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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), in association with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is pleased to announce a call of up to £10 million to fund a second phase of Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB), to support networking activities via a number of cross-disciplinary, community-building Networks as part of its continuing strategy in supporting Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE).
The second phase of the BBSRC NIBB will continue to build capacity and capability in the UK supporting research and translation in biologically based manufacturing, with the aim of continuing to foster collaboration between academic researchers and business at all levels, in order to find new approaches though excellent research to tackle research challenges and help deliver key benefits in IBBE.
BBSRC has allocated up to £10 million for this second phase networking initiative and aims to fund a number of Networks, of varying scales, focusing on a broad range of fundamental and strategic challenges and questions facing the IBBE area. Networks will operate for up to five years and are expected to become self-sustaining beyond this. Networks are also intended to be UK-wide and be open to participants from different disciplines and institutions.
This is a two stage call; Expression of Interest applications will be assessed in March 2018, and Full applications invited forward for assessment during Summer 2018. Networks will be expected to start 1 January 2019.
Applicants intending to submit an Expression of Interest must attend and present their proposed Network at the Community meeting being held in London on 17 January 2018.
Full details can be found here.
Two places are now available on the PHYCONET Management Board, and we invite members to apply for these positions. Duties will include attending Management Board meetings in London twice a year (travel expenses will be reimbursed) and reviewing applications for our funding schemes. Anyone interested in serving on the Management Board should submit a brief statement, to include previous experience and expertise, and reasons for applying, to the Network Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5pm on Friday, 1 December.