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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.
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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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4th CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SHORT TERM SCIENTIFIC MISSIONS (STSM) IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE COST ACTION ES1408 EUALGAE.

A STSM grant is a fixed contribution based on the budget requested by the applicant and the evaluation of the application by the selection committee (a maximum of EUR 2.500; EUR 3.500 for ECI). This grant will not necessarily cover all expenses; it is intended only as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of the participant.

STSM applicants should be graduate students (must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student) or postdoctoral fellows (including Early Career Investigators), and must either be employed by or affiliated to an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

  • Deadline for applications: 4th December 2016.
  • STSMs must be completed by 20th April 2017.
  • The report has to be sent to the STSM coordinator within 30 days after the completion of the STSM and in any case by 20th April 2017.
  • Check here the call text with the requirements.

For further information on STSMs contact the EUAlgae STSM Coordinator Dr Dominik Refardt.

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.

Researcher in training at IMDEA Energy to work on Microbial Biotechnology – Anaerobic Digestion

Required Qualification:

  • Being in possession of an official B.Sc. degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Having no more than 5 years in possession of this official degree.
  • Being in possession or being currently studying an official Master Degree in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or equivalent is highly recommended.
  • Experience in environmental bioprocesses is required.
  • Hand-on expertise working with anaerobic digesters will be highly appreciated.
  • Expertise in analytical methods (mainly chromatography) will be valued.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Location: Mostoles, Madrid, Spain.

Remuneration: Depending upon qualification and expertise of the candidate.

Duration: One year appointment with annual renewals depending on performance.

Reference: 16.21.BT4 PRE

Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, covering letter and student records with the average marks obtained not later than the 30 Sept at 15:00h to the following address:

 email: contacto.energia@imdea.org

Subject: 16.21.BT4 PRE

For further information: Open position at IMDEA Energy, Spain

Join the For Women in Science Manifesto

Since “For Women in Science movement” was launch, 18 years ago, more than 2,500 women scientists have been granted a fellowship in more than 110 countries.

Despite this, representation of women in science continues to remain disproportionately low. Only 28% of researchers are women and only 3% of winners of the Nobel Prize in the sciences are women.

For these reasons, on the occasion of the 18th edition of L’Oréal Foundation Awards, it was launched, in conjunction with UNESCO, the Manifesto For Women in Science. The ambition is to take a committed approach to the general public in raising awareness of the issues preventing women from pursuing life-long scientific careers and to instigate actions that will make a difference.

You can sign the Manifesto, and encourage the people around you to do the same at www.forwomeninscience.com.

EUALGAE participation in the Dissertation committee of PhD thesis entitled “Innovative algal-bacterial processes for wastewater treatment: a further step towards full scale implementation”

On July 4th, Esther Posadas defended her PhD thesis entitled “Innovative algal-bacterial processes for wastewater treatment: a further step towards full scale implementation” at Universidad de Valladolid (Spain). Koenraad Muylaert, Luisa Gouveia, Francisco Gabriel Acien and Cristina Gonzalez, all members of EUAlgae Action, participated in the Dissertation committee.

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3rd call for applications for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) in the framework of the COST Action ES1408 EUALGAE.

A STSM grant is a fixed contribution based on the budget requested by the applicant and the evaluation of the application by the selection committee (a maximum of EUR 2.500;  EUR 3.500 for ECI). This grant will not necessarily cover all expenses; it is intended only as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of the participant.

STSM applicants should be graduate students (must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student) or postdoctoral fellows (including Early Career Investigators), and must either be employed by or affiliated to an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

  • Deadline for applications: 22nd July 2016.
  • STSMs must be completed by 20th April 2017.
  • The report has to be sent to the STSM coordinator within 30 days after the completion of the STSM and in any case by 20th April 2017.
  • Check here the call text with the requirements.

For further information on STSMs contact the EUAlgae STSM Coordinator Dr Dominik Refardt.

Newsletter #2 Now available

The Second Newslettrer of the EUALGAE Cost Action is now available here.

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