PHYCONET, in conjunction with the Center for Microalgal Biotechnology and Biofuels at the Institute of Hydrobiology in Wuhan, China, is organising an international workshop, to be held 19-21 September in Wuhan. The objective is to bring UK and Chinese microalgae researchers together to identify the challenges and bottlenecks in characterisation, production and commercialisation in the production of bio-products from microalgal biomass. Specific objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum to facilitate exchange of knowledge and collaborative links between UKand Chinese researchers from academia and industry, thereby advancing the developmentand exploitation of algal biotechnology.
  • Establish an informal network of researchers that strengthens UK-Chinese connectionswithin the algal biotech sector, and raises the profile of PHYCONET in China.
  • Gather expertise and understanding of the bottlenecks in developing and commercialisingalgal bio-products and establishing sustainable algal biorefineries.
  • Identify knowledge gaps in our understanding of how these barriers can be overcome, andhow this knowledge deficit can be addressed.
  • Explore joint funding opportunities and assemble ‘grant ready’ teams to develop researchproposals.
  • Agree an action plan for implementation.

Senior researchers from academia and industry are invited to apply for this workshop by the deadline of 5pm on 20 April. This workshop is supported by a BBSRC ‘International Workshop’ award, and PHYCONET anticipates being able to provide funding for travel expenses and accommodation for up to 10 UK delegates. Successful applicants will be notified by 4 May.To apply, click here.

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