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Real Marina Hotel

Real Marina Hotel

© Necton 2015

© Necton 2015

Necton © 2015

 

 

Presentations are now available!

Presentations are available here.

The Conference “European Roadmap for an Algae-Based Industry” was successfully held on 6-8 April in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Co-organised by the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) in a partnership with the EU projects Miracles, FUEL4ME, Splash and the Algae Cluster (InteSusAl, BIOFAT and All-gas), the event brought together over 100 leading European microalgae researchers from academia and industry.

After three days of discussions, the experts worked together and identified the essential needs of the sector, pointing-out the direction of the European algae strategic research agenda for the upcoming years, which will soon be published as a White Paper. The document will cover the following key points:

The Conference sessions covered topics such as strain development, biorefineries, residual streams, up scaling, life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis. A high-level panel discussion on the last day summed up and debated the received input, which served as a basis for the White Paper.

“We are glad to see so many interested experts joining forces to identify what Europe needs in order to develop a fruitful algae-based industry”, said René Wijffels, Co-Chair of the Conference.

Microalgae have the potential to produce high-value nutritional elements, bio-based plastics and energy while keeping pressures on land and resources low, including enhancing the sustainability of other conventional processes, thus contributing to a safer and healthier society, mitigating climate change and promoting innovation. Research into this area is key. The White Paper intends to provide European policy makers with insights into today’s research needs, key questions and crucial issues that need to be tackled in order for Europe to stay at the top of the research landscape.

All presentations will be available shortly.

The detailed programme is available here.

Further information is available here.