PHYCONET is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB), a UK-based network enabling biologists, engineers and industrial partners to consolidate their knowledge and expertise to unlock the IB potential of microalgae.

Commencing in January 2014 and operating over the course of five years, the focus of PHYCONET is on producing high value products from microalgae (including cyanobacteria) industrially cultivated in an intensive and controlled manner using photobioreactor and fermentor-based technologies.

Our main objectives are to:

  1. Develop an interdisciplinary microalgal research community in the UK
  2. Network with international algal groups
  3. Facilitate collaborative research between academia and industry
  4. Provide funding for research projects within the network remit
  5. Promote other funding opportunities
  6. Organise conferences and networking and training events
  7. Provide input to UK and EU policy
  8. Promote the profile of microalgal research in the UK




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Phyconet News

  • November 14, 2016

    We have contacted speakers who presented at the High Value Products from Algae workshop held in Nottingham, 1-2 November 2016. Those providing permission to post their presentations are now available to PHYCONET members by logging into the portal.

  • Croda currently have two jobs opportunities available; one for a Research Scientist with microbiology and fermentation experience, the other for a Research & Technology Manager. Research & Technology Manager (closing date 22 Nov 2016) Research Scientist (closing date 23 Nov

  • October 29, 2016

    PHYCONET is pleased to provide funding towards the development of a biophotovoltaic (BPV) toolkit for use in schools. With additional sponsorship from the Shuttleworth Foundation, the BigAlgae Open Experiment and OpenPlant, Dr Paolo Bombelli and Professor Chris Howe from the