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Debatably the most diverse group of organisms on earth and responsible for the oxygen in every second breath you take; algae are still relatively untapped in terms of biotechnology. If you’re currently working in algaculture, biotechnology or biofuels, or you require an understanding of the incredible potential of algae, this two-day course provides a solid introduction for you.

If you’re currently working in algaculture, biotechnology or biofuels, or you require an understanding of the incredible potential of algae, this two-day course provides a solid introduction for you. 

If you’re interested in the practical applications of algaculture for pharmaceutical, neutraceutical or industrial uses (including biofuels) in real world environments, reserve your place to learn more. 
 
Perhaps you’re a budding algal specialist within this ‘growing’ field and want to get a head start? If so, this Algaculture for Biotechnology course was created for you.

Delivered by leading algal scientists from CCAP (the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa; the most diverse collection of its kind in the world, with 3000 strains of marine and freshwater algae, protists and seaweeds,) this course is one of the best introductions to algaculture. - See more at: http://10.222.1.20:8080/smi/education/short-courses/algaculture-for-biotechnology-1#sthash.aqx38Y4S.dpuf

CCAPIf you’re currently working in algaculture, biotechnology or biofuels, or you require an understanding of the incredible potential of algae, this two-day course provides a solid introduction for you. 

If you’re interested in the practical applications of algaculture for pharmaceutical, neutraceutical or industrial uses (including biofuels) in real world environments, reserve your place to learn more. 
 
Perhaps you’re a budding algal specialist within this ‘growing’ field and want to get a head start? If so, this Algaculture for Biotechnology course was created for you.

Delivered by leading algal scientists from CCAP (the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa; the most diverse collection of its kind in the world, with 3000 strains of marine and freshwater algae, protists and seaweeds,) this course is one of the best introductions to algaculture.

What you’ll learn on this predominantly hands-on course: 

Day 1 

  • Presentations on algal biodiversity, nutrition and photosynthesis.  This will cover both micro and macro-algae.
  • The afternoon will be spent in the laboratory with CCAP; with practical algaculture sessions on isolating, maintaining and enumerating algae.  

Day 2

  • The second day begins with an introduction into algaculture for biotechnology and what the future may hold.  
  • You’ll also cover phycology and genomics, followed by a session specifically looking at biofuels.
  • The whole afternoon will be spent in the laboratory and will finish with a session on mass algaculture.

 

This course has always been very well subscribed due to the experience of the tutors involved, so please book early to secure your place.  It’s been designed particularly for early career researchers and PhD students wanting to get the most from their projects.  It's also perfectly suited to laboratory technicians and experienced researchers moving into algal biotechnology.  The course is recognised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).  Attendance counts towards your Continuing Professional Development for both the IMarEST and The Science Council’s accolade of Chartered Scientist (CSci).
 

Booking:

Price: £395 (VAT exempt) including all course materials.

You may need to arrange overnight accommodation in Oban (this is not included in the course fee).

Please book online  Algaculture for Biotechnology Course

You may also be interested in our new Masters Degree in Algal Biotechnology. This new 12 month Masters by Research (MRes) programme will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills required for a career in this exciting growth sector.
 

Tutors:

  • Prof John Day is the Head of the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP); an internationally important Biological Resource Centre. He has over 25 years’ experience in biotechnology and applied algal research. John has most recently been involved in two large biofuels projects; BioMara and EnAlgae. He has previously developed an algal-based aquaculture product from inception to market, including up-scaling from the lab to 50,000 bioreactors.  The author of 80 papers/ chapters (47 in ISI listed journals); John has edited 3 books and was previously Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Phycology. He is a member of the International Committee on Culture Collections of Algae (ICCCA). 
  • Dr Claire Gachon is interested in all aspects of algal host-pathogen interactions.  Her current research delves into the Genomics of Marine Algae and their Pathogens and she recently published a joint paper questioningwhether brown algae might be capable of adaptive immunity.  Claire has recently been invited to speak in Korea, Japan and Bordeaux.  She sits on the Steering committee of NERC’s National Biomolecular Analysis Facility and is also an Evaluator for Marie Curie Actions.  
  • Dr Philip Kerrison is a post-doctoral researcher working on the AT~SEA project, a European partnership between research institutions and industry. The aim of the project is to develop novel textile materials in order to demonstrate the technical and economical feasibility of open sea macroalgal cultivation. At SAMS, Philip is studying the growth and attachment of different seaweed species to these novel textiles, from single celled spores, up to adults more than 3 m long.
  • Prof Keith Davidson is Head of the Microbial and Molecular Biology Department at SAMS.  His research focuses on the response of marine microbes to environmental forcing, with a particular emphasis on coastal marine phytoplankton and, in particular, harmful algae.  Keith is a Member of the NERC Peer Review College, the DEFRA Health and Biologically Diverse Seas Evaluation Group and the ICES Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics.
  • Christine Campbell is the Marine Curator of the CCAP collection and has 26 years’ experience in applied marine algal research.  Christine has been involved in numerous R&D projects in the aquaculture, neutraceutical, food- industry and biofuels sectors involving culturing and processing algae and is experienced in isolation of pure algal cultures from many different environments. She is part of SAMS’ phytoplankton monitoring team; a member of the British Phycological Society; has co-authored six papers and has presented papers and posters at algal/culture collection scientific meetings throughout the UK and in Ireland, Spain and Germany.

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