Final Conference of the EUALGAE COST Action

The Final Conference of the EUALGAE COST Action, held last 26-27 February 2019 in the premises of IMDEA Energy in Madrid (Spain), consisted of 2-day sessions of oral presentations and a 1-day Management Committee meeting. The objective was to present the most recent developments in the field of microalgae biotechnology. In addition, the future prospects of this promising biotechnology were discussed on the basis of the main results of the EUALGAE COST Action.

There was a huge interest for participation among the Action members and finally 61 researchers from 21 countries had the opportunity to participate in the event.

A total of 32 oral presentations were made, organized in blocks by the Working Groups and, in addition, two keynote lectures were given by Prof. Avigad Vonshak (Ben-Gurion University, Israel) and Prof. F. Gabriel Acien (University of Almeria, Spain). As a result, a special issue of the journal Algal Research will be published, consisting of a selection of 20 scientific articles that will address the information provided at the EUALGAE Final Conference and the research collaboration that has been carried out during the development of EUALGAE.

This event closes 4 years of EUALGAE COST Action, where more than 180 researchers met and established collaborations between them, 47 STSM were held and a large number of publications and joint proposals were developed.

I International Conference of Advanced Production and Processing (ICAPP), 10-11 October 2019, Novi Sad, Serbia

Dates: 10 and 11 October 2019

Venue: Faculty of Technology Novi Sad (Bulevar Cara Lazara 1, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia) and at the Rectorate of the University of Novi Sad (Dr Zorana Đinđića 1, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia)

The 1 ICAPP, with the theme “Step Forward”, is devoted to the latest achievements and findings in Food Technology, Biotechnology, Nutraceuticals and Pharmaceuticals, Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Refining, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Development.

The main goal of the Conference is to present and discuss the recent progress and innovations, as well as new scientific breakthroughs and findings, within the Conference topics. Besides, the aim of the Conference is to bring together engineers from different fields of industry and science and to initiate the networking, creation of new ideas, joint researches, new projects and innovations.

Conference dates: 10 and 11 October 2019
Deadline for registration: 31 May 2019
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 May 2019
Notification of abstract acceptance: The authors will be informed via e-mail within 4 weeks.
Deadline for full paper submission: 30 September 2019
Selected full papers will be published in the special issue of the journal Acta Periodica Tehnologica.
Deadline for registration fee payment: 1 August 2019

For more information about the Conference click here, visit the website or send an email at


EABA Novel Food & Standardisation Workshop 22-24 May 2019

Junior Researcher (M/F) in Biotechnology at the Algarve Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Portugal

Required Profile:PhD preferably in the field of Biotechnology, Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering or related areas and with a reduced experience of post doctoral research or without scientific curriculum after PhD in the application field.

Application Period: Between April 1st and April 16th 2019.

More information about the selection procedure here.

CURSO Internacional “Fundamentos de BIOPROCESOS de MICROALGAS”

El curso es de carácter teórico-práctico y pretende entregar las competencias necesarias para desarrollar investigación y/o trabajo de campo en el área de Bioprocesos Microalgales.
El objetivo del curso es proporcionar los conocimientos básicos, las habilidades necesarias, así como los procedimientos analíticos e instrumentales para el crecimiento de microalgas, caracterizar la biomasa y conceptualizar los procesos de microalgas. El objetivo principal es explicar de manera clara y simple:
– El conocimiento y las habilidades necesarias para cultivar microalgas y cianobacterias
Los fundamentos para diseñar, configurar, operar y controlar los fotobiorreactores (PBR).
Lo esencial de la dinámica de fluidos y la transferencia de masa dentro de los PBR.
Las principales unidades de operaciones para cosechar y procesar la biomasa.
– Los principios básicos de la evaluación tecno-económica de los bioprocesos de microalgas.

Más información en

Job position as Engineer in microalgae technology and bioprospecting


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.