Cambridge Algae Symposium 2015
The University of Cambridge hosted a symposium on 19 March 2015 showcasing new research on microalgae coming from the UK and further afield, via collaborative projects.
Algae are present in every biome of the planet, ranging from species found in the coldest regions of Antarctica to the hottest deserts. This remarkable biodiversity means that algae represent a rich resource: as expression hosts, sources of new enzymes or metabolic pathways, and for their biofuel potential. As molecular tools and cultivation methods advance, microalgae are beginning to show promise for industrial biotechnology and biorefining. This event sought to present research into new applications for microalgae.
The symposium consisted of three parts:
1) Algal biotechnology research in the UK
2) Algae in Northwest Europe: Results from the Energetic Algae project
EnAlgae is a project funded through the INTERREG IVB North West Europe program, with the aim of investigating algal bioenergy pathways. In this session, researchers from the project presented work on algal cultivation that makes use of industrial symbiosis and nutrient recycling.
3) Exploring and exploiting diversity in polar algae
This session, led by the British Antarctic Survey, showcased the metabolic and genetic variation of microalgae inhabiting some of the most hostile environments on earth, and how this might contribute to biotechnology in future.
This event is supported by PHYCONET, NERC and the EnAlgae project.
Cambridge Algae Symposium 2013
Algal biotechnology is becoming the subject of great interest, not only as a source of bioenergy and biofuels, but for a number of other high-value products as well.
Christopher Howe, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
The growing potential of algal biotechnology as a resource that could be used to tackle several major global challenges was the focus of a national conference in Cambridge (Monday, 2 September 2013).
The one-day “Algae Symposium” brought together 120 members of the algal research community, including representatives of biotechnology companies for discussions on the latest advances in algal technology. It addressed topics such as how algae can be grown most efficiently for commercial use, how current cultivation processes might be scaled up to function at an industrial level, and genetic manipulation of algae for future biotechnologies.
The Cambridge Algae Symposium 2013 was organised by the Departments of Biochemistry and Plant Sciences in collaboration withEnAlgae, a strategic initiative of the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme, aiming to develop sustainable technologies for algal biomass production.