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

  • June 10, 2016

    The PHYCONET Annual Conference 2016 will be held at the Centre for Process Innovation near Middlesbrough, 1-2 September. Join us for presentations of PHYCONET-funded Business Interaction Voucher and Proof of Concept projects, information on algae facilities in the UK and

  • May 27, 2016

    The PHYCONET May 2016 newsletter is out. If you would like to receive the next newsletter by email, please join us by completing the short membership form on the Membership page.

  • A group at Loughborough University is organising a Newton Research Link Workshop on “Scale-up of Bioreactors for the Production of Pharmaceuticals and Foods: Towards Quality by Design” from 19 to 23 September 2016, Monterrey, Mexico. Early career researchers from the