Pilots4U survey

Pilots4U aims to set up one very visible, easily accessible network of open access pilot and multipurpose demo-infrastructures for the European bio-economy with Europe-wide coverage. If you have brought, or are looking to bring a bio-based, biorefinery or biotechnology innovation process towards commercialisation, your participation in a short survey is requested, in order to gather information about the type of equipment and services that organisations require during this process.

Survey responses will be completely anonymised and only if you provide contact details will you be contacted in case of any follow-up questions. The survey can be accessed here.

Student seeks summer internship

Abdulwahab Hassan is a 4th year Bio-engineering student from Uskudar University, Istanbul. He is interested in pursuing a career in the field of applied biotechnology, and is particularly interested in research on algal biofuel production mechanisms. He wishes to carry out an internship this summer (which will be fully funded by his university), either in an academic setting or with a company. He previously carried out a research project on algal growth optimisation for effective biofuel and is keen to gain more experience in the field of microalgae research. Further details are available in Abdulwahab’s CV. He can be contacted directly at: abdihudh@gmail.com

Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology career conference

PHYCONET, along with other NIBB, is supporting this 2-day conference organised by Cogent Skills, which is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career industry researchers, to be held 18-19 July at York University Exhibition Centre. The objective of the conference is to broaden delegates’ awareness of possible careers outside of the university laboratory, and highlight the professional skills they will need in addition to their technical skills.

At this two day event:
  • Find out about current job & career opportunities in industry
  • Reflect on your career to date and identify skill gaps
  • Learn about communicating science and creating impact
  • Get tips on how to write funding applications and business cases
  • Find out about the latest science and training opportunities available to you
  • Industrial Speakers and Panel members will include speakers from Innovate & KTN
  • Meet with non-lab practitioners for 1-2-1 session to discuss your future plans
  • Network with your fellow delegates and speakers at the conference dinner
  • Overnight accommodation is also included

The programme can be viewed here. PHYCONET has been allocated 15 places at this conference. PHYCONET members can apply for this FREE event by submitting the application form by 5pm, 4 May. Successful applicants will be notified by 16 May.

February 2018 newsletter

The PHYCONET February 2018 newsletter is now available. If you would like to receive the next newsletter direct to your inbox, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.

Business Interaction Voucher funding awarded (December 2017 call)

Congratulations to the following, who have been awarded BIV funding:

  • Alison Smith (University of Cambridge), who will work with Algaceuticals Ltd. on the project “Growth optimisation in next generation algal bioreactors for bioactive compounds”.
  • William Zimmerman (The University of Sheffield) who will collaborate with Perlemax Ltd. on the project “Microalgal flotation – the microbubble way”

We have remaining BIV funds, for 3 x £10,000 projects. The next and final call will close at 5pm on 15 March 2018. Please refer to the “Funding” page for details.

January 2018 newsletter

After taking a break in December, our newsletter is back! The PHYCONET January 2018 newsletter is now available. If you would like to receive the next newsletter direct to your inbox, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.

November 2017 newsletter

The PHYCONET November 2017 newsletter is now available. If you would like to receive the next newsletter direct to your inbox, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.

Publication of PHYCONET-funded project results

Congratulations to Attila Molnar (The University of Edinburgh), whose PHYCONET-funded PoC project results have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article, “Efficient targeted DNA editing and replacement in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using Cpf1 ribonucleoproteins and single-stranded DNA” can be found here and the University of Edinburgh has produced a short video describing the approach used, which can be viewed here.

Workshop on expression of transgenes in microalgae

A 2-day PHYCONET sponsored workshop titled “Expressing transgenes in Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum” was led by Payam Mehrshahi and Katrin Geisler (University of Cambridge) between 29-30 November.  As part of this workshop, eight enthusiastic algae biotechnologists were introduced to different transformation methods and the basics of Golden Gate cloning using the MoClo syntax, with hands-on transformation of Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum forming a major component of the event. 

Training & Conference funding awarded (November 2017)

Congratulations to the following, who have been awarded funding to present at the 2nd International Conference on Marine Biomass as Renewable Energy in March next year:

  • Mike Allen (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), who will give an oral presentation on “Genetic engineering of microalgae: potential and problems”
  • Daniel Nowakowski and Christopher Thomas (Aston University). Christopher will give a talk on “Hydrothermal liquefaction of algal feedstocks”

Phyconet News

  • November 8, 2018

    BBSRC has announced, with the support of EPSRC, that £11M is to be committed to funding six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), and we are delighted that the application submitted by PHYCONET Director Saul Purton, “Algae-UK:

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  • September 4, 2018

    The PHYCONET August 2018 newsletter is now available. If you would like to receive the next newsletter direct to your inbox, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.

  • August 22, 2018

    The PHYCONET July 2018 newsletter is now available. If you would like to receive the next newsletter direct to your inbox, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.