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Algae Around the World Symposium, 19 March, Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is hosting a symposium showcasing new research on microalgae coming from the UK and further afield, via collaborative projects.

Algae are present in every biome of the planet, ranging from species found in the coldest regions of Antarctica to the hottest deserts. This remarkable biodiversity means that algae represent a rich resource: as expression hosts, sources of new enzymes or metabolic pathways, and for their biofuel potential. As molecular tools and cultivation methods advance, microalgae are beginning to show promise for industrial biotechnology and biorefining. This event seeks to present research into new applications for microalgae.



This one-day symposium will consist of three parts:

1) Algal biotechnology research in the UK

PHYCONET, a BBSRC funded Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) will showcase UK-based research to unlock the IB potential of microalgae for production of high value products.

2) Algae in Northwest Europe: Results from the Energetic Algae project

EnAlgae is a project funded through the INTERREG IVB North West Europe program, with the aim of investigating algal bioenergy pathways. In this session, researchers from the project will present work on algal cultivation that makes use of industrial symbiosis and nutrient recycling.

3) Exploring and exploiting diversity in polar algae

This session, led by the British Antarctic Survey, will showcase the metabolic and genetic variation of microalgae inhabiting some of the most hostile environments on earth, and how this might contribute to biotechnology in future.


Poster submissions

There will be a poster session after the conference, enabling doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers to present a poster to showcase their work. A prize will be awarded to the best poster.

Please send your poster abstracts (100 words) by 28 February to


Tour of EnAlgae Photobioreactor

In addition, there will be the time to engage in a tour of the EnAlgae photobioreactor in the Botanic Gardens, Cambridge.


Further information and registration

This event is free to attend, however registration is necessary for catering purposes.

Register here by 28 February if you are presenting a poster, or by 11 March for attendance only.

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