action offers:

  • 23 grants of 720 €for students from COST countries participating in the Action and
  • 7 grants of 400 € for Spanish students (for students from Almeria – 75 €).

There is no registration fee for the course & the students have the opportunity to apply for these grants to partially cover their travel expenses, accommodation and meals.

Application:

Applicants should send an email to info@eualgae.eu and attach in one single document:

  • A cover letter with a statement of interest of up to one page, including a description of your research topic
  • Short CV including contact data and a list of publications, if any

 Keydates:

  • 30th of June – Submission of all applications
  • 15th of July – Selection and announcement of participants

 Programme:

Find here the programme as well as the application procedure.

Working Group Meeting to involve industries in Ljubljana

IMG_8430_2-683x1024The third Working Group (WG) meeting of the EUAlgae COST Action was held in the premises of The Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical technology of Ljubljana in Slovenia  from 1st to 3rd March 2017. This was the biggest meeting organized in the framework of EUAlgae Action.  Local support for the organization of this meeting was kindly provided by Dr. Marina Klemencic (SI) and Dr. Marko Dolinar (SI).

There was a huge interest for participation among the Action members and finally 48 researchers from 22 countries had the opportunity to participate in the event.

The objective of the meeting was to involve the industries into the interdisciplinary discussion platform for collaboration on the different steps involved in the processes related to production of algae bioproducts and to try to fill the gap between the research and industry sector. EUAlgae participants had the opportunity to  listen and identify the problems of the industries in these processes and set the basis of collaboration for the further improvement and commercialization of algae bioproducts. A total of 11 industries working in the field of utilization of microalgae biomass for sustainable fuels and fine chemical products took part in the meeting.

In addition to presentations and lively discussions, on the first day of the meeting, prof. Christiane Funk from Sweden, held  a talk about the project MicroBiorefine she is coordinating.

The participants also had the opportunity to visit the AlgaeBioGas demo centre in the suburbs of Ljubljana, where a short explanation and demonstration of the facility (algal treatment of biogas production plant digestate) was held.

On the 3rd day the annual MC meeting of the EUAlgae Action was held and the bases of the future events were established.

Ljubljana meeting

Fundamentals of Microalgae Bioprocesses Course at the University of Almeria, Spain

Course Dates: July 3 – 27, 2017 (4 weeks). 80 hours.

Organizers: Marine Microalgae Biotechnology Group of University of Almería. Chemical Engineering (University of Almería).

Course leader: Emilio Molina Grima

AIM OF THE COURSE
The aim of the course is to provide the basic knowledge, needed skills, analytical and instrumental
procedures to growth microalgae, characterize the biomass, and conceptualize microalgae processes.
The major objective is to explain in clear and simple manner:
1. The needed knowledge and skills for culturing microalgae and cyanobacteria.
2. The fundamentals for designing, setting up, operation and control of photobioreactors (PBRs).
3. The essentials of fluid-dynamics and mass transfer within the PBRs.
4. The major unit operations for harvesting and processing the biomass.
5. The basic principles of techno-economics assessment of microalgal bioprocesses.

PROGRAM COSTS
• Standard registration: 1,800 EUR
• Early bird registration: 5.5% discount (1,700 EUR) for courses booked before March 30, 2017.
• Possibility of payment in installments (900 EUR x 2)

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION
Application deadline:
• Early bird registration (5.5% discount): March 30, 2017
• Standard registration: May 30, 2017

CONTACT
Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Study Abroad Summer Program. UNIVERSITY OF ALMERIA
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EuAlgae meeting in Ljubljana

IMG_8430_2-683x1024Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical technology of Ljubljana in Slovenia will from 1st to 3rd March host the biggest EuAlgae meeting held up to now! The meeting will focus especially on collaborations between academia and industry working in the field of utilization of microalgae biomass for sustainable fuels and fine chemical products.

In addition to presentations and lively discussions, a talk will be held on the first day of the meeting by prof. Christiane Funk from Sweden, who is coordinating a project MicroBiorefine. This study investigates the basic properties of algae and cyanobacteria isolated from northern environments and their optimal growth on municipal and industrial waste water and combustion gases. Additionally, work integrates purification processes, cultivation of photosynthetic microorganisms and the production of sustainable energy production or valuable products.

On the second day, a trip is organised in the suburbs of Ljubljana to AlgaeBioGas demo centre, where a short explanation and demonstration of the facility (algal treatment of biogas production plant digestate) will be held.

Together with MC members of 23 EU members, 10 industries will be joining this three-day meeting.

Welcome to Ljubljana!

First training School “Microalgae based processes: upstream and downstream”

The first training School “Microalgae based processes: upstream and downstream” was held in Lisbon (Portugal) from 9th to 11th of November 2016. It was organized by the Bioenergy Unit of LNEG – National Laboratory of Energy and Geology.

The course was attended by 19 PhD students from 15 countries (Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey), and the specialized lectures were given by 9 senior researchers from 8 different institutions, on the following topics:  biotechnology of microalgae, including all the production steps, from cultivation (for high-value products and energy), harvesting and dewatering the biomass, high value compounds from microalgae, microalgae use in food and feed, as well as in bioenergy production; the concept of biorefinery, life cycle assessment and the economics of the process were also addressed.

Moreover, students had the opportunity to participate in a technical visit to the Algae for Fuel – A4F Experimental Unit (Lisbon, Portugal).

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