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.