2017 courses

EventDateLocationMore information
Freshwater Algae23-30 JuneFSC Kindrogan (Kindrogan, Perthshire)Details
Microalgae Process Design: from cells to photobioreactors18-25 AugustWageningen University, Wageningen, The NetherlandsDetails
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
European Project: CYANOBESITY - Cyanobacteria as a source of bioactive compounds with effects on obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities (2 positions avaiable)Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (University of Porto, Portugal)Apply between 14 & 28 June 2017Details
A synthetic biology approach to engineering novel commercial variants of cyanobacterial pigment proteinsUniversity of Edinburgh17 July 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
Research Fellow - Photosynthetic BiotechnologyNational Oceanography Centre, Southampton29 June 2017Details
Laboratory TechnicianAlgaeCytes Ltd, Sandwich, Kent30 June 2017Details
Research Assistant/Associate - development of a novel in-line process exploiting acoustic concentration technology to manipulate cells, particles & compounds for biomanufacturing processesUniversity of Cambridge30 June 2017Details
Research Assistant/Associate - generating novel regulatory elements based on riboswitches for plant and algal biotechnologyUniversity of Cambridge18 July 2017Details
Laboratory Technician (Algae and Biological Systems)Industrial Phycology, BristolApplications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filledDetails

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
  • CBD Technical Series No.82: Synthetic Biology (2015): link

Other useful links

Algal strains can be obtained from:


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