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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.

Paper on Capturing biodiversity: linking a cyanobacteria culture collection to the “scratchpads” virtual research environment enhances biodiversity knowledge

Title: Capturing biodiversity: linking a cyanobacteria culture collection to the “scratchpads” virtual research environment enhances biodiversity knowledge

Authors: Spyros Gkelis, Manthos Panou

Publication: Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7965

Published: 06 Apr 2016 (Open-Access)

Abstract:

Background

Currently, cyanobacterial diversity is examined using a polyphasic approach by assessing morphological and molecular data (Komárek 2015). However, the comparison of morphological and genetic data is sometimes hindered by the lack of cultures of several cyanobacterial morphospecies and inadequate morphological data of sequenced strains (Rajaniemi et al. 2005). Furthermore, in order to evaluate the phenotypic plasticity within defined taxa, the variability observed in cultures has to be compared to the range in natural variation (Komárek and Mareš 2012). Thus, new tools are needed to aggregate, link and process data in a meaningful way, in order to properly study and understand cyanodiversity.

New information

An online database on cyanobacteria has been created, namely the Cyanobacteria culture collection (CCC) (http://cyanobacteria.myspecies.info/) using as case studies cyanobacterial strains isolated from lakes of Greece, which are part of the AUTH culture collection (School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). The database hosts, for the first time, information and data such as morphology/morphometry, biogeography, phylogeny, microphotographs, distribution maps, toxicology and biochemical traits of the strains. All this data are structured managed, and presented online and are publicly accessible with a recently developed tool, namely “Scratchpads”, a taxon-centric virtual research environment allowing browsing the taxonomic classification and retrieving various kinds of relevant information for each taxon.

Keywords

cyanobacteria, database, Scratchpads, taxonomy, morphology, phylogeny, biodiversity informatics

For more information click here.

1ST EUALGAE WORKSHOP OF ALGAE BIOPRODUCTS FOR EARLY CARREER INVESTIGATORS

4th April 2016 

Venue: School of Industrial Engineerings, Valladolid University (Spain)

Valladolid University organized the “1st EUAlgae Workshop of Algae Bioproducts for Early Carreer Investigators” within the framework of the ES1408 EUALGAE COST Action.

Eighteen young researchers from 11 countries attended the event and presented their research.

  

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.

Call for abstracts for the First EUAlgae Workshop of Algae Bioproducts for Early Career Investigators

Date: April 4th 2016

Venue: School of Industrial Engineerings, Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain

Target attendees: Early Career Investigators (prioritized) and PhD students from countries participating in the COST Action EUALGAE (http://eualgae.eu/). Only those candidates  selected for oral presentation will be reimbursed.

Workshop structure (1 day): 17 Oral presentations (15 min presentation + 5 min questions) selected based on scientific relevance (evaluated from the abstracts submitted to the Working Group Leaders). Selection criteria will also include Working Group balance, country balance and gender balance. ONLY ONE ABSTRACT PER RESEARCH GROUP WILL BE CONSIDERED

Local Organizers: Dpt. Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Raúl Muñoz (mutora@iq.uva.es)

Abstract MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE MARCH 4TH 2016.

See the text of the call here

Postdoctoral Scientist Position at IMDEA Energy (Spain) to work on Biofuels Production

Required Qualification:

  • Ph.D. degree in Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology.

  • Solid background in photosynthetic microorganisms’ cultivation and fermentative processes.

  • Demonstrated experience by gained expertise and/or publications in international peerreviewed journals.

  • Experienced in national and international projects.

  • Accredited oral and written communication skills in English

Location: Móstoles, Madrid, Spain.

Remuneration: Between 32,000€ – 37,000€ per year, depending upon qualification and expertise.

Duration: The position is available immediately and is a one year appointment with annual renewals depending on performance.

Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae (publications list included) and covering letters by February 19th 2016 at 15:00 to the following address:

email: contacto.energia@imdea.org

Subject: Reference: 16.01.BT1 POD

For further information: Open position at IMDEA Energy

Second EUAlgae Working Group Meeting in Madrid

The Second Working Group meeting of the Action will be held in Madrid next 3rd February, 2016 at IMDEA Energy premises in Mostoles (Madrid), Spain. It is expected a wide participation with representatives from 23 countries.

noticia1The members of the five working groups of the EUAlgae Action will gather to work on achieving the scientific and technological objectives set out in the Action’s MoU.