Events

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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studyabroadsummercoursesalmeria • Twitter: @sabroadUAL

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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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Apply for Training School 2016: “Microalgae based processes: upstream and downstream”

Event-Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2016 to Friday, November 11th, 2016

The first training school of the EUALGAE Action will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) from 9th to 11th November 2016, coordinated by the Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG), Lisbon (Portugal) as part of the EUALGAE ES1408 COST Action. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

This short, intensive and specialized course is focusing on 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 will be also addressed.

The course is mainly oriented towards PhD students or equivalent experience students in 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 offers 15 grants of 550 € for international students from the participating in the COST Action countries and 5 grants of 300 € for Portuguese students (for students from Lisbon – 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:

Registration closed.

Selection and announcement of participants: 13th of October 2016.

Programme:

Find here the schedule as well as the application procedure.

Meeting of the TREBOUXIA-WORKING group

As lichenologists, phycologists, and anyone else interested in improving our understanding diversity in the lichenised green algal genus Trebouxia, you are very welcome to join the first Workshop of the TREBOUXIA-WORKING group. This meeting is dedicated to discussing and clarifying molecular phylogenetic and morphological approaches to better understand and delimit the diversity of this important lichen photobiont genus.
The workshop will be held in the city of Trieste, NE Italy, close to Venice, on 26-28 September 2016. There will be no congress fee.

You can find additional information here.

6th European Algae Biomass Conference 2016

Event: 6th European Algae Biomass Conference 2016European Algae Biomass

Location: Berlin (EUREF Campus), Germany

Date: 20-21 April 2016

The 6th European Algae Biomass Conference 2016 will discuss the latest commercial and technical developments, challenges and research breakthroughs throughout the entire algae chain to accelerate commercialization of the algal biomass through applied business strategy. A tightly focused group of top-level executives from algae cultivation plant owners and operators, leading algae/biomass research institutes, technology providers, plant engineers and constructors, algae end market users, biofuel producers and investors will be brought together. The meeting will be very interactive with many opportunities to network with the industry.

Key topics include:

  • Culture Management & Crop Protection
  • Cultivation Systems Productivity: The Limits of Heterotrophy vs Autotrophy and the role of Mixotrophy
  • Optimisation of the Biomass Extraction – Downstream Processing Still a Big Issue
  • Algae Research, Development, Demonstration & Deployment Projects
  • European Regulation Regarding Microalgae Addressed to Feed, Food and Nutraceuticals
  • Moving from R&D – How to Attract Investments Necessary to Upscale
  • What Are the Most Successful Algae Products in Europe and Worldwide?
  • Microalgae as a Sustainable Way to Treat Wastewater

Another highlight on this event is the unique opportunity to join the Dual Site Visit to Technical University Berlin-Wildau Algue Facility & EUREF Campus. There is no additional cost to attent, but spaces are strictly limited and allocated on a first come, first basis. The meeting will be hosted at EUREF-Campus, which is currently undergoing installation of PBR plant for microalgae cultivation.

Companies that have already confirmed their assistance:

Georg Fisher AG (GF Piping Systems), MINT-Microalgae INTegration, SABIC, AlgoSource, Buggypower (Portugal), Subitec GmbH, University of Amsterdam, SCHOTT AG, DSM Biotechnology Center, Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Heidelberg Cement, Algenuity Cluster Biofuels Denmark & Regional Symbiosis Center, Dr.Behr GmbH, Evonik Nutrition & Care Gmbh, Universitat Rovira and Virgili, The Deeside Water Company, GBEX- Global Biomass Exchange, , Algasol Renewables, NATECO2 GMBH & CO KG, TUM School Of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, WZP- GmbH, University of Amsterdam, Cargill Plc, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, MicroBio Engineering, James Cook University, Algatech International, Algue Biomass Organization, Forchungszentru, Haizhibao Deutschland GmbH, Danish Technological Institute, Proman, SILAB, Ecoduna produktions-GmbH, Federal University Of Rio De Janeiro, Polytechnic University Of Catalonia, Kalundborg Municipality, Yara Industrial, OneWater, Kyungpook National University, Proman Plastica Alfa S.r.l, OMA Olivier MicroAlgues, Wagenigen University, MýSköpun ehf, Roquette, Uhde High Pressure Technologies GmbH, Thyssenkrupp, Algavida AS, Andritz Group and more joining in next weeks…

For further information, you can visit the website.