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.


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, including a description of your research topic
  • Short Cv including contact data and a list of publications, if any


Registration closed.

Selection and announcement of participants: 13th of October 2016.


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:


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

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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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)



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) ( 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.


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

For more information click here.


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.