In September, a group of academic and industry PHYCONET members from the UK visited the SDIC Microalgae Biotechnology Center near Beijing, for a day of presentations from UK and Chinese researchers, and to visit the impressive facilities, which include raceway ponds, different types of tubular photobioreactors and facilities for downstream processing. The group then travelled to Wuhan in central China for the 1st Sino-British Forum on Algal Biotechnology and Biological Resources, held at the Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB). This 2-day meeting featured presentations, posters and a panel discussion, and provided many opportunities for learning about the research being carried out in different areas of China, networking with Chinese algal biology researchers, and visiting the IHB algal growth and development facilities. The meeting provided a very useful platform for establishing Sino-British collaborations, and a 2nd forum is planned to be held in the UK next year.

The full report 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:

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