ALGAEUROPE 2018 conference program

4 December 2018

5 December 2018

6 December 2018


13.00 – 17.00 Field trips (AlgaParc, Wageningen and Feyecon, Weesp)
17.00 – 18.00 EABA meeting

18.00 – 19.00  Pre-Registration

DAY 1 - 4 DECEMBER 2018

08.00 – 09.00 Registration

09.00 – 09.10 Conference Opening 

09.10 – 09.40 Key note speaker

Sammy Boussiba, Microalgal Biotechnology Laboratory, Israel

09.40 – 11.00 Session 1: Microalgae Research-Genetics

Chairman: Olaf Kruse


Olaf Kruse, Scientific Director of the Center for Biotechnology, Bielefeld University, Germany

Engineering microalgae and cyanobacteria as green cell factories for direct bio-catalytic synthesis of carbon-based fuels


Tiago Guerra, R&D management Officer, A4F Algae for Future, Portugal

Phototrophic cultivation of gm cyanobacteria excreting fuel precursor compounds to the medium at lab and pilot scale


Sarah D’Adamo, Assistant professor, Wageningen University and Research,

The Netherlands

Highly controlled culturing parameters and “omics” analysis in the diatom phaeodactylum tricornutum to obtain reliable metabolic insights during nitrogen limitation and light/dark cycles


Saul Purton, University College London, United Kingdom

Engineering the algal chloroplast using synthetic biology approaches

11.00 – 11.30  Coffee break and Networking Carousel
11.30 – 12.50 Session 2: Microalgae Research-Cultivation
Chairman: John Benemann


Jorijn H. Janssen, PhD, Post-doctoral researcher, Wageningen University and Research, Bioprocess engineering group, The Netherlands

Translocation and de novo synthesis of eicosapentaenoic acid (epa) during nitrogen starvation in nannochloropsis gaditana


10.35-10.55 Martina Jokel, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Turku, Molecular Plant Biology, Finland

Enhancement of photoautotrophic, efficient, and sustainable h2 production in a chlamydomonas reinhardtii flv mutant


Daniel Kiesenhofer, Project Manager, ecoduna AG – eparella GmbH, Austria

Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus: understanding chlorella predation in an industrial context


Daniel Browne, Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, USA

Systems analyses of metabolism and physiology in the oil-producing green alga botryococcus braunii

12.50 - 14.20 LUNCH 

14.20 – 15.40 Session 3: Developments in microalgae applications
Chairman: Rene Wijffels


Leen Bastiaens, Project Manager & Team Leader, VITO, Belgium

Implementation and development of economic viable algae/based value chains in NWEurope – IDEA-Project


Michael Bippes, Project Manager, Volkswagen Group Research, Dep. Energy Carriers, Germany

The H2020-project photofuel: biocatalytic solar fuels for sustainable mobility in Europe


Monique Schoondorp, Managing partner, Omega Green B.V., The Netherlands 

Productivity in a continuous operating large-scale algae system


Fengzheng Gao, PhD student, Ocean University of China, China

50 years’ history of microalgal industry in china: from biomass production towards a bioeconomy

15.40 – 16.10  Coffee break and poster session

16.10 – 17.10 Session 4: High value products

Chairman: Dorinde Kleinegris


Dr. Maria J. Barbosa, Associate Professor in Microalgal Biotechnology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Omega-3 fatty acids from sunlight!?


Isabel Sousa, Associate Professor, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Gluten-free bread with microalgae biomass addition


Rita Mota, Junior Researcher, i3S/IBMC, Portugal

Cyanoflan - A novel cyanobacterial polymer for the market

17.10 – 18.10 Session 5: Industries
Chairman: Liliana Rodolfi


Fritz Wintersteller, Director Business Development, SCHOTT AG, Germany

Why Tubular Glass Photobioreactors?


Dr. Eugène J.A. Roebroeck, CEO, LGem, The Netherlands

A broad range of opportunities for micro-algal food products produced in PBRs


Gonçalo Real, Communications Director, Buggypower, Portugal

Large-scale commercial microalgae production to supply the food, feed and cosmetic markets


Alex Pudney Ph.D, CSO, Algenuity, United Kingdom

Multiparametric optimisation of commercial microalgal strains for improved productivity using the algem and algem ht24 family of photobioreactors


Rebecca White, Qualitas Health, USA

Farming the Future of Nutrition

18.10 Closure of the Conference day 

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