Algal Research for Policy-Making and Biotech (ARPMB) provides an international forum for communicating recent advances in algal research and for promoting the link between science, policy and biotechnology. Addressing both academia and industry, this conference offers a unique opportunity for delegates to exchange information and ideas as part of an interdisciplinary audience.

Given our vision to promote algal research and innovation with emphasis on their applicability in various areas of policy and industry, our aim is to bring together people with this joint event comprising:

In addition to the scientific conference, the ALFF consortium will deliver a course on Biomonitoring and Science communication aimed at policy-makers, and the private sector in the context of algal research and biotechnology.

ARPMB will be organised and hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban - a charming town on the west coast of Scotland and gateway to the Scottish Hebridean islands. A location with staggering natural beauty and rich cultural history spanning back to the Mesolithic times.


SAMS is an independent non-profit membership organisation founded in 1884 by Sir John Murray. Since then, SAMS has developed to an internationally established research centre studying all aspects of the marine system, providing education (BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD) and scientific knowledge for society, policy makers and business.

SAMS regularly hosts conferences, workshops and training events using on-site facilities (ca.120 delegates.)


There are several hotels and bed & breakfast establishments in Oban and surroundings. Please note that Oban is a popular tourist destination so we advise early booking.
More information on where to stay can be found here. For specially negotiated group rates click here.

Getting here

Oban is well connected to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports via public transport (bus and train) and reachable by car (roughly 85 miles and 115 miles respectively). For direction with Google click here

More detailed information on how to get there can be found here


Additional information

For more travel and general information contact:

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  • ALFF-training course: “Biomonitoring and science communication for policy-making” (Mon 14 and Tue 15 AM)

This edition of the ALFF-training course focusses on how algal science can inform policy-makers to help develop environmental and biosecurity policy. The course will cover, among others subjects, long-term environmental monitoring programmes, novel monitoring technologies, science-policy communication and examples of existing science-informed legislation. Weather-permitting, the course includes a 2-h boat trip to the SAMS seaweed farm. Students and postdocs external to ALFF are very welcome to register, within our logistic capability. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (max 10 external attendants).

Confirmed Lecturers: 


  • ALFF conference (Tue 15 PM – Wed 16 AM)

The ALFF-conference delves into culturing and -omics based techniques to address questions such as the identification, chemical ecology and evolution of biotic interactions involving microbes and algae in the aquatic environment. The event is open and welcomes abstracts from all participants willing to share their research on algal-microbial interactions.  

 Confirmed keynote speakers:


  • Young Algaeneers Symposium 2018 (Wed 15 PM – Fri 18 PM) 

YAS2018 is the fourth edition of the symposium designed and organised by young scientists for young scientists, and addresses all aspects of algal research and technology (microbiome, processing, application, cultivation and scale-up). Masters and PhD students, as well as early-stage Post-Docs are encouraged to participate to YAS2018 and contribute to the development of a growing network of algae-minded young researchers and entrepreneurs. The event is open for abstract submission and registration grants access to the below sessions.


  • Sustaining the growth of seaweed aquaculture worldwide: Sponsored by GlobalSeaweedSTAR, (Thu 17 AM-PM)

This session will introduce the work performed as part of the GCRF-funded GlobalSeaweed* initiative to sustain the development of seaweed aquaculture worldwide. Topics to be covered include disease and pest detection, biosecurity, farm management and legislation, breeding and socio-economic resilience. A presentation will be made of the GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research and Travel Fund - £900k to extend with other developing partners involved in seaweed-related projects. This open event is accessible to all registrants, and we welcome abstract submission.

-Keynote speakers: 


  • Towards the characterisation and sustainable cultivation of European seaweeds: Sponsored by GENIALG, (Fri 18 AM-PM)

The Horizon 2020 Blue Growth project GENIALG is the first industry-driven project bringing together pioneering companies in large-scale integrated European biorefineries and experts in seaweed cultivation, genetics and metabolomics to boost the seaweed industry. This meeting will be a mix of presentations and discussions, with a focus on novel breeding techniques and biosecurity, including policy-making. This open event is accessible to all registrants and we welcome abstract submission.

-Keynote speakers: 

Registration to the ALFF course includes a barbecue on the beach on Monday evening

Registration to the YAS/GS*/GENIALG conference includes a traditional Scottish Cèilidh on Thursday evening.

Registration fees ( DEADLINE 4th May 2018 @ 23:59 hr )

NB: ALFF (co-)supervisors do not need to pay the registration fee for either of the two ALFF events, and are invited to submit an abstract for the ALFF conference. Please just send an e-mail to to confirm your attendance and inform us of your travel arrangements


ALFF Conference

Omic based techniques to study microbe-alga interactions (Tue 15 PM - Wed 16 AM)



Young Algaeneers Symposium featuring the GENIALG and GlobaslSeaweedSTAR sponsored events (Wed 15 PM - Fri 18 PM)


Conference package

Access to ALFF, YAS, GS* and GENIALG Conferences (ALFF course excluded)


ALFF Course

Biomonitoring and science communication for policy-making (Mon 14 and Tue 15 AM)


Submit your abstract ( *NEW* DEADLINE 20th April 2018 @ 23:59 hr )

ALFF Conference




Conference package


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