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: Exploiting the algal treasure trove” is being funded. The new network will commence in early 2019 with Saul as Director and Michele Stanley (SAMS), Pat Harvey (University of Greenwich) and Anna Amtmann (University of Glasgow) as Co-Directors. The scope of the new network will include microalgae, macroalgae and cyanobacteria.

The other NIBB to receive funding are:

  • Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet) – Simon McQueen Mason, University of York
  • Carbon Recycling: Converting waste derived GHG into chemicals, fuels and animal feed (CCNet) – Nigel Minton, University of Nottingham
  • Elements of Bioremediation, Biomanufacturing & Bioenergy (E3B) Metals in Biology – Nigel Robinson, Durham University
  • Environmental Biotechnology Network (EBNet) – Sonia Heaven, University of Southampton
  • High Value Biorenewables (HVB) Network – Ian Graham, University of York
The BBSRC announcement is available here.

Phyconet News

  • December 20, 2018

    The PHYCONET December 2018 newsletter is now available. This is our last newsletter, as the funding for the PHYCONET network finishes on 31st December. If you would like to be updated about the new Algae-UK network starting in early 2019, please email

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  • November 10, 2018

    Our final annual conference was held at the Wesley Hotel in London on 8-9 November. Attended by 75 delegates, the meeting included presentations from awardees of our various funding schemes – Proof of Concept, Business Interaction Vouchers and IB Seeding

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  • 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:

    Read more ›