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5th 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: 20th June 2017.
  • STSMs must be completed by 20th April 2018.
  • 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 2018.
  • Check here the call text with the requirements.

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

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

Open position for Chemist at AlgaeCytes Limited (UK)

Position: Chemist

Closing Date: June 21 2017

Salary: £22K-26K per annum

Email for enquiries: carolynspring@algaecytes.com

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The role will be based in our labs, as part of the chemistry team, working on the downstream processing of algal biomass. Central to the role are the optimisation of the production of high-value chemicals, the analysis of products, and the scale-up of processes.

For further information: Chemist Job Description

Open position for Laboratory Technician at AlgaeCytes Limited (UK)

Position: Laboratory Technician

Closing Date: June 30 2017

Salary: £20-24K per annum

Email for enquiries: carolynspring@algaecytes.com 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

We are seeking an energetic and organised Scientist, you will be supporting the R&D teams developing and implementing the company’s research programme together with various external collaborative projects.

For further information: Laboratory Technician Job Description

Open position for Senior Micro-algal Scientist at AlgaeCytes Limited (UK)

Position: Senior Micro-algal Scientist

Closing Date: June 21 2017

Salary: £28-32K per annum

Email for enquiries: carolynspring@algaecytes.com

JOB DESCRIPTION:

We are seeking an energetic and organised Senior Micro-algal Scientist, you will be overseeing the R&D biology team developing and implementing the company’s research programme together with various external collaborative projects.

For further information: Senior Micro-algal Scientist Job Description

Open post-doctoral position in the Queen’s University of Belfast

Position: Research Fellow
School/Department: School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Reference: 17/105325
Closing Date: Monday 3 April 2017
Salary: £32,004 – £33,943 per annum
Anticipated Interview Date: Week commencing Monday 10 April 2017
Duration: Available until 31 August 2018

JOB PURPOSE:

To work on an industry-focused research project that relates to the development of an algal bioreactor system. Specifically, this post-doctoral position will focus on understanding how abiotic environmental parameters influence algal physiology. The algal physiological response over a 12-month period will be measured in terms of its biomass productivity, oil production of nutritional lipids and nutrient uptake.

JOB DETAILS

For more information click here.

7th Annual European Algae Industry Summit

ACI’s 7th Annual European Algae Industry Summit (formerly known as “European Algae Biomass Conference”) will take place on 26th & 27th April 2017 in Nice, France. The event will once again bring together senior executives from industry and academia to discuss the latest commercial and technical developments, challenges and research breakthroughs throughout the entire algae value chain.

Key Topics

  • Global Updates on Algae Trade
  • LCA and Techno -Economic Analysis
  • Market Establishment with High Value Applications
  • Cultivation – Efforts towards Economically Efficient Technologies
  • Microalgae in Chemicals, Commodity & Speciality Feeds
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Algae: The Future of Food?
  • Advantages of Algae in Nutraceuticals & Cosmetics
  • Industry Case Study: What Can We Learn from Both Successes

If you would like to register for this event or wish to find out more information, you can contact Joanna Mieloch using any of the following methods:

+48 (0) 616 46 9780

jmieloch@acieu.net

http://www.acieu.net

Postal Address:

ACI Europe, 5/13 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0NS

For more information please click here.

List of companies & organizations already confirmed

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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