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.


 Local Organizers: IMDEA Energy, Madrid (Spain)

Cristina Gonzalez (​​)

Radoslava Metodieva ( 

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 BEFORE December 22nd 2018.

See the text of the call here

PhD position in Chemistry within Umeå University Industrial Doctoral School

Umeå University Industrial Doctoral School for research and innovation
The Industrial Doctoral School (IDS) is a multidisciplinary research school where the projects are based on collaborations between Umeå University and external organizations. The PhD students in IDS form an interdisciplinary group that, in addition to each scientific specialization, is given a tailor-made course package providing a strong platform for future work within research and development. A PhD position in IDS also includes an internship at one of the external organizations for each doctoral student.

To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level you are required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in chemistry, you are required to have completed first-cycle courses of at least 90 ECTS credits within the field of chemistry or another subject considered to be directly relevant to the specialization in question. Of those 90 ECTS credits, at least 15 ECTS credits shall have been acquired at second-cycle level within the specialization or an equivalent subject.

The applicant should have a higher education in chemical engineering, biochemistry, or technical microbiology and enthusiasm for the scientific topic described above. Experience with microalgal cultivation in lab- or pilot-scale is a merit as is prior knowledge of analytical techniques and procedures employed for the determination of heavy metals or N and P species (NO3-, NH4+ and PO43-). As an applicant you should have the capacity to take the initiative, be creative and to administer own progress with accuracy. Good communication skills and a good command of written and spoken English is required, additionally good knowledge of expressing yourself in speech and writing in Swedish and / or Norwegian is a merit. It is important to have a good ability to work independently as well as in a group in a cross disciplinary environment.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1691-18
  • Christiane Funk, 090-7867633
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 22.Oct.2018
Last application date 17.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

More information about the vacancy and the application procedure  here:

JUNIOR RESEARCHER IN BIOTECHNOLOGY at the Algarve Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Portugal

The Algarve Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) opens a call for a Junior Researcher (M/F) of any nationality, including stateless candidates under an uncertain term employment contract, within Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Call nr 02/SAICT/2017 – Projeto de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT), funded by Investment and Structural European Funds (FEEI) – Programa Operacional Regional do Algarve and National Funds (FCT-MEC) under the research project “GreenTreat: An Integrated, Sustainable Process for the Tertiary Treatment of Urban Wastewater using Microalgae in the Algarve region”, ref. ALG-01-0145-FEDER-031567”.

Required Profile:
1. PhD in Biotechnology, Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering or related areas;
2. Proven experience with microalgae cultivation;
3. Experience in using molecular biology techniques;
4. Drivers license valid in Portugal;
5. Experience in supervision of students.

Preference will be given to candidates with:
1. Experience in the use of microalgae for wastewater treatment;
2. Experience in chemical analysis, particularly nutrients in wastewater and macroand micronutrients in the produced biomass;
3. Experience in lipid extraction and biodiesel production and in anaerobical digestion of microalgal biomass;
4. Experience in the identification of prokaryots and unicellular eukaryots using metagenomics;
5. Experience in the use of economical and life-cycle assessment software;
6. Be a vehicle owner;
7. Convenience to work on weekends, if required.

Application Period: Between 5th November 2018 and 26th November 2018.

For further information about the position, application & evaluation processes: Open position at the Algarve Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Portugal

Available position: researcher at CENAIM, ESPOL (Ecuador)

Last application date: 2018/11/12 23:59
Work place: CENAIM, ESPOL, San Pedro de Manglaralto, Province Santa Elena, Ecuador
Contract: 2019/01/02 – 2020/12/31; 100 %
Degree: Master of Science
Vacancy Type: researcher

Profile of the candidate
We are looking for a candidate fascinated by result-driven academic research and eager to obtain a PhD.
Selection requirements:
• You have a MSc degree in Marine Sciences, Aquaculture, Biology, Bioscience Engineering, or equivalent.
• You have all requirements to enroll for a doctorate of Ghent University.
• You have a very strong motivation to perform high quality scientific research, publish papers in high-level scientific journals.
• You have experience in and are passionate about marine aquaculture, seaweed culture and/or algal biotechnology.
• You are fluent in Spanish and English (verbally and written).
• You have a diving license and experience in diving.
• You have great communication, social, organization and planning skills and are a good team-player.
• You have a problem-solving attitude and the ability to work independently.
It is a plus if:
• You have obtained scientific publications in high-level journals as author or co-author.
• You are creative, can think out of the box, and have a pioneering spirit.
• You have experience in managing technical staff.

ESPOL offers a two-year appointment, which may be renewed, depending on future research grants, and a monthly salary of USD 2,000-2,200. The researcher will be directly contracted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). See more information about the project and the vacancy here.

How to apply
Applications must contain the following documents in English and Spanish:
(1) a motivation letter;
(2) a CV including results from master’s degree and publications;
(3) contact details of at least three referees (including the supervisor of your master thesis).
Please send your enquiries and/or applications via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Sofie Van Den Hende, CENAIM, ESPOL, at before the 12th of November at 23:59.

II National Meeting of Micro and Macro Algae Researchers in Ecuador

“Bioprospección de algas para impulsar una bioeconomía en Ecuador”

Dates: 23-25 January 2019

Organizer: Red ecuatoriana de ficología REDFI

Venue: Escuela Superior Politécnica Agropecuaria de Manabí. Calceta-Manabí, Ecuador

Language: Spanish

You can download the flyer here.

Luisa Gouveia will present at ALGAETECH CONFERENCE (19-20 september 2018) the presentation: “Microalgae-Circular economy- from wastewater treatment to biofuels and bioproducts

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Professional course in algal biotechnology at the University of Cambridge in Algal Biotechnology Techniques and opportunities for the sustainable bio economy

27th – 28th September, University of Cambridge

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 programme will provide an opportunity for 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.

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 specialize in one core theme (Cambridge – Algal Physiology and Omics; Matís – Algal Biotechnology and Investment Opportunities; Fraunhofer – Algal Production, Harvesting, Processing and Nutraceuticals and Regulation).

Job offer for a postdoc in Bergen (Norway) on microalgae

The Department of Biological Sciences (BIO) at  University of Bergen (UiB) offers a position as postdoctoral fellow to work within the project “National microAlgaepilot Mongstad” (NAM). The position is for a period of 3 years with the possibility of up to additional 3 months, funded by the University of Bergen (UiB).


More information in:



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 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.


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


Find here the programme.


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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