AlgaEurope 2023 Conference Program

Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


The Conference Program is subject to changes.

All times mentioned are in CET.

Pre-Registration: Monday 11 December 2023: 04:00 - 06:00 pm

You can already pick up your conference badge one day before the conference.

Conference Day 1 - Tuesday 12 December 2023

Registration: 08:00 am - 09:00 am

09:00 am - 09:20 am: Conference Opening

Carlos Unamunzaga
Prof Ondrej Prasil
Jean-Paul Cadoret 

09:20 am - 09:30 am: Intro Moderator Adrien Vincent

09:30 am - 10:00 am: Keynote Speaker

Susana Coelho (Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen): Uncovering the private life of seaweeds

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Session 1: Biostimulants

10:00 am - 10:15 am: Joaquin Pozo-Dengra (Biorizon Biotech, S.L.): Microalgae-based agricultural products sustainably produced: algaenauts eu project

10:15 am - 10:30 am: Stefania Galletti (CREA Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment): Seed treatment with Anabaena minutissima extract ameliorates soilborne pathogen stresses in tomato plantlets

10:30 am - 10:45 am: Ivan Citakovic (ImmunRise Biocontrol France): High-throughput screening for an increased production of the antifungal compounds in uv-mutagenized Amphidinium carterae microalgae library

10:15 am - 11:00 am: Andrés A. Borges (IPNA / CSIC): Biostimulant activity of Galaxaura rugosa seaweed extracts against water deficit stress in tomato seedlings involves activation of aba signaling

11:00 am - 11:40 am: Coffee Break

11:40 am - 12:25 pm: Session 2: Cosmetics

11:40 am - 11:55 pm: Maud Benoit-Le Gelebart (ALGAIA): Algae ingredients in cosmetics: history, drivers, and prospects

11:55 pm - 12:10 pm: Sónia Ventura (University of Aveiro): How can mycosporine-like amino acids replace synthetic uv filters in cosmetic products?

12:10 pm - 12:25 pm: Rita Mota (acib): Can cyanoflan be used as a natural skin care ingredient?

12:25 pm - 12:35 pm: SCHOTT - Sponsored Presentation

Fritz Wintersteller: Why tubular photobioreactors?

12:35 pm - 02:05 pm: Lunch Break

02:05 pm - 03:05 pm: Session 3: Feed

02:05 pm - 02:20 pm: Begoña Bustamante (Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A.): Revaluation of microalgae production effluent: a strategy for long-term sustainable cultivation of Tetraselmis striata in an operational environment

02:20 pm - 02:35 pm: Ana Teresa Gonçalves (GreenCoLab/SPAROS): The alliance between algae biorefinery and fish nutrigenomics for precision functional aquafeeds

02:35 pm - 02:50 pm: Adelheid Kuehnle (Kuehnle AgroSystems (Europe) Ltd): Proving the critics wrong – heterotrophic Haematococcus pluvialis produces abundant astaxanthin without light!

02:50 pm - 03:05 pm: Inês Beatriz Maia (Necton, S.A.): Biomass of Tetradesmus obliquus and Raphidonema monicae produced through a circular economy approach for atlantic salmon feeds

03:05 pm - 03:35 pm: Annual review of the committee's work

03:05 pm - 03:20 pm: Industrial Committee - Gabriel Acien (University of Almeria)

03:20 pm - 03:35 pm: Scientific Committee - Olivier Bernard (Inria)

03:35 pm - 03:45 pm: SANI Membranes - Sponsored Presentation 

Thomas Neil Skov

03:45 pm - 04:25 pm: Coffee Break

04:25 pm - 04:55 pm: Session 4: Europe and the World

Maris Stulgis (European Commission) & Charlotte Jagot (CINEA - European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency): EU support to the algae sector

04:55 pm - 06:10 pm: Session 5: Food

04:55 pm - 05:10 pm: Jonas Kollmen (RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau): A new aerosol-based pbr for the cultivation of cyanobacteria on luffa

05:10 pm - 05:25 pm: Ellen Williamson (University of Exeter): Human in vivo assessment of microalgae Chlorella sp. and Arthrospira sp. as dietary protein sources

05:25 pm - 05:40 pm: José Matheus Silva (Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA)): Physical-chemical characterization of hummus with seaweed and microalgae incorporation through the development of food products

05:40 pm - 05:55 pm: Fengzheng Gao (ETH Zurich): Microalgae in human nutrition and health: using microalgae for iron-deficiency anaemia treatment

05:55 pm - 06:10 pm: Sónia Oliveira (Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA)): 3D printed gels from red seaweed: effect of the addition of a thickening agent and printing temperature

06:10 pm - 06:25 pm: ABO

Jon Kallen (ABO): Updates from the Algae Biomass Organization

06:25 pm - 06:45 pm: Pitches

Paul Goudeau (Synoxis)

Yair Cohen (Algamol)

Maja Berden Zrimec (Algen)

Ewoud de Voogd (AlgaeForFood)

Pieter Oostlander (Lgem Synalgae B.V.)

Antonio Idà (Algaria)

Pieter Boelens (Liqoflux)

Marco Lizzul (Varicon Aqua Solutions Ltd.)

Jonathan Burns-Tang (Algiecel)

06:45 pm - 06:55 pm: Algae Excellence Award: In recognition of remarkable contributions to the realm of algae

06:55 pm - 07:00 pm: Closure of the Conference Day 1

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm: Networking Event: Algae Happy Hour

Conference Day 2 - Wednesday 13 December 2023

09:00 am - 09:10 am: Opening Day 2

09:10 am - 09:40 am: Keynote Speaker

Sónia Ventura (CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials): Blue biorefinery: overviewing the processes, materials and the applications of algae bio-active products

09:40 am - 10:55 am: Session 6: Biorefinery

09:40 am - 09:55 am: Inês Guerra (GreenCoLab): Arthrospira platensis up-value through a biorefinery approach: phycocyanin and protein fraction isolation

09:55 am - 10:10 am: Alexandre Six (CEA): Bridging the gap from raw microalgae to bioplastic: conversion of Chlorella vulgaris into thermoplastic starch

10:10 am - 10:25 am: Nolwenn Kergosien (Algaia/LEMAR): Biorefinery approach for the industrial extraction of metabolites from four specimens of tropical and temperate brown seaweeds

10:25 am - 10:40 am: José Cheel (Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)): Application of countercurrent chromatography for the efficient recovery of docosahexaenoic acid (dha n-3) from microalgae

10:40 am - 10:55 am: Lorenzo López Rosales (University of Almeria): Selection of construction materials for adhesion photobioreactors to culture benthic microalgae

10:55 am - 11:40 am: Coffee Break

11:40 am - 12:40 pm: Session 7: Genetics

11:40 am - 11:55 am: Matteo Ballottari (University of Verona): Haematococcus lacustris genome assembly and annotation reveal diploid genetic traits and stress-induced gene expression patterns

11:55 am - 12:10 pm: Charlotte Toustou (University of Rouen Normandie, GlycoMEV lab): Comparative rna-seq transcriptomic analyses of ten ecotypes of Phaeodactylum tricornutum: toward identifying the best strain for the production of biologics.

12:10 pm - 12:25 pm: Olaf Kruse (Bielefeld University, Center for Biotechnology CeBiTec): Bioengineering microalgae for their application as green cell factories

12:25 pm - 12:40 pm: Eliana Gasparotto (University of Verona): Engineering and cultivation of the fast-growing Synechococcus sp. Pcc 11901, a recently-discovered cyanobacteria, for the synthesis of valuable ketocarotenoids.

12:40 pm - 12:50 pm: Beckman Coulter - Sponsored Presentation

Nikola Gross-Werner & Sebastian Blum: Accelerate microalgae production applying High Throughput Automation

12:50 pm - 02:20 pm: Lunch Break

02:20 pm - 03:35 pm: Session 8: Food

02:20 pm - 02:35 pm: Antonio Garcia-Moyano (NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS): Improving the sensory quality of microalgal ingredients with the use of enzymes

02:35 pm - 02:50 pm: Kricelle Deamici (GreenCoLab): Effect of algae fortification on physicochemical and sensory properties of plant-based burgers

02:50 pm - 03:05 pm: Kiron Viswanath (Nord University): Microalgal glucans: a potential tool to combat hypercholesterolemia

03:05 pm - 03:20 pm: Anabela Raymundo (Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA)): Microalgae incorporation in a texture modified vegetable puree for dysphagia: effect on the nutritional, rheological and textural properties

03:20 pm - 03:35 pm: Nancy Mahmoud (Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA)): What is the impact of adding microalgae Chlorella vulgaris, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, and Tetraselmis chuii on the structure, nutritive value and acceptance of wheat bread?

03:35 pm - 03:45 pm: Microphyt - Sponsored Presentation

Clémence Thebaud: From microalgae to the cosmetic market, focus on Microphyt expertise

03:45 pm - 03:50 pm: EABA

Carlos Unamunzaga: VitaFoods 2024

03:50 pm - 04:30 pm: Coffee Break

04:30 pm - 05:15 pm: Session 9: Bioremediation

04:30 pm - 04:45 pm: Elena Ficara (Politecnico di Milano): A plant-wide modelling framework to describe microalgae growth on liquid digestate in agrozootechnical biomethane plants

04:45 pm - 05:00 pm: Hanna Böpple (NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS): Bioremediation of recirculating aquaculture system wastewater through microalgal biofilms

05:00 pm - 05:15 pm: Marco Mantovani (University of Milano Bicocca): Removal of pharmaceutical compounds by microalgae- based treatment of municipal centrate

05:15 pm - 06:00 pm: Session 10: Process

05:15 pm - 05:30 pm: Jan Červený (Global Change Research Institute CAS (CzechGlobe)): Digital platform for data management automation and optimization of microalgal productivity

05:30 pm - 05:45 pm: Laszlo Nemes (HUN-RES SZTAKI): Holodetect: digital holographic microscopy for alga monitoring

05:45 pm - 06:00 pm: Maria Barbosa (Wageningen University): AlgaePARC 2.0

06:00 pm - 06:45 pm: Session 11: Transversal

06:00 pm - 06:15 pm: Luís Costa (A4F - Algae for future): Algae: a route to sustainable decarbonisation

06:15 pm - 06:30 pm: Luis Guerrero (Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology - IRTA): European consumers' perception and acceptability of different microalgae-based product06:30 pm - 06:45 pm: Irena Branyiková (Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Sciences): Fresh Arthrospira maxima biomass for human nutrition

06:45 pm - 06:50 pm: Closure of the Conference Day 2

07:30 pm - 09:30 pm: Conference Dinner

For registered participants only!

The dinner takes place in the Municipal House (Obecní dům). More information.

Conference Day 3 - Thursday 14 December 2023

09:00 am - 09:10 am: Opening Day 3

09:10 am - 09:40 am: Keynote Speaker

Angela Wulff (University of Gothenburg): From research idea to business - a bumpy road

09:40 am - 10:55 am: Session 12: Biomaterial

09:40 am - 09:55 am: Klaas Hellingwerf (Photanol B.V.): Modeling of glycolate production by synechocystis in pilot-scale photo-bioreactors

09:55 am - 10:10 am: Eri Adams (Galdieria, Co., Ltd): Utilisation of an Extremophile, Galdieria, for precious metal recovery and a circulating society

10:10 am - 10:25 am: Arianna Rizzo (Nantes University): Diatoms frustule refractive index heterogeneity can be related to waveguiding properties?

10:25 am - 10:40 am: Elvira Rakova (Algae Scope Italy): Maximizing value and sustainability: the multistream product approach for macroalgae-based carbon mitigation and circular economy advancement

10:40 am - 10:55 am: Jiri Masojídek (Centrum Algatech): Development of thin-layer cascades for microalgae cultivation: milestones

10:55 am - 11:25 am: Coffee Break

11:25 am - 12:40 pm: Session 13: Food

11:25 am - 11:40 am: Claudia Vasquez (Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS): Foam control during l. Maxima cultivation

11:40 am - 11:55 am: Carlos Infante (Fitoplancton Marino, S.L.): An attempt to unravel the molecular mechanisms underlying the ergogenic effects of Tetraselmis chuii (Tetrasod®) dietary supplementation: a transcriptional approach using the openarray® technology

11:55 am - 12:10 pm: Cristiana Nunes (Instituto Superior de Agronomia/ Universidade de Lisboa): Production of camembert-like cheese fortified with Сhlorella vulgaris

12:10 pm - 12:25 pm: Fabian Abiusi (ETH Zürich, Laboratory of Sustainable Food Processing): Heterotrophic single-cell protein production in Galdieria sulphuraria: amino acid profile and protein bioaccessibility

12:25 pm - 12:40 pm: Alvyn Severien (Algama): How to create an algae global value chain

12:40 pm - 02:10 pm: Lunch Break

02:10 am - 02:15 pm: Sponsored Presentation: Q.ANT

Max Wunderlich: How to measure microalgae with donuts? Real-time particle analysis with polarized lasers

02:15 pm - 03:00 pm: Session 14: Bioremediation

02:15 pm - 02:30 pm: Gabriele Frascaroli (Glasgow Caledonian University): Antibiotic Removal by Microalgae: effectiveness, pathways, and physiological responses in media with nutrients and antibiotics levels mimicking wastewater

02:30 pm - 02:45 pm: Aschwin Engelen (CCMar): Unlocking opportunities in the seaweed industry through seaweed microbiome exploration

02:45 pm - 03:00 pm: Ioannis Tzovenis (Agricultural University of Athens): Unlocking the potential of microalgae: sustainable solutions for bioremediation and biotechnological advancements

03:00 pm - 04:15 pm: Session 15: Physiology

03:00 pm - 03:15 pm: Tamára Santos (Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR)): Microbiome-mediated improvement of industrially produced Chlorella vulgaris

03:15 pm - 03:30 pm: Kaitlin Lesco (Colorado School of Mines / National Renewable Energy Laboratory): Elucidating the secrets of soluble extracellular polymers in algae cultivation

03:30 pm - 03:45 pm: Liliana Rodolfi (Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI)), University of Florence): Reduction of energy requirements without affecting productivity of p. Tricornutum and t. Suecica. by integrating shading devices in gwp® photobioreactors

03:45 pm - 04:00 pm: Asterio Sánchez-Mirón (University of Almería): Plant hormones for increasing valuable metabolites from diverse microalgal groups

04:00 pm - 04:15 pm: John Benemann (MicroBio Engineering): Large-Scale Production of Microalgae Biomass  

04:15 pm - 04:45 pm: Coffee Break

04:45 pm - 04:55 pm: A4F - Sponsored Presentation

Luís Costa: A4F – Algae for Future – Taking Algae Beyond the Algae Sector

04:55 pm - 06:10 pm: Session 16: Process

04:55 pm - 05:10 pm: Hans Vaeth (Algoliner): Multiple benefits of sophisticated/automated continuous cleaning of pbrs

05:10 pm - 05:25 pm: Eleonora Sforza (University of Padova): Cyanobacterial chromatic adaptation to widen the light spectrum exploitation: a new concept of microalgal consortia

05:25 pm - 05:40 pm: Gabriel Acien (University of Almeria): Recent advances in the scale-up of microalgae production systems

05:40 pm - 05:55 pm: Pablo Alvarez (CEA): Ammonia-based method to control the predator Poterioochromonas malhamensis on Chlorella vulgaris massive cultures

05:55 pm - 06:10 pm: Francesca Casagli (INRIA France): Hybrid modelling of algae-bacteria processes for resource recovery

06:10 pm - 06:55 pm: Session 17: Bioremediation

06:10 pm - 06:25 pm: Alla Silkina (Swansea University): Application of scalable algal technology to convert breweries and agriculture waste nutrients to produce biomass for agricultural application as feed and biofertilizers.

06:25 pm - 06:40 pm: Daniel Kurpan (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro): On-site bioremediation of brewery wastewater with Arthrospira sp. at a production site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: A preliminary study

06:40 pm - 06:55 pm: Marie-Ange Leca (UPPA / APESA): Cultivation of Spirulina platensis using agro-industrial anaerobic digestate pretreated by adsorption on zeolite material

08:30 pm - 10:00 pm: Controversies: Algae in a real world

Speaker: David Mackie (Marine Biopolymers Ltd) and David Myslabodski (Great SeaVegetables)

In 2022, EABA launched a new session called "Controversies." The aim was to identify topics within the realm of algae that elicited reactions from professionals. This inaugural 2022 session, somewhat considered a beta phase, evidently garnered enough support to prompt us to continue the initiative. It also provided valuable insights for refining our purpose, intentions, and objectives. This 2023 edition will then aim at define and kick-off the project “Algae in a real world”.

Conference Day 4 - Friday 15 December 2023

09:00 am - 09:10 am: Opening Day 4

09:10 am - 09:40 am: Keynote Speaker

Robert Henrikson (Spirulina Source / Smart Microfarms): Over 600 spirulina producers worldwide and growing. What’s next?

09:40 am - 10:10 am: Session 18: Physiology

09:40 am - 09:55 am: Rebecca Wicker (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT)): Hybrid cultivation of a nordic mixed-species photosynthetic consortium: a pilot study

09:55 am - 10:10 am: Lena Petit (Avignon Université / Algama): Impact of Arthrospira (spirulina) supplementation on metabolic cardiovascular risk factors – a systematic review and meta-analysis

10:10 am - 10:55 am: Session 19: Most Original

10:10 am - 10:25 am: Jorge Matinha Cardoso (CIIMAR / i3S / ICBAS): What is outside also matters: cyanobacterial extracellular vesicles and their biotechnological potential

10:25 am - 10:40 am: Lars Baehr (CellDEG): Advancements in high-density microalgae cultivation using membrane-pbr technology

10:40 am - 10:55 am: Hubert Bonnefond (Inria): Strain optimization by continuous selection pressure: a focus on phycocyanin production

10:55 am - 11:40 am: Coffee Break

11:40 am - 12:55 pm: Session 20: Transversal

11:40 am - 11:55 pm: Bruno Ferreira (Biotrend): Prospects for algae in high-volume applications: focus on bioplastics 

11:55 pm - 12:10 pm: Lais Galileu Speranza (GreenCoLab): Analysis of impacts of fermented Chlorella sp. by life cycle assessment (lca)

12:10 pm - 12:25 pm: Steve Skill (Horizon Bioreactors): Precision fermentation redefined

12:25 pm - 12:40 pm: Georgia Tsintzou (University of Thessaly): The microalgae Jaagichlorella luteoviridis as a source of mycosporine-like amino acids (maas) induced by abiotic stresses: a genomic approach

12:40 pm - 12:55 pm: Rui Pereira (A4F): Land-based algae aquaculture – synergies between the micro and the macro

12:55 pm - 01:20 pm: Poster Presentation Awards

The winners of the Poster Presentation Awards will be announced. Each winner (Gold, Silver, Bronze and Audience Award) will have 5 minutes to present the poster.

01:20 pm - 01:30 pm: YAS

Daniel Figueiredo (GreenCoLab)

01:30 pm - 01:35 pm: Closure of the Conference

01:35 pm - 02:15 pm: Lunch


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