2017 courses

EventDateLocationMore information
Microalgae Process Design: from cells to photobioreactors18-25 AugustWageningen University, Wageningen, The NetherlandsDetails
Algal Culture Management and Strain Selection21-25 AugustThe University of Texas at AustinDetails
SYNthetic BIOlogy: From pro- to eukaryotic SYStems (SYNBIOSYS)21-25 AugustFrederiksberg, CopenhagenDetails
Microalgae Biorefinery28-31 AugustWageningen University, Wageningen, The NetherlandsDetails


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PhD opportunities

Title/topicUniversityClosing dateFurther details
Bioprospecting and synthetic biology for novel microbial pigments based on Raman spectroscopy-guided single cell sortingGlasgow University7 August 2017Details
Development of an automated turbidostat platform for the investigation and characterization of the effects of environmental and process parameters on the metabolism of green algaeUniversity College London28 August 2017Details
Combined experimental and computational studies for the production of added-value products from microalgal culturesUniversity of ManchesterApply any timeDetails

Job opportunities

Job TitleInstitution/CompanyClosing dateFurther details
Laboratory Technician (Algae and Biological Systems)Industrial Phycology, BristolApplications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filledDetails
PostDoc - Microalgae cultivation and processingETH Sustainable Food Processing, SwitzerlandThe position will be open until a suitable candidate is foundDetails

BBSRC-funded NIBB (Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy)

  • ADNetwork (anaerobic digestion)
  • BIOCATNET (biocatalyst discovery, development and scale-up)
  • BioProNET (network in bioprocessing)
  • C1Net (gas fermentation)
  • CBMNet (crossing biological membranes)
  • FoodWasteNet (high value products from agricultural and food processing waste)
  • HVCfP (high value chemicals from plants)
  • IBCarb (glycoscience tools for biotechnology and bioenergy)
  • LBNet (lignocellulosic biorefinery)
  • Metals in Biology
  • NPRONET (natural products discovery and bioengineering)
  • P2P (plants to products)

Publicly-available reports

  • A Look Back at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program: Biodiesel from Algae (1998): link
  • Assessing the Potential for Algae in the UK (2009): link
  • Algal Research in the UK (2011): link
  • Algae and genetic modification: Research, production and risks (2012): link
  • Renewable Diesel from Algal Lipids: An Integrated Baseline for Cost, Emissions, and Resource Potential from a Harmonized Model (2012): link
  • A UK Roadmap for Algal Technologies (2013): link
  • Microalgae-based products for the food and feed sector: an outlook for Europe (2014): link
  • CBD Technical Series No.82: Synthetic Biology (2015): link

Other useful links

Algal strains can be obtained from:


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